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Director, Product Design



Full Time

On Site


Alameda, California, United States

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the [Register to View] student debt program and [Register to View] education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

At Abbott, we believe people with diabetes should have the freedom to enjoy active lives. That’s why we’re focused on helping people with diabetes manage their health more effectively and comfortably, with life-changing products that provide accurate data to drive better-informed decisions. We’re revolutionizing the way people monitor their glucose levels with our new sensing technology.

As a Director, Product Design you will be responsible for creating the vision for design at Abbott Diabetes Care and building and leading a team to execute towards that vision. You will be a thought leader and teacher for design within the Diabetes Care division, and throughout broader Abbott, and will work closely with designers, product managers, developers and senior leadership to drive innovation through design.

This position requires a proven track record of influencing organizations through product design and design thinking, building design teams, as well as the ability to do hands-on work while leading the team to ship innovative digital health products from inception to launch. Our ideal leader will bring a strong foundation in design strategy, collaboration, and execution.


  • Create a vision for design at Abbott Diabetes Care
  • Build culture of design thinking into the organization through developing governance, process, capabilities and change management.
  • Clearly articulate strategic design direction for our products, and align direction across marketing and customer experience
  • Educate and influence senior leadership on importance of design vision and direction through inspiring storytelling
  • Build and lead a high-performing team of UX, UI, and product designers
  • Work closely with Product, R&D, Regulatory, Quality, Marketing, and Market Intelligence to define and execute against the product roadmap

Critical Success Indicators:

  • Has successfully built a design team from scratch.
  • Designed and/or led design teams which have created products scaled to millions of users.



  • Bachelors Degree required
  • 10+ years of design experience, with a significant amount in product design
  • Self-starter that is assertive, possesses a high degree of self-confidence and intellectual curiosity, and demonstrates good executive presence
  • Proven ability to use design centered thinking to identify and define unmet business needs, and solve for them
  • Proven experience leading, recruiting, and motivating best-in-class product design teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively influence
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and deliver under aggressive timelines in a dynamic environment
  • Thrives under ambiguous conditions and is highly self-directed
  • High capacity to work collaboratively across multiple functional areas at varying levels of the organization
  • Significant experience in a consumer technology-driven and/or digital health business


  • Graduate degree in design, human-computer interaction, psychology, cognitive science, information science, or a related field
  • Experience designing for a health and/or service company or wearable / connected devices
  • Expertise working both in-house leading product design teams and at a design strategy firm/consultancy
  • Experience with human factors engineering and summative testing


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

Connect with us at [Register to View] target="_blank">[Register to View] , on Facebook at [Register to View] target="_blank">[Register to View] and on Twitter @AbbottNews and [Register to View] The salary for this role is between $156,400 – $312,800