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Director, Software Development



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 113,000 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

This position works out of our Alameda, CA location in the Abbott Diabetes Care Division, where we are focused on helping people with diabetes manage their health 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.

The Director, Software Development establishes policies and procedures that produce high-quality digital software product. Directs and oversees the software engineering function in developing, releasing, and maintaining software applications for Abbott Diabetes care. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional requirements. Has deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. Drive a culture of developing high quality software for out consumers and help strengthen our position as the premier leader in the Diabetes Care business.

What you’ll work on

  • A track record of launching high performance, high scale consumer facing mobile and web applications
  • Manage teams of software developers and technical leads at multiple seniority levels
  • Own software resource strategy and planning, including strategic working relationships with external partners
  • Provide effective employee performance management utilizing goals, constructive feedback and coaching for improvement
  • Collaborate with product owners, architects, and business units to translate business needs into high quality implementations
  • Work with project managers, product owners, and technical leads to influence scope and priorities for product development
  • Strong hands on technical knowledge or mobile and cloud technologies
  • Author and update internal and external policies and procedures
  • Effectively manage vendors to maximize value
  • Maintain an excellent understanding of the business long term goals and strategy and ensures that designs are aligned with these
  • Serve as mentor and coach to technical delivery staff
  • Inspire and motivate the development teams to deliver innovative and exciting solutions with an appropriate sense of urgency
  • Promote knowledge sharing across product-development teams
  • Assume a leadership role in ensuring on-time, high-quality delivery of products through the entire application life cycle
  • Ensure a culture of design excellence, maturity, quality, collaboration, planning, and responsiveness in the software development team

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

Minimum (10) ten years of experience managing large-scale digital software teams.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong people management skills, proven success in recruiting, creating and motivating a strong performing engineering team
  • Strong understanding of mobile and cloud based development methodologies and state of the art design patterns
  • Proficient with software development lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies like Agile, Test- driven development
  • 4+ years of engineering leadership experience – managing multiple teams and/or locations
  • Medical Devices industry systems experience
  • Ability to work independently and supervise a diverse staff
  • Experience with Agile software development
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and strong technical knowledge
  • Ability to coach/mentor IT staff members to function as a highly effective team
  • Expertise in mobile and cloud development technologies. Strong technical skills and demonstrated ability to manage and developer teams for large systems.

What We Offer

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] , on Facebook at [Register to View] and on Twitter @AbbottNews and [Register to View] The salary for this role is between $156,400 – $312,800