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Program Manager - Nutrition - Columbus, OH



Full Time

On Site


Columbus, Ohio, 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.

Program Manager

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

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:

  • 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, Medical Benefits start day 1
  • Vacation – 3 weeks accrued vacation (1st yr. is prorated) + vacation buy program + 3 personal days + 10 paid holidays
  • Company Paid Pension Plan
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match of 5%
  • 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 stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

The Opportunity

  • This position works out of our Columbus, OH location in the Nutrition Division.

Main Purpose of the Role

  • Responsible for developing and implementing risk assessment and testing programs to assure the safety and compliance of Abbott Nutrition products and protect brand reputation by managing potential chemical hazards in food.
  • Responsible for management of direct reports and guiding through career development and program ownership.
  • Accountability for growing and developing high performing team members.
  • Accountability includes acting as key coordination interface with internal cross functional partners such as Regulatory, Quality Assurance, Medical Safety, and Public Affairs for identification, monitoring and mitigation of potential chemical food safety hazards.
  • Maintains awareness of food industry practices, analytical innovation, monitoring data, regulatory developments and emerging food safety issues to continually improve risk assessment and food safety programs.


  • Management of direct reports and guiding through career development and program ownership.
  • Interact across functions to assess and develop strategies to address potential food safety issues.
  • Leverage historical data, internal knowledge and supplier information to develop risk management strategies aligned with Abbott quality practices.
  • Collaborate with technical staff and external testing laboratories to assure suitability and reliability of analytical methods to meet compliance and food safety requirements.
  • Works with other cultures in a collaborative, fast paced goal-driven global environment.
  • Negotiate and reconcile interdisciplinary objectives while optimizing overall organizational goals.


  • Minimum of an advanced degree, preferably B.S., and/or 8-10 years of experience working in the food science and/or quality industry.
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse and fast-paced changing business environment.
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to set goals and provide positive and constructive feedback respectfully to build positive relationships and improve business results.
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Multi-tasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and follow-up skills and ability to hold others accountable.


  • Ability to travel approximately 10%.

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Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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