Quality Engineer I
Abbott Laboratories
Saint Paul, MN
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 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Job Summary:
This position is responsible for developing and maintaining quality engineering methodologies and providing quality engineering support within new product development, manufacturing, or system/services support.

Job Duties:
Identify and implement effective process control systems to support the development, qualification, and on-going manufacturing of products to meet or exceed internal and external requirements
Lead in the implementation of assurances, process controls, and CAPA systems designed to meet or exceed internal and external requirements
Assist in the development and execution of streamlined business systems which effectively identify and resolve quality issues
Apply sound, systematic problem-solving methodologies in identifying, prioritizing, communicating, and resolving quality issues
Design and conduct experiments for process optimization and/or improvement
Appropriately document experiment plans and results, including protocol writing and reports
Lead process control and monitoring of CTQ parameters and specifications
Lead and implement various product and process improvement methodoligies (e.g., Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing)
Lead the investigation, resolution and prevention of product and process nonconformances
Participate in or lead teams in supporting quality disciplines, decisions, and practices (e.g., represent the Quality function as a Core Team Member)
Lead in the completion and maintenance of risk analysis
Work with design engineering in the completion of product verification and validation
Work with microbiology to ensure appropriate environmental monitoring and that microbiology requirements are considered in product and process development activities
Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.
Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.
Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Equipment:
Works with standard office equipment such as telephone, cellular phone, fax/copier, and a personal computer with standard office software.

Working Conditions:
Working environment varies from standard office/cubicle with air/sound/light control to general laboratory and production areas with varying physical conditions including “clean room” situations.

Physical Demands:
Activities require a significant amount of sitting in front of a computer monitor, some standing and walking. Significant use of hands and arms, plus finger dexterity to reach, point, write, type, operate a computer and other office equipment. Performs tasks that regularly require good correctable vision and hand/eye coordination. Activities also require significant use of voice and hearing for discussions with other employees.

Qualifications:
General Qualifications

BS degree in Engineering or Technical Field or equivalent experience; advanced degree preferred
0-2 years experience
Engineering experience and demonstrated use of Quality tools/methodologies
Detailed knowledge of FDA, GMP, ISO 13485, and ISO 14971
Solid communication and interpersonal skills
Project management and leadership skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead multi-departmental project teams and resolve quality-related issues in a timely and effective manner
Advanced computer skills, including statistical/data analysis and report writing skills
Prior medical device experience preferred
Experience implementing various product and process improvement methodoligies (e.g., Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing)
ASQ CQE or other certifications preferred
Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.
Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.
Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.
Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.
Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.