1+ months

Senior Quality Professional - Auditor

Des Plaines, IL

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Senior Quality Professional in Des Plaines, IL

Primary Function / Primary Goals / Objectives:

Conduct quality-related activities to deliver consistent; high quality documents; services; products and processes. 

Major Responsibilities:

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.

1.  General - Defines project goals and milestones.  Responsible for timely project completion.  Provides solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.  Ensures that solutions are compliant; innovative; thorough; practical and consistent with organizational objectives.  May lead projects with cross-functional or broader scope.  Interacts effectively with employees; manager; and cross-functional peers.  May represent own team while on cross-functional project teams with other functional leaders.  Communicates confidently and effectively with management; peers; and key stakeholders.  Implements tactical solutions related to assignment.  Able to contribute functional skills and expertise broadly.
Directly influences project direction and scope.  Scope includes one or more QA functions; with general knowledge of other related disciplines.  Provides guidance and trains other Professionals and Technicians.  May provide oversight to one or more QA professionals and/or contractors.

2.  Quality System Compliance - Demonstrates good; general understanding of the standards and regulatory bodies that regulate our industry.
Ensures compliance to site level policies and procedures and demonstrates a solid understanding of Division and Corporate policies and procedures by promptly addressing noncompliance issues within Division and Corporation as appropriate.
Ensures adherence and maintains the effectiveness of the Quality System; including the Subsystems and Key processes that govern the area by promptly addressing non-compliance issues.

3. Risk Managment - Ensures evaluation of product safety and efficacy and elevation of risk-based issues.  Creates and reviews risk management documentation to reduce or eliminate risk.  Makes independent decisions within defined parameters while assuring that these decisions are compliant with site level policies and procedures and are aligned with the appropriate quality system.

Authors risk control packages and demonstrates the ability to analyze; evaluate; and control risk decisions by utilizing common practices throughout the quality

4.  Complaint Evaluation -  Investigates complex complaints with little management oversight. Provides solutions to a wide range of problems. 
Solutions are compliant; innovative; thorough; practical and consistent with organizational objectives.  Ensures compliant documentation in area of responsibility.

5.  Design Control / Documentation & Change Control - Formulates thorough reason and justification for change.  Identifies critical parameters associated with change.  Represents the site as an SME or Process Community member.

6.  Quality Engineering - Applies solid understanding of quality system elements from product inception through launch.  While recognizing project interdependencies and with minimal oversight; leads complex quality discussions across various departments including; as needed; external suppliers.

7.  Validation -  Acts as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for minimum of at least one respective Validation Subsystem. 

Other experience that would be helpful:

  • 4-8 years on Medical Device regulations experience, including auditing, and / or audit readiness activities and / or managing external audits
  • Familiarity with ISO 13485 / 9001 and 21CFRr 820 regulations
  • Bachelor’s degree in Quality or related field
  • Strong organization skills to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good Computer skills to organize information as well as experience with Microsoft Access



    Indicate the minimum education and why it is required.

    Apprenticeship or Bachelor’s degree in Life Science; Engineering; or closely related discipline is required OR relevant combination of education or experience.


    At least 5 years work experience in Quality or related field experience; Less experience may be appropriate with advanced degree.
    Preferred experience in the Healthcare industry.
    Has a history of completing successful projects and driving positive compliance outcomes.

    Accountablility / Scope:

    Describe the primary accountabilities of the position and the impact of actions.

    Receives general direction and exercises considerable discretion to own work detail. Recommends possible solutions.  Ensures compliant documentation; carrying out tasks related to area of responsibility with management oversight.  Decisions may have short and long term impact.
    Job Family: Operations Quality
    Division: AMD Molecular
    Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
    Medical Surveillance: No
    Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


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