1+ months

Manager, Quality Engineering

Portland, OR

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.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Manager, Quality Engineering to lead and develop a Quality Engineering team responsible for operations quality, design changes, transfer projects and post-market surveillance within her/his assigned product areas.  The manager will be responsible for developing, establishing and maintaining quality assurance programs, policies, processes, procedures and controls ensuring that performance and quality of products conform to established requirements, standards and agency regulations.

Impact this role will have:

  • Provide Quality Engineering leadership in direct support of medical device manufacturing.
  • Management and development of Quality Engineers and Technicians.
  • Manage the activities of the Post-Production Quality Engineering team.
  • Ensuring successful planning, management and execution of area projects.
  • Provide Quality Engineering Body of Knowledge guidance and leadership to department and organization.
  • Aggressively identify opportunities to proactively assure compliance to all applicable internal, domestic and international quality regulations, US 21 CFR 820 (QSR), ISO 13485, etc.
  • Aggressively identify and manage activities related to adding value to the organization through risk reduction, cost improvement, and budgetary responsibility.
  • Define and implement superior Process Control & Monitoring systems for KPIV and KPOV throughout the product lines – Critical Parameter Management.
  • Provide influential peer leadership with international partner site to drive proactive quality improvements.
  • Approve/author experimental plans, protocols and reports, including supporting teams on appropriate statistical analysis techniques.
  • Identify Quality Initiatives and lead cross-functional teams to complete them.
  • Provide proactive, diligent, and fact-based communication to Sr. Management team, peers and team.
  • Assess resource needs to assure that the accurate level of quality support is provided when needed with the competencies needed.
  • Oversee the Nonconformance and Real-time data management portions of the quality System.
  • Be an effective member of the cross-departmental Functional Management Team to foster continuous quality compliance, cost, and proactive improvements.
  • Maintain effective Quality Metrics and define and execute activities to resolve decreases in performance.
  • Be a champion of Quality, Six Sigma, Lean and disciplined problem solving throughout the organization.

    Your experience(s), education and knowledge:

    • 4 year degree; industry certification or advanced degree, electrical or mechanical engineering preferred.
    • Class III or II medical device experience (catheter experience preferred).
    • 5+ years in quality desired with roles of increasing responsibility, impact, and scope within a manufacturing support environment.
    • Champion statistical techniques, including reliability, to design and process areas. (Minitab or equivalent).
    • Demonstrated performance and results nonconformance management and reduction, value improvement, risk reduction, and cost containment.
    • Strong understanding of risk management in design, manufacturing and post-market surveillance.
    • Demonstrated and impactful experience in process improvement (KPIV, KPOV, Fishbone, Is/Is Not, QFD), Six Sigma, product and process qualification and validation, Process Control & Monitoring (SPC).
    • Demonstrated and impactful strong project management and people leadership skills required.
    • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse 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. 
    • Ability to work effectively within a team in a fast-paced changing environment.
    • 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.

      Your preferred qualifications and education:

      • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt strongly preferred.
      • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer strongly preferred (CQE, CRE).
      • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross division business unit model preferred.
      • Ability to travel approximately 5-10%, including internationally.

        Job Family: Operations Quality
        Division: CAHF Cardiac Arrhythmias & Heart Failure
        Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
        Medical Surveillance: Not Applicable
        Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


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