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Abbott R&D Lab Supervisor - Product Development in Abbott Park, Illinois

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 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries


The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

Our location in Abbott Park (Lake Bluff), IL currently has an opportunity for an R&D Supervisor – Product Development .


Reason for Opening: Internal Promotion

Primary function of this position is to manager a team of 12-18 reports in the R&D Core Test Lab by providing daily guidance to the team in relation to a large project or several smaller projects. The Core Test Lab performs testing, documentation, material management and witness review activities for verification, developmental stability and characterization studies in support of assay development for new product launch and reformulation.


  • Work Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (subject to change)

  • Supervise Core Test Lab – Work with department scheduler to support proper level loading of testing across scientists. Collaborate with peer supervisors to ensure consistency across the lab and provide development opportunities to direct reports. Work with investigation team to resolve test issues. Drive completion of testing packages and witness activities to completion. Field questions regarding protocols, testing schemes and assays from direct reports.

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

  • Identify resource requirements; cost and time schedules. Develop goals and implementation plan; translate ADD (Abbott Diagnostics Division) goals into the day-to-day activities necessary to accomplish them; evaluate direct report performance; develop contingency plans to accommodate unforeseen events.

  • Maintain compliance with regulatory agencies; quality system and project goals.; Assure that Design Control and compliance requirements are met. Ensure that the necessary documentation is in place to meet quality and regulatory requirements.

  • Interface with other disciplines/cross functional teams; customers; internal clients; project staff and internal and external experts as required. Identifies; authenticates; and responds to crises in a professional manner; assembles appropriate resources to deal with and resolve the situation effectively; keeps emotions in control during periods of high stress; leads by example.

  • Prepare and present written and oral reports and other presentations to senior management and internal audiences.

  • Develop and maintain the laboratory FUEs necessary to support R&D.

  • Travel Requirement: None

Position Accountability / Scope

Accountable for the successful completion of project tasks on time and within budget. Accountable for

managing resources (direct and matrix) assigned to project regarding project tasks. Includes mentoring and providing feedback to team members.



  • Bachelor Degree in a discipline appropriate to the project environment; with a minimum 5 (five) years relevant experience; 1 (one) year of which must be in leadership/supervisory/project management roles.

  • Broad knowledge of product design requirements, manufacturability, cGMP, FDA and CBER (Center for Biologic Evaluation & Research) regulations,

  • Knowledge of regulations and standards affecting IVDs (In Vitro Diagnostics) and Biologics.

  • APICS certification would be a plus.

Preferred (Ideal/Optional Experience, etc.)

  • Experience with Abbott Architect and/or Alinity products

  • PEAR , EDMS or experience with similar Data Management Systems


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

  • Pension Plan

  • 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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Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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