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Packaging Engineer

Abbott Lake Forest, IL

  • Employment Type Full-Time

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.
The Packaging Engineering group designs, tests, and implements packaging designs that are an integral part of the organization's Product Development process. The team also reviews and improves existing packaging designs, tests standards and guidelines for developing packaging solutions for the organization's products. Packaging engineers work with internal resources and packaging suppliers to achieve functional packaging goals.
+ Oversee and manage complete packaging development process, including the creation of packaging designs, prototype development, and performance testing.
+ Troubleshoot new and existing packaging problems involving designs, materials and processes and provide creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions.
+ Analyze engineering drawings and specifications of product to determine physical characteristics of item, special handling, environmental and safety requirements, and types of materials required for packaging.
+ Establish standards and guidelines for supplier evaluation. Evaluate and select packaging suppliers/vendors; periodically conduct vendor reviews.
+ Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
+ Work closely with global suppliers, engineering, product management, operations, and sourcing.
+ Participate in product introduction teams, to deliver new products to market.
+ Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage.
+ Work closely with supply chain to optimize packaging supply base for cost, lead time, quality, regionalization, standardization, supply assurance, and compliance with customer, regulatory, and internal requirements.
+ Specify and recommend efficiency tools and test methods to develop and validate packaging designs.
+ Work with operations functions to ensure that the packaging designs are optimized for manufacturability.
+ Develop and implement comprehensive test plans to ensure that packaging exceeds customer specifications.
A bachelor's degree preferably in packaging engineering
Must have 2+ years of experience in packaging. Knowledge and understanding of packaging design validation standards (ISO, ASTM, ISTA etc.), drafting and specification standards is essential
Demonstrable proficiency in Artios CAD, AutoCAD, and Solid works needed
Problem solving and decision-making skills are necessary
Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
Must have good communication skills, orally and in writing
Should have experience in rapid prototyping
Must be able to demonstrate project management skills and experience
Good reasoning ability is required to solve a wide range of business problems.
Able to apply statistical calculations, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, and sampling theory and other analytics as required.
**Preferred Qualifications:**
Experience working in the healthcare, medical device or pharmaceutical industry.
Understanding of process improvement, quality improvement concepts is needed; ISO 9001 certification (e.g., CQA, CQE, CQIA) is desirable.
Project management certification a plus.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.
We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.
To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email



Lake Forest, IL
60045 USA
Posted: March 24, 2019