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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.
Our location in Maple Grove/Plymouth, MN currently has an opportunity for an IT Manager - Quality Operations
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Provides senior-level consultation and direction to functional areas (including Software Quality and DevOps teams) on IT Quality policy, process, and procedures. Identifies, proposes, initiates and leads significant improvement programs related to IT Compliance policies, processes and procedures in support of the BTS IT domains. Leads the IT Quality activities across multiple projects/client areas. Ensures that documentation complies with policy and procedure requirements in conjunction with internal and external business and technology partners. Leads in setting quality and compliance strategy and vision to meet business objectives.
Develops and leads the implementation of testing methodologies and/or IT Quality practices across multiple Domains. Has global responsibility for evaluating, selecting and introducing new strategic SLC methodologies and technologies, with a focus on compliance with regulatory expectations. Train and educate the appropriate business and IT communities on quality, compliance and standardize best practice systems as appropriate.
Core Job Responsibilities
Ensures IT validation packages comply with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.
Works autonomously with related IT contacts and the business process SMEs for this purpose.
Supports Software Development teams as SQA lead for the automated testing and implementation of regulated IT applications.
Ensures continuous improvement and gives input related to the validation strategy for IT changes.
Coordinates the introduction of new strategic methodologies; supports and approves the overall validation of global regulated applications.
Drives the GXP Inspection Support and defends the validation strategies to internal auditors, regulatory authorities, and other certified bodies
Provides IT validation subject matter expertise
Apply SQA Engineering principles throughout the Agile or Waterfall Software Life Cycle to identify defect and design flaws
Collaborates with the development team to build compliance capabilities in order to assure the quality of the deliverables and ensures business needs are being met.
The role must be familiar with Quality Risk Management principles and practices and will guide teams and management with risk-based decision-making capabilities.
Applies Good Documentation Practices and assists as appropriate with required documentation for compliance purposes.
Position Accountability & Scope
The role reports to the Senior Manager IT Quality and is within the IT Quality Operations function of BTS IT. The role works with the senior levels of the BTS IT organization as well as leaders across Abbott's Quality Organization to drive improvements in BTS SQA Operations. The role works closely with peers and lower levels of BTS IT to sustain a quality mindset within the IT organization. Position is accountable for all phases of the SLC activities and works directly with DTS IT, Divisional Quality and, relevant Process Owners. Provides quality guidance to less experienced staff. Acts as a mentor to lower level individual contributors. Decisions and actions have impact on business success. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious program delays, audit findings and considerable expenditure of resources.
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent plus 8+ years of related work experience with IT Quality in the life science industry, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Certifications from ASQ and ISO9001 or ISO13485 preferred.
Minimum Experience/Training Required:
Strong knowledge of GXP regulations and software validation principles (product and non-product software).
Working knowledge of risk management principles, regulatory requirements, and industry best practices.
Knowledge with Agile, and/or Lean software development practices.
Strong analytical skills and the ability to organize work in a logical and succinct manner.
Highly self-motivated, goal orientated, and self-directed.
Demonstrated ability to operate and innovate in a small team with a fast‐paced environment, balancing both strategic and tactical needs.
Familiarity with automated testing and implementation
Familiarity with Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, JIRA, Selenium, Bitbucket, HP ALM and/or other automation/continuous integration tools
Flexibility to adapt to changing assignments and ability to effectively prioritize efforts
Effective written and verbal communication (in English) to all levels of management.
The role must maintain compliance expertise and be effective at applying requirements into the IT and business environment that supports business goals and maintaining a compliant state.
Supervisory / Management Responsibilities
No direct or indirect supervisory responsibility
WHAT WE OFFER
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
The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities
Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.
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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.