Abbott R&D Program Manager in Westford, Massachusetts

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your 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, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


The Senior Program Manager is responsible for managing people responsible for programs or projects involving department or cross-functional teams focused on the delivery of a product through the design process and into a finished state for external customers. Plans and directs schedules. Monitors the program/project from initiation through delivery, interfacing with customers on technical matters. Organizes interdepartmental activities ensuring completion of the program/project on schedule and within budget constraints. Assigns and monitors work of program staff, providing technical support and direction

Main Responsibilities.

  • Recruits, coaches and develops organizational talent.

  • Fosters a diverse workplace that enables all participants to contribute to their full potential in pursuit of organizational objectives.

  • Creates an entrepreneurial environment.

  • Provides direction and guidance to exempt specialists and/or supervisory staff who exercise significant latitude and independence in their assignments. May supervise non-exempt employees.

  • Keeps the organization's vision and values at the forefront of decision making and action

  • Demonstrates effective change leadership.

  • Builds strategic partnerships to further departmental and organizational objectives.

  • Develops and executes organizational and operational policies that affect one or more groups by utilizing technical/professional knowledge and skills.

  • Monitors compliance with company policies and procedures (e.g. compliance with FDA, BSI, EEO regulations, etc.).

  • Makes decisions regarding work processes or operational plans and schedules in order to achieve department objectives.

  • Develops, monitors and appropriately adjusts the annual budget for department(s).

  • Provides leadership to a cross-functional team to develop and execute plans for commercialization of new or changes to existing products. Works through the Product Development Process from product concept through commercialization. Works cross-functionally with core team and functional managers to ensure that projects meet objectives and timelines. Provides guidance to core team members to assist in resolving conflicts and clearing barriers to maintain effective and timely progress towards project completion.


  • (Influence/Leadership) Develops, communicates, and builds consensus for operating goals that are in alignment with the division. Provides leadership to assigned staff and supervisors by communicating and providing guidance towards achieving department objectives.

  • (Planning/Organization) Creates immediate to long-range plans to carry out objectives established by top management; develops and calculates a budget for a department or group to meet organizational goals; forecasts future departmental needs including human and material resources and capital expenditures; recommends or modifies the structure of organizational units or a centralized functional activity subject to senior management approval.

  • (Decision Making/Impact) Assignments are expressed in the form of objectives; makes decisions regarding work processes or operational plans and schedules in order to achieve the program objectives established by senior management; consequences of erroneous decisions or recommendations would normally include critical delays and modifications to projects or operations with substantial expenditure of time, human resources, and funds, and may jeopardize future business activity. Overall accountability for program execution, typically new product development programs. Report team progress and recommendations and resolution at senior staff meetings. Represents the entire product development team to the organization. Provide leadership to the team by working to define clear, realistic goals. Leads by example with excellent diligence, planning, analysis, and communication.


  • Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Provides direction and monitors progress of exempt specialists and/or supervisory staff toward departmental goals; monitors costs of projects and of human and material resources within a department or unit.

  • Experience with company-wide indicators such as market share and profitability; monitors external environment in area of technical or professional responsibility. Will perform this job in a quality system environment.

  • Understands compliance with company policies and procedures (e.g. compliance with FDA, BSI, EEO regulations, etc.)

  • investigates and solves problems that impact work processes and personnel within or across units or departments; develops and communicates a vision for the organizational unit assigned.

  • Proven core team/functional leader.

  • Drives innovation and change. Takes initiative. Can navigate a highly matrixed organization.

  • Proven ability to work outside of a division and cross functionally.

  • Excellent understanding of all of the functional skills required for the project.

  • Prior expertise with Capital and software medical device development.


Product Development


AVD Vascular


United States > Massachusetts : 4 Robbins Road





Yes, 15 % of the Time


Not Applicable


Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

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Abbott is about the power of health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has been helping people reach their potential — because better health allows people and communities to achieve more. With a diverse, global network serving customers in more than 150 countries, we create new solutions — across the spectrum of health, around the world, for all stages of life. Whether it’s next-generation diagnostics, life-changing devices, science-based nutrition, or novel reformulations, we are advancing some of the most innovative and revolutionary technologies in healthcare, helping people live their best lives through better health.

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