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Abbott Senior Specialist External Engagement 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 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

Our Nutrition Division currently has an opportunity for a Senior Specialist, External Engagement.


  • Work with the Associate Director of External Engagement to identify and execute external engagement strategies designed to protect Abbott’s reputation and expand Abbott’s influence globally.

  • Proactively assess emerging business, raw ingredient, packaging, regulatory, and legislative issues and align with internal and external stakeholders to resolve before supply chain disruptions occur.

  • Utilize external networks to inform and influence globally on relevant external issues in the ingredient and packaging spheres.

  • Work with the Global Procurement Team to provide solutions to ingredient and packaging supply issues.

  • Create opportunities and be the voice of Abbott Nutrition in influencing ingredient and packaging industries as well as governments, as appropriate, by participating in external forums such as speaking engagements, industry meetings, trade association activities, and identifying areas where Abbott colleagues can contribute as noted.

  • Develop and execute programs that create mutual community and company benefit.

  • Work closely with internal stakeholders from Abbott Government Affairs, Regulatory, Procurement, Quality, Research and Development, Manufacturing and Global Citizenship to develop and execute cohesive, time sensitive, strategies to solve complex business issues.

  • Identify, develop, and execute strategic projects and opportunities aligned with Abbott’s 2030 Sustainability Goals.



  • BS in sciences, economics, international trade, public policy, political science, food science, business, engineering or related, MBA or advanced degrees welcome.

  • 7-10 years of experience in government affairs, international trade policy, industry engagement, capacity building, regulatory affairs, food ingredient or packaging procurement, or other relevant field of expertise.

  • Ability to travel 25%


  • Proven ability to develop, implement, and sustain external engagement strategies in both emerging and developed markets.

  • A comprehensive network of contacts in food and/or packaging industries cultivated through academic, governmental, and private industry work experience.

  • An expert problem-solver who can influence diverse stakeholders to achieve goals of the organization.

  • An experienced international traveler able to travel independently to global destinations.


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

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: www.abbottbenefits.com (http://www.abbottbenefits.com/pages/candidate.aspx)

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.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

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 corpjat@abbott.com