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Abbott Optimization Engineer- Data Scientist- Columbus, OH Plant in Columbus, Ohio

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.

Abbott Optimization Engineer- Data Scientist

Nourish the world and your career as part of the Nutrition team at Abbott.

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 plant location in Columbus, OH currently has an opportunity for an Optimization Engineer- Data Scientist. This site is Abbott’s oldest nutrition manufacturing plant in the world. Working here, you’ll feel part of a family – a family of 400 that works together to help nourish the world.

What you'll do as a Scientist:

The position will focus on providing the on-site technical lead and formulation support to nutritional product manufacturing activities in the Columbus, Ohio plant. It will involve troubleshooting of manufacturing issues and establishing root causes within the liquid processing department. The position will also be an on-site connection for Product Development (PD) to support plant trials, clinical batch manufacturing, and First Lot To Stock readiness. The candidate will establish plant-specific manufacturing line expertise and assist with improvements in processing optimization, data mining, formulation design and plant processes to consistently deliver products that meet specifications. The individual will participate in projects and activities intended to reduce costs and improve product margins as well as meeting quality and business excellence goals related to the plant operations. The position will serve as the primary communications channel for technical/formulation issues between the plant and the Technical Development Center/Division R&D.

  • Manage corrections with new product introductions- formulations, incoming raw materials, and process controls.

  • Independently mine data and optimize processes

  • Apply advanced scientific knowledge to projects; determine priorities for experiments.

  • Clean In Place (CIP) optimization

  • Utilize DOE as appropriate.

  • Assure experimental quality through formulation review.

  • Identify technical alternatives from literature review.

  • Heavy excel skills for data analysis and other programs for mining data

  • Apply advanced technical writing skills to produce reports & documents.

  • Write independently, evaluates the writing of others.

  • Utilize numerous analytical instruments.

  • Will be working closely with Operations and lab personnel, and coordinate efforts with the new product information manager

Education and Experience, you'll bring:


  • BS/MS degree with a focus in chemistry or engineering background

  • Heavy ability to solve math calculations and handle new formulation calculations in relation to our liquid processing capabilities

  • The candidate must effectively establish the leadership and decision-making role as it relates to the integration of routine responsibilities and special activities into the plant-based environment and work flow.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required for productive exchange of technical information between Manufacturing, R&D, and QA.

  • The ability to acquire thorough knowledge of manufacturing aspects of liquid forms of Adult and Pediatric products, as well as their related nutritional, physical, and sensory characteristics.

  • Must be able to develop in a timely fashion, An intimate knowledge of the Columbus plant’s liquid processing and filling lines with subsequent contributions to operational idea generations (improved process, improved gross margin) and technical input into the Design-To-Value process.

  • Must be able to handle: Project goals; define project milestones; responsible for timely project completion.

  • Summarize data & analyze results: formulate conclusions & determines future experiments.


  • Experience using Excel, R statistical language, R Studio, SAS, Python 3, Power BI, Tableau, and SQL.

  • Tools such as Anaconda 3, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, Jupyter Notebook, Spyder, and InfinityQS

WHAT WE OFFER At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority

  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled

  • 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)

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