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Abbott Project Manager (R&D - PPMO - Nutrition - Columbus, OH or Abbott Park, IL 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 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Project Manager [RD – PPMO]

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

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.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • 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, Medical Benefits start day 1

  • Vacation – 3 weeks accrued vacation (1st yr. is prorated) + vacation buy program + 3 personal days + 10 paid holidays

  • Company Paid Pension Plan

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match of 5%

  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save (https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/strategy-and-strength/tackling-student-debt-for-our-employees.html) student debt program and FreeU (https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/strategy-and-strength/college-degree-for-free-its-possible-with-freeu.html) education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.

  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

The Opportunity

This position works out of our Columbus, OH location in the Nutrition Division .


  • Responsible for managing multiple projects, from beginning to end, with accountability for project execution.

  • Disciplined project management: deliver project excellence by incorporating best practices into project management to deliver and/or exceed customer needs across the Project Management process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing. (CJR – Core Job Responsibility)

  • Provide clear and consistent communication, both oral and written, to all project stakeholders on key project elements such as scope, timeline, issues, etc. Act as point of contact for project reporting and updates to Business Unit and Senior Leadership. (CJR)

  • Perform effective stakeholder management: perform stakeholder analysis, plan and manage stakeholder engagement, control stakeholder engagement, escalation. (CJR)

  • Portfolio Management: Management of Area portfolio of new strategies and products. Provide guidance/structure to Area leadership on new strategies and product launch targets. Management of the portfolio through launch grids, project lists, prioritizations, project data, and resource allocations (in the project ERP) monthly to support AN’s innovation sales. (CJR)

  • Identify process issues and recommend improvements to senior leaders.

  • Recommend and implement Project Management strategies and enhancements to improve efficiency.

  • Assist in idea capture and cataloging activities of new ideas.

Major Responsibilities:

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.

  • Ensure project scope and success criteria are clearly established; develop and manage project plan to meet deliverables

  • Develop estimates and manage resources to deliver project objectives

  • Manage cross-functional project timeline and follow-up with project team members to ensure timely completion of tasks

  • Track overall project budget and metrics, as required

  • Initiate, lead and communicate project assessments and lessons learned

  • Establish clear priorities

  • Ensure team is working within project scope and effectively coordinate the activities of the team to meet project milestones

  • Proactively identify changes in project scope and assure appropriate measures are taken to reassess and amend requirements, budget and timeline

  • Participate in the development and implementation of innovation plans

  • Ensure alignment with key planning processes, such as business planning, brand planning, customer planning, S&OP and corporate project reporting

  • Manage project plan in Project Management (PM) software through lifecycle and maintain resource and financial allocations. Maintain documentation, provide data management, and identify communication plans for knowledge sharing for project deliverables for management review. Oversee execution and delivery of all projects and programs within span of program control (CJR)

  • Provide support in compiling and reporting project requirements

  • Create and deliver project review presentations

  • Maintain documentation and provide data management for project deliverables; identify communication plans for knowledge sharing across functional areas and project teams

  • Document cross-functional project plan in PM software

  • Proactively identify, monitor & manage project opportunities/ issues/ risks

  • Resolve conflict within the project

  • Work directly with functional area managers to resolve issues that impact completion of project objectives: determine when to escalate issues to appropriate levels of management

  • Provide training/coaching on project management methodologies and processes to meet organizational needs



  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, PMP (or equivalent) certification desirable

  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals.

  • Extensive knowledge of and competency in project management methodology and processes, including planning tasks and allocating resources, risk management, working in teams, issues management, monitoring and reporting, and documentation.

  • 3-5 yrs. experience in project leadership roles leading cross functional teams

  • Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and decision-making skills

  • Critical thinking/problem-solving skills method

  • Ability to plan and facilitate meetings

  • Demonstrated expertise in leading teams

  • Ability to negotiate consensus among diverse groups and influence the activities of others not in own reporting structure

  • Strong written and presentation skills; ability to communicate effectively with senior management

  • Technical background sufficient to understand issues involved with the project

  • Knowledge of the strategic and operational context of the projects

  • Personal integrity and courage to escalate issues about the project and to advocate for responsible solutions to management

  • Adaptability and flexibility including the ability to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change

  • Manage projects with representation from all key functional areas

  • Effective, efficient resource utilization to achieve growth of key brands and new spaces to deliver LRP to Abbott

  • Projects will include market and line extensions, reformulations, new products, new manufacturing processes and new packages

  • Responsible for identifying critical project issues and risks, and timely communication to senior management

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  • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives: www.abbottbenefits.com (http://www.abbottbenefits.com/pages/candidate.aspx)

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. 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