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Program Manager Innovation R&D - Nutrition - Columbus, OH

Company: Abbott
Location: Columbus
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

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.
Program Manager Innovation - R&D
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 ( student debt program and FreeU ( 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

    Our location in Columbus, OH, currently has an opportunity for a Program Manager Innovation - R&D
    In Research & Development (R&D) our ambition is providing innovative high-quality products, creating sustainable value, delivering superior user experience and enhancing health outcomes at all stages of life

    • Management of Area portfolio for new strategies and products

    • 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

    • Directly manage 3 to 5 Project Managers

    • Identify process issues and recommend improvements to senior leaders

    • Assist in idea capture and cataloging activities of new ideas for Business Unit

    • 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

    • Recommend and implement PM strategies and enhancements to improve efficiency

    • 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 & updates to Business Unit and senior leadership


      • Programs represent line extensions, reformulations, new products, new manufacturing processes and new packages

      • Manage programs across all key functional areas

      • Effective Stakeholder Management:

      • Perform Stakeholder Analysis - Gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative information to determine whose interests should be taken into consideration throughout the product lifecycle.

      • Manage Stakeholder Engagement - Communicate and work with stakeholders to meet their needs/expectations, address issues as they occur and foster appropriate stakeholder engagement in project activities throughout the project life cycle.

      • Control Stakeholder Engagement: Monitor overall project stakeholder relationships and adjust strategies and plans for engaging stakeholders. Maintain /Update Project Milestones and Issues Log throughout project cycle.

      • Escalation: Utilize guidance/business practices to bring issue(s) to a higher level of authority/management for resolution.

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

      • Provide cross-functional forecasting, tracking, reporting and oversight on project budget and expenditures.

      • Understand organizational impact of project issues and engage Sr Management as necessary

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

      • This position will work with limited supervision; is accountable for all program deliverables as a senior member within Project Management


        • Translate general business goals and objectives into concrete strategic and tactical plans

        • Participate in the development and implementation of the Brand's innovation plans

        • Work with senior management to establish project scope recommendations and timing

        • Manage resources and timing for current and future stages

        • Negotiate resources and program timelines with senior leadership

        • Provide training/coaching to meet organizational needs

        • Accurately evaluate complex situations and identify solutions that create successful outcomes

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

        • Ensure program scope and success criteria are clearly established; develop and manage overall program plans to meet deliverables

        • Oversee execution and delivery of all projects and programs within span of program control.

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

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

        • Participate in project assessments and communicate lessons learned

        • Document cross-functional project plan in PM software Develop estimates and manage resources to deliver project objectives. Maintain documentation and provide data management for project deliverables; identify communication plans for knowledge sharing across functional areas and project teams.

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

        • 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

        • Creates and delivers program review presentations to senior leadership


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

          • Technical background sufficient to understand issues involved with the project

          • Adaptability:

          • Demonstrated ability in managing expectations on program requirements and deliverables

          • Integrity:

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

          • Exercises judgment within generally defined processes, procedures and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Erroneous decisions may result in critical delay(s) in schedules and/or operations.

          • Teamwork:

          • Demonstrated skills in collaborating and influencing cross-functionally: excellent interpersonal skills

          • Negotiation skills

          • Leadership:

          • Demonstrate stewardship and provide project leadership through R&D Project Management to meet Division strategies and business objectives

          • Resolve project team conflicts


            • Bachelor's degree required, or equivalent experience plus demonstrated competence, with a desired 12+years of project management experience. PMP certification desirable


              • Understanding of the strategic and operational context of the projects or business unit; organizational savvy

              • 3-5 years' experience in project leadership roles

              • Demonstrated expertise in leading teams

              • Knowledge new product development process principles and experience working in stage gate processes - desirable

              • Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and decision-making skills

              • Critical thinking/problem-solving skills method

              • 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

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

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

              • 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

              • Ability to plan and facilitate meetings

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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: (

                  • 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 , on Facebook at 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

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