Principal Engineer - $10,000 Sign On Bonus Sanitation and Hygienic Design SME

in Sturgis, MI

Principal Engineer - $10,000 Sign On Bonus Sanitation and Hygienic Design SME Job

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  • Job Location

    Sturgis, MI, US

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    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 25 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

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.

What We Are Looking For: Principal Engineer - Sanitation and Hygienic Design SME


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
  • Robust Vacation Packaging including Vacation Buy Program
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • Company Paid Pension
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities


As the Principal Engineer – Hygienic Facilities, Utilities and Equipment within Abbott Nutrition’s Manufacturing Technology team, you will provide expertise globally for the following:

  • In depth knowledge of engineering, design and maintenance of equipment and premises to assure the control of food safety hazards, to maintain product quality and to enhance cleanability – Working with architectural and process design teams to create project scopes and designs
  • Setting the global discipline strategy by developing and executing technology roadmaps, laying out and advocating for a strategy that evaluates and implements innovative solutions
  • Liaison and delegate for Quality Systems, providing technical support for quality procedures, standards, and audits
  • Identifying emerging trends and conceptualizing complete solutions for novel or complex problems; benchmarking internally and externally to investigate and recommend new or improved solutions and designs that provide business value and/or food safety improvements
  • Selecting, building, and maintaining strategic supplier partnerships
  • Organizing and leading engineering technical exchanges, such as live streams, workshops, training sessions and internal publications
  • Providing technical support to Abbott Nutrition’s global production network, including leading root cause analysis for complex issues, reviewing designs, and serving as a technical spokesperson to senior leadership and stakeholders
  • Providing technical leadership on Front End Planning (FEP) activities on multiple concurrent medium- to large-size projects and programs within the global Abbott Nutrition network (Americas, Europe, and Asia) – Making prioritization decisions between projects while determining provisional scope, design, manufacturability, cost, capital, risk, and schedule considerations
  • Mentoring and teaching others by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance
  • Developing internal regulations, procedures, and standards for discipline-related Environmental, Health, Safety, Energy (EHS&E), Process Design, and Quality
  • 25-50% travel is expected as part of the role


  • Preferred 8+ years of relevant experience
  • B.S. in Engineering required or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • A technical background in facility and equipment design to support hygienic manufacturing, preferably within food, nutraceuticals, health care, pharmaceutical, or similar industries
  • Knowledge of infant formula manufacturing cGMPs, 3A, EHEDGE, 21 CFR Part 210, international sanitary standards and requirements, and/or fundamentals of microbial proliferation (preferred)
  • Experience in large capital/expansion programs with direct design responsibility
  • Experience presenting and communicating with all levels of an organization; plant production personnel through senior leadership
  • Familiarity with 2D and 3D CAD (Preferred)

The base pay for this position is $90,700.00 – $181,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Responsibility
  • Quality Systems
  • EHS
  • Production
  • Technical Background
  • Technical Leadership
  • Manufacturing
  • Safety
  • Product Quality
  • Technical Support
  • Quality Procedures
  • 3D CAD
  • Planning
  • Maintenance
  • Equipment Design
  • Organizing
  • Workshops
  • Schedule
  • Diagnostics
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Food Safety
  • 2d
  • Senior Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching
  • Innovative Solutions
  • Partnerships
  • Publications

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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