Senior Specialist Customer Service

in Lake Forest, IL

Senior Specialist Customer Service Job

Job Description Job Attributes+

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  • Job Location

    Lake Forest, IL, US

  • Job Category

    Customer & Technical Support

  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 10 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


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 diagnostic solutions are used in hospitals, laboratories, and clinics around the globe. The crucial information derived from our tests, instruments and informatics systems are often the first step in patient care decision making for hundreds of health conditions from heart attacks to blood disorders to infectious diseases and cancers.

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:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • 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 Opportunity

  • This is not a remote opportunity
  • Qualified candidates must currently live in the Chicagoland area.

What You’ll Work On

  • Assists supervisor/manager with the management of daily activities over a group of agents, representatives, or similar positions that handle customer service inquiries and problems via the telephone and sometimes e-mail.
  • Provides direction and guidance to less experienced team members.
  • Recognizes and recommends areas needing improvement.
  • Applies advanced knowledge and skills in Customer Service.
  • Handles customer service inquiries and problems via the telephone and/or email recording consistent problem areas.
  • Customer service is the primary function but may include minimal selling or promotion of products or services.
  • Calls are non-routine but require deviation from standard screens, scripts, and procedures.
  • Handles situations which may require adaptation of response or extensive research according to customer response.
  • Uses computerized system for tracking, information gathering, and/or troubleshooting.
  • Requires extensive knowledge of company, products, and/or services.
  • May required advanced problem-solving.
  • Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Represent customer service on cross-functional teams responsible for commercial and/or quality programs.
  • Manage escalated cases including sourcing information to address customers issues, corresponding with customer, recommending actions for a positive outcome customers and strategic partners.
  • Participates in marketing strategy and planning activities and often offers ideas on new opportunities to increase customer retention and improve the customer experience.
  • Monitors and reviews existing processes.
  • May assist in scheduling and coordinating team activities.
  • Handles escalated and unresolved calls from less experienced representatives.
  • Typically provides input into hiring decisions and performance appraisals but does not necessarily make hiring decisions or conduct performance appraisals.
  • Typically requires one to three years of experience, and some experience as a senior level Customer Service Representative.
  • Responsible for the implementation, maintenance and reporting of specified Sales, Marketing and CRM Service Programs for the United States by working with internal customers such as Sales and Marketing, internal customers.
  • Data trending and analysis of quality or commercial data
  • Meeting project milestones and delivering final program on-time while delivering to program defined requirements.
  • Must have the ability to manage multiple projects at one time from start to finish.
  • Must have the ability to work with internal stakeholders and manage outside vendors, keeping them on track and meeting all deadlines with high quality results.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 4 years’ experience
  • Including 2 years’ experience, driving small to medium sized projects with a cross-functional team
  • Microsoft Excel Skills to facilitate data analysis and Power Point skills.
  • General Knowledge of EDI 850, 855, 856 and 810
  • Document and verbalize issues and have the ability to work with all levels of management.

* 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.

The base pay for this position is $72,700.00 – $145,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • troubleshooting
  • customer service
  • edi
  • crm
  • project management
  • customer retention
  • marketing strategy
  • microsoft excel
  • data analysis
  • customer experience
  • sales and marketing

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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