AbbVie Principal Engineer in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico


AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.


Our state-of-the-art global facilities and operations offer a high degree of flexibility, scale and opportunity to excel. These include some of the industry’s most technically advanced facilities, supported by an extensive team of highly talented purchasing, quality, supply chain, manufacturing, engineering and operations experts.

At AbbVie, we provide engineering leadership and expertise to create, maintain and optimize world-class global pharmaceutical operations. Our engineers are constantly striving to improve and streamline operations. Strategic engineering initiatives aimed at enhancing our future are critical to the organization, to our clients and to the patients whom we serve.

Our Principal Engineer is an engineering professional who, working with little or no supervision, applies advanced scientific knowledge, engineering knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to complete complex assignments related to a specific technical field or discipline. The Principal Engineer has experience in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes, preferably in solid dosage form or API.

Key Responsibilities Include:


  • Independently plans and conducts medium-to-large size assigned projects within engineering specialty requiring conventional types of plans, investigations, and/or equipment.

  • Manages multiple, often concurrent, projects and meets deadlines.

  • Maintains project controls and reporting for cost, scope and schedule; develops execution strategy including procurement; balances multiple demands within an assignment, e.g. executes contingency plans to recover from schedule slippage and financial overruns.

  • Facilitates the definition of a project scope with clients.

  • Establishes workable and trackable schedules.

  • Works with staff, outside firms, and/or consultants to agree on plans and timetables for a specific project; identifies pinch points or conflicts, e.g. determines verification and tracking mechanisms; sets performance metrics; assigns responsibilities for team members; develops a budget.

  • Independently performs economic analysis and feasibility studies related to project alternatives.

  • Responsible for achieving the project's financial targets in support of business objectives.


  • Anticipates future directions. Benchmarks internally and externally. Recognizes changes in the environment and present resources as indicators of future problems and opportunities; prepares for such eventualities, e.g. initiates plan to acquire new engineering skills required by changes in technology.

  • Independently executes, and/or directs others in the execution of, the design of products/processes/equipment/systems/facilities by applying new engineering theories, concepts, and techniques within the discipline.

  • Designs and leads complex experiments, often with multiple variables, gathers data, and performs preliminary analysis.

  • Reports findings.

  • Prepares and communicates recommendations and respective action plans.


  • Mentors others by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance.

  • Interfaces frequently with inter-organizational and outside customer contacts.

  • Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.

  • Prepares written communication.

  • Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents with team members, designers, technicians, and other technical personnel, both internal and external to AbbVie, using appropriate communication protocols, e.g. develops proposals; conducts reviews; provides audience targeted content; prepares project summaries and design documentation.

  • Obtains approval to proceed with proposed action plans.

  • Establishes networks. Follows through on project goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge, and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business, e.g. participates in team meetings; serves as a functional expert in cross-project design review.

  • Builds relationships. Initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others' needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments, e.g. offers assistance; interacts effectively with stakeholders at appropriate levels of the organization.

  • Resolves underlying problems. Identifies full range of customer/client needs and proposes solutions to address them; makes alterations in products or services to better meet (recognized or unrecognized) customer need, e.g. partners with an outside vendor to provide a better deliverable.


  • Complies with all regulations and standards for quality, Environmental, Health, Safety and Energy (EHS&E) Global Policies, AbbVie Engineering Standards, and other governance areas as applicable.

  • Ensures quality and effectiveness of assigned tasks.

  • Has awareness of the potential consequences (defects and failure modes) of design changes to established processes.

  • Identifies areas of risk with respect to compliance.


  • Develops procedures and standards.

  • Coordinates with technical support personnel to conduct prototype or experimental runs of products or processes.

  • Directs the efforts of others such as technicians and outside resources.

  • Performs tasks such as writing Requests for Capital Expenditures (RCEs), safety/quality checklists, scope documents, etc.

  • Develops and executes validation protocols.

  • Resolves problems, such as production process deviations, vendor deviations from specification, urgent out-of-stock replacements, and crisis situations requiring fast, astute decisions with rapid implementation by utilizing technical training and experience.

  • Provides training on systems.

  • Represents engineering on corporate and division task forces.

* Basic: *

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering

  • 8 years of significant engineering and/or operational experience.

  • Has a career history marked by a consistent series of technical contributions and accomplishments.

  • Significant contribution to product or process development or improvement through creative application of technical effort will equally be recognized.

  • Possesses a strong technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices, and procedures.

  • Works on problems of complex scope where analysis of situations or data involves multiple competing factors.

  • Exercises judgment and advises management as to the appropriate actions.

  • Interacts well with diverse groups within engineering and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators.

  • Listens to and understands others' points of view and articulates tactfully and respectfully one's own perspective orally, in writing, and in presentations.

  • Works well with other engineers in a collaborative, fast-paced goal-driven environment.

  • Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences.

    • Preferred: *
  • Post-graduate education/degree, and may contribute towards the desired years of experience.

  • Experience in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes, preferably in solid dosage form or API.

  • Technical background in Pharmaceutical or similar industry.

  • Demonstrated competency with financial systems.

    Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.

  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence' and can change the course quickly where indicated.

  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.

  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.

  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality

    Significant Work Activities and Conditions: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Continuous walking for prolonged periods (more than 2 hours at a time in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday), Routine work with chemicals.

    Job Classification: Experienced

Job Classification: Experienced
Primary Location: USA-Puerto Rico-Barceloneta
Organization: Operations
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Req ID: 1705417

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