Apr 25, 2024

Technical Application Specialist I (Central US)

  • Abbott
  • Chicago, IL, USA
Full time Health Care

Job Description

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

The territory covers the Central region of the US. (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama).

  • Qualified candidates must currently live in the territory, preferably near a major airport.
  • Willing to travel 90-95%.
  • Relocation assistance is not authorized for this position.

What You’ll Work On

Provide support to Abbotts Diagnostic Division (ADD) customers and field personnel as the primary contact for ADD’s highest complexity instruments for onsite instrument and assay integration and training; and serve as a resource for internal/external customers in troubleshooting and resolving instrument and/or reagent problems onsite or over the phone; and document information into the complaint handling system.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system. Lead multi-site/multi-instrument integrations for ADD instruments and reagents into customer sites/laboratories, including new product launch (NPL) products.
  • Conduct comprehensive customer entrance interview to understand the customer’s needs; and manage their expectations within the defined service offerings. Plan the onsite integration process.
  • Work with implementation project managers as technical lead to execute project plan across customer systems.
  • Work with the customer to take ownership of the instrument. Assist customers with meeting their regulatory and validation requirements.
  • Provide appropriate training for the customer on the newly installed instrument.
  • Manage the integration process to meet customer expectations and timeline. Conduct thorough exit interview to present integration results and secure customer buy-in.
  • Lead critical account management situations as part of combined sales/service/support effort.
  • Perform troubleshooting on issues related to reagent or instrument performance designed to improve customer self-sufficiency.
  • Provides technical phone and on-site support to proactively maintain product performance or resolve customer complaints with ADD products for hardware, software, and reagent issues. Investigate problems, diagnose probable causes, systematically eliminate alternatives, provide solutions, document information into complaint handling system.
  • Position is critical to the support of the CAPA Quality Sub-System with responsibility for accurate documentation of customer complaints and the actions taken to resolve those concerns.
  • Recognizes and communicates product issues and potential improvements to others in the organization in a timely and effective manner.
  • Provide immediate feedback to Customer Service Organization; Global Service Support; and others regarding NPL field performance.
  • Deliver onsite or classroom-based customer training.
  • Customize onsite training to meet specific customer needs. Maintain and develop technical competence on instruments assigned as well as job-related tools and processes.
  • Consults in the sales cycle regarding integration/technical/workflow issues, and the service cycle on Highly Serviced Instruments or other account management issues.
  • Manage time, territory; systems and accounts effectively to meet customer needs; organizational priorities, and sales objectives.
  • Follow defined Technical Application Specialist work processes for all aspects of job, including integration procedures, complaint documentation, time documentation, activity documentation, and TOR documentation.
  • Provide data to the organization on customer use/preferences leading to customer driven design/customer usability.
  • Responsible for identifying and communicating critical gaps and recommend potential improvements to cross functional work processes.
  • Function as Subject Matter Expert or point-person on complex processes on cross-functional teams. Provide technical information to direct management/peers and other functional groups.

Position Accountability / Scope:

  • This position is a very visible to the external customer and will influence customer purchase decisions. This position is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Technical Application Specialist (TAS) organization to sales and service, influencing stakeholders in these areas.
  • Frequent interaction with customers’ onsite and via telephone; SME/leadership roles on teams or major projects. Leadership shared with Field Service, Customer Support Center, or others on critical account management issues.
  • Receives general direction and exercises considerable discretion as to personal work details. Accomplishes results individually, working remotely and in collaboration on teams and work groups.
  • Develops processes and procedures for department. Recognizes the impact of the policies and procedures on the business and raises the issue if there is a potential conflict.
  • Makes decision on reagent utilization on integrations and troubleshooting product replacement that impacts annual supply budget.
  • Considers financial and customer implications as part of decision making.
  • Critical contribution to the effectiveness of the CAPA system with responsibility for accurate documentation of customer complaints and the actions taken to resolve those concerns.
  • Exhibits high level of integrity, honesty, keeping commitments and presenting information completely and accurately to both internal and external customers.
  • Monitor and maintains customer satisfaction through direct contact.
  • Adheres to safety guidelines; policies; procedures.

* 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

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.

Experience Level

Entry-level (0-5 years)

Education Required

Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Engineering, Electronics, or Medical Technology

Required Experience

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in science; engineering; electronics or Medical Technology

  • Two (2) years’ experience in laboratory environment, field service, technical call center, or Abbott Diagnostics products

Preferred Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology

  • Four (4) years’ experience in laboratory environment, field service, technical call center, or Abbott Diagnostics products.

Security Clearance Required


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