Sr Software Product Owner

Abbott Laboratories
October 10, 2021
Santa Clara, CA
Job Type


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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

About Abbott Hematology

The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

Our location in Santa Clara, CA currently has an opportunity for a Sr Software Engineer, Product Owner.   

What You’ll Do  

As a team member within the software engineering group, the Sr Software Engineer, Product Owner will lead activities as they relate to the understanding of customers’ needs and business requirements and translating them into the software products. Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system. Completes professional level engineering assignments related to a specific field or discipline. Leads and participates in projects involving the Design, fabrication, validation, and manufacture of complex instrument subassemblies, systems, or processes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conceives and plans projects to explore product or process problems, defines and selects new concepts and approaches to the design or development of new or improved products or processes Applies the results of reviews of literature, patents, and current practices to the solution of current problems.

  • Forms and suggests ideas to support the strategic technical direction of the area, Provide technical guidance to less experienced engineers, designers, and technicians.

  • Software development responsibilities include executing software development life cycle activities (from software requirements, design, and implementation through design verification) using current software technologies.

  • Work with the Program Manager, Business stakeholders and Agile team to define the scope of the software product.

  • Translate product strategy into detailed requirements.

  • Get answers for the team to clarify details as they are developing the application.

  • Serve as the voice of the business for the Scrum team to ensure requested features are clearly understood.

  • Lead the planning product release plans and sets expectations for delivery of new functionalities.

  • Plan and prioritize product feature backlog and development for the product.

  • Develop user stories and defines acceptance criteria, lead sprint planning and grooming sessions. 

  • Manage dependencies in and across sprints and releases.

  • Perform demos to all stakeholders on a regular basis.

  • Keep stakeholders apprised of progress and incorporate their feedback.

  • Maintains focus on our customers and the value Abbott can deliver to them. Work toward improving customer centricity in our products. 

  • Help align stakeholders on business and system requirements, program functions and strategy. 

  • Problem solve to ensure best solutions are delivered.

  • Ensure that compliance, security, and regulatory requirements are met on all projects.

  • Coordinate with other R&D teams (hardware, systems, algorithms) to ensure product-level requirements are met and the software meets the acceptance criteria. 

  • Identify Future Development Needs: Translates changes in business goals and objectives into the skills, knowledge and experience needed for future work Plans for and Achieves Development: Prepares a plan that sets appropriate development goals, establishes timelines to fulfill development needs, balances the time needed for accomplishing current work and achieving development goals. Evaluate Risk/Reward Trade Offs: Evaluate risks of alternatives, recommend actions, and develop strategies to cope with various scenarios.

  • Provides Input to Strategic Decision Process: Provides input to SDP process that defines the operational strategy for served markets.

  • Recommends Responses to Technical Trends: Synthesizes technical and customer information to analyze and recommend responses to market and competitive trends, Applies Technology in Innovative Ways: Combines technologies to anticipate or address customer needs, consistently generates/ adopts original solutions to problems and reduces them to practices.

Education and Experience You’ll Bring  


  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering or closely related discipline with five or more years progressive work experience.

  •  Four to six years progressive work experience.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or Scientific discipline. 

  • 5 + years of post-educational professional experience in the healthcare / life sciences or software development domain. 

  • Effective project planning and organizational skills. 

  • Action oriented with the ability to drive for results. 

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills - verbal, written and listening. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in a team, is organized, analytical and has good decision making and issue resolution skills. 

  • Solid problem-solving skills, attention to detail and critical thinking abilities. Demonstrated ability to strategically solve problems. 

  • Previous experience as a Software Product Owner or leading software development is an asset.


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 

  • Paid time off  

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match 

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities 

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:  

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity. 

Connect with us at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal. 

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