Principle Engineer Process Development in Carrigtohill at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 9/25/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Carrigtohill
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    9/25/2018
  • Job ID:
    27781BR

Job Description

Principal Engineer, Process R&D  


Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine, which help improve patient and hospital outcomes.  Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.   One of the means of offering innovated new products, is our pioneering work in Additive Manufacturing or 3D-Printing. We are now seeking outstanding Engineers and Scientists to work on this ground-breaking and exciting new technology. These individuals will work on Process development, Application development, or Operational support of our 3D-printing technology. 3D-Printing is believed by many to be on the cusp of an Industrial revolution. Unprecedented design freedom for affordable investment is leading to an explosion in creativity, rapid-prototyping speed, light weight structures and a host of new applications for investigation within the Healthcare industry.   For examples of 3D-Printing applications visit:  http://tinyurl.com/pa3clek http://tinyurl.com/puqscfy   One such technique, known as Powder Bed Fusion, is a manufacturing technique that takes a computer model of a component and ‘grows’ it layer by layer. Stryker’s 3D-printing technology was used in the commercialisation of the Triathlon Tritanium baseplate and metal-backed patella. The type of process used for Tritanium is a focused energy source used to melt layers of metal powders, giving Stryker the ability to create unique porous structures. This 3D printing process makes it possible to selectively position structures in desired zones.   Visit for more information:  http://www.stryker.com/en-us/products/Orthopaedics/KneeReplacement/Primary/TriathlonTritanium/index.htm     Position Summary Within the Additive Team, we are seeking exceptional Technical Leadership to drive and maintain our focus on development of exceptional new Additive Technology the first time. The Principal Engineer in Process R&D is a new role charged with providing technical leadership to less experienced engineers within the team as Stryker continues to develop and push the limits of Additive Technology to meet Stryker’s growing interest and need to apply Additive Technology in to make healthcare better.   This person will lead the technical rigor and technically mentor less experienced engineers in how to innovate high quality original solutions to complex process development and other engineering problems.  Development of training in key competencies to provide technical advice and education, detailed review of technical outcome and decision making will be key activities for the Principal Engineer.   The person will promote a culture of innovation thinking, technical rigor and process development methodology. In addition, it is expected that the person will provide technical advice and mentorship to other areas within the Additive Technology teams for the successful development of new products and technologies, all in accordance with International Regulations.   The person will develop and promote an innovative culture within engineering including knowledge or best practices in process development within the medical industry, including implementing and leading key engineering forums and reviews at technology stage-gates.    BSc in Engineering, Science or business discipline required or a related Masters degree. A PhD or Advanced Management qualification is desirable. Minimum 8 - 10 years broad based technology or process development in high performance, multi-national enterprises, at least 5 years of which has been spent in technical leadership level in Medical Devices or other highly regulated industry   We are seeking an exceptional technical leader with a proven track record in process development of new technologies. The person will require outstanding influencing and mentoring skills as he/she will create a culture of technical rigor for fast-paced development.     Company overview - Stryker   https://www.stryker.com/content/dam/stryker/about/Stryker_Company_Overview_2.pdf/subassets/page1.pdf     Principle Engineer - Process Development    Position Summary  Responsible for accelerating the pace and effectiveness of NPI by developing a culture of innovation within the engineering team while leveraging our GQO and divisional partnerships.  Technical oversight and leadership for programmes and for setting technical direction and competency framework for the multi-site engineering team.Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining the technical objectives of the assignment. 


Your key Responsibilities:


  • Develops technical solutions to complex technical problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Solutions may require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
  • Assume the role of technical mentor for engineers in the function.
  • Will monitor and control progress of work ensuring sound application of engineering principles and the appropriate use of policies and procedures.
  • May function in a technical leadership role on major programs.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of ""best practice"" in product/process performance within the medical device industry.
  • Develop a support network of key divisional/corporate leaders, academic and supplier partners to enhance understanding of product manufacturing and quality.
  • Lead a culture of innovation within the function by developing and implementing engineering forums and reviews for the engineering team.
  • Drive high levels of employee engagement through a highly effective support structure developed and implemented for all engineers.
  • Ensure adherence to GMP and safety procedures.
  • Review and approval of validation documentation.
  • All other duties as assigned.

 What are we looking for:     


  • B.S in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering discipline with 10 or more years’ experience; Related masters degree with 6 or more years of experience; PhD with 2 or more years of experience may also be desirable.
  • Broad based business experience in high performance multi-national enterprise, at least 3 years of which has been spent in operations and/or technical leadership level in Medical Device or other highly regulated industries.
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills - able to express ideas and collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams. Be open minded with the ability to recognise good ideas.
  • Strong capability to network and influence at all organisation levels.
  • Demonstrated project management and engineering expertise associated with new product introduction (NPI) in a regulated environment.
  • Strong analytical ability with a high aptitude for understanding systems, gathering data and performing research.
  • Must be able to read and interpret complex engineering drawings and have the ability to understand geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Detailed understanding of the validation and verification process and its application relating to new products.
  • Green or Black Belt 6 Sigma qualifications an advantage.
  • High level of PC Skills required.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: None

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