Staff Engineer, Packaging Operations in Mahwah, NJ at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 9/15/2020

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Job Description

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. Stryker offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives.

Stryker is seeking a Staff Engineer, Packaging Operations to join the Mahwah, New Jersey Orthopaedic Joint Replacement manufacturing facility.


  • Detail-oriented process improvers. Critical thinkers who naturally see opportunities to develop and optimize work processes – finding ways to simplify, standardize and automate

  • Self-directed imitators. People who take ownership of their work and need no prompting to drive productivity, change, and outcomes.

  • Strategic thinkers. People who enjoy analyzing data or trends for the purposes of planning, forecasting, advising, budgeting, reporting, or sales opportunities.

  • Collaborative partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, data and insights to drive continuous improvement in functions.

  • Analytical problem solvers. People who go beyond just fixing to identify root causes, evaluate optimal solutions, and recommend comprehensive upgrades to prevent future issues.


As a Staff Engineer, Packaging Operations with the Operations team you will provide packaging manufacturing engineering leadership and lead multiple complex projects for the packaging cell within our Mahwah NJ site.  You will work closely with Quality Assurance, suppliers, Advanced Operations and product development on initiatives that drive toward best practices and support business objectives. 

  • You will develop and manage project timelines within a cross-functional team.

  • You will define & implement specific solutions to technical problems, completing the tasks associated with such projects and writing reports that clearly document the results.

  • You will work closely with Operations, Engineering Services, and Quality to resolve in-house and supplier quality problems using established problem-solving methodologies.

  • Your will actively participate and lead teams to support new product and process design and development activities.

  • You will lead and participate in the development and improvement of the manufacturing process for existing and new products.

  • You will review & approve inspection plans, routers and product drawings.

  • You will facilitate quality remediation, gap closure through partnership with cell Quality Engineer.

  • You will participate in development, review & approval process and equipment validation/qualifications

  • You will lead technical meetings to set direction in order to achieve excellent results

  • You will review and approve nonconforming material and system documentation.

  • Initiate and support NCR, and CAPA initiatives

  • Under minimal supervision must be able to lead, execute and close complex projects

  • You will serve as a mentor to others.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering required.

  • 5+ years related work experience.

  • Must be familiar with sterilization operations (Gamma, ETO and Gas Plasma (peroxide)) for sterile implants and/or instruments.

  • Understands aqueous and solvent cleaning processing for sterile implants and instruments (both automated and manual processing).

  • Must understand sterile barrier packaging and package testing (in process/AQL, stability testing and age testing).

  • Demonstrate understand of cleanroom processing, certification and environmental monitoring for ISO class 8 cleanrooms.

  • Must be able to define root cause of different manufacturing equipment such specifically packaging equipment.

  • Experience creating detailed drawings for fixture/tooling designs and/or the ability to work with designers and drafters to create fixture/tooling designs.

  • Working knowledge of quality tools such as failure modes effect analysis (FMEA), GD&T, root cause analysis, mistake proofing and Poke-Yoke.

  • Proficient knowledge of FDA regulations highly preferred.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in LEAN and problem-solving tools with a high focus on process improvement such as DMAIC and Value Stream Mapping.

  • Experience and ability to deliver on high profile projects

  • Highly effectively communication in a cross functional environment

  • Must have a high understanding of Minitab, Microsoft projects, and Microsoft Excel

Work From Home: Occasional

Travel Percentage: 10%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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