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Senior Product Development Engineer

SUMMARY

Under minimal supervision, primarily responsible for the design and development of new spinal products/product families and/or the enhancement of existing products. Involved in creating designs, modeling and drafting, utilizing a 3D CAD system. Other responsibilities include assisting in the development process with Marketing, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Quality, and Regulatory to help manage the project deliverables from conceptualization through full market launch.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, develop, and design spinal implants & instruments in accordance with FDA and ISO requirements—New Product Development as well as maintenance of existing legacy systems.
  • Lead identification and timely execution of complete product development process and project deliverables, including concept design, testing, design finalization, verification/validation activities, transfer, and launch support.
  • Execute development activities of multiple line extensions and special instrument modifications in an abbreviated schedule simultaneously.
  • Create designs using CAD (SolidWorks) intended for both subtractive and additive manufacturing methods. Generate 3D part files, 3D assembly files, & 2D technical drawings.
  • Write protocols, execute, analyze test data, and generate reports to verify or validate that designs meet functional and performance specifications, including interactions with outside testing facilities.
  • Generates and manages the Change Order process for initial release & revision of device-related changes, including potential impacts on current design inputs, risk, and relevant controlled documents in the system Design History File.
  • Generates and manages the Change Order process for initial and updated revisions of appropriate Quality Management System documents and processes.
  • Identify and collaborate on the improvement of company and group policies, capacities, and direction.
  • Primary interface with ALL customers (Surgeons, Distributors, FDA, Manufacturers, Consultants, Etc.) to discuss design inputs, functional instruction, and current challenges for new product development as well as legacy systems.
  • Communicate effectively across cross-functional teams to identify and ensure project team and senior management are aware of upcoming milestones and risks/issues.
  • Utilize in-house rapid prototyping and interface with suppliers to provide support during the manufacturing process.
  • Review and approve product Inspection Standards, overlays, and gauges in collaboration with the Quality department.
  • Competently provide technical assistance to other areas of the organization including, but not limited to, Sales, Marketing, Quality, Regulatory, Purchasing, Sales Support and Executive Management.
  • Routinely conduct static and fatigue stress analysis on developed designs using FEA, including interpretation of results.
  • Collaborate & offer background, knowledge, & expertise with other Group staff.
  • Follow organizational & group guidelines, procedures, protocols.
  • Work with clients and patent counsel to prepare invention records and assist in the patent submission process.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Not Applicable

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience and Proficiency with CAD software required (SolidWorks preferred).
  • Full working knowledge & experience with product development cycle and phased/gate approach of small to medium projects.
  • Knowledge of general manufacturing processes, and familiarity with common materials and practices to produce medical implants and instruments. Experience with Additive Manufacturing preferred.
  • Experience with GD&T, stack-up analysis, and mechanical testing.
  • Experience and knowledge relevant ASTM, ISO, FDA standards, regulations, guidelines.
  • Successful with autonomy of responsibility in addition to a team environment.
  • Be adept and flexible to manage multiple tasks at once while keeping to the set schedule of each task.
  • Capable of presenting and sharing information with management, surgeons, and/or field personnel when requested (PowerPoint skills preferred).
  • Capable of presenting and sharing information with management, surgeons, and/or field personnel when requested (PowerPoint skills preferred).
  • Proficiency in science and engineering principles including physics, algebra, statistics, the ability to understand and solve technical problems, collect and analyze data, draw valid conclusions and communicate findings.
  • Experience with Project Management planning preferred (MS Project, Smartsheet, etc.)
  • Competency in the identification and investigation of issues, determination of appropriate solution, and implementation to resolve the problem.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience required.
  • Product development experience required.
  • Spinal or Orthopedic Implant design experience preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Working environment is typical of an office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Choice Spine was started in 2006, when the two co-founders, Marty Altshuler and Rick Henson, decided to take their medical device distributorship and turn it into a full medical device company. In the 17 subsequent years, the company has expanded from a handful of specialized products to the design, development, and commercialization of a full portfolio of hardware and biologic solutions addressing nearly all degenerative and emergent spinal care needs. Currently, Choice Spine has nearly 70 team members who work every day to “improve people’s lives by doing spine the right way” in 35 US states and 5 International markets.

Our “PART B” culture is at the heart of who we are and how we operate.  Choice Spine team members embody “PART B” through the following behaviors:

 

  • Positive Attitude

  • Accountability

  • Responsiveness

  • Trustworthiness

  • Be a Team Player

Choice Spine strives to offer not only a competitive compensation and benefits portfolio but an operating environment that fosters ownership and autonomy for our team members. Our mission of “Improving People’s Lives by Doing Spine the Right Way” provides that shared responsibility to do all we can to deliver the best solution possible to our surgeon partners so that they can deliver optimal care to their patients and achieve the best possible outcome for them in their situation. Our team-oriented environment emphasizes “collaboration” and “commitment” to achieve our mission.

Some Benefits of Working at ChoiceSpine:

  • Competitive Compensation and Bonus Opportunities for all Employees
  • Medical (HSA and PPO Plans)
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Teladoc
  • 401k Plans and Employer Match (both Traditional and Roth Options)
  • Paid Time Off Program
  • Short-term Disability (Company Paid)
  • Long-term Disability (Company Paid)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Compressed Workweek/Flexible Friday Afternoon Scheduling
  • For several consecutive years, ChoiceSpine was selected by its employee base as a Top Workplace

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