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Manager Vision RD Engineering

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB7797

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Primary Function of Position

The Manager of Vision R&D Engineering will be responsible for leading a team of engineers who design innovative endoscope architectures to enable superior surgical vision.  This role is a key part of early evaluation stages of the vision hardware product pipeline. The role will be leading cross functional teams for development of new products.

Essential Job Duties 

This key technical management role will guide and mentor a talented R&D engineering organization responsible developing the next generation of electro-opto-mechanical product designs.  The leadership requires the ability to collaborate across functions to clarify the customer need, brainstorm engineering approaches, and select winning concepts that balance performance, program risk, and commercial viability.  The leader will have a track record of effectively working closely with the electrical, optical, and other mechanical  teams to  collaboratively develop these novel designs.

  • Build and mentor a strong team of self-directed engineers.  Encourage an ambitious, exploratory, creative mindset in the team
  • Identify, isolate, and plan to resolve high-risk questions that stand between today and confidence that we can meet the customer needs with technological solutions.  In other words, find the science projects and reduce their risk until they become engineering implementation tasks
  • Work with Multiport Vision PMO to deliver risk-reduced concepts to the next engineering team in the product development flow
  • Collaborate across the organization to assure that proposed designs meet the needs of all customers : manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory, human factors, clinical, supply chain


Required Skills and Experience 

  • Track record of leading and developing sustainable teams
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with a team that is split among geographic regions, organize effective collaboration in time zones with limited work-day overlap, and balance cultural differences among contributors
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor contributors on processes, implement processes for product safety and quality, and drive product and process improvements that lead to improving patient outcomes, surgeon experience, and business performance
  • Demonstrated ability to distill the requirements into clear goals and actions for the team that deliver improved products for our customers in a timely manner

Required Education and Training 

  • Minimum B.S. degree in Engineering discipline, M.S. preferred.
  • A minimum 1-3 years’ experience managing an engineering team.
  • A minimum 8-10 years’ experience in design, manufacturing, or service environment for complex electro-mechanical products.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Prior experience in medical device design and manufacturing
  • Excellent organizational skills; Able to manage multiple fast-paced projects
  • Prior experience with Agile Change Control and SAP
  • Experience in an ISO 13485, ISO 9001, or medical device manufacturing environment

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on several factors, including experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

Base Salary Range Region 1: $165,600 USD - $238,400 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $140,800 USD - $202,600 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: 10% of the time
Workplace Type: Onsite - This job is fully onsite.

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