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Director Industrial Engineering

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

The Director, Industrial Engineering (IE)will be a key member of the New Product Introduction (NPI) Manufacturing Operations leadership team with broad responsibilities including developing a vision and strategy for IE within Intuitive, hire, coach and mentor IE Managers and team members, foster a continuous improvement culture, while partnering with cross functional people within process engineering and global operations ( planning, supply chain and logistics) making progress towards excellence in execution in development and manufacturing high quality, minimally invasive robotic surgical equipment. Proven leadership experience building and developing high performing Industrial or manufacturing engineering teams is required. The ideal candidate will have the right mix of technical knowledge, demonstrated leadership and communication skills and a keen interest in continuous improvement.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage, coach & mentor a high-performing IE team while also setting performance expectations, conduct regular performance evaluations, and identify training needs to enhance the skills and knowledge of team members
  • Review production data, performance metrics, and operational parameters to identify trends, bottlenecks, and areas for improvement.
  • Make data-driven recommendations to optimize cycle time, cost, productivity, and overall factory performance
  • Aid in the development and maintenance and automation of manufacturing capacity models
  • Partner with COE team to help digital manufacturing transformation strategy and recommend solutions and resources needed to execute and deliver on projects
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by promoting lean manufacturing methods, driving waste reduction initiatives, and implementing best practices across the factory
  • Encourage employee involvement and engagement in process improvement activities
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement, evaluate existing workflows through value stream mapping and develop strategies to enhance OEE/OLE, and increase throughput and capacity
  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee IE deliverables for NPI projects, ensuring timely completion and adherence to high quality standards. This includes defining project deliverables, setting priorities, allocating resources, and managing project timelines
  • Implement and oversee the automation of models, such as equipment capacity and headcount planning. Leverage advanced data analytics and machine learning techniques to improve decision-making and operational efficiency
  • Head cross-functional teams to design and optimize the layout of factories, equipment, workstations, and production lines. Develop and drive factory blueprinting for consistent replication regionally and ensure efficient utilization of space and resources
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation of manufacturing processes, standard operating procedures (SOP), and work instructions (WI). Ensure consistent implementation and adherence to established procedures
  • Develop expertise in the organization around core industrial engineering methods such as factory design, labor capacity planning, line stabilizing, value stream mapping, time study research, production cell design, process and material flow optimization, lean/ Six Sigma and data analytics through structured programs and initiatives
  • Develop system level expertise for IEs in SAP- S4, SAP ME, Agile, O9 and other business systems within Intuitive

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in industrial engineering or manufacturing engineering or a related field.
  • 15+ years’ experience in Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering roles within a regulated industry.
  • Prior experience in leadership roles is required.
  • Experience in medium to high volume manufacturing operations.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and statistical tools.
  • Familiarity with process simulation software, optimization tools, and manufacturing execution systems (SAP ME preferred) required.
  • Experience in new facility design and expertise in efficient production line layouts required.

Nice to have

  • Proactive approach towards driving continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Experience in implementing a Lean/CI culture, Six Sigma methodologies, and other process improvement frameworks.
  • Knowledge of smart manufacturing rules, methodologies, and emerging technologies.
  • A solid technical foundation in medical device manufacturing is preferred.
  • Lean Six sigma black belt certification and c practicing LSS values preferred.
  • Experience setting up and driving improvements in OEE/ OLE/ Process capability and other factory performance metrics.
  • Experience working in a new product introduction (NPI) environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of equipment qualification and process validation in a medical device environment preferred.
  • Proven track record in successfully managing complex engineering projects from initiation to completion.
  • Proven organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to influence, motivate and inspire a team.
  • Excellent communication and social skills to partner with cross-functional teams and present ideas and solutions to stakeholders at various levels.
  • Problem-solving abilities with a data-driven mindset.
  • Ability to dissect complex situations, identify root causes, and propose innovative solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Resilience to handle challenges and adjusting to new technologies and processes.

​​​​​​​Travel

  • 25% is required to other manufacturing sites within Intuitive.

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.

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.

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: $176,800 USD - $265,200 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $150,300 USD - $225,500 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: 25% of the time
Workplace Type: Onsite - This job is fully onsite.

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