Intuitive Surgical Careers

Sr Manufacturing Engineer

Mexico-Mexicali, Mexico
Manufacturing & Operations

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: Mexico-Baja California-Mexico-Mexicali
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 190120


Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Contribute your leadership and technical skills in the areas of manufacturing process technologies, problem-solving, training, and project management in a growing medical device company.  In this key role, you will be the driving force behind Lean tool implementation and continuous improvement projects site-wide.  Your combination of training, motivational skills, analytical problem-solving ability, and passion for Lean manufacturing will be just the right fit for the manufacturing environment of  precision instruments for minimally invasive robotic surgery.
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Manufacturing responsibility for tooling/fixtures, manufacturing equipment and design improvements into production.
    • Evaluate and challenge mechanism designs for technical merit, reliability, serviceability and manufacturability. Provide suggested change proposals.
    • Provide mechanical design engineers with Design for Manufacturability (DFM) input to ensure consistency/commonality among hardware and standard part selections across product/sub-assembly lines.
    • Design, document, and create efficient “High-volume’ manufacturing assembly line including:
      • Workplace and flow process development
      • Specify, document, procure, repair, maintain, qualify, and implement fixtures, hand tools and equipment.
      • Determine and incorporate critical feature inspection and test checkpoints into process. Document if discrepancies, actions or steps required.
    • Approve design releases to manufacturing, review engineering documentation, provide vendor and in-house DFM inputs.
    • Review/approve and determine impact of ECOs from manufacturing and field perspective.
    • Take responsibility for developing and maintaining compliance with the quality system.
    • Evaluate and help in the selection of suppliers for mechanical parts if required. Help resolve supplier quality issues.
    • Hire, train, develop, and motivate production personnel to follow procedures, meet high quality standards, production schedules, and productivity requirements.
    • Update and revise Manufacturing Process Instructions (MPIs) to ensure accuracy and completeness
    • Address line support issues as they arise
    • Document and report any variances, problems, issues, or concerns on all aspects of the manufacturing process
    • Provide production personnel with expectations and performance feedback regularly
    • Drive improvements in safety, quality, production, and cost
    • Write and conduct formal annual performance reviews for production personnel
    • Plan, supervise, drive improvement, and report production performance including output, yields, root cause failures, efficiencies, and trends
    • Understand, train personnel, and enforce strict adherence to the applicable Department Operating Procedures (DOPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Quality System
    • Maintain up to date and accessible training records for MPIs and Quality System documents
    • Assist in setting and attaining quarterly and annual production goals
  • Learn and enforce company safety policies and practices
  • Investigate, lead or support sub-assembly or process outsourcing initiatives
  • Review/approve ECOs to determine impact on manufacturing and field perspective.
  • Review and disposition discrepant material.  Implement corrective actions to prevent recurrences.
  • Active participant in quality improvement initiatives, providing feed back to find and solve root cause of problems.
  • Evaluate designs for manufacturability (with respect to tooling and assembly methods).  Provide suggested change proposals, or tooling concepts during early design process phase.
  • Design and documentation responsibilities for custom and standard production tooling/fixtures.


  • Strong Lean manufacturing implementation and training experience are an absolute requirement!  Six Sigma background and knowledge is also highly desirable.  Must be a hands-on team player with a broad background able to interact cross-functionally to develop improvement strategies and implement solutions.  We need someone with an unfailing commitment to continuous improvement. 
  • BSME required, MSME preferred.
  • Customs and material department knowledge preferred
  • Strong communications skills across team organizations and cultures.
  • Interface with shipping and receiving activities preferred.
  • Mid/high volume complex mechanism manufacturing engineering experience preferred.
  • New product introduction/development desirable. Robotics knowledge a plus.
  • Experienced in ISO 9001, or medical device manufacturing environment.
  • CAD experience preferred (ProE, AutoCAD).
  • Must  be able to speak, read and write in English.
  • Must be able to travel to the USA