Intuitive Surgical Careers

Senior NPI Supplier Engineer - Mechanical

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California
Manufacturing & Operations

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 190381


Company Description:

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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.

Primary Function of Position:

The mission of Supplier Engineering is to ensure high quality and stable delivery of purchased production components from suppliers operating under robust quality systems. Each supplier engineer is responsible for ensuring suppliers meet ISI requirements for product quality, cost, and service.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Part Qualification

Lead Part Qualification activities in support of NPI programs

• Lead Core Product Teams in defining appropriate Part Qualification requirements
o This includes defining testing and inspection requirements prior to system integration in order to maximize ISI factory efficiency
Support transfer of parts and suppliers from NPI to Sustaining production
• Complete Production Part Qualification Process deliverables: Supplier pFMEA, Special Process Validations, FAI, and Process Capability Analysis
o Perform product/process risk analysis and ensure mitigations are implemented and effective prior to product introduction
o Establish sustainable process capability at supplier and critical sub-tier suppliers

Line Support during NPI manufacturing

• Quickly address potential line down incidents
• Take ownership of dispositioning non-conforming material and address systemic or significant non-conformances with formal corrective actions
• Drive corrective actions through use of various Root Cause tools (8D, 5 Why, etc), determining true root cause, implementing effective and lasting corrective and preventive actions

Manufacturing Process Selection and Development

Lead manufacturing process selection

• Identify the correct process for manufacturing the part, considering process quality, long term capacity and total lifecycle cost.
• Identify where DFM is appropriate to achieve higher quality, lower costs or better supply chain capacity
• Educate internal customers and suppliers regarding supplier quality, process and operational capabilities, best value manufacturing methods and tooling for key supplier processes
Manage change
• Drive improvements to ISI requirements as necessary by proposing and managing changes to specifications and drawings through the ECO process
• Manage the planning and implementation of supplier change management projects using the Supplier Change Request process (SCR) post Design V&V
• Provide status of the readiness (quality, capacity, delivery) of the supply chain for major production process changes
• Work cross-functionally to improve supplier engineering processes

Supplier Selection and Evaluation

Support Supplier Selection

• Work with Product Design, Commodity Mangers and other stake holders to identify high capability suppliers necessary for New Products based on assessment of business need and supplier capability.
• Evaluate new supplies through informal assessments and formal assessment by supporting lead auditors in QMS evaluations
Foster Supplier Relationships
• Support audit team in addressing findings to develop suppliers’ quality and business systems in order to meet ISI’s requirements
• Manage supplier relationships to effectively partner with ISI suppliers

Skill/Job Requirements:

In order to adequately perform the responsibilities of this position the individual must possess:

• BS degree in Engineering or equivalent
• Minimum 8 years related experience in Supplier Quality, Supplier Development, or related field
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Experience creating and aggregating DFM feedback
• Demonstrable knowledge in evaluating and challenging supplier technical, quality, and business capabilities
• Experience with a wide range of manufacturing processes including understanding of key input variables for quality, cost and capacity
o Desired product experience in at least two of the following categories:
 Milling and Turning, including Swiss and FMS
 Injection Molding or Reaction Injection Molding
 Metal Casting Processes
 Thermal or Pressure Forming
 Sheet Metal Fabrication, Stamping & Fine blanking
 Welding and other bonding processes
 Motion Control (Bearings, Gears and Screws)
• Proven ability to motivate suppliers and lead teams to solve difficult technical and process problems
• Knowledge of pFMEA, process validation, inspection and test techniques
• Familiarity with 21 CFR part 820 and ISO 13485
o Experience in auditing suppliers to these standards is preferred
o At a minimum, candidate should understand GDP and QMS methods
• Significant computer experience using Windows, Word, Excel, Access and ERP Information Systems, preferably SAP
• Ability to read and interpret detailed specifications and schematics and communicate technical information
• Experience in a medical device company is a preferred
• Experience in a low-volume high-mix production environments is a preferred
• Ability to travel to suppliers on an as needed basis – domestic and international

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.