Intuitive Surgical Careers

Supplier Development Engineer

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California
Manufacturing & Operations

Job Description

Job: Manufacturing & Operations
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 190421


Company Description:

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Joining Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 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:

In this role, the Supplier Development Engineer is responsible for managing supplier development projects and initiatives with key suppliers to improve supplier’s performance and/or capabilities to meet Intuitive’s short-term and long-term supply needs.

Roles and Responsibilities:

• Manage detailed projects per the Supplier Development Program by leading efforts with little guidance/mentoring from management
• Drive suppliers to continuously improve performance and capabilities using Key Process Indicatators (KPIs) such as Supplier Owned Quality, Capacity Management and Sub-Tier Management
• Conduct on-site assessments to establish baseline scoring against KPI criteria and identify gaps for improvements
• Work with suppliers on implementing new processes and process improvements
• Participate in supplier training against Global Supplier Manual requirements
• Train and empower suppliers to own the following areas: Non-Conformances (VRs), SCARs, Production Part Qualification Process (PPQP), Quarterly Quality Reviews (QQR) and Change Management
• For PPQP, develop supplier to own completion of part qualification deliverables: pFMEA, Special Process Validations, FAI, Cpk Studies and Capacity Studies
• Work closely with Purchasing organization to identify suppliers requiring development
• Provide effective and timely supplier development results to management by delivering data-driven information (including for SBRs and QQRs).
• Provide input to Purchasing for supplier contract development to capture Supplier Development KPI criteria such as capacity and statistical process control requirements.

Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

• BS degree in Engineering or equivalent, Master’s degree preferred
• Minimum 10 years related experience in Supplier Quality Engineering and/or Supplier Development or related field
• Experience leading teams, including suppliers, to solve difficult technical and process problems
• Excellent Project Management, complex problem solving skills, and written/verbal communication skills
• Demonstrable knowledge in part qualification processes including good understanding of process validations, pFMEA, Cpk, SPC, FAI and capacity management.
• Proven ability to motivate and influence suppliers
• Medical Device experience is a plus
• A proven history of implementing Lean/6 Sigma/SPC Programs at suppliers is a plus
• Ability to travel to suppliers (domestic and international ) as needed: 20-30%

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.