Principal Design Engineer (m/w/d)

Intuitive was founded in 1995 to create innovative, robotic-assisted systems that help empower doctors and hospitals to make surgery less invasive than an open approach. Since the da Vinci surgical system became one of the first robotic-assisted systems cleared by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery, we’ve taken robotic-assisted surgery from “science fiction” to reality. Working with doctors and hospitals, we’re continuing to develop new, minimally invasive surgical platforms and future diagnostic tools to help solve complex healthcare challenges around the world.
We're continuously improving current products while working with physicians to create new minimally invasive products. Our da Vinci SP surgical system allows urology and transoral surgeons in the U.S. to enter the body through a single, small incision. And, with the recent FDA clearance of our Ion system for minimally invasive peripheral lung biopsies, we’re extending our focus beyond surgery.

Help us to be even more efficient

Your activity:

Primary Function of Position:

The Principal Engineer is responsible for guiding the technical development, documentation, and validation of new endoscope designs, as well as coordinating improvements to existing designs to meet the needs of our customers. The Principal Engineer is also responsible for functional supporting of Design Engineers and ensures the efficient operation of the group. The Principal Engineer must be able to lead and coordinate technical design efforts and be able to report progress and milestones relative to the overall development project across multiple projects. He or she must excel in a high-energy team environment and be capable of making sound decisions when faced with time pressure and incomplete information typical of new product development.

Roles and Responsibilitites:

  • Developing visions and inspiring the Global Design Engineering team
  • Lead multiple projects and project sub-teams simultaneously
  • Provide technical advice and mentoring to team and across organizationIdentify new technologies for current and future products
  • Develop product functional and design specifications and ensure team’s awareness of customer needs and requirements
  • Generate formal design documentation, reviews and design control checklists.
  • Develop Design History Files per FDA and IEC requirements
  • Responsible for Project execution to meet company and department goals
  • Establish group objectives and individual work goals, assign tasks, set priorities, and track progress


Your profile:

 Your profile:

  • University degree in precision mechanics, mechanical engineer, or medical engineering required, PhD preferred
  • Minimum 12-years Experience designing commercial devices; medical devices preferred
  • Broad experience managing product development projects and leading project teams
  • Hands-on engineering leader with the proven ability to work well in a multi-cultural team environment, including team members in remote locations
  • Demonstrated expertise in Design Control processes for medical devices
  • Excellent organizational skills. Proven ability to work on several fast-paced projects simultaneously
  • Strong ability to make and drive decisions
  • High passion to inspire project teams and create robust & reliable products with focus for design for manufacturability (DFM)
  • Deep knowledge of component manufacturing processes (including machining, wire EDM, MIM, electropolish, brazing, heat treatment, injection molding, 3D printing)
  • Excellent mechanical design and analysis skills, including statics, dynamics, kinematics, thermal, strength of materials and stress analysis
  • Working knowledge of sterilization processes and designing for sterilization preferred
  • Great Experience using knowledge of ISO requirements and GMP guidelines.
  • Experience with FDA regulations and medical device design control a strong plus
  • Experience with software systems (i.e. SolidWorks, Windchill, Ansys) and reporting packages
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills in German and English at all levels of the organization
  • Willingness to attend surgical labsWillingness to travel for several days within Germany, Europe and USA is assumed (up to approx. 10% per year).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Working place: Biebertal / Emmendingen and work from Home - remotely
Type of employment: unlimited
Do you still have questions about the Job Description? Manuel Weiner, phone 07641 9759-258 will be happy to answer them.

Intuitive Surgical Optics GmbH
An der Amtmannsmühle 11
35444 Biebertal

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Intuitive Surgical Optics GmbH


Biebertal / Emmendingen

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Intuitive Surgical Optics GmbH
An der Amtmannsmühle 11
35444 Biebertal


07641 9759-258



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