Edwards Lifesciences Sr. R&D Supplier Development Engineering - Transcatheter Mitral Tricuspid Therapy in Irvine, California
The opportunity will reside in the Transcatheter Mitral Tricuspid Therapy (TMTT) Supplier Engineering team to provide new product development and manufacturing engineering support in the design and development of implantable devices and delivery systems to treat cardiovascular disease. Conduct engineering activities from initial product development phase through product launch. Develop manufacturing technologies to meet new product demands. Apply Design for Manufacturability (DFM) concepts, tools and analysis. Conduct reviews to ensure DFM considerations are incorporated into designs. Assess and develop supplier part capability. Work directly with suppliers to address specifications and quality requirements. Lead supplier validation activities support initial builds and commercialization of new product introduction. Integrate new products into manufacturing. Manage product phase in/phase out activities around design, regulatory and clinical requirements. Support manufacturing readiness reviews and manage components and subassembly design transfers to manufacturing.
Essential job functions include:
Responsible for new plastic and/or metal extruded, injection molded, or machined components providing end-to-end qualification, from design input through validation. This includes part design, process development on new tools, material change and process improvements.
Provides technical input for strategic sourcing projects, including evaluation of supplier capability, part qualification plan, specification review, product implementation and part transition to manufacturing.
Participate in technical discussions with suppliers to identify and implement improvements in products and processes.
Responsible for defining supplier qualification requirements for OEM, Contract manufacturer (components and devices) and custom materials, including supplier validations and Edwards receiving inspection fixture design for Test method validation.
Respond with a high sense of urgency to quality issues and escalate / communicate appropriately.
Ensure that Tier 1 suppliers are using capable Tier 2 suppliers for material and outside processing services.
Coordinates tooling / process capability studies.
Work with supplier to optimize processes.
Up to 25% travel.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or scientific with 4 years of manufacturing engineering experience in mechanical, polymers/plastics, metals, or biomedical.
Effective communication skills.
Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team is essential.
Strong analytical, problem solving, and technical writing skills.
An advanced degree is preferred.
Medical device manufacturing experience in heart valves, stents, catheters, delivery systems and/or interventional access devices is preferred.
Understanding or experience with Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing principles preferred.
Understanding of Statistical Techniques is required. Experience with statistical analysis software (Minitab), Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (ASME Y14.5-2009), Stack Up Analysis, DOE, Gage R&R preferred.
CAD experience using SolidWorks preferred.
Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 15,000 individuals worldwide.
For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.