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Edwards Lifesciences Staff Engineer, Supplier Quality – Transcatheter Mitral and Tricuspid Therapies in Irvine, California


Edwards Lifesciences has a Staff Supplier Quality Engineer opening within our Transcatheter Mitral and Tricuspid Therapies (TMTT) team. This role will support the TMTT design and development teams in qualifying critical materials and suppliers in support of launching innovative and life-saving medical devices. This is a fast-paced and dynamic role, where taking initiative and collaborating cross-functionally is critical for success. The Staff Supplier Quality Engineer will apply knowledge of quality engineering principals to optimize product development, internal and external device manufacturing, and device distribution.

Key Responsibilities:

• Lead in the investigation of complex manufacturing product quality and compliance issues (e.g., CAPA, non-conformances, audit observations) for all production processes based on engineering principles; analyze results, make recommendations and develop reports

• Drive the development and manage the execution of complex experiments and tests (including writing and executing protocols) to create, validate, and improve products (including evaluation of source materials and suppliers) and manufacturing processes/methods based on engineering principles; analyze results, make recommendations, and develop reports and collaborate with team members to drive project completion

• Lead in the identification and ensure the optimization of complex Manufacturing processes using engineering methods (e.g., SIX Sigma and LEAN methods) for design for manufacturing and for continuous process improvement. Identify opportunities for re-design/design of more complex equipment, tools, fixtures, etc. to improve manufacturing processes, and reduce risk.

• Develop technical content of risk management files

• Develop training and documentation materials for production (e.g., work instructions) to enable the seamless knowledge transfer of project and manufacturing processes

• Oversee Quality support tasks; gives instruction to engineers/technicians on conducting tests; trains engineers/ technicians and provides feedback; and may coordinate engineers/ technician work.

• Train, coach, and guide lower level employees on more complex procedures

• Other incidental duties: May drive portions of a project

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Scientific field, minimum of 6 years of related experience Required or

• Master's Degree or equivalent in Engineering or Scientific field, minimum of 5 years of related experience Required or

• Ph.D. or equivalent in Engineering or Scientific field, minimum of 2 years of related experience Required

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous medical device experience

• Excellent documentation and communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills including negotiating and relationship management skills

• Ability to translate technical information to all levels of the organizations

• Extensive knowledge and understanding and knowledge of principles, theories, and concepts relevant to Quality Engineering (e.g., CQE body of knowledge)

• Knowledge of Six Sigma concepts with ability to apply to work product

• Knowledge of Quality Engineering concepts with ability to apply to work product

• Advanced problem-solving, organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills

• Extensive understanding of processes and equipment used in assigned work

• Strong leadership skills and ability to influence change

• Knowledge of and adherence to Edwards Environmental Health and Safety and Quality guidelines as they relate to department clean room medical device manufacturing

• Strict attention to detail

• Ability to interact professionally with all organizational levels

• Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast paced environment

• Work is performed independently while exercising considerable latitude in making significant decisions

• Set policies and standards that are followed by others

• Guides others in resolving basic issues in specialized area based on existing solutions and procedures

• Must be able to work in a team environment, including frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contacts

• Represents organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects

• Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of creativity

• Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products/services or processes

• Typically resolves complex problems or problems where precedent may not exist

• Adhere to all EHS rules and requirements and take adequate control measures in preventing injuries to themselves and others as well as to the protection of environment and prevention of pollution under their span of influence/control

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.