1+ months

Principal Systems Engineer ( Software/Electrical), Surgical Robotics

Johnson & Johnson
Cincinnati, OH

Ethicon, a part of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies, is currently recruiting a Principal Systems Engineer 9 Software/Electrical)  for the development of surgical products & systems in their Cincinnati, Ohio location.
The Ethicon Surgical Care business offers a broad range of products, platforms and technologies—including sutures, surgical staplers, advanced energy, clip appliers, trocars and synthetic mesh devices—that are used in a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity. The Ethicon Surgical Care business combines products and services of two market-leading legacy companies, both with long histories of medical innovation. Ethicon, Inc. based in Somerville, New Jersey, was founded more than 80 years ago as a pioneer in suture development and manufacturing, helping to transform the safety and effectiveness of open surgery. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. was created 20 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, developing innovative devices that have driven the revolutionary shift from open to minimally invasive surgery that continues to lead the industry today.
Our R&D team of engineers, designers and technical experts are in the forefront of technology in the medical device industry. You will be making a vital contribution to the New Product Development pipeline and transforming patient care through innovation. Our Design Engineer executes specific & general assignments/projects that provide innovative, functional, cost effective & validated product designs in a team based environment. This is an opportunity for a key role in bringing exciting new products to market to support the J&J / Google robotics venture.  Ground-floor position to help grow and build a new J&J business unit, enabling significant professional growth.
Job Summary and Responsibilities
Work with internal and external development teams to deliver novel surgical platforms and advanced surgical tools.
Responsible for leading Systems Engineering activities across complex electro-mechanical surgical programs, with a concentration on electrical and software elements including their architecture, design and verification.  Integrate the work of multiple technical disciplines to an appropriate safety architecture while assuring the final product design is verifiably safe and effective through-out its life-cycle.  Demonstrated technical leadership and communications skills are required. 
  • Lead the architectural refinement of the safety architecture for large systems and assure their clear and explicit definition, documenting critical and essential performance.
  • Ensure adequate modularity by defining technical interface boundaries between complex sub-systems and products, enabling future platforms growth. Allocation and decompose requirements across subsystems.
  • Guide efficient development, implementation, and integration to assure successful verification and product launch.
  • In concert with design teams, provide expert guidance on technical management of risks throughout the system lifecycle.
  • Enhance efficiency of the solution by managing the partitioning of system functions across reusable capital systems and disposable surgical tools.
  • Improve serviceability and reliability of the system through guidance provided on the partitioning of the overall design while establishing design specific requirements.
  • Identify, manage and resolve critical issues to minimize impact to program (cost, time, financial performance)
  • Perform appropriate analysis to ensure the documented architecture is safe and effective.
  • Ensure product & system technical specifications and requirements are verifiable while contributing the system verification and validation.
  • Generate and present technical material necessary for the comprehension and understanding of stakeholders at all levels of the organization, exhibiting patience in conveying new approaches

Required Qualifications
  • BS/MS in a technical discipline (Engineering or Computer Science preferred)
  • Minimum 10 years experience in a New Product Development environment; at least 5 years in a Systems Engineering or architectural role.
  • Substantial experience with large systems development, preferably electro-mechanical, safety critical and/or fault tolerant designs.
  • Strong abstraction and conceptualization skills with working knowledge of modeling and formal analysis.
  • Thorough working knowledge of requirements management
  • Thorough working knowledge of configuration management and revision control across the life-cycle of long-lived capital equipment and related software
  • Thorough understanding and working knowledge of Product Risk Management processes and experience in leading safety risk management activities, e.g. Hazard Analyses, FTA, and FMEA
  • Experience in leading the development of complex multi-disciplinary product/system architectures and system interfaces
  • Thorough understanding of Design Verification and validation activities
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in collaborating across organizational boundaries without direct authority
    Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in obtaining product safety certification
  • Experience in and working knowledge of safety critical/fault tolerant software development across their life-cycles
  • Previous experience with medical/surgical devices and/or procedures
  • This position is based on Cincinnati, Ohio, and may involve up to 20% travel.

Primary Location
United States-Ohio-Cincinnati-
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc (6041)
Job Function
R&D Engineering (R&D)
Requisition ID
Posted: 2018-10-22 Expires: 2018-12-14

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