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Director, Automation Equipment and Test (AET) Engineering

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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Company Description At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care. Job Description
What We Are Looking For

Director, Automation Equipment & Test (AET) Engineering within the Endoluminal team, reporting to the Senior Director of the Process Engineering organization. This is an exciting senior leadership opportunity to define and implement Intuitive's strategic vision for manufacturing and test equipment, factory automation, and factory intelligence across our manufacturing sites globally. In addition to being a proven people leader, success in this role will require strong business and operations acumen, product development and medical device expertise, as well as technical leadership within mechanical, software, and electrical (i.e., mechatronics) engineering disciplines. Critical to the success of this role is proactive partnership with other senior Product Engineering and Manufacturing staff to scale operations for product quality, cost, and delivery objectives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the Endoluminal Automation Equipment & Test (AET) Engineering team to design, build, document, and validate electro-mechanical production equipment, automated test equipment, tooling, and fixtures.
  • Manage a team of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Engineers including hiring, training, mentorship, academic/industry collaboration, and talent development. Additional functions may include Laser Services, Control Systems, Machine Vision, Engineering Technicians, Machinists, Technical Writers, and Data Analysts.
  • Participate with Product Design engineering to implement Design for Assembly (DFA), Design For Automated Assembly (DFAA), and Design For Manufacturability (DFM) within the product development lifecycle.
  • Effectively manage both internal and external equipment development projects, from concept definition and business case, through final qualification and facility transfers. Activities include performance specifications, factory acceptance testing, and IQ/OQ/PQ/PPQ within Intuitive's overall Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Support equipment engineering personnel and manufacturing sites globally, including United States (Sunnyvale and Atlanta) and Mexico.
  • Improve product quality and reliability using Six Sigma, Cpk, Gauge R&R, and similar quality tools. Effectively leverage manufacturing data and factory intelligence to improve product design and operational efficiency.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Proven ability to provide technical, strategic, and tactical leadership for staff and peers within global product development organization.
  • Ability to listen to the needs of the business and actively seek ways to leverage technology in order to better address Intuitive's opportunities or challenges.
  • Excellent communicator who can communicate and evangelize globally, both within Intuitive, as well as with key opinion leaders (KOLs) and customers.
  • Has a passion and experience for developing a team of highly technical professionals.
  • Is committed to driving the tactics of key operations, while always thinking one step ahead for the future of the business; ability to lead complex, high visibility/high impact projects concurrently.
  • Leveraging experience and expertise to recognize and resolve crucial issues exhibiting robust problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
  • Ability to bring together multiple stakeholders to buy into solutions in situations of strong opposition.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and public speaking.

Leadership Capabilities
  • Proven leadership management experience
  • Build and develop credibility and relationships at all levels of the organization in order to successfully drive functional, product, and business objectives.
  • Create an environment of high expectations and achievement. Challenge the organization and team to continuously improve and grow.
  • Ownership of recruitment, retention and development of top talent. Provide coaching and mentoring to develop a leadership team, and lead by example to model expectations of Intuitive's values and behaviors.
  • Leverage Intuitive's mission and goals and thoughtfully align local/functional objectives and goals to drive throughout the Process Engineering organization
  • Represents the organization in relations with its customers and business and non-business communities
Key Position Requirements
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in an engineering or scientific discipline. Advanced degrees (MS/PHD/MBA) are a plus.
  • Requires minimum 7+ years of progressive people and operations leadership experience within a regulated hardware development industry. Medical device experience is a plus.
  • Proven ability to inspire, attract and retain a team by leading with inclusion and diversity that will motivate people to produce their best work.
  • Experience with a wide range of low/medium volume manufacturing processes including understanding of key input variables for quality, cost, and capacity. Ability to envision and lay foundations for meeting high-volume requirements in future years.
  • Demonstrated success in unifying a product development and delivery strategy across a company/organization is needed.
  • Advanced computer experience using Windows, MS Office Suite, SAP (or other ERP system), and Agile (or other PLM system).
  • Multilingual in Spanish, German, or Mandarin Chinese and English is highly desired.
  • 20% travel (including international)
Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19. Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

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Travel : 10% of the time

Posted: 2022-09-09 Expires: 2022-10-08
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