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Staff Design Engineer

Position Summary

Works with the Interventional Spine R&D team to develop and iterate on product and device concepts with strong emphasis on design specifications, materials, design for manufacture and design for assembly. The successful candidate will work in a highly engaged, dynamic team and will have the opportunity to bring design concepts from research through new product development to launch. 

The candidate, while adept and experienced within their own field of engineering, will have a sound appreciation for other engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing etc) and will be comfortable conversing and working across these.

Talents we would love to see:

• User-focused creators. People who imagine with the user in mind, developing technology that helps change patients’ lives.
• Motivated product launchers. People who bring strategic direction and drive for execution to ensure products are developed and launched with precision.

• Collaborative partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, information, use cases, and industry analyses to develop best practices.
• Analytical problem solvers. People who go beyond just fixing to identify root causes, evaluate optimal solutions, and recommend comprehensive upgrades to prevent future issues.
• Dedicated achievers. People who thrive in a fast-paced environment and will stop at nothing to ensure a project is complete and meets regulations and expectations.
• Curious learners. People who seek out cutting-edge research and information to expand and enhance their ability to develop new ideas into reality

What you will be doing:

  • Work with research team to develop concepts to working prototypes and through to manufacturable designs
  • Responsible for creation of design specifications (spec sheets, CAD drawings, schematics etc)
  • Performing engineering analysis to scrutinise designs prior to prototyping. May include FEA, CFD, thermal analyses, Stackups, etc
  • Planning of project tasks and timelines and responsible for tracking to these plans.
  • Material/component specification and sourcing.
  • Prototyping – scheduling component and assembly builds
  • Inspection of components/prototypes
  • Development of test methods to characterise devices.
  • Submission of test requests, execution of tests, analysis of results and documentation.
  • Communicate project status internally and externally as required.  
  • Trouble shooting and root cause analysis
  • Risk identification, analysis and mitigation
  • Work with Advanced Quality, Advanced Operations, Regulatory, R&D and associated teams through the design controls process.
  • Design for manufacture, product cost targets 


  • Bachelor of Engineering/Science with 6 or more years of experience.

Additional Skills:

  • Strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated efficient work methods, analytical & problem-solving skills and ability to handle multiple tasks using independent judgement in a fast-paced environment.
  • Good appreciation for manufacturing and assembly of medical devices an advantage.
  • Experience in a production environment an advantage.
  • Capable of working as part of a multi-disciplined team.
  • Good instincts and sound judgment for electrical and mechanical design
  • Sound knowledge of engineering materials and their application
  • Use of creativity tools for idea and concept generation.
  • Good knowledge of statistical tools and validation/verification techniques.
  • Ideally has good knowledge of human anatomy and common surgical procedures.
  • Knowledge of project Management tools is essential
  • Demonstrate use of and knowledge around CAD, CAE and mathematical packages associated with the candidates chief engineering discipline.
  • Will be able to read and interpret complex engineering specifications.
  • Will have the ability to work with and assemble small objects and component parts.
  • Will be able to generate, follow and explain detailed proposals and operating procedures.
  • Preferred but not essential: Experience of the Medical Device Industry or other highly regulated industry required with an in depth understanding of ISO 13485 and FDA quality system requirements
  • Willingness to travel internationally for live surgery visits and global partner collaboration, and work on international assignments.