Sr. Product Development Engineer, Hip & Knee

Exactech, Inc.
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The Sr Product Development Engineer will generally assist in leading a cross-functional project team (including both internal and external team members such as orthopedic surgeons) of several new development projects.

1. Lead a cross-functional project team (including both internal and external team members such as orthopedic surgeons) of several new development projects.
2. Identify and assist with selection of clinical evaluators and design surgeons
3. Obtain feedback from clinicians to develop products.
4. Interact with sales force to assist with training of products in the field.
5. Determine needs assessment for development projects.
6. Maintain and improve existing products and processes.
7. Define and execute product testing and validation protocols.
8. Provide design, engineering, and analysis direction to other engineers and designers in the development and maintenance of orthopedic implants and instruments.
9. Apply sound engineering problem-solving techniques to product development and maintenance tasks including design, analysis, material selection, and inspection requirements and manufacturing process requirements.
10. Prepare and submit written and oral communications that describe product design concepts, attributes and performance and project status. Areas of involvement include customer and sales support, regulatory submissions, Design History Files, device evaluation and testing, manufacturing or supplier support, quality control, packaging, operating room support, device complaint evaluation, patent disclosures and instrument refurbishment.
11. Assure timely and effective project completion according to the project plan and budget.
12. Review engineering designs for feasibility and accuracy.
13. Approve engineering drawings and specifications.
14. Procure and evaluate prototypes.
15. Identify, analyze and recommend new technologies or materials for specific product applications.
16. Assist in patent application preparation, patent review and patent analysis.
17. Support and participate in company and product strategy formulation.
18. Establish, develop and maintain strong working relationships with all necessary personnel to ensure smooth product design, development and commercialization.
19. Establish appropriate project plan (i.e. define tasks, dependencies, schedule and resource requirements).
20. Complete and approve all Design History File documentation for assigned projects as required.
21. Assist in the resolution of manufacturing- or quality-related issues.
22. Perform device evaluations.
23. Participate in the establishment of goals, project plans and resource requirements.
24. Play a key role in setting product strategies.
25. Study and recommend improvements to existing products and processes. This entails staying “up to date” on emerging material and medical product technologies. This may be accomplished by attending seminars, classes & industry meetings.
26. Provide mentorship and professional guidance to junior engineers.
27. Know, apply and teach elements of the Quality System and any appropriate Federal and International standards.
28. Assist, teach and support other employees, teams, and sales personnel as necessary.

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent from an accredited institution required; Master’s Degree preferred


• Minimum of 7 years of full-time medical device product development experience. This experience shall be in addition to any college internships. Relevant product development experience in other areas may be considered.

• Must have successfully completed a minimum of one major project and three minor projects (e.g., line extensions, implant or instrument system modifications, etc.) of sufficient complexity. During the execution of these projects, must have been involved in all aspects of the product development process. A minor project involves the modification, adaptation or extension of an existing product or product line.
• Must have a thorough understanding of theoretical technical principles in the following areas: mechanical drafting, geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing, computer aided design, engineering statics and dynamics, mechanics of materials, mechanical engineering design, materials, and technical writing.

Functional/Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

• Must have excellent communication (verbal & written) and organizational skills.

• Must have excellent interpersonal skills and must have demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environme• Must be creative and must have the ability to independently apply theoretical technical principles to product design.
• Must have a practical working knowledge of orthopedics, anatomy and physiology, especially as related to the musculo-skeletal system, fundamentals of orthopedic surgery (major joints), mechanical test and measurement techniques/methods, engineering drawing interpretation, manufacturing and inspection methods/processes, FDA/ISO requirements, project management, orthopedic implants and the materials used in orthopedic implants and instruments.
• Must have the ability to apply parametric solid modeling and drafting conventions to design projects.
• Must have knowledge of various software packages including Microsoft Office applications and CAD applications.
• Must have the ability to prioritize and manage several projects simultaneously.
• Travel up to 20%



Bachelors or better in Biomedical Engineering.

Bachelors or better in Mechanical Engineering or related field.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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