Staff Engineer

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Job Description

Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.


Staff Engineer

Location: Zuchwil
Permanent: full time

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is the largest, most comprehensive orthopedic and neurological business in the world. DePuy Synthes offer an unparalleled breadth and depth of technology, devices, services and programs in the areas of joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. Building on the legacy and strengths of two great companies, we are creating one organization that will be agile and better equipped in today’s evolving health care environment. Our broad array of inspired, innovative and high-quality offerings help advance the health and well-being of people around the world.


The Staff R&D Product Development Engineer, Trauma will lead design and develop new implants and instrumentation and develops improvements and modifications to current products.

The responsibilities & the impact YOU will have:

  • Demonstrates full competence in all conventional aspects of the subject matter, functionalarea, and assignments.
  • Provides personal expertise, as well as project leadership.
  • Responsibilities may include management and development of one to three Product Development Engineers.
  • Works directly with surgeons for design concept development, prototype and cadaver evaluation, and clinical follow-up.
  • Gives professional presentations in front of a Sales people and customers and monitors discussions of surgeons (e. g. in expert groups or surgeon’s labs).
  • Understands and follows the New Product Development process accurately and maintains high quality design validation and verifications.
  • Will primarily be hands-on worker, with instruction or supervision of others secondary to own technical work. Will be recognized as a leader on projects and assignments.
  • Acts as a team leader when manager is not available; mentoring junior professionals.
  • Uses expertise to improve operational efficiencies and meet compliance requirements.
  • Possesses thorough understanding of all precedents, practices, or scientific theories and principles in a specialized or technical field.
  • Designs and executes mechanical tests and scientific experiments, present data and conclusions with appropriate analysis and write technical reports.
  • Independently determines and develops approaches to solutions with technical guidance on the most unusual or complex problems.
  • Will have working knowledge of related disciplines.
  • Plans, conducts and directs research, development or engineering assignments.
  • Carries out an important segment of a large and complex engineering program or a smaller program of limited complexity and scope.
  • Conceives, plans, and implements solutions to technical problems requiring unconventional approaches, new designs, and equipment and process development.
  • May be responsible for operating within a budget and may provide input on budget allocation and prioritization.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.
  • Knows and follows all laws and policies that apply to one's job, and maintain the highest levels of professionalism, ethics and compliance at all times.
  • Participates diligently in our compliance program-related activities as denoted by your supervisor or our Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Promotes and nurture the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and compliance, and actively support our compliance program-related initiatives and activities.
  • Enforces consistently employee compliance, including attendance at training programs, and promptly report any non-compliance to the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • May take over people leadership


We would love to hear from YOU, if you have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline is required; Mechanical Engineering degree or demonstrated mechanics focus is preferred.
  • An advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 6 years of product development or design control experience is required
  • Project Management experience and/or leading technical projects is required
  • Experience working with implantable medical devices is preferred
  • Experience in and knowledge of the medical device regulations, including GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), QSR (Quality Systems Regulations) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) quality requirements is required
  • Strong design quality experience with a proven track record in design verification/validation, process verification/validation, and design/process failure modes and effects analyses is required
  • Demonstrates understanding of various types of manufacturing (especially machining), mechanisms, materials, proper tolerancing, drafting standards, and an understanding of GD&T is required
  • Experience with plastic injection molding product and/or design-for-manufacturing is preferred
  • Knowledge of FDA 510(k) submissions process and regulation controls, and/or IDE clinical studies is preferred
  • Prior experience coaching, mentoring, train and developing staff is preferred
  • Excellent problem solving, decision-making, and root cause analysis skills in addition to interpersonal skills that foster conflict resolution as it relates to technical situations is required
  • The ability to effectively communicate concepts, ideas and knowledge to upper management, other individuals, customers and/ or teams across the organization is required
  • Demonstrates strong initiative and follow through in executing project responsibilities, overcoming obstacles and balancing multiple priorities effectively through strong technical and/or project leadership experience
  • Strong design quality experience with a proven track record in design verification/validation, process verification/validation, and design/process failure modes and effects analyses is required
  • Strong experience in Design Excellence (DEx) methodology and tools
  • Demonstrates understanding of various types of manufacturing (especially machining), mechanisms, materials, proper tolerancing, drafting standards, and an understanding of GD&T is required
  • Fluency in English
 This is what awaits YOU at J&J:                                                                                  
  • An opportunity to be part of a global market leader.
  • A dynamic and inspiring working environment.
  • Many opportunities to work on challenging projects and assignments.
  • Possibilities for further personal as well as professional development.
  • Many employees benefits.
If you feel attracted by this challenge and want to be part of a successful and growing organization with excellent working conditions then please send us your online application (CV, Motivation Letter, Working References etc.) by clicking on apply on the top right.

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Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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Synthes GmbH (7111)
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