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Staff Engineer

Req ID:  6674


Workplace Flexibility: Hybrid

Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.


Olympus, a leading medical technology company, has focused on making people’s lives better for over 100 years.

Our Purpose is to make people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling.


Our Core Values are reflected in all we do: Integrity – Empathy – Agility – Unity – Long-Term View


We deliver on our purpose and our core values by staying True to Life.

Job Description

The Staff R&D Engineer is responsible for all aspects of product development acting as an individual contributor, or where applicable, as a Core Team Member. In this role, the Staff R&D Engineer will execute all aspects of product development for Olympus’s Westborough Development Center. In this dynamic role, the Staff R&D Engineer will have the ability to work on a variety of products, supporting multiple Business Units, with successful product launches over time and as project demands warrant. The Staff R&D Engineer will lead or contribute to efforts to define user and product requirements, collaborate with project managers and other Core Team Members on project execution strategy, timelines and costs, lead product design and prototyping efforts, execute product feasibility testing, technical risk reduction planning, design verification and validation testing strategy and testing efforts, lead or contribute to design analysis testing, and ultimately the generation of all design controls documentation in collaboration with external and/or internal development and manufacturing/quality partners. The Staff R&D Engineer is expected to drive design/concept trade-off decisions while taking costs, technical risk, reliability and User Needs into consideration. They must fully understand medical device design control requirements, have experience leading technical development efforts, and be effective at communicating advancements and issues to all levels of the organization.

Job Duties

  • Provides technical leadership on product development and/or technology development efforts.
  • Envisions, collaborates/communicates, and documents detailed product development strategies while mindful of the interests of all Core Team Members.
  • Experienced in developing products utilizing the Core Team Model and skilled with stage gate development processes.
  • Experienced in providing technical updates to R&D manager, and/or to an R&D Core Team Member, through weekly discussions and monthly updates.
  • Capable of prioritizing and organizing work/efforts based on project priorities.
  • Experienced in developing User and Product Requirements.
  • Experienced in planning Design Verification and Validation efforts to ensure the product effectively meets all requirements and applicable standards.
  • Capable of effectively communicating with Core Team and Extended Team Members, while ensuring all R&D deliverables are completed with a high degree of quality, and attention to detail.
  • Collaborates on the development of the technical development schedule and monitors advancement in collaboration with the Project Manager. Reports advancement to Core Team and to R&D Leadership.
  • Accountable for all aspects of product development activities and associated deliverables, such as: Design Inputs, specification development, ideation / prototyping and feasibility testing, technical risk mitigation, verification and validation, phase specific readiness review, design reviews, compliance to applicable regulations and standards, compliance to Corporate Product Branding, etc.
  • Experienced in robust design analysis, such as tolerance stack-ups, edge of failure testing, high/low specification evaluations, risk analysis, and statistical evaluations as necessary to ensure performance and quality.
  • Capable of ideating product designs, and collaborating with manufacturing partners and suppliers, to ensure designs are cost effective and manufacturable.
  • Proactively ideates and leads technical risk reduction activities and contingency planning.
  • Consults with the Marketing core team member and clinicians to ensure a thorough understanding of the procedure, products use, and environmental factors to ensure appropriate design decisions.
  • Manages, directs, and supports suppliers involved in product development and ongoing production; including external design and development partners.
  • Helps prepare, and acts as a consultant to, marketing on technical brochures, training programs, and technical presentations to customers and the sales force.
  • Documents innovations in partnership with Olympus Patent Attorneys.

Job Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • Minimum years of related experience: 9 years BS or 8 years with MS or 5 with PhD.
  • Competency in leading medical device technical development efforts, through all phases of product development, is required.
  • Experience developing disposable medical devices required.
  • Extensive working knowledge of, and experience in applying / developing products in compliance with FDA and international requirements, including 820-CFR, ISO-13485, IEC60601, QSR, etc. is required.
  • Proficient in the creation and critical review of engineering drawings, including the ability to critique dimensioning and tolerancing strategies, is required. Working knowledge of Solidworks is a plus.
  •  Knowledge of common manufacturing methods, such as; injection molding and molded part design, extrusion, adhesives, ultrasonic welding, etc., as well as experience designing/developing products employing common medical device polymers is required.


  • Experience developing products through a Phase Gate process as a Core Team member is highly preferred.
  • Experience and or working knowledge of developing capital equipment is desired.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Windows Office applications including MS Outlook, MS Powerpoint, MS Project, Visio, etc.. Self-motivated, engaged, and productive.
  • Must be able to solve complex and/or ambiguous problems using good judgement as well as logical and systematic thinking. Capable of providing problem solving guidance to other engineers.
  • Must be able to use good judgement in making timely decisions. Able to balance risk vs. benefits in a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to envision design failure modes, plan for robust design assurance testing, and proactively implement contingency plans as necessary.
  • Experience in the practical application of statistics and working knowledge of a statistical analysis package (Minitab is preferred).
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with others, work well within cross-functional teams and across multiple sites, as applicable. Must be able to drive for results.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively at all levels, both verbally and in writing. Strong presentation skills and the ability influence.
  • Able to predict and manage the expectations of project stakeholders.
  • Inspires and motivates others and provides work direction. A positive “Can Do” attitude.


Why join Olympus?

Here, people matter—our health, our happiness, and our lives.

  • Competitive salaries, annual bonus and 401(k)* with company match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Visions coverage effective on start date
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Free virtual live and on-demand wellness classes
  • Work-life balance supportive culture with hybrid and remote roles
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance
  • Volunteering and charitable donation match programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programs including Colleague Affinity Networks
  • On-Site Child Daycare, Café, Fitness Center**

*US Only

**Limited locations


We care about your health and financial well-being and offer the resources you need to feel vital, confident and ready for wherever life takes you. Learn more about our benefit offerings at


About us:

Our Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients and their safety.


Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Olympus employs more than 31,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries and regions. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,200 employees throughout locations in North and South America.  For more information, visit


Olympus is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace

We recognize diversity in people, views and lifestyle choices and emphasize the importance of inclusion and mutual respect. We strive to continue to foster empathy and unity in the workplace so that our employees can fully contribute and thrive.


Let’s realize your potential, together.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Minnesota (US-MN) || Brooklyn Park || 

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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