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Senior Principal R&D

Req ID:  2839


Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

The Senior Principal Engineer is responsible for all Research and Development responsibilities associated with the development of disposable and electromechanical systems from concept development through commercial launch. Technically, this includes conducting and/or collaborating on development strategies, definition and refinement of design inputs, concept development, establishing design merit (i.e., feasibility testing), establishing design verification readiness and planning for production equivalent units, as well as oversight and execution of verification and validation testing, etc.  In addition to technical responsibilities, the Senior Principal Engineer will be a technical core team member / technical leader and must provide technical leadership to teams, clearly ideate product solutions and development strategies/plans, and clearly/concisely communicate to functional and executive management.  The Senior Principal Engineer must be expert in Design Control, application of applicable standards / regulations, as well as understand the importance of business drivers (cost, schedule,resources).

Job Duties

* Provides clear and decisive technical leadership on complex product development projects and/or technology development efforts. 


* Capable of quickly developing high-level product development strategies for complex programs, which present various critical interfaces and contingencies, with clear logic, thoroughness, and attention to detail.


* Collaborates effectively cross-functionally on all product development activities and deliverables, and can negotiate with respect and report.


* Clearly and concisely updates functional and senior leadership to project advancements and/or issues with appropriate consideration of the audience to instill trust and confidence. 


* Conscientious to the impact of decisions, issues, etc. to the wider Olympus organization and acts accordingly to ensure shared knowledge and seeks input when appropriate.  


* Proactively generates or seeks appropriate data and/or information to quickly make project / design decisions.


* Ensure product designs are cost effective, designed for manufacturability, and exhibit a high degree of quality and reliability via well thought out [and executed] feasibility and verification test plans.


* Develops presentations and/or communication tools to effectively communicate complex topics to technical and non-technical team members and leaders. 


* Foresees technical hurdles and risks and implements contingency plans or actions well in advance of realizing project / product delays or issues.


* Drives all efforts forward quickly and efficiently.


* Seeks continuous improvement of our systems and processes.


* Exhibits a high degree of technical expertise in product design & development. 


* All Other Essential Duties as directed.

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or the equivalent in years of industry experience.


* Minimum years of related experience: 14+ years with Bachelor's, or 10+ with Master's, or 8+ with PhD.




Experience / Knowledge of disposable scope systems and technologies highly preferred. 


* Must have extensive working knowledge of, and experience in applying / developing products in compliance with FDA and international requirements, including 820-CFR, ISO14971, IEC60601, GMP and other standards as they relate to the design and manufacture of medical devices. 


* Knowledge of common manufacturing methodologies, technologies, and materials, such as; injection molded part design, common materials employed in medical devices, and other manufacturing processes. 


* Experience working with external development partners while maintaining DHF ownership.


* Solidworks working knowledge is a plus. Proficient in the creation and critical review of engineering drawings including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and tolerance analysis.  


* Proficient in Microsoft Windows Office applications including MS Outlook, MS Powerpoint, MS Project, Visio, etc.. 


* Experience in the practical application of statistics and working knowledge of a statistical analysis package (Minitab preferred). 


* Must be able to collaborate effectively with others, work well within cross-functional teams and across multiple sites, as applicable. 

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus’ 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 overall costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients. Olympus’ Medical portfolio includes endoscopes, laparoscopes, and video imaging systems, as well as surgical energy devices, system integration solutions, medical services, and a wide range of endotherapy instruments for endoscopic and therapeutic applications. For more information, visit

Olympus…True To You. True To Society. True To LIFE.


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) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Westborough || 

Nearest Major Market: Worcester

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