Senior Principal Development Engineer

    • Medtronic
  • North Haven, CT
  • Posted 31 days ago | Updated 21 hours ago


On Site
Full Time


Design of experiments
Verification and validation
Medical devices
Product development
Systems engineering
Project management
Product requirements
Test methods
Engineering analysis
Continuous improvement
System integration
Conceptual design
Design controls
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering
Mergers and acquisitions
Regulatory Compliance
Computer hardware
Health care

Job Details

Senior Principal Development Engineer - Robotic Surgical Technologies

In this role, you will join a world class team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers responsible for further development and enhancement of the globally launched Robotic Assisted Surgery platform within the Surgical Operating unit: ;br>
Our Surgical OU is one new, powerful operating unit bringing together the people and product portfolio of Surgical Innovations and Surgical Robotics. We'll approach the market with a unified approach from concept single strategy, capitalize on our global commercial capabilities, and prove the power of our combined portfolio.

With the Medtronic Mission as our North Star, we will build on our legacy of proven surgical solutions and advance the promise of robotics and digital solutions for the benefit of Medtronic and the customers and patients we serve.

Location: North Haven, CT or Boston, MA

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Careers that Change Lives

Make your impact by exploring a career with the world's leading Medical Device company, striving "to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life."

A Day in The Life

You would be joining our Product Development Organization as a Senior Principal Development Engineer responsible for the Verification Strategy, Requirement Decomposition, and Specification Development for our robotic projects in development. To us, Verification is not just the last step on the path to commercialization; this role becomes an integral core team member in the Concept phase of the project. You will be responsible for partnering with Systems Engineering, Marketing, the design teams, Quality and Project Management to drive meaningful product requirements, a robust design, and ultimately an efficient and effective verification strategy. Along the path to launch, you will become a technical contributor towards the success of the product and help establish best-practices and innovative approaches towards proving that our products meet the expectations of the Medtronic Mission.

The responsibilities of this role will include the following:

  • Review and provide input to the development of product requirements
  • Review, provide input to and approve test methods
  • Design studies and experiments to gain confidence in meeting product requirements
  • Analyze test data
  • Author Engineering Analyses and Reports
  • Plan verification activities
  • Author Design Verification Protocols and Reports
  • Troubleshoot failures and make recommendations on design, test, or requirement improvements
  • Mentor junior engineers on all of the above
  • Champion continuous improvement projects, such as implementing new SOPs or WIs related to development engineering
  • Develop and drive a robust and efficient Design Verification strategy for product requirements
  • Author or review/approve Design Verification protocols and reports
  • Champion studies and/or activities that drive robust design, such as design of experiments, transfer function development, and simulations
  • Lead cross-functional failure investigations and analysis
  • Partner with System Engineering to develop, review and decompose product requirements
  • Represent the development engineering function on product development extended core teams
  • Mentor junior and senior development engineers working on your projects, and provide feedback on engineering reports, verification protocols, and verification reports
  • Liaison with Reliability, Compliance (60601), Hardware (Electrical and Mechanical), and Software teams for your projects
  • Support the development of regulatory submissions for your projects
  • Support QMS and/or DHF audits as the development engineer SME on those projects
  • Support changes made to your projects post-launch

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, evaluates alternatives including cost and risk, supportability and analyses for total systems.
  • Analyses are performed at all levels of total system product to include: concept, design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree with 10+ years of engineering experience


  • An advanced degree with 8+ years of engineering experience

Nice to Have

  • 8+ years of medical device development
  • Advanced degree in robotic engineering or another technical discipline
  • Industry experience with statistical methods and analysis of data to perform Design Verification
  • Experience with developing a product according to System Engineering principles
  • A strong understanding of Regulatory requirements for Design Controls and Design Verification
  • Industry-experience with statistical analysis of data
  • Experience with robotics or electro-mechanical systems
  • Proven track record of contributing to medical devices of high complexity
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)


A commitment to our employees lives at the core of our values. We recognize their contributions. They share in the success they help to create. We offer a wide range of benefits, resources, and competitive compensation plans designed to support you at every career and life stage. Learn more about our benefits here.

This position is eligible for a short-term incentive plan. Learn more about Medtronic Incentive Plan (MIP) on page 6 here.

The provided base salary range is used nationally (except in certain CA locations). The rate offered is compliant with federal/local regulations and may vary by experience, certification/education, market conditions, location, etc.