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Sr. Plastics Supplier Engineer

Senior Plastics Supplier Engineer, Ion

At Intuitive, we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints. Our mission is our guiding force; our culture is the DNA that makes us unique.  

As a pioneer in robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), we have been expanding our innovations through technology to help make a difference in the world. For 25 years, human ingenuity has guided our journey to help solve some of healthcare’s complex challenges. 

We believe a great idea can come from anywhere—inclusion and mutual respect are vital to our culture. We value character grounded in integrity, a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and diverse experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and strive to achieve their highest potential.  

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let’s help to advance the world of minimally invasive care. 

Primary Function of Position

The ideal Candidate possesses both broad and deep hands-on process knowledge for manufacturing of mechanical components and assemblies to develop the next generation of da Vinci robotic surgical systems.  You will select and develop our suppliers, our supplier’s parts and manufacturing processes to produce high quality/reliability mechanical products using sound engineering principals and an innovate approach, as necessary.

You will also continuously improve our supplier’s manufacturing and business processes to optimize cost, quality, delivery and service requirements using best practices in project management, Six Sigma, Lean, and SPC.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Select and develop Suppliers in order to achieve the delivery, quality, cost, and capacity requirements.

Identify critical manufacturing process, acceptance test, define and control key input variables, implement process control, and solve complex problems that will prevent manufacturing and reliability defects in the supply chain.  The manufacturing processes includes, among others:   plastic molding, extrusions, mechanical assemblies, and subassemblies.


  • Work closely with design, manufacturing and project team to support launch of new products.
  • Support design design plastic mold tools or extrusions with suppliers, create RCEs, manage project and qualify parts for production.
  • Maintain a tool database and tool strategy for future capacity, cost savings and best geographic location. 
  • Drive corrective actions for supplier process by driving suppliers to true root cause analysis and corrective and Preventive actions.
  • Deliver the following key deliverables: pFMEA, Special Process Validations, FAI, Cpk Studies, Capacity Studies, DFM/DFA, and should cost analysis.

Skill/Job Requirements:

The ideal Candidate possesses broad and deep hands-on mechanical, process and supplier engineering skills to select and develop suppliers, parts, and manufacturing processes to produce high quality/reliability products using sound engineering principals using an innovate approach, as necessary.

  • BS degree in Engineering, MS degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the Plastics industry, with knowledge of typical production tooling cycles, and plastic part design practices.
  • References from commercial injection molding suppliers.
  • Minimum 8 years related experience in Manufacturing, Process, Supplier, Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Excellent Project Management, complex problem solving skills, and written/verbal communication skills
  • Ideal candidate would have specific experience in at least one of the following areas: plastics, resins, mold tool design, insert molding, mircomolding, extrusions.
  • Ability to travel to suppliers on an as needed basis – domestic and international

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.  

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.  

Shift : Shift 1 - Day

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Travel Requirements: Yes, 25 % of the Time Shift: Shift 1 - Day
Full time
Sunnyvale, CA, US