Sr. Project Engineer, Global Implant Development

US, US, CA - San Diego

Minimum Level of Education Required: Bachelors Degree

Percentage of Travel: Up to 10%

Location: CA - San Diego

Ref#: 17302

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Job Description

Our Global Implant Development team focuses on the design of complex interbody implants, instruments, and retractor systems, that utilizes extensive knowledge of mechanisms, engineering practices, mathematics, material science, and other physical sciences to create implant and instrument systems designed for use in the OR.

As the Sr. Project Engineer on our Advanced Materials Science development team, you'll utilize your experience in mechanical and/or biomedical engineering to devise innovative mechanical product solutions to meet surgeon needs and design specifications, from concept to commercialization.  Working on cross-functional teams to manage the product development process, project timeline and deliverables is key to this role. You’ll often interact with other internal teams, including marketing, purchasing, regulatory, quality, research and testing, and machine shop, to ensure designs comply with applicable FDA and state regulations, as well as standards including, but not limited to, ISO 13485.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Lead a team of Development Engineers focused on the design of interbody implants and surgical instruments
  • Work closely with Product Managers to development and execute project requirements
  • Create three-dimensional computer models of devices and engineering drawings, including assignment of dimensions and tolerances to designs
  • Create and maintain documentation relevant to design control and other applicable regulatory requirements
  • Support products at trade shows and medical meetings
  • Lead or support cadaver labs during surgeon education events, including cadaver setup, running a fluoroscopy machine, clean-up, etc
  • Responsible for adherence to project delivery schedules and perform duties in compliance with applicable FDA and state regulations as well as standards including, but not limited to, ISO 13485
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree (BSME) or equivalent
  • 7+ years’ Orthopedic and Implant experience required
  • Proven experience with MS Office, charting, flow charting, and graphs
  • Effective using CAD, preferably Pro/E, Creo or SolidWorks
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as drawings, safety rules, company policy and procedure manuals
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to write professional business reports and correspondence as well as the ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, surgeons, employees, and management of organization
  • Proficiency and knowledge in applying concepts of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, geometric tolerances, and tolerance analysis in addition to ability to solve and interpret problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Proven experience to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstracts and/or concrete variables 
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
Preferred Qualifications
  • Device design experience for Spine
  • Experience leading projects from concept through production, and designing for manufacturability, inspection, and assembly
  • Proficient with design control activities and verification and validation activities with respect to medical device development
  • Solid understanding of mechanical devices specifically ones used in medical devices
  • Experience with ANSYS or similar FEA software

Please note, you will be redirected to a 15-20 minute assessment after submitting your application. Please ensure you allow yourself enough time to complete the assessment upon submission of your application. 
NuVasive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The “EEO is the Law” poster options are available here.

About NuVasive
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally invasive, procedurally-integrated solutions designed to deliver reproducible and clinically-proven surgical outcomes.The Company’s portfolio includes access instruments, implantable hardware, biologics, software systems for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative monitoring service offerings. With $962 million in revenues (2016), NuVasive has an approximate 2,300 person workforce in more than 40 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit
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