Principal Mechanical Engineer

Job Reference: WM – 2119

Location: Cambridge

Salary: £80,000 - £90,000

Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Principal Mechanical Engineer


  • Leading the design and development of complex electromechanical systems, re-usable articulated surgical instruments, and single use consumables; supporting clinical studies and ensuring that de-signs and manufacturing processes meet exacting performance, biocompatibility, sterility and packaging requirements
  • As part of a multi-disciplinary product development team of mechanical, electronic, software and systems and reliability engineers, taking full technical ownership of project and programme deliverables, providing technical leadership and delivering project and programmes within agreed timescales and budgets from early-stage design through to series manufacture in accordance with ISO13485
  • Sharing your knowledge and expertise, mentoring new staff and more junior members of the team, assisting with recruitment, and helping shape processes and the strategic direction of team
  • Supporting Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain with the specification, build and test and verification of production systems and out-sourced products
  • Leading risk management activities, performing and reviewing DFMEAs and independently compiling documentation in accordance with relevant regulatory requirements. Working with Regulatory and other stakeholders to determine the impact of design changes and regulatory requirements for introduction of new products

About You:

  • A strong degree in a relevant engineering discipline plus extensive industry experience
  • Significant experience of developing complex medical devices for surgical applications // direct patient contact and / or expertise in developing innovative electro-mechanical systems with high precision and fast response characteristics, using SolidWorks
  • Proven ability to optimise designs for high reliability, including structural and tolerance analysis and use of FEA, mathematical analysis and modelling tools
  • Extensive experience of DFX and transferring of complex medical devices to series manufacture; both for low and medium-volume production
  • Experience of operating under formal design processes which meet the requirements of ISO13485 and designing products to meet requirements for IEC 60601 certification
  • Extensive knowledge of Risk Management processes and tools
  • A genuine desire to help and support team members so that we can all achieve our best

Job Application:

If you would like to be considered for this role, please apply to send a copy of your full CV – or call us now.

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