Principal Engineer Metallurgy/Metals Processing

Job Description

Medical Devices & Diagnostics Global Services, LLC., Global Supply Organization is recruiting for a Principal Engineer - Metallurgy/Metals Processing position. This position will be based in North America at an existing global franchise campus or manufacturing location.

Medical Devices & Diagnostics Global Services, LLC., represents more than 60 manufacturing sites and 26,000 employees who plan, source, manufacture and deliver high-quality and cost-effective medical products to our customers around the globe each day. Work of the MD&D SC supports a multitude of product platforms, new products and delivery systems that are used in a wide range of procedures throughout the healthcare industry, including interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, minimally invasive surgery, hospital sterilization, clinical laboratory testing, diabetes management, joint replacement surgery and vision care.

This Principal Engineering role primary location can be in Cincinatti Ohio, Raynham MA or the engineer can be located at another J&J Operating Company location.

Reporting to the Manager Partner Development, the Principal Metallurgy/Metals Processing Engineer is responsible for providing expert technical / business / project leadership to the Global Procurement organization in area of metallurgy and metals conversion and manufacturing processes. Role will encompass a broad engineering knowledge of metallurgy and metals processing operations, and must demonstrate a strong understanding of engineering theoretical fundamentals and experimental techniques. This person will work on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Innovative and pragmatic solutions will be developed to a wide range of problems. He/she will exercise judgement within broadly defined practices and policies in selected methods and techniques to obtain the desired results. Typical projects will have a significant impact to the franchise and category management business plan. This position requires the wide application of principles, theories and concepts in the metallurgical and mechanical engineering fields plus a working knowledge of other related disciplines and manufacturing processes. Scope of responsibilities encompasses multiple franchise product portfolios, and a global network of external partners supporting over $3.7B in spend. Other responsibilities may be assigned & not all responsibilities listed may be assigned.

Metals processing technical expert for the Global Procurement organization, responsible for process and product knowledge acquisition to execute productivity improvement projects on yields and process efficiencies, and in conjunction with franchise resources provide sustaining engineering support on products during the entire life cycle. Owns overall responsibility and technical oversight for the planning, organizing, execution, and coordination of continuous improvement projects at key, strategic metals suppliers. Lead projects, which may involve supervision (permanent or temporary) of technical personnel, to execute validations, troubleshooting efforts, or operational efficiency improvements. Advises teams on issues related to product design, validation requirements, appropriate test methods and manufacturing methods to meet quality, cost, and release to market objectives. Responsible for evaluating technical and regulatory requirements against business needs in development and maintenance of corporate level policies, procedures, and strategies impacting all MD&D metals suppliers and contract manufacturers.

Develop and implement sector-wide metals processing related validation policies and procedures. Lead company teams to accomplish integration activities for proposed changes.

Trouble-shoot significant manufacturing process deviations and develop short and long-term solutions to prevent re-occurrence and advises quality partners on technical questions.

Perform technical assessments of suppliers and external manufacturers related to metals manufacturing processes. Identifies and provides solutions to close compliance gaps and improve overall quality performance.

Worldwide liaison with individuals and units within and outside the Global Procurement organization with responsibility for acting independently on technical matters pertaining to his/her field. Close coordination with franchise operations teams is a critical. In conjunction with franchise resources, will act as a secondary point of contact (issue escalation) and technical expert on any metals processing issues at a supplier when the local plant (internal) engineering team cannot resolve an issue. Supervision is essentially administrative with assignments given in terms of broad general objectives and limits. Keeps abreast of new methods and development affecting his/her organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs.


The position required a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent technical discipline with 10 years direct experience in metallurgy and metal manufacturing processes. An advanced degree is preferred. Managing Complexity - Ability to lead and influence others in a complex matrix organization. Organization & Talent Development with the ability to mentor and train junior engineers is required. It is important to be Results and Performance Driven and to have a Sense of Urgency. Change management and project management skills required. The ability to be effective in a global environment with the ability to manage and lead technical issues with global partners.Ability to communicate clearly and concisely across all levels of the company, across the MD&D supply chain, and with the commercial franchises as appropriate. Strong understanding of the process excellence tool set (LEAN, Six Sigma) with a proven track record of deploying these tools to improve operational performance is an asset. Certification in LEAN and/or Six Sigma is an asset. In depth knowledge of metals manufacturing systems and processes, including GMP requirements for medical devices.

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