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Sr. Supplier Excellence Engineer


Careers that Change Lives

Your dedication to quality is important to our customers and, most importantly, to their patients. As the Sr. Supplier Excellence Engineer you will be a member of the Medtronic Minimally Invasive Therapies Group Supplier Excellence team. You will provide Six Sigma and Lean support through evaluation and improvement of the Medical Devices supply base. The support will involve various project teams as required; Sustaining Engineering (cost savings), New Product Development (critical component qualification), Plant Engineering (root cause analysis and resolution), as well as responsibility for managing scoped projects. In addition, this candidate will focus on improving supplier capability, on-time delivery, supplier selection, new supplier identification, support supply chain strategies in emerging markets and support supplier quality initiatives.

Do meaningful work, make a difference, and improve lives - starting with your own.

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group strives to enable earlier diagnosis, better treatment, faster complication-free recovery, and enhanced patient outcomes through less invasive surgical solutions. S URGICAL INNOVATIONS sets the standard for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by creating innovative surgical products and services that focus on obesity and diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, lung, abdominal wall, pelvic region, and the head and neck.

We value what makes you unique. Be a part of a company that thinks differently to solve problems, make progress, and deliver meaningful innovations.

A Day in the Life

You will:

  • Collaboration with critical suppliers ensuring customer requirements are met in both product and process

  • Partner with key suppliers to pursue continuous improvement and waste elimination

  • Drive issue resolution (root cause analysis) at supplier, including ability to lead problem solving teams

  • Ensure manufacturing processes adequately demonstrate specified process control capabilities

  • Provide technical support and guidance to Operations Sourcing/Category Management as well as Manufacturing and Engineering teams at various sites

  • Develop and execute action plans to address opportunities at supply base

  • Lead highly complex projects and cross-functional teams

  • Ensure improved processes have adequately demonstrated specified process and test control capabilities. Leading activities for PFMEA, Lean Improvements, FPY, FTQ and NCR's

    Must Have: Minimum Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field with a minimum of 7 years' experience working in Manufacturing, finished medical device, or related industry with manufacturing processes, operational excellence, quality systems, and continuous improvement activities

  • Lean manufacturing/Six Sigma concepts and understanding, preferably DMAIC methodology

  • Knowledge of FDA Quality Systems Regulations and ISO 13485 requirements for Medical Devices

  • Ability to analyze suppliers, identify gaps, and develop improvement strategies

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple projects and objectives and lead cross-functional teams

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills and ability to influence individuals and groups

  • Ability to foster change and promote/implement improvement

  • Process verification and validation knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and facilitation skills

  • Expertise with various software packages; Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Microsoft Project, Visio and preferably Minitab

  • Proven track record of improving suppliers capabilities

  • Willingness to travel up to approximately 30 - 50% (US & some international)

    Nice to Have

  • Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean certifications, Six Sigma Black Belt preferred

  • Project Management Preferred, PMP certification


    Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology 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. W e can 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.


    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.


    It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

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