Sr NPD Manager I&A

Sunnyvale, California

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: 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.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare’s hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere—we strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture—our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world 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 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 advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Primary Function of Position:

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. produces the Ion Bronchoscopy system, a minimally invasive robotic catheter system that accesses deep into the lungs and offers treatment not possible with conventional tools

The Senior New Product Development manager will lead catheter design and test engineers to design and develop new and derivative flexible instruments and/or accessories through all stages of the product development process with the emphasis being on the later design control phases. He/She must take products from early stage investigations and work through the design and development process and drive a robust design mindset in the team. He/She will partner with the project managers to ensure project teams are staffed for success and be prepared to step in personally when necessary to ensure projects stay on track for successful launch.

Role & Responsibilities:


  • Lead the NPD team through all development phases from concept to design transfer for new products or upgrades to existing products.
  • Work with product roadmap team and our customers to ensure requirements are defined, understood and translated into engineering specifications
  • Provide oversight to ensure NPD projects remain on schedule and on budget while meeting all performance, cost and quality specifications as applicable.
  • The NPD manager will be expected to support field investigations and manage sustaining projects as necessary in parallel to product development activities.
  • The NPD manager will be responsible for developing and empowering the NPD Engineering team, retaining and developing diverse talent and maintaining an innovative, collaborative and inclusive culture.
  • All work to be completed per applicable quality and regulatory requirements.



Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

  • Minimum BS in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or related engineering or scientific discipline required, MS or Higher Preferred.
  • Minimum 12 years of experience developing commercial medical products
  • Proven experience of at least 5 years as a manager.
  • Experience as a technical lead owning all deliverables on catheter-based products is required
  • Expert in all phases of the product development lifecycle including requirements definition, prototyping, implementation, debug, risk management, verification and transfer to Manufacturing.
  • Expertise in achieving results in a matrixed environment.
  • Excellent critical thinking, troubleshooting, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a complex, matrixed environment.
  • Self-motivated and independent thinker with ability to work independently without significant direction.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a passion for driving execution at a detail level when necessary while maintaining the ability to see the big picture.



Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.


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, 10 % of the Time

Travel Requirements:Yes, 10 % of the Time Shift:Shift 1 - Day

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