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Senior Product Development/Design Engineer

Hallow, Worcester, UK

About Us

JointMedica was formed in 2000. We are a small autonomous business, working in friendly co-operation with respected orthopaedic surgeons, experienced engineers, and a variety of cutting-edge manufacturing facilities. We specialise in the creation of products that are highly innovative while at the same time meeting the heightened expectations of patients, along with the stringent quality and safety standards that apply to modern orthopaedic implants.

About the Role

The Product Development/Senior Design Engineer position is within the Technical Department of JointMedica. The work is focused on the design of new orthopaedic medical devices and instrumentation but will also provide the engineering and design support for existing products. The candidate will ensure, through the control of the design of technical files, that the user, regulatory and commercial needs are met. They should be conversant with the typical software, tools, methods and processes for the design and production of custom-made devices, serial devices, and instrumentation.


Essential Functions

  • Bring together the expertise of healthcare professionals, colleagues, external sources as well as one’s own medical device knowledge to facilitate safe and effective design of orthopaedic products.

  • Lead the definition and development of user needs, business needs, use cases and requirements.

  • Writes, reviews, and approves protocols, executes protocols, performs analyses and writes, reviews, and approves reports for R&D purposes, and compliant with Design Controls as part of formal Design Verification & Validation.

  • Develop and lead verification and validation activities to ensure that product designs meet the customer needs, including bench testing, model/fixture development, ex vivo and/or in vivo testing as appropriate.

  • Advances medical devices from concept through to clinical implementation using Design Control processes preparing product designs for commercialization.

  • Prepare documentation to support Design Reviews at respective design control milestones.

  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of medical device development compliant with requirements for Europe (MDR, ISO 13485) and the USA (QSR / 21 CFR Part 820). This includes phased development processes including Concept and Feasibility, Design Inputs, Design Outputs, Design Verification & Validation, Transfer to Manufacturing, etc.

  • Work with key opinion leaders (KOL’s (typically surgeons and interventionalists)) to collect and synthesize customer inputs.

  • Explore new technologies, examine possibilities for diverse product solutions.

  • Oversees risk management activities including development of Risk Management Files in accordance with ISO 14971. Implements and coordinates Risk Analyses, Failure Modes and Effects.

  • Acts as technical subject matter expert for design and development of medical devices representing Medical Device R&D on cross-functional teams including product development teams.

  • As required, design/develop and/or coordinate with 3rd parties to design/develop product packaging and labelling systems.

  • Design devices, assemblies and components using Computer Assisted Design tools to create 3D models, drawings, and manufacturing instructions.

  • Guide and mentor junior R&D staff as required.

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with external suppliers, development partners, and other vendors as project requires.

  • Ensure that product designs are manufacturable and cost-effective utilizing Design for Manufacturability principles.

  • Support design transfer to manufacturing.

  • Responsible for creating and managing Design History Files. Authors, reviews, and approves Design Control documentation including, but not limited to, design requirements, trace matrices, risk management documents, specifications, standard operating procedures.

  • Travel as required, for professional meetings or in association with product development or technical support activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or PhD is preferred. Degree in a relevant engineering field required.

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ relevant experience, or Master’s degree with 3+ years’ relevant experience.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Development of class II or class III medical devices.

  • Solid experience in product development, especially under Design Controls and for Design Verification & Validation

  • Experience working with Design Controls systems compliant with ISO 13485, MDR, 21 CFR 820 and other relevant regulations.

  • Familiarity with medical device standards (e.g., ISO 10993, ISO 14971, IEC 62366)

  • Preparation and management of Design History Files or equivalent

  • Preferred experience includes subject matter preferred experience:

  • Experience managing collaborations, contracts, and partnerships with external industry groups. Demonstrated success managing academic and clinical partners.

  • Experience mentoring junior employees.

  • Strong track record of designing medical devices, successfully translating concepts to clinical implementation.

  • Highly proficient utilizing design and development tools including CAD systems


The salary range for this position will be competitive within the market. Here at JointMedica we offer a Nest pension. Death in service is 12 months NET. Annual leave is 20 days plus bank holidays plus 1 day per year up to 25 days maximum.

How to Apply 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you believe you are the right fit for this role.

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