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Date: Sep 20, 2021

Location: Marlborough, MA, US, 01752

Company: Boston Scientific

Additional Locations: US-MN-Arden Hills


Diversity - Innovation - Caring - Global Collaboration - Winning Spirit - Caring - High Performance

At Boston Scientific, we’ll give you the opportunity to harness all that’s within you by working in teams of diverse and high-performing employees, tackling some of the most important health industry challenges. With access to the latest tools, information and training, we’ll help you in advancing your skills and career. Here, you’ll be supported in progressing – whatever your ambitions.



  • A highly technical role leading the sustaining team to optimize, iterate, and drive key initiatives on a next generation SUD, materials-based, mechanical, and electromechanical products within the Urology and Pelvic Health Stone Franchise



  • Partner with technical teams to lead all aspects of sustaining and support the development of new products within Boston Scientific’s Urology and Pelvic Health Stone Franchise
  • Collaborate with the manufacturing and business stakeholders to develop a robust sustaining strategy that delivers on the stakeholders needs.
  • Lead cross functional teams through the technical problem-solving process using theoretical analysis, experimentation, and other problem-solving methodologies to make data-based design decisions.
  • Lead the coordination and execution of design changes, including the setting of design requirements, concept and prototype feasibility, performance characterization through robust functional testing, and then iterating on those designs as required such that all requirements are met.
  • Create and maintain design control documentation required to meet Boston Scientific’s Product Lifecycle Process (PLCP) requirements and support regulatory filings

Job Scope and Leveling Guidelines

  • Knowledge: Expert-level understanding of mechanical engineering principles and their application to solve complex technical problems.  Experience working in a laboratory setting developing and executing functional testing and general knowledge of other related disciplines, such as mechanics, polymer science, materials science, and manufacturing is required.  Must have an in-depth understanding of statistical analysis methodologies and their application.
  • Problem Solving: Proven track record of developing novel solutions to a variety of complex technical problems using a methodical and data-driven approach.
  • Discretion/Latitude; Supervision Received; Decision Making: Independent, self-starting resource able to manage their workload without oversight.  Develops and implements technical solutions without guidance from senior technical leaders.
  • Business Relationships and Project Management:  Demonstrated history interfacing and partnering with external vendors, customers, and commercial partners. Participates in determining goals and objectives for projects and project planning.
  • Impact: Leads the technical team through the completion of complex programs and projects.


What we’re looking for in you 


  • Degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering is required.  Bachelors required; Masters preferred.
  • 10+ years product development in a product development role is required.  Previous experience in a regulated industry such as medical devices is preferred.
  • Expert-level understanding of mechanical design or equivalent is required.  Previous experience with the successful development of concepts and prototypes is required.  Knowledge of materials science and selection is required.
  • Experience working in project lifecycle management (PLM) systems such as Windchill or Adaptiv is required.
  • Proficiency with computer aided design (SolidWorks) is preferred


  • Passion for learning about the relevant anatomy and pathologies, understanding clinical use scenarios and solving problems for end users
  • Desire to continuously evolve products across their life cycle to improve performance
  • Strong team player with exceptional communication and relationship building skills
  • Proven self-starter who runs towards issues, ambiguous requirements, or loosely defined challenges
  • Skilled problem solver
  • Up to 20% Travel required



Requisition ID: 499258


As a leader in medical science for more than 40 years, we are committed to solving the challenges that matter most – united by a deep caring for human life. Our mission to advance science for life is about transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve patient lives, create value for our customers, and support our employees and the communities in which we operate. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to apply those values to everything we do – as a global business and as a global corporate citizen.


So, choosing a career with Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) isn’t just business, it’s personal. And if you’re a natural problem-solver with the imagination, determination, and spirit to make a meaningful difference to people worldwide, we encourage you to apply and look forward to connecting with you!


At Boston Scientific, we recognize that nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace helps us be more innovative and it is important in our work of advancing science for life and improving patient health. That is why we stand for inclusion, equality, and opportunity for all. By embracing the richness of our unique backgrounds and perspectives, we create a better, more rewarding place for our employees to work and reflect the patients, customers, and communities we serve. Boston Scientific is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


Boston Scientific maintains a drug-free workplace. Pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-4312 (2000), Boston Scientific is providing notification that the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or marijuana is prohibited in the workplace and that violations will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.


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