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R&D Professional IV - Principal Engineer, Advanced Process Development

Avanos Medical
United States, Georgia, Alpharetta
5405 Windward Parkway (Show on map)
June 06, 2024

Requisition ID:5761

Job Title:R&D Professional IV - Principal Engineer, Advanced Process Development

Job Country:United States (US)

Here at Avanos Medical, we passionately believe in three things:

  • Making a difference in our products, services and offers, never ceasing to fight for groundbreaking solutions in everything we do;
  • Making a difference in how we work and collaborate, constantly nurturing our nimble culture of innovation;
  • Having an impact on the healthcare challenges we all face, and the lives of people and communities around the world.

At Avanos you will find an environment that strives to be independent and different, one that supports and inspires you to excel and to help change what medical devices can deliver, now and in the future.

The Avanos COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: This Policy applies to U.S. customer-facing / field-based employees & Avanos leadership: All U.S. customer-facing / field-based employees hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of being fully vaccinated does not need to be disclosed until a job offer has been made but must be submitted within 48 hours after the acceptance of the job offer. If you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice that precludes you from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you may apply for an exemption or deferral after you accept the job offer and before your scheduled start date. The reasonable accommodation provided to the employee, if any, will depend on the employee's job and the applicable facts, but it may include weekly COVID-19 testing and masking requirements. New hires who do not submit, before their scheduled start date, proof of being fully vaccinated or a request for a reasonable accommodation will have their job offer revoked.

Avanos is a medical device company focused on delivering clinically superior breakthrough solutions that will help patients get back to the things that matter.We are committed to creating the next generation of innovative healthcare solutions which will address our most important healthcare needs, such as reducing the use of opioids while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, we develop, manufacture and market recognized brands in more than 90 countries. Avanos Medical is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AVNS. For more information, visit www.avanos.com.

The Principal Engineer, Advanced Process Development will report to the Senior Manager, Advanced Process Development and will be responsible for the design, development, and commercialization of processes and equipment for all new products in Avanos' R&D portfolio. They will work with project teams and program managers to create/refine product and process specifications through innovative and robust processing solutions. They will be the subject matter expert (SME) for process solutions and innovations. This position is a key member of a critical R&D group that supports all business units within Avanos.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership of new product process development through the design and development of manufacturing processes and related fixtures and tooling that are consistent with high process capability and low product costs
  • Serve as process expert on any given project to support Avanos' R&D new product development efforts
  • Work with vendors and key external suppliers to develop process specifications and arrange equipment, parts and material purchases
  • Create and maintain accurate documentation of tool drawings, design concepts, shop orders, and concepts in accordance with R&D and QA functions
  • Act as a mentor to junior engineers within the Advanced Process Development team
  • Research and purchase new manufacturing technology, work in collaboration with the local engineering department to improve the production capability and functionality.
  • Implement the transition of new technology to ensure production continues without delay
  • Estimate equipment costs and development times as inputs to new product development schedules and budgets
  • Estimate staffing requirements, production cycle times and relative costs to provide data for operational decisions
  • Ensure organization and resources are aligned with business strategies. Manage internal and external networks to implement or champion process development initiatives, programs and strategies that positively impact program execution and revenue growth.

Your qualifications


  • Bachelor degree in Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical or Chemical Engineering or similar
  • 10+ years of experience in variety of technical and/or operational assignments within an Operations and/or R&D medical device environment
  • Strong experience using manufacturing analysis tools, including but not limited to Designs of Experiments, Design for Six Sigma, Process Capability studies, etc.
  • Experience with authoring and reviewing process validation protocols (IQ/OQ/PQ), execution and data analysis
  • Experience performing design transfers of new products from initial concept through launch
  • Experience developing and leveraging relationships with external suppliers
  • Proven collaboration with cross-functional/multi-disciplinary teams. Results oriented.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills
  • Solid knowledge of engineering principles, scientific analysis, and project management
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects across several locations
  • Willing to travel up to 50%


  • Master's degree in Engineering
  • Experience in medical device manufacturing assembly processes including but not limited to polyurethane balloon forming, radiofrequency tipping equipment, pad printing, bonding with different adhesive methodologies (UV, solvent, mechanical), vision systems, leak testing equipment, machining, metal working and delivering RF ablation technologies
  • Knowledge of polymer processing techniques including injection molding and extrusion
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Green Belt in Lean Principles, Black Belt a Plus
  • Working knowledge of solid modeling software (Solidworks preferred)

Avanos Medical is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a current employee of Avanos, please apply here .

Join us at Avanos

Join us and you can make a difference in our products, solutions and our culture. Most of all, you can make a difference in the lives, people, and communities around the world.

Make your career count

Our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of others begins with our employees - through a comprehensive and competitive range of benefits. We provide more than just a salary - our Total Rewards package encompasses everything you receive as an employee; your pay, health care benefits, retirement plans and work/life benefits.

Avanos offers a generous 401(k) employer match of 100% of each pretax dollar you contribute on the first 4% and 50% of the next 2% of pay contributed with immediate vesting.

free onsite gym | benefits on day 1 | HQ region voted 'best place to live' by USA Today

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