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Sr. Supplier Development Engineer

Date:  Sep 15, 2022

Danvers, Massachusetts, US, 01923

Abiomed is a pioneer and global leader in healthcare technology and innovation, with a mission of Recovering Hearts & Saving Lives. With corporate headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, offices in Aachen & Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan, Abiomed’s 1,500 employees form one of the fastest growing medical device companies in the world. We attract and retain exceptional talent with our collaborative culture, passion for our work, and a strong commitment to employee professional development.


Patients First | Innovation | Winning Culture | Heart Recovery


ABIOMED is redefining team-driven success while reshaping heart recovery. Here, new ideas are welcomed and encouraged, learning is constant, and our dynamic setting enables positive people to do profoundly important work.

If you have: the ability to build and grow strategic partnerships, a keen focus on consistency of methods and moving the company forward, and the desire to make a true impact on patient health, we want to hear from you. Discover your true potential as you work with Suppliers, Manufacturing and Design teams, develop professionally, and contribute to a company imagining the future of heart care.


As a Senior Supplier Development Engineer, you will serve as ABIOMED’s primary technical contact with key US based suppliers, lead all product development team’s supplier initiatives, second source critical suppliers, and establish “Quality at the Source” programs with key partners.  This role is a newly established Supplier Engineering function and is viewed as a key technical resource for the company’s continued growth.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend product development project meetings and serve as primary liaison for all actions associated with new supplier requirements
  • Outsource and transfer of sub-assemblies from internal production to suppliers
  • Assist in the " Quality at the Source" program with the objective of increasing yields at the supplier and qualifying quality inspections at the supplier facility
  • Proactively manage component obsolescence
  • Develop understanding of supplier’s manufacturing process and technology roadmap and capabilities
  • Drive strategic initiatives with suppliers
  • Supervise second source projects; continuously monitor risk of the existing suppliers /components as well defining  plans to mitigate said risks
  • Qualify new suppliers and define necessary technical tests/documentation
  • Support the transfer of product improvements into production utilizing Design for Manufacturing (DFM) principles.
  • Lead analysis of defective components found in Incoming Inspection and work with vendors to resolve
  • Assist in technical qualification of alternatives for obsolete components
  • Provide leadership for Supplier Engineering team
  • Manage and develop supply chain phase-in plans accounting for various medical device regulatory approval timelines
  • Implement process improvements within supply chain
  •  Qualify and implement dimensional and visual inspections through GR&Rs at incoming and Supplier.
  • Advise on application of dimensional measurement systems and relationship to drawings through GD&T.


  • BS in Plastics (preferred), Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial or other related Engineering disciplines
  • 5+ years of professional experience showing detailed technical exchange with vendors
  • Knowledge of polymer, machining, and/or electronics fabrication
  • Knowledge of Process Capability and data analysis using statistical tools
  • Good knowledge of Six Sigma, Lean and Design of Manufacturing.  Six Sigma Green or Black Belt is a +
  • Project Management experience
  • Demonstrated critical thinking in fast paced environment 
  • Strength is working well in a team environment while continually and constructively challenging the status quo
  • Experience with CMM & device programming
  • Proficient knowledge of GD&T
  • Basic understanding of medical device regulatory submissions
  • Dedicated, passionate and eager to learn
  • Sound MS Office knowledge
  • Willingness to travel, particularly to visit suppliers (30% required)



Abiomed is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Abiomed will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

Nearest Major Market: Boston