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Philips (Senior) Principal Engineer FORS - Guidewires and Catheters in Best, Netherlands


In this role, you have the opportunity to

As a Principal Engineer in the new business venture ‘FORS’, you hold a pivotal role and have the opportunity to disrupt Medtech and make a real difference for patients.

The proposition is new to the world and a crucial step in our Image Guided Therapy (IGT) purpose of treating patients better by innovating minimally invasive procedures. It will give you the chance to join our great journey in disrupting the current status quo within IGT.

You will manage the concept and product development for a portfolio of angiographic guidewires and catheters with excellent mechanical properties equipped with special optical fibers. This customer-centric, fast-learning and agile team - values drive, creativity and fast decision making in an integral business context. Dealing with uncertainty comes natural to you.

You are a part of

Image Guided Therapy, is one of the four Philips business clusters, its focused on diagnostics and therapy in the cardio-vascular domain, spanning the imaging guidance systems business and the therapy delivery business. Strengthened through recently acquired companies like Volcano, Spectranetics and EPD Solutions.

The overall strategy of IGT is to create an integrated clinical solution business that supports customers throughout the entire minimally invasive procedure and beyond.

Within these ventures, an entrepreneurial, multidisciplinary team acts as a start-up in the large corporation. Its main goal is to build new businesses and acquire new skills whilst leveraging the competencies of the broader Philips organization.

The FORS venture is based in Best (Netherlands) and operates globally. You will report to the R&D Venture Manager and will be functionally guided by the Principal Architects and Clinical Scientists. Want to learn more about FORS:

You are responsible for

  • Managing the scope of cost and time from the entire FORS guidewire program, together with key suppliers and in close collaboration with key customers (clinical and technical team)

  • Creating a minimal invasive guidewire platform with the appropriate (manufacturing) technologies, with well-defined building blocks

  • Creating technical concepts, choosing the optimal design, leveraging technology and contributing to/driving roadmaps; establishing control points (IP)

  • Innovating and building new competencies and/or extend existing ones with the objective to contribute significant value to the business

  • Design requirements, realization and test (strategies) of guidewires, in the context of the complete FORS system, including required documentation

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • MSc in Engineering (e.g. mechanical, material science, Bio-engineering) or similar

  • (Angiographic) therapy delivery guidewires and catheters experience is a must

  • Vast knowledge in medical innovation and product development projects, from translating customer needs into an initial concept up to regulatory clearance of the final product. This includes extensive experience in the design, development, risk management of (minimal) invasive, sterile devices, as well as the relevant medical device standards

  • Knowledge of the manufacturing technologies used in the device industry

  • Excellent communication and team-building skills

  • Result driven, hands-on and entrepreneurial mentality

In return, we offer you

  • A competitive salary package incl. a variable bonus - based on Philips' results and personal performance;

  • A holiday allowance of 25 days per year and the option to purchase up to 20 extra days annually;

  • An extensive set of tools to drive your career, including a personal development budget, free training and coaching

  • A healthy work-life balance

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum. Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways. Learn more by watching this video.

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog. Once there,you can also learn about our recruitment process, or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions.