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Sr. Principal Engineer, Plastics

Benet Lake

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This is where you save and sustain lives

At Baxter, we are deeply connected by our mission. No matter your role at Baxter, your work makes a positive impact on people around the world. You'll feel a sense of purpose throughout the organization, as we know our work improves outcomes for millions of patients.

Baxter's products and therapies are found in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. For over 85 years, we have pioneered significant medical innovations that transform healthcare.

Together, we create a place where we are happy, successful and inspire each other. This is where you can do your best work.

Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives- where your purpose accelerates our mission.

Your role at Baxter This is where your expertise helps people

In this role, you will provide your expertise for plastics processing technologies for disposables and solutions in Baxter's global manufacturing network. You will lead and direct the assessment process on material selection to drive processing and ongoing material cost benefits, provide full mold and design support for manufacturing assembly, manage prototype activities, and production capacity assessments. In addition, you will be responsible for design transfers specific to plastic parts.

Your team

We are a team of inquisitive individuals who embrace a collaborative environment to take on sophisticated challenges that meet the needs of our patients. We often need to change directions and respond to issues to avoid disruptions in our fast-paced manufacturing environment. Together, we build and maintain a positive work environment!

When you join us, you will work with a team of committed individuals who trust each other to deliver on the tasks at hand. We support innovation and out-of-the-box thinking balanced with collaboration across functions and other teams. Our leadership understands the need for continuous education and provides opportunities for further development.

What you'll be doing
  • Apply innovative techniques in plastics processing technologies to develop new or improved products and processes.
  • Perform financial planning and assist in the analysis to justify project approval.
  • Independently plan, schedule, and lead multi-functional team through detailed phases of the project's engineering work. This includes constructing detailed, accurate project schedules, collaborating with development groups and technical support groups.
  • Establish tooling and other strategies that support reduced capital spend, superior quality, cost position and quick time to market objectives.
  • Lead new product evaluation and support New Product Development team through analysis of new plastic part tooling and technology capability. Work with Product Development teams to optimize part manufacturability while meeting or improving part specifications, production key process indicators, and cost optimization
  • Use risk analysis tools (e.g. g., FMEA, Mold Flow, etc.) to reduce potential for part and tooling failures.
  • Work independently or in collaboration with other technical leaders, engages in the conceptualization and new technology planning and production solutions.
  • Support quotation development and capital expense management. Monitor and assess subcontracted mold designs ensuring they conform to Baxter standards/specifications. Facilitate support for first off tool, factory acceptance testing (FAT), or other as needed trials required New Product Development or Process Improvement teams.
  • Assist the process engineers during first article inspection (FAI) runs and other supplier development activities.
  • Work with tooling vendors or tool rooms to address outstanding tooling issues as needed. Provide ongoing support of current processes and equipment.
  • Support plant teams in the resolution of tooling and process related issues.
  • Support Production/Plant engineering in the design and equipment implementation for continuous improvement and lean manufacturing deployment.

What you'll bring
  • B.S. in Engineering is required.
  • 8+ years of plastics injection molding experience, preferably with onsite molding sites.
  • Preferably possesses certifications in either Systematic Molding, Master Molder I, or Master Molder II.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use and application of tools such as process FMEA, control strategies, modeling and simulation software, statistical methods, problem solving, materials science, and design of experiments (DOE).
  • Recognized as a technical expert in Plastics Engineering
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence on recommended courses of action using both written and verbal methods.
  • The ability to provide solutions that reflect understanding business objectives and cost implications.
  • Direct experience or advanced training applicable to the processing of thermoplastics and/or extruded materials in a production environment.
  • Experience in supporting product and process development through the product lifecycle and associated assets.
  • Previous work with medical grade plastics processing preferred.

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. At Baxter, we are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices. The estimated base salary for this position is $112,000 - $154,000 annually. The estimated range is meant to reflect an anticipated salary range for the position. We may pay more or less than of the anticipated range based upon market data and other factors, all of which are subject to change. Individual pay is based on upon location, skills and expertise, experience, and other relevant factors. This position may also be eligible for discretionary bonuses. For questions about this, our pay philosophy, and available benefits, please speak to the recruiter if you decide to apply and are selected for an interview.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa at this time.

The successful candidate for this job may be required to verify that he or she has been vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccination, and in accordance with applicable law.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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