Intuitive Surgical Careers

Senior Manufacturing Software Engineer

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 180661


Company Description:

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Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Job Description:

The engineer in this position will play a key role on the Manufacturing Software Engineering team to enable the manufacture of new surgical robotic instruments. This engineer will develop the software and algorithms that assure each instrument’s kinematic performance and safety. The position will require close collaboration with product development teams, Systems Analysts, Electrical Test Fixture Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, and Quality Engineers to build a coherent diagnostic strategy and develop software to implement the same.

This role requires but not limited to:
  • Understand each new product’s operation and control, and develop the means to ensure their integrity in volume production
  • Design, document, and qualify software for use in manufacturing new instruments and accessories
  • Follow good software development practices
  • Work independently to overcome roadblocks with minimum guidance
  • Take ownership of manufacturing software and work with cross-functional teams to drive projects to completion
  • Support existing production software

Traits to enable success:


• Passionate about technologies and love programming

• Able to map, develop, and test projects from inception to launch

• Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

• A track record for planning, executing and delivering on projects

• Motivated to continually improve best practices
• Adaptable to dynamic requirements

• Enjoy the thrill of tackling large complex problems

• Good communication and can drive to resolution within constraints

• Excellent ability to communicate complex concepts to engineers in different functional areas

• Detail oriented team player
• Resourceful problem-solving machine

• Foster strong sense of team with peers through solicitation of feedback and constructive contribution to review sessions

• Demonstrated technical leadership


Skills needed to be successful:

• Strong programming skill and experience; C# ideally, also Python is a big plus.
• Solid understand of OOA/OOD/OOP/Design Patterns
• Understanding of web technologies
• Understanding of databases
• Strong analytical, time management, interpersonal, listening and communication skills
• Statistical Analysis, Six Sigma, and/or Statistical Process Control are pluses
• Matlab is a plus

Experience to leverage:

• 8+ years of software development experience and a Bachelor’s degree; 6+ years of software development experience and a Master’s degree in Engineering (Software Engineering or Computer Science preferred)

• Experience developing robotic or electro-mechanical systems, including control systems

• Fully understand Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

• Strong industry experience in architecture and development of scalable production quality systems

• Development methodologies (Agile, TDD, Waterfall, etc …)

• Experience in medical device manufacturing or regulated engineering environment is preferred, but not required.


• Bachelor’s or Master’s in Engineering (Software Engineering or Computer Science preferred)

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.