Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Principal Engineer-Medical Devices

Location US-NY-Rochester
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Pos. Type
Full Time


Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a diverse pharmaceutical company that is committed to focusing on our key stakeholders while delivering consistently high performance. Our values provide the overall direction for our company, and provide us with the tools necessary to rise to any challenge by leveraging our collective hard work and effort along with our unwavering competitive spirit. These values help us set goals based on our organization’s potential and what we hope it will become.


The position is responsible for planning, tracking, and managing technical activities in R&D programs that support the research, development and transfer to manufacturing of new contact lens products and processes to accomplish the project objectives within the defined scope, quality, cost, and time targets.  Project scope can range from small sub-projects to large new product development efforts.


This position will lead cross functional teams delivering on complex milestones in a regulated industry under the tutelage of a Sr. Project Manager.  The candidate will be responsible for leading these teams in translating customer requirements into product/process requirements and ensuring the resulting product design and process is robust, while fulfilling the commercial needs. 


Candidate is expected to become technically proficient in the lens mfg process.  The candidate will lead structured problem solving using structured six sigma principles to determine root causes and implement solutions and corrective actions.


Candidate will lead data analysis discussions and provide recommendations on trends, correlations, response variables, DOE’s etc. in an effort to better understand process interdependencies.  The candidate will be skilled in analysis, reporting and presentation of data. 


The candidate will present project updates to senior management with an appropriate level of detail for the audience.


As required, this position may include supporting projects as an individual contributor for product & process development activities, which could involve writing protocols, data gathering and statistical analysis.


May involve occasional domestic or international travel to other internal sites or external vendors



  • Lead project subteam(s) to develop a project plan and schedule to include detailed scope and time targets to successfully complete a process development Track and manage the project schedule and task details against the plan, analyze actual performance against the plan and make adjustments consistent with plan objectives and milestones.
  • Translate program technical objectives into actionable deliverables (timeline, budget, resources) across multi-functional areas.  Provide technical leadership by matching technology with deliverables to enable smooth transition for tech transfer.
  • Make technical decisions based on risk analysis and mitigation plan development as required.  Ensure technical soundness of recommendations/conclusions.  Analyze risks against objectives and targets and determine actions and responsibilities for mitigating risks including establishing contingency plans and/or assigning responsibility for corrective action.
  • Effectively manage changing priorities and work streams (agility) to deliver scope on time and to budget.
  • Inform management and key stakeholders in a timely manner of project status, and any critical problems which may result in unsatisfactory performance, delays in project schedule, or significant changes in project cost. Lead team to develop alternate paths that mitigate any issues.
  • Plan and conduct team meetings and reviews. Ensure documentation is complete and properly maintained and filed according to company policies.
  • Deliver Technical package / documentation / specs that meet customer requirements.
  • Lead equipment qualifications and new product/process validations.
  • Design, execute, and analyze experiments. Teach others to use appropriate analytical tools and make data driven decisions.
  • Lead process/product optimization, yield improvement, cost reduction, capability assessments.
  • Develop and support new manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • Ensure product quality and all tasks are in accordance with established SOPs, GMPs, Global Specifications, design control, and EHS standards.
  • Mentor and train junior personnel in required operations and skills.
  • Key Relationships: Cross functional team members, lab technicians, technical project leaders. Works with internal organizations on research, development and manufacturing programs. Works with internal and external technology partners to assess and integrate emerging materials, technologies, and processes. Advises/mentors teams, individuals and functions for problem solving.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering.  Master’s Degree in Science, Engineering and/or Management preferred.
  • Computer Literacy with skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, Project and Powerpoint.
  • Strong Communication, Organization, Report Writing, and Presentation skills a must. 
  • Must be able to develop working relationships with various internal core competencies, manage outside suppliers, influence others outside of their immediate control and lead team members.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt and DFSS experience preferred. 
  • MiniTab/JMP Statistical software preferred. MS Project and PMP certification a plus.
  • 10-20 years in Engineering, Process Development, and/or Quality Engineering setting.
  • Hands-on experience and technical expertise in a development environment a must.
  • ISO, FDA, medical device manufacturing experience from ideation through commercialization a plus.
  • Demonstrated Leadership and ability to drive innovation, budgets, teams and risk based decision processes.
  • Statistical analysis required within a development or manufacturing setting.
  • Experienced with high volume and/or high precision manufacturing a plus.

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