Scientist (Optical Designer):

POSITION TITLE: SCIENTIST (OPTICAL DESIGNER)
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT

POSITION SUMMARY:
•To provide appropriate technical expertise to all aspects of new product design, verification and introduction as part of the Company’s overall design control procedure.
•Provide the appropriate lens design and optical expertise in new product development projects, ensuring that appropriate technology is used to bring commercially successful new products to market.
•Responsible for keeping abreast of the latest lens/optics product developments, evaluating their potential impact on the business and recommending their incorporation into the current and future product lines.
•Lead and participate in multi disciplinary teams engaged on above activities.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•To provide appropriate technical expertise to all aspects of new product design, verification and introduction as part of the Company’s overall design control procedure.
•Provide the appropriate lens design and optical expertise in new product development projects, ensuring that appropriate technology is used to bring commercially successful new products to market.
•Provide technical expertise, process, production and project engineering support to the manufacturing business units, QA/RA, and Technical Innovations departments to satisfy business objectives.
•Liaises with external organizations including Universities and Research Institutions and represent the company at scientific seminars.
•Appraise, specify, develop, commission and test new and existing metrology systems and equipment.
•Assist with defining, undertaking and documenting experiments/tests required to ensure the successful development of new products in a manufacturing environment.
•Support the creation and maintenance of DHR files to the standard required for Regulatory accreditation.
•Provide cross-site lens design and optical expertise to support business objectives across the company.
•Provide intellectual property expertise on lens design by staying current on the latest open literature and patents in the field. Review of any new patent application. To support our Patent Applications. To assist on infringement reviews. To provide a cross-site liaison with relevant patent specialists and attorneys.
•To provide and support the software necessary to generate the optical designs within the manufacturing environment, jobfile and minipath file creation.
•To develop and promote the use of Solid Works 3-D Cad as a technical design tool.
•Timely reporting against objectives, including: design/milestone reviews, presentations, monthly reports and key performance indicator monitoring.
•Train other team members as required, to establish and maintain best work practices; including all technical and training documentation.
•Lead and participate in multi disciplinary teams engaged on above activities.
•Other related duties connected with the Company’s business priorities.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
Education - BS in Physics with background in optical science or BS in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering with background in design and programming (CAD/CAM, AutoCAD, Solidworks)

•Graduate education preferred (MS or PhD) but not necessary
•Experience in the contact lenses and/or optical design a plus
•Experience in relevant industrial technical roles preferred
•Experience in a medical devices/ pharmaceutical industry preferred
•Strong background in MS Office suite.

SKILLS:
•Good knowledge of Quality Assurance and Quality Control systems, medical device/pharmaceutical, FDA, ISO and International regulatory environment.
•Good knowledge of Health and Safety in respect of: safe working practice.
•Analytical and problem solving skills with strong intellect.
•Bilingual (English/Spanish).
•Computer literate.
•Willing to travel & relocate to PR.