Senior Systems Engineer

Posted Date: 03/01/2021

Location: Cleveland / Akron, OH, USA

Part Time/Full Time Status: Full Time

Position Title: Senior Systems Engineer

Employee Reports To: CTO

Employee Classification: Exempt, Full-Time

Job Purpose and Summary


Centerline Biomedical, Inc., a medical device start-up with high growth potential, seeks to hire a Senior Systems Engineer (SSE) . This individual would work among a diverse team of experts, itself, part of a highly-skilled multidisciplinary team dedicated to achieving the successful commercial launch of a medical device and development of next-generation technologies.

The Senior Systems Engineer (SSE) works alongside the development team to ensure product specifications are achieved and in compliance with medical regulatory practices and company procedures. The SSE leads system risk analysis, as well as identification, prioritization, and documentation of customer needs and requirements. The SSE develops system and sub-system interface requirements that assure the completed system meets required functionality. Together with the development team, the SSE is responsible for investigation, evaluation, and selection of the best system structure and documentation.

Centerline Biomedical, a Cleveland Clinic spinoff housed in the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC) on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, maintains a close relationship with Cleveland Clinic and has access to the unique resources and environment of the incubator to carry out research and product development with Cleveland Clinic researchers and clinicians. More information can be found on our homepage.

Core values are integral to our work at Centerline and must align with any potential candidate, those being Integrity, Accountability, Passion, Service and Development (of people)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overall system engineering / testing for a complex electromagnetic surgical navigation product platform.
  • Develops/maintains system architecture and interface requirements for the products, based on technology and platform strategies.
  • Defines subassembly interfaces and subassembly requirements to both internal and outsourced design team
  • Implements and tests the product platform to ensure high quality, robust behavior and safety in accordance with medical device regulatory standards and customer requirements.
  • Responsible for daily system engineering activities including leading issue resolution and communication across teams in order to deliver results on-time and on-budget.
  • Leads product risk assessment activities.
  • Develops/maintains the risk management file in accordance with ISO 14971 and ensures product safety in accordance with IEC 60601-1 and its appropriate subparts.
  • Works with other team members and functions to execute design reviews of complex Medical Devices.
  • Drives structural design documentation and plans by applying engineering best practices.
  • Conducts impact analysis for design changes and implements necessary actions including estimates of impact to time, budget, and scope.
  • Effectively coordinates test activities throughout the project to drive efficiency in V&V in collaboration with the regulatory resource to ensure a complete and effective 510(k) submission.
  • Understands and follows quality and product development processes.
  • Incorporates business, market, industry, and competitive knowledge into technical solutions.
  • Determines required tasks and completes on time with minimal supervision.
  • Identifies and communicates potential risks with appropriate mitigations.
  • Challenges project teams and established work processes and proactively finds creative methods to reach desired performance levels.
  • Synthesizes complex information gathered from a variety of sources and disseminates to others.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Education and Experience

Education & Experience

  • MS or MBA with 10 or more years of medical device development experience is highly desirable
  • Excellent IT/computer skills and a willingness to learn new tools as they become relevant
  • Flexibility and ability to self-start on new challenges, problem-solving with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work efficiently on multiple tasks with deadlines
  • Ability to work in a diverse team with members of varying education and experience levels
  • Leadership capabilities and abilities to work well within outsourced product development organization structure
  • Creative/innovative, able to rapidly problem-solve and work well given typical project schedules
  • Superb organizational and multitasking skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with ISO and IEC standards pertaining to medical devices


  • Experience with FDA 510(k) product/testing requirements
  • Involvement with medical device regulatory standards such as IEC 60601, IEC 62304, ISO 14971 and ISO 13485 including experience with system risk/hazard analysis
  • Proficiency with functional analysis and cascading down from user level to subsystem/ component level of customer requirements
  • Experience working in Quality or Regulatory capacities in the medical device industry
  • Skilled in developing test plans and validation protocols in a regulated environment
  • Capability of using automated software testing tools
  • Familiarity with numerical analysis and methods
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team while maintaining independence from technical development
  • Strong analytical skills and willingness to develop understanding of relevant concepts in medicine and mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering
  • Demonstrable experience in performing risk assessment, software validation and testing

Working Conditions

The general workplace policies and procedures apply to the Senior Systems Engineer, and this position is employed as an at-will full time employee. This position may be required to work evening or weekend hours. Some degree of flexibility in core working hours is provided, as long as objectives and expectations are being met for this role.

Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment.  Essential functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally bend, kneel and reach; to lift, carry, push/pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment that may require fine motor coordination (i.e., use of a keyboard).  Reasonable accommodations may be made when an employee has a qualified disability but can still perform the essential functions of the job (without creating an undue hardship).


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed within this job.  However, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, or qualifications associated with the position and may be modified from time-to-time.