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Senior Principal Technician

Olympus Medical Systems

Olympus Medical Systems

Westborough, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2024


Workplace Flexibility: Hybrid

Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Olympus, a leading medical technology company, has focused on making people’s lives better for over 100 years.

Our Purpose is to make people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling.

Our Core Values are reflected in all we do: Integrity – Empathy – Agility – Unity – Long-Term View

We deliver on our purpose and our core values by staying True to Life.

Job Description

The Senior Principal Technician is responsible for supporting engineering projects and lab operations for both the New Product Development and Sustaining Engineering teams. Specifically, the Sr. Principal Technician will be a collaborative partner with the engineering team and lead testing strategy development, provide testing support, accurately report test data and observations, ensure traceability of test samples, and assist in the development of test methods as needed. To support lab operations, The Sr. Principal Technician will ensure equipment is well maintained (e.g., calibration, scheduling maintenance, etc.), the lab (and lab practices) are safe, provide guidance and assistance to other technicians as needed, ensures the lab is compliant with applicable SOP's and Policy's and is clean/organized. As the Sr Principal Technician will be integral to the testing efforts required to establish device quality and performance, it is critically important that the Sr. Principal Technician maintains an accurate Laboratory Notebook, is attentive to detail, complies with test methods and Standard Operating Procedures, and accurately records data & observations.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for planning and executing all testing efforts on programs assigned. Maintains attentiveness for testing abnormalities, trends, and external influences.
  • Partners with engineering staff on project needs (e.g., supports test method development, acquisition of test samples/testing equipment & supplies, maintains sample traceability, etc.).
  • Records and communicates all test data and testing observations with a high accuracy to program technical leads and management as required. Maintains a well-organized / accurate Laboratory Notebook in accordance with applicable SOP's, and ensures compliance with testing protocols, test methods, and/or standards.
  • Diligently advances their testing efforts I responsibilities while consistently seeking improvements to efficiency and quality.
  • Leads lab operations, such as maintenance of equipment, coordinating & scheduling calibration services, ordering supplies, quoting of test apparatus, as well as ensuring lab is a safe environment, kept clean I orderly, etc.
  • Capable of leading collaboration between laboratory resources to ensure efficient use of testing equipment and alignment with project priorities.
  • Capable of efficiently planning their own time, and that of other technicians, to ensure all efforts are advancing on schedule.
  • Consistently seeks improvements to test methods and practices; capable of implementing improvements.
  • Able to read and interpret industry test standards and part prints with high attention to detail, and critique nuances which will impact test results or may differ from current practice.
  • Capable of working on a team with a willingness to help or support other efforts.

Job Qualification


  • High school degree required; college level studies highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 12+ yrs experience with HS Degree/GED.
  • Minimum of 7+ yrs experience with at least an associate degree.
  • Medical Device development experience required.
  • Evidence of technical skills required.
  • Capable of maintaining control of test samples (i.e., labelling all product appropriately) is mandatory.


  • Capable of operating testing equipment with strict adhesion to test methods required.
  • Capable of training and supporting less experienced technicians and engineers on lab equipment and procedures.
  • Extensive experience in product testing as well was implementing solutions to testing abnormalities, identifying issues with test samples, and/or identifying external influences to test results.
  • Expert in accurately logging testing observations in laboratory notebook and describe abnormalities to engineers and supervisor.
  • Technical aptitude for operating testing equipment and the capability of envisioning / understanding product failure modes and technical causes & effects.
  • Experience in approaching challenging and/or ambiguous technical problems with logic and devise approaches to lead towards understanding or solutions.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Experience in ideating / envisioning test methods and test systems which could be employed to gather desired test data. Capable of working with and/or overseeing interna/external resources commissioned to build new testing fixtures and/or apparatus.

Why join Olympus?

Here, people matter—our health, our happiness, and our lives.

  • Competitive salaries, annual bonus and 401(k)* with company match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Visions coverage effective on start date
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Free virtual live and on-demand wellness classes
  • Work-life balance supportive culture with hybrid and remote roles
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance
  • Volunteering and charitable donation match programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programs including Colleague Affinity Networks
  • On-Site Child Daycare, Café, Fitness Center**

*US Only

**Limited locations

We care about your health and financial well-being and offer the resources you need to feel vital, confident and ready for wherever life takes you. Learn more about our benefit offerings at https://www.olympusamerica.com/careers/benefits-perks.

The anticipated base pay range for this full-time position working at this location is $37.45 - $50.56 / hour, plus potential for annual bonus (subject to plan eligibility and other requirements). Olympus considers a variety of factors when determining actual compensation for this position, including level of experience, working location, and relevant education and certifications.

About us:

Our Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients and their safety.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Olympus employs more than 31,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries and regions. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,200 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

Olympus is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace

We recognize diversity in people, views and lifestyle choices and emphasize the importance of inclusion and mutual respect. We strive to continue to foster empathy and unity in the workplace so that our employees can fully contribute and thrive.

Let’s realize your potential, together.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Westborough || Research and Development