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Development Engineer, MDR Remediation - Orthopaedics
Memphis, TN

This is my first job since graduating from Mississippi State University in Biomedical Engineering, but I’ve been invested in Smith & Nephew for much longer. I grew up 30 minutes away from our site in Memphis. When I was in high school, a Smith & Nephew employee came to a STEM education fair and presented some of the company’s orthopaedic products. That introduction actually influenced me to go into Biomedical Engineering. Years later, when Smith & Nephew came to a careers fair at my university, I decided that I wanted to join.

As a Development Engineer working in Remediation, I work back through our legacy products and update the technical documentation to current standards. This is an especially interesting time to work in Remediation, as the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) for Europe is being introduced. We have to review all of our products to check that the documentation is up to the new standards.

As a new graduate hire, I assumed that I would mostly be training or shadowing and I didn’t think that I would be able to make much of an impact on the company. The reality is very different! My role has a significant impact on the company as I am directly supporting the Medical Device Directive (MDD – the precursor to the new Medical Device Regulations) renewals for our orthopaedic products. If we don’t get the renewals completed in time, the products don’t get CE marked and we can’t sell them in Europe. I can actually see a tangible outcome to my work.

I’m enjoying working on the MDR preparations; it’s fun to be on the frontier of things. We’re introducing new approaches to the way that we work, so my input could be equally as significant as someone who has worked here for 10 years. I appreciate that opportunity. Plus, I’m an engineer; I like problem solving! Being faced with new challenges is always fun.

There’s a real sense of camaraderie here. I’m in a large team and everyone is willing to go above and beyond to help each other out. I’m very grateful to be part of such a strong team and really enjoying the experience.

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