Lead System Designer, Medical Devices


Madison, WI




Delve is looking for a creative and quality focused Lead System Designer to join our team.

About Delve

Delve is a full-service design and innovation firm with a heritage stemming from product design. For over 50 years, we’ve provided clients with impactful strategy, design, and engineering that bring successful products to market. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, in industries that include medical devices, consumer products, commercial products, transportation, and more.

In the last 6 years, we’ve expanded from our headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin to opening offices in San Francisco and Boston. To mark our 50 years in business, we moved our headquarters into a vibrant new studio space in the heart of downtown Madison and renamed our firm to more accurately reflect what we do today and our aspirations for the future.

You’ll have gathered from this ad that we are still hiring despite the pandemic. Our business is fiscally sound, and hiring you will help us keep delivering on our projects. We’re doing things a bit differently to adjust to our new “normal.” Interviews will be done virtually, and we are well set up for remote onboarding. Although it’s possible you will be working from your home office when you first join us, we will have everything in place so you will feel part of the team from day one. We have regular team video catch-ups, and pets are often included. Many people are home with their families, so children pop up occasionally as well – and that is okay!

We’ll be working onsite again as soon as the COVID-19 alert levels allow. You can join our team safely in the knowledge that our infrastructure and flexible work practices are already in place.


  • Drives the design requirements for the product (often in collaboration with clients) while balancing implementation complexity, technical risks, manufacturability, serviceability, quality and cost.
  • Understands and captures the user needs into system requirements and responsible for the architectural decomposition and allocation to subsystems. This position will be managing an indirect team of designers, engineers and technicians to deliver technical content for a project.
  • Develops the strategy and plan to achieve key program milestones adhering to governing Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Ensures that technical risks are retired as they arise on the program.
  • Collaborates with Quality Engineering (Delve and/or Client) to ensure QMS requirements are fulfilled to build a robust Design History File (DHF).
  • Leads the engineering team in the planning and execution of verification and validation.
  • Interacting with our valued clients through meetings, presentations, design reviews and informal interactions - building trust and respect through a highly collaborative development process
  • Having fun, doing cool work with good people and helping us support and grow our culture


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Biomedical or related field)
  • Minimum of 5 years relative work experience working in medical device electromechanical product development.
  • Ability to understand project needs, formulate a strategy and lead the engineering team through successful outcomes
  • Proven track record in medical device development with a strong understanding of ISO-13485, IEC 62304, ISO 14971 and IEC 60601.
  • Gravitas, humility and a keen sense of humor
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with the ability to thoughtfully articulate and present technical ideas
  • Experience in a consulting environment preferred with a proven customer-centric attitude and personality
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, able to manage multiple priorities

Compensation is commensurate to experience.

Please send your resume and a portfolio (or highlights from a couple past projects) to Jobs18@delve.com.

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A little more information

We realize that you are making a big decision when considering a new job. You need to consider salary, the inherent satisfaction you will get from your work, and whether you will enjoy your colleagues. We all spend a lot of time at work and realize that little stuff can make the difference between being happy and productive or grumpy and wanting out. So, we’ve done our best to build a culture, adapted from some of the world’s best companies, that represents our values and is flexible to each studio’s unique proclivities.

Here are a few big and little things we think make Delve a fun, joyful, and safe place to spend your days, create lasting friendships and build your career:

  • Offices located in the design centers of vibrant cities with great walking access to coffee shops, breweries and restaurants. You probably already know what San Francisco and Boston are about, but if you haven’t been to Madison, you will be pleasantly surprised, if not completely blown away.
  • Well-designed studios with ergonomic workspaces, collaborative work areas and access to natural light for those who want it, and dark and quiet areas for those who don’t.
  • A flexible vacation policy. We trust you to know when you need to recharge.
  • Flexible work hours and ability to work remotely
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training
  • Support for affinity groups
  • A professional development budget for access to conferences and, training, etc.
  • Unlimited snacks with a bias toward healthy stuff like shelled pistachios, but still plenty of questionable choices like beef jerky and goldfish crackers
  • No dress code beyond “dress for your day”
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Dog friendly offices with friendly dogs like Zoe, Selki, and Talia
  • Open book financials and generally open and transparent leadership communication
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Cell phone reimbursement

Madison Office:

  • Access to the prototype machine shop and engineering labs with tools like laser cutters, 3D printers, mills, and a wood shop for both professional and personal projects.
  • Free heated indoor parking with electric vehicle charging
  • Exercise room overlooking Lake Mendota
  • Outdoor terrace off our break room with seating and gas grills
  • 11th floor roof deck with a fireplace, more gas grills, panoramic views including opportunities to watch a semi-pro soccer team, ultimate frisbee team and national musical acts on the next door stadium
  • Fizzy water on tap
  • Beerstorming Fridays
  • Beer on tap
  • Board game Thursdays
  • Personal use of company cars including a cargo van we lovingly call the “Scary Van”
  • Game room with ping pong, VR, and lots of classic consoles
  • Bike stand and tools with in-office bike racks

Please send your resume and a portfolio (or highlights from a couple past projects) to jobs18@delve.com, or click the email link below.

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