Principal R&D Engineer


What R & D Engineering contributes to Cardinal Health

Research and Development Engineering is responsible for developing and implementing new products through adherence to established design control processes and good engineering and documentation practices.


  • Applies advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and technical capabilities to manage a wide variety of projects
  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals
  • Recommends new practices, processes, metrics, or models
  • Works on or may lead complex projects of large scope
  • Projects may have significant and long-term impact
  • Provides solutions which may set precedent
  • Independently determines method for completion of new projects
  • Receives guidance on overall project objectives
  • Acts as a mentor to less experienced colleagues

Acts as individual technical expert, conceives or is assigned, plans, and conducts research in problem areas of considerable scope and complexity.The problems must be approached through a series of complete and conceptually related studies, are difficult to define, require unconventional or novel approaches, and require sophisticated research techniques.Available guides and precedent contain critical gaps, are only partially related to the problem or may be largely due to the novel character of the project.At this level, the individual researcher generally will have contributed inventions, new designs, or techniques which are of material significance in the solution of important problems

  • Serves as the technical expert for the organization (worldwide) in the application of advanced theories, concepts, principles, and processes for an assigned area of responsibility (i.e., subject matter, function, type of facility, or equipment, or product).  Keeps abreast of new methods and developments affecting his/her organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphasis of programs or new programs warranted by such development
  • Evaluates progress and results obtained, and recommends major changes to achieve overall objectives.  Or, as individual technical expert may technically supervise other engineers or technicians on particular projects which may be related to current major projects
  • Responsible for the purchase or design of equipment that meets health, safety and environmental standards set by the company
  • Responsible for performing design reviews and re-validation assessments to ensure the safe and environmentally sound start-up of new processes
  • Responsible for ensuring personal and company compliance with all Federal, State, local and company regulations, policies and procedures for Health, Safety and Environmental compliance

  • Responsible for communicating business related issues or opportunities to next management level
  • Responsible for ensuring subordinates follow all Company guidelines related to Health, Safety and Environmental Responsible for ensuring personal and Company compliance with all Federal, State, local and Company regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Performs other duties assigned as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required
  • A minimum of 4+ years related work experience required
  • Ability to lead team toward operational objectives
  • Aptitude to contribute to strategic goal-setting for department/business unit