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New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer

Cambridge, Massachusetts
7 Sep 2022

About Portal

Portal aims to transform medicine by enabling patients to self-inject their biological drugs with a revolutionary needle-free device. This innovative drug delivery system is designed to replace auto-injectors and our early studies show it is overwhelmingly patient preferred. Issued from MIT Research and connected to the cloud, the Portal device allows biopharmaceutical companies to differentiate their therapies with a patient-centric drug-delivery solution. Join us on this exciting journey of making patient care and comfort a priority.

At Portal we believe in workplace inclusion - all employees belong, contribute, and thrive in our fast-paced environment. All people need to be represented for all patients to be represented. We encourage you to apply no matter your background - because we understand a diverse culture formulates diverse solutions.

NPI Engineer

Reports to: Associate Director, NPI Engineering

This role is based in our Cambridge, MA office, and we are looking for someone to be onsite in the office every week, though not necessarily every day.


We're looking for a NPI Engineer who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of patients and how medicines are delivered today.

The NPI engineer will be part of the New Product Engineering team that transfers the latest products from development to mass production. The NPI engineer will take part in designing tools, fixtures and jigs to support robust manufacturing of products.

The NPI Engineer will work closely with other disciplines in the organization to coordinate various activities such as purchasing, R&D, Quality, Planning, Production etc.

The NPI Engineer shall be a part of the Operations department to lead NPI engineering activities with turnkey suppliers, and responsible to lead the company's next product generations.

In this role you will:

  • Be responsible for timelines and deliverables in order to meet product's goals in aspect of DFX objectives
  • Be responsible for building Product/Production file, Product documentation, BOM, jigs/tools/Fixtures design
  • Configuration control, lead Engineering Change Orders & responsible for conducting product ECO process
  • Manage and control activities for producing systems and sub-systems local and overseas throughout the project lifecycle
  • Work with and managing sub contractors for production lines (mechanical/ electromechanical).
  • Lead the product design transfer from R&D to production.
  • Solve complex electronics failures to assure smooth production ramp-up and to meet the products yield KPI.
  • Track and analyze product defects to identify high value product and process improvements.
  • Support design transfer from pilot to mass production of Portal's needle-free drug delivery device.
  • Proactively manage component obsolescence; identify and qualify second source and replacement parts.

In the role you will need: [Requirements Section]

  • BSc degree in Mechanical/Electrical engineering
  • Minimum 4 years of proven experience in engineering environment
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of proven experience in mechanical/board design.
  • Proven experience with TK project management and suppliers
  • Systematic thinking, leadership and management skills
  • Ability to solve technical problems while working on multi-disciplinary products.
  • Experience working with CAD system such as solid works
  • Experience in Tools & Process validation

Working at Portal

Portal Instruments offers employees the opportunity to work in a fast-paced start-up that values innovation, creativity, accountability, teamwork, and openness while providing excellent leadership and development opportunities.

Which all sounds great right? But what about the other stuff??


  • We believe in transparency so if your resume meets the job requirements, we will discuss salary range with you right from the start, so feel free to ask us!
  • Portal offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, including stock options, both Roth and traditional 401(k) retirement plans, thoughtful health and dental plans and a chance to make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients.

Healthcare for FTE:

  • Portal works very hard to select healthcare plans that keep costs low for employees while still maintaining the level of care you deserve and expect from leading healthcare companies. We even pay the first half of your deductible so that we can keep the premium costs low for you!
  • We offer both PPO and HMO healthcare plans, dental, orthodontic, vision and accident insurance plans too!
  • Paid family medical leave is covered by Portal both short- and long-term disability as well as AD&D insurance and all are 100% company sponsored
  • Did we mention employees are eligible for a variety of flexible spending accounts (FSA)?


  • 20 days of vacation for everyone, because everyone deserves to take a break and our team is encouraged to take all their time off each year to recharge!
  • 13 company-wide state and federal holidays and often a company-wide holiday shutdown - sometimes the best reward for hard work and results is no work and all rest!
  • If you're sick.. you're sick! And being sick is certainly no picnic (or vacation!), so all employees get sick days to use when they are under the weather. We want you to take care of yourself, plus staying home helps protect everyone! At Portal we want to make sure you know that our strong team has your back to support you through all of life's obstacles.

Flexibility - We put flex in flexibility!

  • Life shouldn't just revolve around work - if you want to go exercise at 2 PM or grab lunch with an old friend, be our guest!
  • Portal works in a hybrid environment - whether you work from Florida or NYC, you're still a part of the Portal team. We are a results driven team - so we don't have to see a green dot on Slack to trust that you're doing your job!
  • Portal offers employee's an assistance program which includes confidential counseling, financial information and resources, work-life solutions, free online will preparation and more!
  • We also offer a commuter reimbursement account, dependent care accounts, on-site parking (subject to availability), a bike room and locker room with a shower!

Growth at Work

  • We invest in your career. Our company's growing quickly, and we'll give you the opportunity to do the same. You'll have access to several professional development opportunities so that you can keep up with the company's evolving needs and grow your career along the way.
  • Portal offers its employees access to the Southern New Hampshire University discount program on part time tuition - a 10% employee discount for both undergraduate and graduate students

More Benefits seriously!

  • Daily free lunch
  • Casual dress code
  • Pop-up wellness benefits
  • Happy hour
  • Annual company sponsored events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Annual donation match program though Brightfunds

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to: careers@. You will be contacted if your background meets Portal's needs.

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  • Job Reference: 706060290-2
  • Date Posted: 7 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Portal Instruments
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Salary: On Application