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Mechanical Engineering Graduate, R&D Programme


Why engineering at Stryker?

At Stryker we are dedicated to improving lives, with a passion for researching and developing new medical device products. As an engineer at Stryker, you will be proud of the work that you will be doing, using cutting-edge technologies to make healthcare better. Here, you will work in a supportive culture with other incredibly talented and intelligent people, creating industry-leading medical technology products. You will also have growth opportunities as we have a culture that supports your personal and professional development.

Need another reason to apply? Check out these 8 reasons to join Stryker's engineering team: 

Stryker are delighted to be hiring talented Mechanical Engineers for our R&D Graduate Programme – September 2024 Start.

The “R&D Graduate Programme” is a 24-month structured graduate development programme in the R&D function. The programme rotates on a 6-month rotating assignment basis in order to learn and develop the basic knowledge and skills in the various engineering areas of expertise.

The position rotates on a 6 monthly assignment basis: 

  • Design
  • Advanced Operations / Research and Technology Development 
  • Advanced Quality Engineering
  • Engineering Services (CAD/Prototype/Test Lab) 

What Are We Looking For?

  • Dedicated achievers: People who thrive in a fast-paced environment and will stop at nothing to ensure a project is complete and meets regulations and expectations. 
  • Curious learners. People who seek out cutting-edge research and information to expand and enhance their ability to develop new ideas into reality. 
  • Collaborative partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, information, use cases, and industry analyses to develop best practices. 

During each rotational assignment participants will be responsible for: 

  • Participating in various project teams. 
  • Work with a highly creative design team to invent and develop innovative new product concepts.
  • Investigation, design, development and implementation of new manufacturing processes and technology.
  • Handover of new processes from development to production. 
  • Implement quality systems and work closely with Design, Quality and Manufacturing Engineering. 
  • Provide process validation support both internally and with vendors.
  • Develop and qualify new test equipment and methods.
  • Research, specify and qualify new test or prototyping equipment. 

What You Need?

  • Candidates must have already attained or be on course to attain a 2.1 result in a Level 8 or above Mechanical/ Manufacturing Engineering course or related discipline. 
  • Candidates must have/will have attained the above between June 2022 and Sept 2024
  • Self-starter with demonstrated efficient work methods, analytical & problem-solving skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. 
  • The individual should enjoy working in a fast paced, dynamic and results orientated team environment. 
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to effectively work cross-functionally and with global teams. 

Benefits of Working in Stryker:

Secure a place on our Graduate Programme and you’ll enjoy a remuneration package that is unsurpassed, including:

  • Permanent Contract.
  • Annual Target Bonus.
  • Share Option Scheme.
  • Pension Scheme.
  • Health Care.
  • Excellent opportunity for Progression and Development.
  • Hybrid Working. Flexible Working Hours
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Resource Groups, and Sports and Social Groups
  • Training and support with a dedicated mentor from day one.
  • International Travel Opportunities.


Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. Stryker is committed to delivering exceptional results to patients so they can continue to live healthy, active lifestyles.

A wide and diverse range of Stryker products are manufactured in Ireland including hip and knee system implants, bone cement, surgical blades and micro-rotary burs which are used for cutting, drilling, burring, and shaping bone and soft tissue during orthopaedic, spine, ear, nose and throat plastic surgery. Our neurovascular Ireland product pipeline represents a broad offering of detachable coils for the treatment of haemorrhagic stroke (the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain) and ischemic stroke (a blockage in a blood vessel in the brain).

Stryker offers results-driven people a place where they can make a difference. It is our privilege to create medical technology that exceeds our customers’ expectations and improves peoples’ lives around the world.

We give employees the opportunity to develop their career based on each individual’s strengths, performance and potential, including the possibility to move geographically, functionally, laterally, and vertically. Stryker is a career destination for engaged passionate and talented people who seek innovation, growth, and opportunity.

About Stryker
Stryker is a global leader in medical technologies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in MedSurg, Neurotechnology, Orthopaedics and Spine that help improve patient and healthcare outcomes. Alongside its customers around the world, Stryker impacts more than 130 million patients annually. More information is available at

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