Hospital Surgical Assistant Needed

Smith & Nephew


Role Title Surgical Assistant

Location Johannesburg

Rewards Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits on offer

About Us

Smith & Nephew is a diversified advanced medical technology business that supports healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries to improve the quality of life for their patients.

We have leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound

Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma:

  • Orthopedics Reconstruction – joint replacement systems for knees, hips and shoulders
  • Advanced Wound Management – wound care treatment and prevention products used to treat hard to heal wounds
  • Sports Medicine – minimally invasive surgery of the joint
  • Trauma & Extremities – products that help repair broken bones

We have over 16,000 employees around the world. Annual sales in 2016 were more than

We are a constituent of the UK’s FTSE100 and our shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange and through American Depository Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).


An opening has arisen for a Surgical Assistant in Johannesburg.

The incumbent will assist in the development of Trauma as specified.

Key Performance areas:

  • Cover cases as required in theatre
  • Provide 24/7 Key Customer Service and support to surgeons
  • Build and maintain strong relations with customers
  • Getting information – observing, receiving and obtaining information from all relevant sources
  • Inspecting equipment and material to identify the cause of or potential errors, problems or defects
  • Updating and using relevant knowledge, keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to the job.

Key Functions:

  • To provide technical assistance to surgeons and theatre nurses
  • Ensuring correct instruments and supplies are ready and available to surgeons or surgeons assistants as required prior to theatre
  • Competently do a surgical scrub of hands
  • Wash Smith & Nephew equipment using germicides
  • Maintain a sterile field during surgical procedures
  • Works closely with the Sales Reps to ensure that target is achieved each Period.

Contacts with People:


  • Sales Consultant – obtaining, giving and dealing with order numbers and invoicing
  • Sales Manager – obtaining and providing any relevant information
  • Loan Set Controller – Follow up on loan sets and managing stock queries
  • Customer Services – providing implant usage information for billing purposesExternal:
  • Orthopaedic surgeons – attending cases, consolidating usage, conducting workshops and product demos
  • Theatre Nurses – Working with theatre nurses to ensure that cases run smoothly, ensuring that product usage is accurate after every case

Minimum Requirements:

  • Education:Matriculation

    Registered nurse an added advantage

  • Experience:Theatre nurse an advantage

Competencies Required

  • Good communication skills in the required language, mature personality to enable him/her to deal with medical professionals on an acceptable basis
  • Uses links in network to send information
  • Uses every available opportunity to maintain contact with customers
  • Demonstrates up-to-date knowledge in own specified area
  • Translates theory into practical application

Personal Traits

  • Energetic
  • Responsible
  • Confident
  • Honest


  • Follows all company procedures in this regard and completes all training on time
  • Reports any known or suspected breaches
  • Complies with local and international regulations in this regardHealth Safety & Environment
  • Follows all company procedures in this regard and completes all training on time
  • Reports any known or suspected breachesGood Manufacturing/Distribution Practice
  • Follows all company procedures in this regard and completes all training on time
  • Reports any known or suspected breaches
  • Complies with all GMDP as relevant to the job descriptionQuality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
  • Follows all company standard operating procedures in this regard
  • completes all training on time
  • reports any breaches immediately
  • Product Complaints – Reports within 24 hours of becoming aware of complaint
  • Where applicable seeks the appropriate approvals from the local QA/RA Department
  • Follows and complies with all applicable legislationApplications

    If you share our passion for pioneering innovation and can demonstrate how you meet the criteria outlined, we would love to hear from you.

    We continue to actively build an environment where every individual can fulfill their potential and be proud ambassadors for Smith & Nephew, our customers and their patients. We value the diversity of our people and welcome applications from everyone.

    Smith & Nephew is committed to diversity and Inclusion through ensuring a process of progressive transformation, aimed at the involvement of previously disadvantaged people in all aspects of our business. Smith & Nephew is an equal opportunity employer.