Group R&D Manager

Group R&D Manager

Responsible to: CEO
Purpose of Job (Summary)

Summary of Role:

The R&D Engineering Manager is responsible for driving innovations and projects critical to business strategies and objectives. Through direct leadership and mentorship of others, the R&D Engineering Manager sets technical direction in the development of new products & solutions dedicated to breast & body aesthetic transformation (reconstruction or augmentation). 

The R&D Engineering Manager applies broad-based technical expertise gained through hands-on experience in product development and product support to solve complex technical problems, and exercises considerable discretion and latitude in developing and executing work plans.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute, lead and provide guidance on critical initiatives on behalf of R&D as required to support business needs.
  • Develop a product strategy road map and execute it when approved
  • Effectively recruit, develop, organize, and motivate a staff of skilled associates.
  • Provides technical leadership working directly with other functional groups
  • Demonstrate strong and clear accountability for the group’s development, performance, and results.
  • Accountable for improving and further developing processes and best practices.
  • Authors and/or reviews project sub-plans, reviews requirements, risk management results, protocols, reports, architecture, and configuration management deliverables. Assigns resources to and/or participates in CAPA investigations.
  • Ensure regular updates are provided to the leadership team on key initiatives within the portfolio.
  • Accountable for the successful execution of key initiatives within the portfolio (e.g. portfolio rationalization (PASO methodology))
  • Align dedicated resources cross-functionally to optimize and ensure execution success.
  • Ensure product development process are followed through right execution and technical rigor.
  • Ensure adequate support to Customer, sales, manufacturing; marketing and service.
  • Support development & maintenance of detailed budgets in accordance with project, department, and business objectives.
  • Ensure efficient and effective transition of product development programs to high volume manufacturing in locations throughout the GCA organization
  • Identify, assess, and develop state-of-the-art organizational capability in:
    • Project leadership, execution and communication.
    • Technology, product development, continuous improvement & change control.
    • Six Sigma (DFSS) gate reviews for New Product Development & Sustaining Engineering projects (optional)
    • Productivity metrics to constantly measure performance.
    • Critical parameters management
    • Test method development, Product validation and verification
    • Maximizing throughput, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Accountable for leading and organizing functional reviews as required.
  • Active engagement in detailed review of cross-functional plans and be accountable for their success.
  • Perform periodic reviews of progress against plans. Ensure plans are executed appropriately within department. Be accountable for timely delivery of all development deliverables as specified.
  • Ensure compliance with GCA and applicable local, state and federal quality policies, procedures, practices and regulations.

 

Qualifications Required:

  • Hold a degree qualification (PhD/Master’s minimum) in either one or more of the following disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Design Engineering, and/or Bioengineering, or a Life Sciences (Chemistry or Biology) discipline.
  • Experience in a combination of medical device and product development (Class II or III medical device appreciated)
  • Have 5 or more years’ experience within the medical device industry and experience of managing, coaching and leading multiple and complex product development and new process projects involving direct and multi-disciplinary teams both internally and externally (surgeons, clinicians, researchers, suppliers etc.) accumulating in a proven track record of bringing new medical device products to the market is essential.

 

Desired:

  • Strong technical judgment and extensive technical leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated capability of leading R&D product development projects and sustaining engineering teams.
  • R&D functional planning, requirement generation and technical (DFSS/Design/Cross functional) reviews for all product development phases.
  • Strong project management, prioritizing and multi-tasking skills to work within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate concepts, ideas and knowledge to other individuals and teams.
  • Experience in directing associates and leading small cross-functional groups is required. 
  • Disciplined phase-gate product development processes & project planning.
  • Strong creative, analytical and problem-solving skills required.
  • Good written & verbal communication skills (fluent in English, French and/or Spanish basic if possible)

 

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