Research and Development Director

Overview

The R&D Director provides leadership to the R&D team tasked with the development of new medical device products as defined by corporate product strategies.  The R&D Director will lead all aspects of the product development cycle from concept to commercialization and will work with peers in marketing, manufacturing, quality and regulatory to achieve product development goals.

Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership to the R&D team in the development and subsequent commercialization of products.
  • Oversees the development of products and corresponding processes which meet requirements throughout the design phase.
  • Defines capacity and resource requirements, including the recruitment, mentoring and development of the R&D Team to meet the ramp up requirements.
  • Liaises with Business Development, Physicians, Manufacturing & Quality to ensure that the transition of products through R&D, product approval and manufacturing scale up are smooth, timely and cost effective.
  • Supports manufacturing post product commercialization.
  • Develops and implements programs in conjunction with Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Quality Functions which drive a continuous improvement approach in the design for manufacture effectiveness.
  • Manages development projects in line with company product strategies and timing objectives while maintaining compliance with approved procedures and in adherence to ISO and FDA regulations.
  • Participates as a member of the senior management team on site and takes a shared responsibility for its overall success.
  • Supports the management of continuous flow of project pipeline
  • Support strategic changes within the R&D group to support business growth and to optimize the design cycle process.
  • Create a network of physicians to ensure R&D engineers gain knowledge experience in relation to the specific anatomy region they are designing products for.
  • Attend conferences to stay up to date with current trends, new requirements and seek out opportunities to develop differentiating products.

Qualifications and experience

  • An Engineering or Science Degree.
  • A minimum of 10 years leading engineering teams in medical device new product development.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Demonstrable detailed working knowledge of, and expertise in, the medical device industry.
  • A thorough knowledge of design life cycles requirements.
  • Ability to manage a high performing team to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Is creative, continually stimulates his/her team to learn and explore new ideas.
  • A strong team player who builds and cultivates a winning culture though the team.
  • A good communicator who can easily convey his/her ideas and requirements across all levels in the organisation. Is comfortable and confident in presenting to customers or other external bodies.
  • Capacity to make sound judgements relating to the effective management of the company’s resources.
  • Has a strong understanding and application of project management tools.
  • Effective knowledge of the regulatory environment in which the business operates.
  • Attention to detail while maintaining awareness of longer-term objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a demonstrated ability to influence his/her peers.
  • Displays the highest levels of integrity and diplomacy.
  • Capacity to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality internally and externally.
  • Acts in conjunction with his/her management peers as a champion of company values and standards.
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of medical device development and manufacturing, including design and materials, process development and interfacing with physicians.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills in engineering and product design and development.

To apply for this job email your details to anthony@intersearch.ie.

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