Friday, September 20, 2013

Senior Director of Product Development

Description of Work:

Senior Director of Electrical Engineering

The Director of Electrical Engineering is responsible for building, setting direction for and maintaining a world class electrical hardware development organization. This individual is first and foremost a technical leader with a deep understanding of electrical hardware as well as the required testing and design transfer process that maximizes quality while respecting timeliness.

Major, On-Going Responsibilities:

Maintaining a world class electrical engineering department

oUnderstands and implements Design for Six Sigma practices in EE disciplines

oUnderstands all aspects of the NMD business and structuring the department to serve internal and external customers including: Product Management, Sales, Operations, Project Management, Clinicians and Patients

oIdentifies necessary resources, skill sets, and department structure necessary for development success

oCreates and fosters an intellectually stimulating, idea rich environment where achievement and ideas are recognized and highly valued

oContinually drives Quality First, Good Engineering Practice, and continuous improvement

Hiring, retaining and developing a diverse, highly qualified staff

oIdentifies top talent necessary to meet business' short and long term needs

oprovides career coaching, growth and personal development

oSets high standards of technical competency and skill development.

Providing technical excellence on engineering and business process, key issues, and projects and portfolio management

oApplies total quality concepts to streamline and optimize engineering and business process while maintaining compliance with applicable standards

oMaintains knowledge of current and novel technologies through literature, trade journals, university associations, and other methods and leverages this knowledge for problem solving, product ideation, and in the development of technology roadmaps

oGoes hands-on when faced with difficult development issues and leverages past experience and technical excellence to provide novel, tangible solutions and provide guidance to technical teams

oTakes opportunities to mentor and develop subordinates, and colleagues in technical matters that provide value to the department and business

oSupports portfolio management with well thought out, scientifically based technology roadmaps and customer focused product proposals and timelines

Providing department vision, direction, and expectations and manages their implementation

oIdentifies a department vision aligned with business needs tailored to department strengths and augmenting skill sets that are weak or lacking

oIncludes collaborative elements to identify and resolve problems related to the introduction and transition of new product throughout Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory, and Marketing

oDirects department staff and works with colleagues in developing actionable goals and timelines necessary to reach organizational vision and goals

oProactively responds to changes in business goals, vision and structure by modifying department vision and direction when necessary

Managing day-to-day department activities, resourcing and budgets

oResources projects in a responsible manner that addresses needed talent, staffing sufficiency, allocation limits and timeliness

oExercises judgment in department activities and resourcing that allows for meeting business and continuous improvement objectives

oMaintains interdepartmental communications to ensure that department activities, goals and projects are effectively communicated and representative of corporate goals

oDevelops strategic operating plans, and department budgets and assists in product development budgets and planning

Experience & Training:

BS degree in Engineering required, with Electrical Engineering preferred. Graduate degree desired.

15+ years experience in electronics (Embedded Systems, Analog, Wireless, etc.) development.

5+ years experience in medical device design and development (Preferred)

5+ years of demonstrated experience at a managerial level.

Demonstrated experience managing in-house custom IC development

Thorough working knowledge of and hands on experience in

oDesign for Six Sigma Principles and or Design for Reliability and manufacturing

oProduct lifecycle management

oDesign controls for electrical hardware

oDevelopment and Design transfer in a regulated environments such as FDA, TGA, and CE

Demonstrated engineering, product design and testing experience, development documentation and report writing, and project timeline generation

oAbility to prioritize responsibilities and ensure deadlines are met Thorough understanding of electrical engineering concepts, design principles and implementation rules and best practices

oThorough knowledge of agile process, development best practices, continuous integration and continuous improvement

oTrack record of successful product ideation, design conception, design, documentation, verification and validation and design transfer

Demonstrated ability to understand and comply with applicable FDA regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies, and tasks

Ability to creatively address product design challenges in a highly regulated medical device environment

Ability to travel 30 - 40% to other SJM entities

Other Skills/Characteristics:

Individual must be highly motivated and resourceful. Individual must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have demonstrated ability to motivate technical personnel.

Individual must be comfortable in clinical surroundings and be able to communicate effectively with Physicians and Field personnel.

Exemplary analytical, organizational, written and oral communication skills are a must.

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