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Stryker R&D Manager in Portage, Michigan

Who we want:

Innovators . Leaders who drive meaningful innovation to solve pressing healthcare problems and create robust intellectual property.

Goal-oriented orchestrators. Leaders who effectively organize and drive high-performance teams toward a significant goal, prioritizing the right activities that lead to success.

Network builders. Leaders who build strong relationships both within the division and within the corporation to drive cross-functional collaboration.

Performance drivers. Leaders who continuously improve processes and leverage the talent of their team to consistently improve performance and productivity.

Talent developers . Growth-oriented leaders who recruit, build, and develop top talent.

Effective communicators. People who can interpret information clearly and accurately to concisely communicate results and recommendations to stakeholders, senior management, and their teams.

What you will do

Stryker is seeking a passionate R&D leader who will provide leadership and direction for various systems & process groups within Integrated R&D at the Medical division of Stryker. This leader will ensure Stryker Medical has a best in class design control system that is used across all international Medical R&D sites. As a division Process Owner (DPO) this leader will lead, influence, and collaborate with site process owners and serve as their single point of contact for process related matters. This leader will grow a test development team and associated competencies while working closely with business unit teams and test lab. As we evolve our systems like PLM, this leader will ensure that technical support is top notch. They will identify future opportunities in the engineering systems/tools realm and build broad leverage within the Medical division while collaborating with the various internal councils.

Technical Responsibilities:

  • As a divisional design controls process owner (DPO), lead, influence and mentor all international Medical division R&D site process owners (SPO) to the design control strategy. Drive collaboration with program team members, resolve conflicts, and maintain a cohesive community.

  • As a divisional process owner (DPO), be accountable to maintain and drive continuous improvements in design controls to show improved efficiency, compliance, and competency.

  • Influence Corporate Process Owner (CPO) on design control and Medical quality system, while delivering a compliant, efficient, and balanced design controls framework.

  • Represent Medical division design control process during audits and to adjacent DPO/CPO work streams (Ex: Risk Management) to ensure alignment in the full ecosystem.

  • Champion the creation and implementation of next generation design control process for all Medical R&D sites based upon deep understanding of current business practices, product risk classifications, and site capabilities.

  • Responsible for mentoring and for further building the test development team and competencies with personnel in US and in our overseas technology center.

  • Responsible for maintaining and driving improvements in engineering systems and processes such as technical leadership for PLM and engineering hardware/software tools like requirements management and product design software.

Business and General Responsibilities

  • Develop strategic direction and goals for your team and provide clear and timely progress updates.

  • Manage a team of R&D personnel for various systems and processes. Be able to select, develop, inspire, and engage talent in alignment with competency development plans and business goals.

  • Maintain budget and accountability to accuracy of projections.

  • Build lasting networks of internal/external experts in various R&D processes such as design controls, software processes, test development, tools/systems to drive best practices within the Medical division and for the company.

  • Build strong relationships, collaborate, and influence others on cross functional teams advancing partnerships to achieve business objectives. Maintain and nurture a diverse team culture of inclusion and collaboration.

  • Hold self and others accountable to deliver high quality results with passion, energy and drive to meet business priorities.

  • Be able to work through ambiguity or unplanned issues to achieve business results.

What you need

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering discipline required.

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant R&D, Quality System, and FDA design controls or engineering experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Software Engineering preferred.

  • Prefer leadership with 2 years’ experience leading a R&D or equivalent technical team.

  • Candidates with previous medical device experience are preferred.

  • Experience in various aspects of product development as they relate to design and launch of electro-mechanical products.

  • Experience in multiple R&D systems and processes (examples include quality systems, PLM systems, CAD and similar engineering tools & systems, software lifecycle, and software test tools to name a few).

  • Problem solving techniques in a collaborative manner with engineering and cross functional team members.

  • Experience with implementation and / or management of continuous integration development environments.

  • Ability to communicate complex plans and technical information to team members.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, train, and develop direct and indirect team members.

  • Demonstrated versatility and a willingness to manage and lead a team through change and ambiguity.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication, collaborative teamwork, conflict management, and negotiation skills.

  • Ability to build trusting relationships and influence at all working levels.