Director of Research & Development



Advert ID



St. Paul

Job Type




Salary Range

Based on Experience

No. of Openings


Branch Information

Minnesota Engineering - (USA) 3600 Minnesota Drive Suite 850 MN Edina , MN 55435



Job Description

A well-established medical device client of ours within the Twin Cities is seeking a Director of Research & Development to start up a brand-new electrophysiology catheter business unit within their organization. Our client is a tier 1 supplier to medical device OEMs. Candidates should have an extensive background within medical device manufacturing especially within the catheter space. The Director of R&D will build this division from the ground up. This role will be based out of Minneapolis but also have responsibility for leading a production team in Costa Rica. Occasional travel to Costa Rica will be required. Qualified candidates should apply to this posting or email with their interest.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

* Leads teams responsible for owning process development from concept through transfer including process capability, process quality deliverables, process cost, and technology improvements.

* Provides direction to technical resources at both the manager and individual contributor levels while identifying and supporting the developmental needs across the team.

* Provides technical and direction for process characterization skills and tools such as Design of Experiments (DOE), pFMEA, mitigation to foreseen risks, and capability analysis. This knowledge may be leveraged across various technologies as needed.

* Accurately and effectively reports and communicates progress and issues to leadership in order to support project objectives.

* Partners effectively and proactively with other functional leaders and teams including Project Management, Product Engineering, Operations, Quality, Commercial, Regulatory, Portfolio Management, and others as applicable.

* Supports Project Management in the execution of a project portfolio by understanding and setting priorities, managing resources and mitigating risks in order to achieve milestones.

* Supports Project Management with accurate assessments of functional capabilities execution status.

* Ensures that proper technology processes are developed, implemented, maintained, and documented to successfully introduce new products into manufacturing. Involved in prototyping, process development, process characterization, and validation (OQ/PQ support at transfer site).

* Assumes responsibility for completeness and accuracy of developed processes (i.e., lead, manage, communicate, complete documentation, train) including ownership of process capability, process quality, and process costs.

Position Qualifications

* Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field required; Master's Degree preferred;

* A minimum of 10 years of technical/medical device development and/or manufacturing experience

* A minimum of 5 years previous management and leadership experience required

* Experience with catheters is REQUIRED

* Experience in the field of electrophysiology is preferred

* Six sigma background or lean manufacturing experience preferred

* Demonstrates strong leadership, communication and managerial skills

* Experience in various medical device areas such as neuromodulation and interventional a plus

* Must be willing and able to travel up to 50%, mainly between Minnesota and Costa Rica