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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Director, R&D in Covington, Georgia

Job Description SummaryWe are currently recruiting an experienced R&D Leader to join our Worldwide R&D Department in Covington, GA, and lead the R&D team for the Home Care Platform, which is high-growth platform in Urology & Critical Care (UCC) business unit.

You are the one who can make the difference. Join us and be a crucial part of advancing the world of health!

• As the R&D Leader for the Home Care Platform, you will be responsible for developing future innovative products, services, and/or value offerings, as well as, sustaining engineering of the current products.

• Leads Scientists, Engineers and Technicians in the design and development of innovative and/or low cost products/systems for urological, surgical procedures directed towards application in those fields.

• Directly responsible for leading urgent and/or important projects from the planning and administration of the product through all development, laboratory test, clinical evaluation, and market preference test.

• Provides technical and project leadership required through commercialization phase.

• In addition, provides management of the pipeline initiatives for the product groups identified.

• You will research and assess market and clinical trends to identify unmet customer needs leading to growth opportunities.

• This role will partner with Franchise Marketing teams to interface with cross-functional internal and external experts, key opinion leaders, and customers to gather feedback, identify, assess, and build support for innovation business cases that expand the Home Care portfolio and delivery new solutions to customer and patients worldwide.

Job Description

We are currently recruiting an experienced R&D Leader to join our Worldwide R&D Department in Covington, GA, and lead the R&D team for the Home Care Platform, which is high-growth platform in Urology & Critical Care (UCC) business unit.

You are the one who can make the difference. Join us and be a crucial part of advancing the world of health!

  • • As the R&D Leader for the Home Care Platform, you will be responsible for developing future innovative products, services, and/or value offerings, as well as, sustaining engineering of the current products.

  • • Leads Scientists, Engineers and Technicians in the design and development of innovative and/or low cost products/systems for urological, surgical procedures directed towards application in those fields.

  • • Directly responsible for leading urgent and/or important projects from the planning and administration of the product through all development, laboratory test, clinical evaluation, and market preference test.

  • • Provides technical and project leadership required through commercialization phase.

  • • In addition, provides management of the pipeline initiatives for the product groups identified.

  • • You will research and assess market and clinical trends to identify unmet customer needs leading to growth opportunities.

  • • This role will partner with Franchise Marketing teams to interface with cross-functional internal and external experts, key opinion leaders, and customers to gather feedback, identify, assess, and build support for innovation business cases that expand the Home Care portfolio and delivery new solutions to customer and patients worldwide.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • • Plans and implements very complex business oriented needs.

  • • Coordinates the pipeline initiatives for area identified. Works with team leaders and team members to ensure pipeline initiatives are satisfied. Matrix responsibility for core team members and support team members.

  • • Sets the standard for other Engineers and provides leadership and direction for the growth and improvement of the department and the company.

  • • Provides guidance, advice, and support to Engineers and Technicians in areas of: project leadership, technical consultation, documentation, quality, GMP procedures, Engineering disciplines, interfaces with other functions, and company policy.

  • • Represents product design, fitness for use, safety, and efficacy, and quality definition considerations to Engineers and Technicians.

  • • Designs and develops innovative and/or low cost products/systems to support both short and long term business plans.

  • • Concepts prototype devices utilizing innovative material and process technologies to achieve concept objectives.

  • • Conducts design reviews and performs failure mode and effects analysis.

  • • Leads multi-functional product development teams by coordinating/delegating technical and administrative responsibilities, identifying critical action items and obtaining closure, and following corporate product development guidelines.

  • • Reviews new product concepts; and in conjunction with a product development team, develops design requirements and project schedules.

  • • Develops laboratory tests and protocols to assure conformance of prototype devices to performance specifications, FDA regulatory and biocompatibility requirements.

  • • Interfaces with Manufacturing for the fabrication of devices to support both animal and human clinical evaluation to include:

  • • Material qualifications

  • • Testing

  • • Process definitions

  • • Documentation

  • • Evaluates device performance through animal and/or human clinical investigation; and, as required, implements appropriate product changes to include revision of performance specifications.

  • • Transfers new products/systems to Manufacturing to include:

  • • Material specifications

  • • Quality test requirements

  • • Technical instruction

  • • Interfaces with vendors, consultants, and customers.

  • • Provides technical direction to manufacturing during pilot production, as well as on currently manufactured products.

  • • Communicates project status, through verbal and written reports and schedules, to management.

  • • Maintains accurate and timely records of the development of products according to laboratory notebook protocols.

  • • Hires, trains and coaches Team Leaders, Engineers, and Technicians to thrive in a results-driven environment. Implements performance management duties including performance appraisals and salary reviews.

  • • Maintains a current status field of expertise through:

  • • Continuing Education

  • • Symposia

  • • Professional Association

  • • Benchmarking/Comp. Assessments

  • • Patents

  • • Supports all development activities via application of technical expertise.

  • • Align, set priorities and manage all cross-functional activities while meeting agreed upon technical, operational, business and customer requirements (work package definition and direction to the assigned cross-functional team Members to timely deliver the innovation deliverables)

  • • Eliminate or minimizes barriers to progress, raise significant hurdles to Sr. management's attention for resolution.

  • • Identify budget, resource, and capex planning estimates necessary to bring ideas/products to market.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

An individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • • Prior experience leading a technical group to support complex new product development efforts with broad responsibilities from concept to launch.

  • • Proven track record demonstrating the development and commercialization of innovative medical devices.

  • • Previous experience in directing the activities of Engineering and Technical staff.

  • • Ability to effectively communicate with the medical community

  • • Proven ability to interface with various levels of the organization.

  • • Must be a self-starter.

  • • Detail oriented and ability to organize large amounts of work and data. This includes the need for good documentation practices.

  • • Have effective oral and written communication skills.

  • • Requires working knowledge of average computer/PC skills with experience in Microsoft Office, email and Internet applications. Statistical based analysis program knowledge is a plus.

  • • Plans effectively and team oriented.

  • • Ability to work with little supervision.

EDUCATION

  • • B.S. degree in biomedical or engineering discipline with 10+ years in R&D/New product development (or M.S with 6+ years) in Medical device industry.

  • • Proven experience in technology or innovative product development preferably in the medical device industry with successful track record of commercializing Class 1, 2, products

  • • Prefer knowledge of Mechanical, Plastics, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering normally attained through a minimum of a 4-year technical degree. Advanced degree in business or equivalent experience is needed.

  • • MS, MBA or PhD preferred

  • • Experience in Urology, Surgical, Wound Care preferred.

  • • High level of written and verbal communication skills.

  • • Leadership skills to effectively coach, mentor and manage a technical group with broad responsibilities.

  • • Ability to conceptualize ideas, motivate and focus individuals and teams and drive projects through to completion on time and on budget.

  • • Experience as program manager or in team leadership roles.

  • • Creativity in new product concepts, designs and manufacturing processes.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Must have strong verbal and written communications skills

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Must have basic mathematical abilities (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) necessary to perform calculations associated with budgets, etc.

REASONING ABILITY

Incumbent must be a quick thinker and be able to interpret complex financial information. This position requires the ability to solve complex problems involved with systems improvement and development projects.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Employee may be required to sit, bend, stoop, use keyboard, see, talk and hear. May occasionally lift objects up to 25 lbs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This position works in a normal office environment. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate

Primary Work LocationUSA GA - Covington BMD

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Becton, Dickinson and Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or domestic or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, disability, military eligibility or veteran status, or any other protected status.

Becton, Dickinson and Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or domestic or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, disability, military eligibility or veteran status, or any other protected status.

All applicants should complete the on-line application process. BD is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance or an accommodation because of a disability to participate in the application process, please call 855-BD-HELPS (855-234-3577) or email asc.americas@bd.com

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