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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Sr. Manager, R&D in Covington, Georgia

Job Description SummarySUMMARY

Provides platform leadership and supervises a team of professionals (including Scientists, Engineers, Project Managers, and/or Technicians) in the design and development of innovative products/systems for the RISE platform of products to address urinary incontinence in patients in the home or extended care settings. 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 governed by New Product Development and Design Control procedures. In addition, provides management of the pipeline initiatives for the identified platform.

Job Description

SUMMARY

Provides platform leadership and supervises a team of professionals (including Scientists, Engineers, Project Managers, and/or Technicians) in the design and development of innovative products/systems for the RISE platform of products to address urinary incontinence in patients in the home or extended care settings. 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 governed by New Product Development and Design Control procedures. In addition, provides management of the pipeline initiatives for the identified platform.

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

  • Plans and implements complex business oriented needs.

  • Coordinates the pipeline initiatives for platform 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 technical leadership and direction for the growth and improvement of the department and the company.

  • Provides project leadership, guidance, advice, and support staff in areas of 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 and/or oversees design reviews and performance of 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. Leverages project management professionals on the team to ensure project performance.

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

  • Develops and/or reviews 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 Scientists, Engineers, Project Managers, and Technicians to thrive in a results-driven environment. Implements performance management duties including performance appraisals and salary reviews.

  • Plans and manages the platform expense budget.

  • 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.

  • Actively participates in R&D Strategic Imperatives toward R&D excellence, as identified by the VP R&D.

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.

  • Proven track record demonstrating the development and commercialization of innovative, low cost disposables.

  • Previous experience as a Program/Project Manager

  • Previous experience in directing the activities of Engineers and Technicians.

  • 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.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

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

  • Requires moderate to advance computer skills with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint, network systems and Internet applications.

  • Six-Sigma Certification highly desired.

  • Plans effectively and team oriented.

  • Ability to work with little supervision.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • B.S. degree in biomedical or engineering discipline with 7+ years in R&D/New product development; or M.S. degree in related field with 5+ years in R&D/NPD; or PhD in related field with 3+ years of relevant experience and leadership capability.

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills.

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

  • Experience as program manager or in team leadership roles.

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

  • Previous experience with catheters, urine collection systems, or related products preferred.

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LANGUAGE SKILLS

Good oral and written communication. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional/technical journals, scientific literature, procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write routine reports and business correspondence. Ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to perform basic engineering calculations. Well versed in design of experiments. Understanding of statistical concepts.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables where only limited standardization exists.

This position requires good judgment. All activities are to be carried out according to applicable laws and regulations. When in doubt, the incumbent should source out the appropriate information via internal and external resources.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle and feel. The employee must be able to lift or move boxes of product/raw materials. Specific vision abilities required by this job.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

No special work environment conditions other than exposure to chemicals and high heat in a laboratory setting.

Approximately 30% travel is expected.

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.

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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