Director, R&D Product Development

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Teleflex

Expected Travel: Up to 25%

Requisition ID: 3447


About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex is a global provider of clinically effective medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular and interventional access, interventional cardiology, surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, interventional urology, urology, emergency medicine and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference. For more information, please visit


Interventional - The Interventional business unit at Teleflex offers innovative medical devices that are used to diagnose and treat coronary and peripheral vascular diseases. We place a strategic emphasis on complex coronary and peripheral interventions, vascular access, bone access, specialty biologic treatments and cardiac assist. Our current Interventional products include a broad range of clinically relevant solutions, such as our GuideLiner® and Turnpike® Catheters, AC3 Optimus™ Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump and OnControl® Powered Bone Access System. With a strong R&D footprint and pipeline, our fast-growing Interventional business unit is poised to continue the development of new technologies to serve critically ill patients for years to come. Join a dynamic, growing team that offers healthcare providers an array of medical technology solutions that make a difference in patients’ lives.

Position Summary

•    Works in concert with R&D leaders across Design Development, Product Development, Process Development, Project Services, and Sustaining Engineering to
     o    define and implement vision, culture, and development focus areas for the department and our people
     o    fortify medical design device rigor, empower our team, drive accountability, and increase engagement
     o    develop product and technology strategies – and guide the implementation of them – to maintain viable product portfolios that safeguard our reputation as the interventionalist’s partner in pioneering category-defining innovations while ensuring inclusion of feature, process, and technology improvements that address unmet needs and improve customer satisfaction and patient outcomes
     o    maintain the health and stability of our product development process and our current technologies while identifying new technologies for application/integration into products
•    Manages experienced professional and/or specialist employees who exercise significant latitude and independence; often manages subordinate management.
•    Heads more than one team, department, or function; has employees at more than one site.

Principal Responsibilities

- Directs a business-critical function through line or functional management levels where the scope and complexity of responsibilities requires the integration of multiple disciplines and/or departments. Establishes strategy and direction in alignment with strategic plans established by executive leadership. Decisions and recommendations have a significant long-term impact on the division(s) or regional geographic area. Provides technical leadership in establishing both short- and long-term technology and product plans in support of business growth and profitability goals.
- Leads their team to achieve stated strategic plan goals, annual operating plan goals, and functional goals in concert with other R&D leaders and the VP R&D. Continuously reviews department and project team progress and evaluates results accordingly. Independently plans, schedules, and conducts multiple projects. Operates with a significant amount of latitude and freedom to act; supervisory review/approval required only on new project plans, or significant changes to existing plans. Within these minimal constraints, leads major projects; utilizes judgment to make trade-offs in resources, time, and technical issues to best accomplish project activities; plans entire projects from conceptual stages; selects suppliers and contributes to supplier technical improvements; develops and qualifies processes; develops, plans, and authorizes tests and approves test evaluations; directs and approves documentation and related drawings; oversees/approves troubleshooting resolutions.
- Works to create a culture emphasizing safety and exemplifying Teleflex Core Values and culture
- Works with internal departments to obtain necessary resources, resolves inter-departmental issues and contribute toward organizational objectives.
- Creates and maintains effective operating mechanisms to manage department resources to assure that all resources are identified and prioritized; leads resolution of resource conflicts.
- Mentors and trains technical personnel (engineers, designers, technicians, etc.) to meet expectations of their job descriptions and to develop them technically and professionally; manages leveling of employees across job levels; actively supports employees in, and provides opportunities for, career path development.
- Manages the selection, compensation, appraisal, feedback, training, and development processes within team to ensure optimum attraction, motivation, and retention of employees.
- Sets goals and objectives for team and employees, provides direct feedback and appraisals
- Ensure company policies and procedures are followed taking timely corrective action with the help of HR when necessary.
- Oversees preparation of documentation associated with technical activities including drawings/schematics, validation/capability testing, new and revised operating procedures, etc.
- Actively promotes consistent improvement of engineering processes.
- Manages the creation, documentation and processing of patents sourced from the department in alignment with strategic plans, product roadmaps, and technology roadmaps.
- Assures that projects are conducted according to corporate guidelines and Quality Management System requirements; improves, or leads others in the improvement of, Quality Management System processes.
- Creates, manages, evaluates, and operates within project and department operating and capital budgets; coordinates input and review of budget items from others on team. 
- Actively promotes the development, integration, and acquisition of new technologies and processes in alignment with strategic plans established by executive leadership.

Education / Experience Requirements

•    Bachelors Degree required in an applicable fiield, graduate degree preferred.
•    Ten years of relevant experience required.
•    Previous managerial experience leading multiple teams requirred.

Specialized Skills / Other Requirements

•    Leads the Product Development team within R&D across the Coronary, Peripheral, Structural Heart, and Heart Failure franchises, across all R&D sites
•    Ensures the health and vitality of our product portfolio through the Product Development team by
     o    partnering with Marketing in our strategic marketing efforts (early-stage product strategy and product roadmaps) to fill the product pipeline with advancements in existing products and entry into new product development activities

  • leading organic product-focused ideation and innovation
  • leading evaluation of external/inorganic product ideation and innovation submissions

           o  partnering with Marketing and Clinical Medical Affairs to develop and manage clinical customer relationships
           o  decreasing portfolio uncertainty as early as feasible by integrating known technologies, clearly defining program scope, and aligning program timing with technology capability to best fit within the product portfolio
           o  managing needs finding, concept feasibility, requirements gathering, and specification definition in early-to-mid-stage development programs
          o  continuously translating customer/user/market learnings (VoC) and product portfolio needs (VoB) and ensuring that design decisions made throughout the product development process maintain the integrity of customer-facing product needs (i.e. that we are designing the product that the customer and market desire) in mid-to-late-stage/commercialization development programs
         o  working with Sustaining Engineering as product/portfolio SMEs to ensure that the implications of proposed changes are understood and managed to fit with long-term product and portfolio strategy goals

•    Ability to independently manage and lead larger projects from inception to completion
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel software
•    Strong working knowldedge of processes and equipment common to medical device manufacturing; examples include addative manufacturing, machining, extrusion, injection molding, coating, adhesive and thermal bonding, etc.
•    Experience with and working knowledge of ISO9000, FDA and GMP requirements. 


Teleflex, Inc. is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. D/V/M/F. Applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status. If you require accommodation to apply for a position, please contact us at: 262-439-1894.

Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, Hudson RCI®, LMA®, Pilling®, Rüsch®, UroLift® and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose. Teleflex, the Teleflex logo, Arrow, Deknatel, Hudson RCI, LMA, Pilling, Rüsch, UroLift and Weck are trademarks or registered trademarks of Teleflex Incorporated or its affiliates, in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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