R&D Supervisor, Project Services

Date: Mar 20, 2021

Location: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Teleflex

Expected Travel: Up to 10%

Requisition ID: 3147


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 teleflex.com.


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

  • Supervise and lead Technician resources to support engineering efforts across Interventional R&D sites.   
  • Responsible for training and development of R&D Technicians across product franchises and Interventional R&D sites. 
  • Coordinates tasks and responsibilities of Technicians working on engineering teams/projects. Examples: building and testing of products, validations, equipment IQ, TMVs, SWO, DV documentation, etc. 
  • Prioritizes and schedules Technician resources in R&D labs. Estimates technician time for project requests. Assigns project work to technicians based upon portfolio-level project prioritization and skillsets.
  • Responsible for lab safety including training, 5S, and safety compliance across all Interventional R&D labs. 
  • Provides direction and expertise to technicians for projects/tasks.
  • Hires R&D lab personnel as needed (regular and temporary employees).
  • Schedules and maintains lab equipment: organization, tracking, calibration, and maintenance across R&D sites.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with IQ, OQ, and PQ validation, DVT, and TMV testing of medical devices including creating supporting documentation.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of GMP and procedures.
  • Proficient knowledge of technical drawings, product requirements, and engineering specifications.
  • Supervises technical employees and tasks supporting R&D engineering project services: prototyping, building, and testing of products, validation, equipment development, and documentation.
  • Responsible for scheduling, staffing, training, and development of R&D Lab Technicians across sites.
  • Responsible for lab safety and maintaining OSHA compliance
  • Responsible for creating a culture consistent with Teleflex core values
  • Provides leadership and guidance for non-routine problems requiring substantial judgment in the independent evaluation, selection and adaptation of standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • Supervises team to achieve stated strategic plan goals, annual operating plan goals, and functional goals in concert with other R&D leaders. Continuously reviews department and project team progress and evaluates results accordingly. 

Principal Responsibilities

•    Works with internal departments to obtain necessary resources, resolves inter-departmental issues, and contribute toward organizational objectives.
•    Manages department resources to assure that all resources are identified and prioritized; includes resolving resource conflicts.
•    Determines team priorities to assure meeting of agreed-upon commitments per organizational strategy.
•    Conducts project/team meetings as required to resolve issues, determine current status, provide information, and assign work.
•    Ensures adequate communication between engineers, technicians, and other departments.
•    Mentors and trains employees to meet expectations of their job descriptions and to develop them technically and professionally.
•    Ensures the content, thoroughness, and quality of the work generated by the department.
•    Maintains open communication with employees to ensure understanding of their needs.
•    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.
•    Ensures that technical employees work within appropriate development processes.

•    Ability to manage work with conflicting priorities and compressed timelines and coordinate/delegate tasks to team members.
•    Ability to provide leadership for projects of limited scope and impact or portions of a major project. 
•    Ability to guide employees in troubleshooting and carrying out project-related activities. Interpersonal skills to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. 
•    Oversees preparation of documentation associated with technical activities including: validation, capability testing, equipment qualifications, calibration, and new operating procedures, etc.
•    Provides leadership in improving engineering processes.
•    Provides reports and presentations to management as required.
•    May manage the creation, documentation, and processing of patents sourced from the department.
•    Manages the design and fabrication of components, subassemblies, and final assemblies.

•    Participates in Document Change Order approval process.
•    Assures that projects are conducted according to corporate guidelines and Quality Management System requirements.
•    Responsible for maintaining compliance to industry standards.

•    Manages, evaluates, and operates within project and department operating and capital budgets.

•    Researches new technologies and processes in collaboration with other R&D leaders.
•    Promotes design and/or selection of lab equipment to reduce costs and improve quality.
•    May select and work with vendors.

Education / Experience Requirements

•    College level coursework in engineering curriculum preferred.
• 2-year technical degree in a scientific discipline required or 10 years of directly relevant technical experience
•    BA/BS in Engineering or physical sciences preferred.
•    2-5 years of supervision/management of technical roles preferred.

Specialized Skills / Other Requirements

•    Ability to independently manage aspects of larger projects from inception to completion.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel software.
•    Good working knowledge of processes and equipment common to medical device manufacturing; examples include additive 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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