Director, R&D Product Development

Date: Jul 12, 2024

Location: Pleasanton, CA, US

Company: Teleflex

Expected Travel: Up to 25%

Requisition ID: 10501


About Teleflex Incorporated

As a global provider of medical technologies, Teleflex is driven by our purpose to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. Through our vision to become the most trusted partner in healthcare, we offer a diverse portfolio with solutions in the therapy areas of anesthesia, emergency medicine, interventional cardiology and radiology, surgical, vascular access, and urology. We believe that the potential of great people, purpose-driven innovation, and world-class products can shape the future direction of healthcare. 
Teleflex is the home of Arrow™, Barrigel™, Deknatel™, QuikClot™, LMA™, Pilling™, Rüsch™, UroLift™ and Weck™ – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose.
At Teleflex, we are empowering the future of healthcare.  For more information, please visit


Interventional Urology – The Interventional Urology business unit of Teleflex is dedicated to developing innovative, minimally invasive and clinically effective devices that address unmet needs in the field of urology. Our flagship product, the UroLift® System, is the #1 minimally invasive procedure in the U.S. for treating an enlarged prostate, also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH.* It is a proven approach that does not require heating, cutting, or destruction of prostate tissue.1 Join a dynamic, growing team that offers healthcare providers an array of medical technology solutions that make a difference in patients’ lives.

*U.S. 2022 estimates based on US Market Model 2022-24 (5-17-22 FINAL), which is in part based on data provided by Symphony Health PatientSource® 2018-21, as is and with no representations/warranties, including accuracy or completeness.
1. Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2017


Position Summary

As an integral member of the R&D team, the Director of R&D Product Development assists in leading the implementation of the product development vision by providing technical leadership and management to support the Company’s innovation goals in the Interventional Urology space. This position directs and coordinates activities in Research and Development in accordance with company policies, goals, and objectives.  

Principal Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

•    Actively participate in improving the R&D function by pursuing opportunities to develop the team’s strategies, organization, personnel, and execution of business initiatives. 
•    Collaborate with cross-functional leaders across the organization to support the Company’s goals.

 Organizational Development

•    Provide leadership in growing the R&D teams through recruiting top engineering talent, managing and mentoring engineers to provide continuous learning and growth, and leading an R&D team to help drive engineering projects to fulfill company objectives effectively.
•    Actively develop engineers through technical and leadership mentorship.
•    Outline career development plans for technical engineers and managers and provide coaching and feedback to ensure they can grow and succeed in their roles. 
•    Create a team environment that supports a strong collaborative drive to succeed with company initiatives while providing learning and growth opportunities. 

  Functional Planning

•    Support project management by assisting in product development planning and execution, adequately resourcing projects with engineering talent, and ensuring successful execution.
•    Develop detailed budgets to support product development, departmental growth, and business objectives,  and continuously manage budgets to ensure ongoing accuracy, support forecasting, and budget reallocations as needed.

  Product Development Leadership

•    Oversee and direct R&D efforts of the Company toward efficient completion of the Company goals and objectives.
•    Direct and coordinate the planning, scheduling, and budgeting related to R&D activities.
•    Provide technical contributions to product development projects.
•    Interface with experts from outside sources, companies, and forums to maintain an understanding of new developments in medicine and engineering.
•    Partner with Marketing and directly with customers to help ensure that prototype development and testing meet market and customer requirements.
•    Provide guidance and ongoing review in developing final reports for regulatory submissions.
•    Oversee the review of document changes for Research and Development impact.
•    Ensure compliance with department team members regarding job descriptions and training requirements.
•    Participate in the development of Company standards and procedures.
•    Represent the R&D team in Quality Audit Teams.
•    Generate invention disclosures to support patent applications for new technology. 
•    Stay current with technology, practices, and general engineering knowledge related to R&D through seminars, literature, and peer groups.
•    Maintain sufficient and accurate technical records in an engineering notebook per company policies.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.
•    Contribute to our collaborative, respectful, transparent, ethical, efficient, high-achieving, and fun culture!

Education / Experience Requirements

•    Bachelor’s degree in engineering with at least 15 years of experience, or a Master’s degree with at least 12 years of experience, or a Ph.D. with 8 years of experience (Preferably biomedical or Mechanical engineering)

Specialized Skills / Other Requirements

•    Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience; management of direct reports required.
•    Successful track record of developing new product innovations, including implant and mechanical delivery devices for surgical applications. 
•    Experience with SolidWorks.
•    Proficient in all phases of product development, including design, implementation, verification, validation, and manufacturing. 
•    Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
•    Business Development, M&A experience is desirable
•    Knowledge of biomaterials chemistry with experience with Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA) a plus
•    Expertise with ISO 13485, MDD, and FDA QSR requirements.


The pay range for this position at the commencement of employment is expected to be between $230,000 - $245,000; however, the base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.  The total compensation package for this position will also include benefits such as medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, participation in a 401(k) savings plan, and various paid time off benefits, such as PTO, short-and long-term disability and parental leave, dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.
If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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: 877-880-8588 or

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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