Research & Development Manager

Req ID:  6780


Workplace Flexibility: Hybrid

Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.


Olympus, a leading medical technology company, has focused on making people’s lives better for over 100 years.

Our Purpose is to make people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling.


Our Core Values are reflected in all we do: Integrity – Empathy – Agility – Unity – Long-Term View


We deliver on our purpose and our core values by staying True to Life.

Job Description

The R&D Manager will lead our R&D sustaining engineering team to maintain released products. This position will have responsibility to oversee various aspects of sustaining engineering activities such as mechanical and electrical design changes, product testing, coordinating tasks, and resourcing teams. The ideal candidate must fully understand medical device design control requirements and be able to effectively staff, prioritize and execute programs in accordance with business needs, and provide regular updates as required. In addition, this position will partner with cross functional leaders to plan and support the business and other Olympus R&D Centers.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and performance management & development of R&D Sustaining team.
  • Direct supervisory responsibility for Engineers, Designers and/or Technicians, who act as core team and extended team members on sustaining engineering projects and/or development efforts.
  • Provides support for the overall sustaining, development, and other research activities of the dept.
  • Deliver on product line extensions and maintenance of business projects on time, schedule, and budget.
  • Participates in regular meetings with project teams to resolve issues and risks, to maintain R&D staff. engagement/focus, and to communicate technical development updates and plans with all team members.
  • Coordinates with project managers to foresee/understand critical project activities and to enable them to manage team resources and tasks to avoid critical path slippage.
  • Partners with project team members outside of R&D to maintain engagement and focus on joint project commitments and dependencies.
  • Ensures projects comply with regulatory requirements, including company design control procedures and that R&D activities are performed to governing standards (ISO9001, EN46001 FDA QSR’s).
  • Establish and foster strong collaborative relationships with external design/development, manufacturing partners and service providers.
  • Assigns projects to staff as appropriate with input from R&D leadership regarding priority.
  • All Other Essential Duties as directed

Job Qualifications


  • B.S. Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical or Biomedical preferred) or equivalent experience and technical education, is required)
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in development, design, and/or engineering of products & processes.
  • Minimum of 3 years functional management or technical project management


  • Strong medical device and cross-functional experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and within necessary attention to detail.
  • Capable of building strong relationships with internal customers, maintain awareness of their needs, responds promptly to customer requests, and appropriately manages customer expectations.
  • Must be capable of managing internal and external resources with varying priorities and responsibilities.
  • Must be capable to drive efficiency, results, and continuous improvement.
  • Experienced in product development, test method development, product testing, and Good Documentation Practices.
  • Knowledge of common manufacturing methodologies, technologies, and materials employed in medical devices.
  • Experienced in solving challenging and/or ambiguous engineering problems with scientific logic.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Experienced in applying good judgement and making timely decisions while considerate of technical/business risks in a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with others, work well within cross-functional teams and across multiple sites, as applicable.
  • Effective leadership, motivational and team building skills with demonstrated decision-making capabilities.
  • Strong relationship building and ability to manage and motivate up and down the organization.
  • Self-motivated, hands-on and participatory with strong results orientation and ability to quickly establish appropriate priorities.


Why join Olympus?

Here, people matter—our health, our happiness, and our lives.

  • Competitive salaries, annual bonus and 401(k)* with company match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Visions coverage effective on start date
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Free virtual live and on-demand wellness classes
  • Work-life balance supportive culture with hybrid and remote roles
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance
  • Volunteering and charitable donation match programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programs including Colleague Affinity Networks
  • On-Site Child Daycare, Café, Fitness Center**

*US Only

**Limited locations


We care about your health and financial well-being and offer the resources you need to feel vital, confident and ready for wherever life takes you. Learn more about our benefit offerings at


About us:

Our Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients and their safety.


Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Olympus employs more than 31,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries and regions. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,200 employees throughout locations in North and South America.  For more information, visit


Olympus is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace

We recognize diversity in people, views and lifestyle choices and emphasize the importance of inclusion and mutual respect. We strive to continue to foster empathy and unity in the workplace so that our employees can fully contribute and thrive.


Let’s realize your potential, together.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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