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Executive Director, Research & Technology Development

Req ID:  921


Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
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Job Description

The Executive Director of Research and Technology Development will be a member of Olympus Surgical Technology of America’s (OSTA) R&D Leadership Team. The Executive Director will partner with Global Marketing to identify unmet needs in targeted therapeutic/procedural space(s), jointly develop a compelling business case to support funding requests and lead the technical team responsible for execution research and technology development plans. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on technical leader, device subject matter expert (SME) and be responsible for defining and maintaining the technology and product roadmaps for OSTA. Area of focus will include identification of user needs, specification development, prototyping, test development and risk assessments for early stage technologies and projects (pre-PDP).They will participate in extensive collaboration with internal and external partners.

Job Duties

* Demonstrated track record of partnering with Marketing to build a pipeline of new product development opportunities and presenting to Sr. Leadership for endorsement/funding.


* Experienced in building/maintaining a strong working relationship with Healthcare Practitioners (HCP’s) and representing R&D with internal and external partners.


* Lead and mentor other R&D leaders and cross functional peers to ensure product development excellence and design robustness.


* Develop a deep understand of the therapeutic/procedural spaces across the business and build a network of internal and external partnerships required to meet business growth expectations.


* Provide project and technical leadership on cross functional teams through product design and development, product registration and commercialization.


* Lead all project technical execution activities in the pre-product development phase of new product development.


* Establish and foster strong collaborative relationships with external design/development, manufacturing partners and service providers.


* Collaboration across Olympus’s Global R&D organization to identify technology development opportunities and advance research in support of the business direction.

Job Requirements



* Minimum of 15 years’ experience in the field of medical device development and commercialization is required.


* A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering required, a Master’s Degree preferred.


* Minimum of 10 years leading teams and projects.


* Experience in developing and commercializing regulated devices under Design Control (21 CFR 820) and ISO14791 requirements.


* Solid knowledge of global industry standards. (ex: ISO, AAMI, ANSI, etc..)


* Ability to travel domestically and internally based on project and business needs.




* Hands on leadership skills with a proven track record of hiring, mentoring and leading a diverse technical team.


* Strong collaborator with a history of delivering new products to market that meet user and business requirements.


* Strong communication skills (written and verbal), including experience presenting in front of multidisciplinary audiences, is desirable.


* Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) certification is highly desirable.


* Prior experience leading projects with external design, development and manufacturing partners preferred.


* Extensive knowledge of engineering principles, concepts and applications.


* An aptitude for project foresight and contingency planning.


* Effective planning and organizational skills.


* Excellent writing and oral communication skills.


* Ability to mentor technical and cross functional team members.


* Strong collaboration skills with internal and external partners.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus’ 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 overall costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients. Olympus’ Medical portfolio includes endoscopes, laparoscopes, and video imaging systems, as well as surgical energy devices, system integration solutions, medical services, and a wide range of endotherapy instruments for endoscopic and therapeutic applications. For more information, visit

Olympus…True To You. True To Society. True To LIFE.


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.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Southborough || 



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