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R&D Sustaining Manager

Req ID:  5319

Working Location: Missouri, St. Louis 


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 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 Requirements



* 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.




* 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.


* Strong medical device and cross-functional experience.



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 requires all new hires to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on or before their first day of work. Individuals who have been offered employment who have a disability, medical condition, or sincerely-held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to request and be granted a reasonable accommodation prior to their first day of work.


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) || Missouri (US-MO) || St. Louis || 

Nearest Major Market: St Louis

Job Segment: R&D Engineer, Biomedical Engineering, Engineer, Project Manager, Electrical, Engineering, Technology

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