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R&D Executive Director, Device Development / Mechanical Engineering

Req ID:  6017



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Job Description

The Executive Director of Device Development / Mechanical Engineering will be accountable for overseeing all device-related product development efforts across multiple U.S.-based facilities with direct management responsibility for both individual contributors and people leaders (i.e., managers & directors).


In this role, the Exec. Dir. will serve as a member of the R&D Leadership Team within a function-based R&D organization comprising Systems Engineering, Hardware Development / Elect. Eng., Software Development, Innovation & Technology Development, and Sustaining Engineering.  The U.S. Development Center (i.e., US-DC) operates within a global R&D matrix with responsibility for collaboratively developing products in the fields of Urology, Respiratory, ENT, GI-ET, Gynecology, and Surgical Devices. 
To succeed in this execution-centric role, the Exec. Dir. must be an engaged, collaborative, and proactive product development leader with a proven track record of applying their extensive experience in medical device development to successfully launching complex single-use and reusable products.  The Exec. Dir. will be extensively skilled in Design Controls, product development strategies, and project management / contingency planning.  In addition, the Exec. Dir. will be expected to maintain a deep / thorough understanding of the projects under their purview, as well as the deliverables and milestones associated therewith. 


The Exec. Dir. of Device Development / Mechanical Engineering will function as a senior leader within the U.S. R&D organization. Therefore, it is expected that he/she exhibit the performance and behaviors expected of a role model for our organization.  They must have the willingness and aptitude to coach, mentor, train, and lead her/his team, proactively jump in to help their peers and team wherever appropriate, and ensure unwavering compliance to Olympus’s Core Values (Unity, Integrity, Empathy, Agility, Long-Term View), applicable regulations/standards, and our internal systems. 


The Exec. Dir. of Device Development / Mechanical Engineering will report directly to the Head of the U.S. Development Center (US-DC) and will be expected to provide updates on a regular basis.   Further, the Exec. Dir. must be capable of representing the US-DC, as required, before cross-functional executives.  As such, the Exec. Dir. must be skilled in communicating in a clear and concise manner even when presenting complex and/or difficult topics. 


Lastly, the Exec. Dir. will be expected to support the US-DC as required to enhance our efficiency and effectiveness, as well as support our Global R&D Matrix as required (e.g., represent the US-DC in global working groups, etc.).

Job Duties

* Accountable for the timely and predictable execution of all device / mechanical development efforts (both internal and externally developed) under their purview.


* Proactively engaging with their team to ensure appropriate planning and contingencies are in place to methodically mitigate project issues/risks, achieve project milestones, and launch with predictability.


* Leadership of the R&D resources (Directors, Managers, & Engineering Resources), as well as ensuring project teams have the appropriate and/or capable resources for success.


* Drive project advancement and act with a sense of urgency to ensure projects remain on schedule.


* Build a respectful and energized culture in alignment with Olympus Core Values (Unity, Integrity, Empathy, Agility, Long-Term View).


* Manages expectations of stakeholders and seeks to ensure Head of US-DC is updated in a timely manner so not caught off-guard.


* Apply strategic product development foresight and leadership to all programs; i.e., apply extensive knowledge and experience to ensure product development strategies having a high likelihood of achieving our Quality, Investment, Cost (COGS), and Delivery expectations (QICD).   


* Execute effective resource performance management responsibilities, including: setting appropriate goals, conducting performance reviews, providing timely feedback, as well as executing performance improvement actions when required.


* Operates as a champion for continuous improvement in our practices, policies, and procedures.  


* Builds effective relationships and supports staff and cross-functional leaders.


* Provides leadership and mentoring to R&D staff, as well as general project and product development oversight, to ensure product quality, reliability, and design robustness.


* Maintains a vision for the resources based on skill / competency gaps and ideates solutions, such as training programs or individualized coaching, etc.


* Works collaboratively with cross-functional peers to ensure a high degree of alignment between the US-DC R&D functions.


* Represents the US-DC within the R&D Global Matrix as required (while ensuring an aligned vision with the Head of the US-DC) and supports efforts/initiatives as required.


* When required, capable of diving into project teams to resolve issues, provide support, etc.


* Provides regular updates to the Head of the US-DC through weekly discussions and monthly updates.


* Recruits, develops, and capable of proactively managing staff performance and developing talent.


* Must operate with accountability and ownership, as well as exhibit the behaviors and performance expected of an R&D leader.


* Ability to be onsite, as required and negotiated with manager.


* Performs all other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements



* Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) required. Advanced degrees and/or a track record of continuous improvement strongly preferred.


* Minimum of 20 years’ experience in medical device development.


* Minimum of 10 years’ experience as a people leader.


* Experienced in the design and development of single-use and reusable medical devices; preferably devices compatible with capital equipment (e.g., electro-mechanical instruments) and associated manufacturing methods.


* Experience leading Device / Mechanical Engineering resources and leaders through programs employing multiple sub-teams / workstreams in collaboration with Hardware, Software, and Systems Engineering functions (or the like).


* Experience overseeing and managing both organic product development efforts, as well as externally developed products.


* Skilled in reviewing/refining device requirements, as well as developing test methodologies, to ensure sub-system or device meets its performance requirements.


* Extensive experience in developing and commercializing regulated devices under Design Control (21 CFR 820), ISO13485, ISO14791, ISO10993, etc.) and knowledge of applicable regulations.


* Extensive experience with Verification and Validation testing of complex medical devices.


* Ability to travel domestically and internationally based on team, project, and business needs.




* Experience in a matrixed organization and/or an organization comprising a systems engineering function is strongly preferred.


* Possesses a deep understanding of product development processes, systems, and strategies.


* Ability to guide and mentor staff, motivate for results, and recognize and act on employee issues.


* Ability to work effectively in a multicultural global organization.


* Must have good organization and leadership skills.


* Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including experience presenting in front of cross-functional executives.


* Aptitude for project foresight and contingency planning. Ability to predict potential design & development issues and implement risk mitigations.


* Has a “can do” positive attitude.

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


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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) || Westborough || 

Nearest Major Market: Worcester

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