Senior Director, R&D in Selzach at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 2/18/2020

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This critical R&D leadership position in the Trauma & Extremities division significantly impacts the strategy for the Trauma business representing over 60% of 1.4 BUS$ global sales.  The job requires a broad and comprehensive understanding of the different systems, theories and practices relevant to a fast moving organization. The role has full management responsibility including the management of numerous teams of managers/professionals, planning for the teams' future needs and operations

Establish the overall technology strategy and Trauma system development for Stryker Trauma & Extremities. Lead the efforts associated with researching concepts as they relate to the platform technologies upon which the Trauma product portfolio will be built. Identify new materials and processes to support the creation of new concepts. Evaluate and obtain new business opportunities through investigations, surgeon ideas and the recommendation of new materials.

  • Develop and manage department expense and budgets and spending with the objective of increasing overall team efficiency and output.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing of research, new projects, QA/RA and manufacturing support.
  • Drive the execution of program delivery from early concept phase to commercialization.
  • Ensure compliance to Quality Management system, design control processes and industry standards.
  • Work closely with the Project Management Office and the overall T&E group to ensure congruence between the technologies being developed, the product development needs of the division and the overall product road-map.
  • Interact with the consultant/designer surgeon group in order to identify new product ideas and new surgical processes and to clarify relevance to driving clinical issues of concern to them.
  • Interface with other departments to build multi functional teams to execute product release and releases.
  • Participate with senior management to identify strategic opportunities and product line strategies.
  • •Manage the team’s employee development and succession planning activities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a specific or broad specific scientific field
  • Prefer Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in a technical Discipline i.e. Mechanical, Biomedical Engineering or Materials Science
  • 15+ years’ experience in product design and research in the medical device industry ( or other specifically relevant industry)
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design of Medical Implants and instrumentation
  • Demonstrated expertise in the function, clinical issues, and performance requirements of medical implants
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex technology development and research initiatives from concept through design transfer
  • Familiarity with design controls within an FDA and CE regulated industry
  • Demonstrated experience managing people managers with professional staff, with demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and build research teams
  • Demonstrated ability to develop budgets and manage expenses to Budget.


  • Sets direction. An innovator who defines ways to create value and deliver on Stryker’s mission and strategic imperatives.
  • Builds organizational capability. A strategic executive who continuously breaks down barriers, identifying new and more effective ways to accomplish tasks and goals.
  • Inspires others. A genuine, relationship-focused leader who connects, collaborates and fosters an inclusive environment of enthusiasm, trust and pride. He/she makes others want to follow, building momentum for action and positively influencing outcomes.
  • Champions talent development. A manager who focuses on maximizing the ability, potential and contributions of themselves and others. Fosters an environment where people can excel through developing, coaching and rewarding performance.
  • Delivers results. A driven player/coach who sets high goals for personal achievement and organizational success. He/she measures success against the best internal and external

Work From Home: Not available

Travel Percentage: 20%


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