Associate Test Lab Manager in Kalamazoo, MI at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 2/3/2020

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Job Description

It's time to join Stryker!

We are a great place to work. Fortune, in association with Great Place to Work, named us among the World’s Best Workplaces. We currently rank #8 out of the 25 companies on the list. This list highlights companies that have gone above and beyond to create a great workplace for employees all over the world. Fortune also named us one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States. This is the ninth consecutive year we have been on the list and we rank #11 out of 100!

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives.

What You Will Do

You will serve as the Manager for the Custom Test Equipment Team within R&D. In conjunction with the Test Lab Operations Manager, supervision and Lead Test Technicians, you will lead the development, validation and sustainment of custom test equipment supporting new product development based on product design requirements. You will apply schedule, design inputs and oversight of new test equipment and/or upgrades requested for the Test Lab. You will have regular input with leadership, technical and project leads from the R&D business units to appropriately forecast and deliver on equipment, space and other required resource needs.

You will also

  • Be responsible for day-to-day leadership of the CTE team of engineers and technicians taking request for custom test equipment from design through validation of test equipment including but not limited to: Direct supervision of the equipment engineering and technician support staff, scheduling of test equipment requests based on established priorities, customer interface, capital/budget planning, forecasting and staffing recommendations supporting the R&D BU’s and related GQO activities.
  • Take a lead role in long-term planning, including initiatives geared toward operational excellence and innovation and efficiency. 
  • Support and coach the Test Lab leadership on a weekly basis regarding project updates and current/future state of the business regarding overall Test Lab Operations.
  • Guide and mentor/lead development for junior and new personal including succession planning.
  • Be the focal point for the Test Lab, supporting equipment configuration approval for new custom test equipment requirements, design and fixture development through validation supporting the R&D BU’s.
  • Will ensure consistent practices within the department related to testing execution, report writing and communication methods. 
  • Will be required to comply with documentation procedures and appropriate engineering standards
  • Will coordinate with other units to ensure appropriate test equipment and results are obtained
  • Will submit periodic reports on assigned topics to appropriate personnel
  • Will work within the divisionally accepted resource planning tool
  • Will investigate new technologies and assess the feasibility of said technology within the department
  • Will work from verbal and/or written instructions
  • Will train others on technical function related procedures
  • Will be a point of contact for Test Lab customers regarding test equipment needs
  • Will ensure compliance to the validation process, quality process and calibration process
  • Will work with facilities in the improvement/maintenance of lab space and equipment needs
  • Will coach/mentor and develop subordinate employees
  • Will build and maintain working relationships within R&D
  • Will provide feedback into department strategic planning

What You Need

Qualifications/Work Experience Preferred

  • Advanced computer and appropriate application skills (to include, but not limited to:  MS Access, MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Demonstrated ability to operate small hand tools (e.g. pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, wrenches, etc.), power tools and common test equipment (e.g. data loggers, strip recorders, micrometers, etc.)
  • Advanced math and technical writing skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • 5+ years related technical experience in a highly regulated industry

Education/Special Training Required

  • Engineering degree or BA with equivalent experience

Why Stryker?  “It’s the people.” That’s the answer you’ll hear most often when you ask our employees why they love working here. Come join our team in Kalamazoo at Stryker!

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: 10%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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