Director, Research & Development in Tempe, AZ at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 6/29/2020

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Job Description


Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions (SSS) is the leading provider of reprocessing and remanufacturing services for single-use medical devices.

As a member of Stryker's Sustainability Solutions Leadership Team, the Director, Research and Development will lead the new process development efforts and manage a global team across Arizona, Florida, and India for this growing Division. Strong people leadership and a solid understanding of product and process development within the medical device area are critical.  The Division's technical development includes hardware, software, metallurgy, reverse engineering, cleaning/sterilization, and process development.

  • Provide leadership and management for research and development programs and activities. Direct R&D efforts to enhance current products and develop new technologies and products.
  • Manage and provide leadership for technical capability development in alignment with strategic planning and business needs.
  • Understand workforce planning to drive efficiency and capacity in product development and product maintenance.
  • Ensure Design Control requirements are established, maintained, and adhered to as appropriate based on the scope of R&D activity.
  • Interact with other departments to facilitate strategic planning and execution relative to product development, product maintenance, new product introduction, and business development.
  • Evaluate and develop improved methods and frameworks to drive efficiency and capacity for R&D activities.
  • Directly responsible for implementation and maintenance of company R&D procedures, reporting on the performance and initiating improvements for R&D.
  • Design Control management.
  • Vendor selection for R&D.
  • Develop test method capabilities to support R&D and production test requirements.
  • Act as liaison with external parties on matters relating to the procurement of services and materials for the company R&D activities.
  • Manage the development of new product lines, increased turns, expansion of existing product lines, and the continuous improvement in existing product lines.
  • Provide necessary training on Design Control and departmental procedures.
  • Recruiting, development, and structuring of the R&D department.


Qualifications (Education, Certifications and/or Experience)

  • BS degree is required/MS or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7+ years management experience.
  • Minimum 10+ years of medical device manufacturing, FDA, or other regulated industry experience.
  • Must have 510(k) and premarket submission experience.
  • Effective written and oral communications skills.
  • Working knowledge of FDA (GMP/QSR), MDD, and ISO requirements.
  • Strong mentorship and demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Proven abilities as a leader and R&D manager.
  • Experience in successfully managing individual contributors, leaders of others, and teams.
  • Ability to interact within all levels of the organization.


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 benchmarks.

Work From Home: Regularly scheduled days

Travel Percentage: 30%

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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