Job Number: 20014799

Location: Miami Lakes, FL

Date Posted: 7-22-2017

Job Title: Director, Research & Development

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What R & D Engineering contributes to Cardinal Health

Research and Development Engineering is responsible for developing and implementing new products through adherence to established design control processes and good engineering and documentation practices.

Accountabilities in this role

The Director of R&D will be responsible for technical and organizational leadership in the development of medical devices from concept innovation to product launch. The Director will be responsible for establishing teams of engineers and scientists in developing interventional cardiovascular devices and therapies. In addition to the development of new products, the Director is responsible for ongoing product life cycle management. This includes, but is not limited to meeting technical requirements for regulatory approval of exiting products in new markets or regions, developing and executing strategies around securing new clinical indications for existing products and problem solving required for design related issues of existing products in manufacturing. The Director will establish teams of engineers and scientists responsible for conducting technical due diligence on New Business Development opportunities as well as planning and executing integration of externally developed products and technologies into Cordis or distribution of externally developed products for Cordis. The Director is expected to maintain a solid and relevant scientific and technical background in order to judge and assess commercialization opportunities for new technologies and create a culture of innovation within the R&D organization. As an R&D leader, the Director is expected to possess the business acumen required to communicate highly technical issues effectively to a non-technical audience while possessing the technical depth to communicate with physicians and regulatory bodies.

Principal duties and responsibilities include:

  • Establishing project success criteria including key milestones and R&D budgets ensuring on time and on-budget delivery of new product development projects.
  • Partnering with other business functions to manage risk and to resolve project roadblocks, such as resource constraints, design trade-offs & communication issues.
  • Collaborating with key customers and others to determine technology needs and portfolio direction relevant to the company's long-term objectives and to implement programs to address opportunities for new product development
  • Building a diverse pipeline of talent by attracting, developing and promoting talent.
  • Promote the utilization of Design Excellence methodologies for the development of new products and drive strategies to ensure continuous improvement in the ability to bring quality products to the market place.


  • Bachelors degree in related field required (Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering preferred; MS/MBA or PhD ideal
  • A minimum of 6+ years related work experience required, 10-12 years strongly preferred with 7 years in an applied R&D environment in medical devices
  • A minimum of 2+ years supervisory experience required with a proven track record of developing and leading diverse technical staff and organizations
  • Working experience of medical device design control procedures is required.
  • Product development or product technology experience is required.
  • Knowledge of or experience in utilizing Design Excellence is preferred.
  • A proven history of launching products is required. .
  • Previous experience developing & aligning departmental goals with overall business objectives required
  • Experience interfacing with Key Opinion Leaders is required
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills are required
  • This position will require up to 20% travel

What is expected of you and others at this level

  • Provides leadership to managers and experienced professional staff may also manage front line supervisors
  • Manages an organizational budget
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to achieve organizational goals
  • Assists in the development of functional strategy
  • Decisions have an extended impact on work processes, outcomes, and customers
  • Interacts with internal and/or external leaders, including senior management
  • Persuades others into agreement in sensitive situations while maintaining positive relationships

Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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