Stryker Associate Manager, R&D in Carrigtwohill, Ireland

Position Summary

Will drive sales growth through the development of new products from concept through product launch and commercialization. Will partner appropriate Marketing teams. Contributes to the development of R&D strategy and development of related new products and technologies used for the cutting, shaping, surface preparation and removal of bone and soft tissue within the orthopaedic application space.

Your key responsibilities

  • Develops the Product Development team through the selection, recruitment and development of R&D engineers, and the continuous development of core technical skills and knowledge. Develop career progression paths & development plans for team members. Establishment and monitoring of individual and team goals aligned to divisional and corporate strategy.

  • Partner with divisional marketing and R&D on development of international market and surgeon networks and active personal and team participation in global voice of the customer meetings, customer/clinical trials, marketing/product training workshops and relevant health care professional conferences and seminars.

  • Will participate in development and execution of Product and Technology roadmaps including R&D project portfolio management and resource planning. Plans and coordinates engineering research and product design including the identification, investigation and implementation of new product technologies. Contribute to the preparation of annual budgets (headcount, expense, capital) for final review and approval.

  • Will lead a team in the execution of design projects. Will monitor and control progress to ensure sound application of engineering principles are used, that design intent is being followed/achieved and will ensure designs are cost efficient, manufacturable and reliable. Has engineering responsibility for assigned product lines and has administrative authority for engineering drawings, BOM and engineering changes.

  • Ensures team partnership with Project Management in the compilation of project plans and coordination of project meetings to ensure timely introduction of new products. Assists in the coordination with business units, advanced operations, suppliers and functional leaders as needed to ensure specific cost, time and/or regulatory standards are met. Communicates regular updates on status to senior management, the project team, stakeholders and sponsors.

  • Drives team partnership with the strategic sourcing and advanced operations to develop close strategic collaboration’s with external development partners, equipment and component suppliers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and technology partners to ensure appropriate vendor selection and optimum supply chain design.

  • Maintenance of design control systems and procedures ensuring that all design activities adhere to FDA Quality System Regulations and ISO 13485 design control and risk management requirements.

What are we looking for?

  • Degree in an Engineering or Science discipline with a postgraduate qualification in biomedical/mechanical engineering or equivalent medical science training or experience.

  • An MBA or Technology Management qualification is preferable.

  • Minimum of 6 years engineering experience in a high technology environment

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Strategic thinker

  • Excellent analytical skills, ability to plan, organize, and implement multiple concurrent tasks.

  • Good working knowledge of anatomy and surgical procedures.

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communications skills with an ability to overcome language and cultural barriers.

  • Experience in executing complex problem solving techniques related to design/technical issues.

  • Must be able to read and interpret complex engineering drawings and have a good understanding of geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing.

  • In depth understanding of ISO 13485 and FDA quality system requirements

  • Must be able to plan, organize, and implement multiple concurrent tasks and projects.

  • PC Literate (word processing, spreadsheets, data base) and strong knowledge of project Management tools is essential

  • Good working knowledge of CAD/CAM/CAE computer systems, engineering materials and design, coating technologies and advanced manufacturing technologies.

  • Good understanding of design for six sigma and related statistical tools and validation/verification techniques.

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at