VP of Research & Development

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Job Description

Job Summary:

Company Spine, a leading medical device manufacturer, is seeking a Vice President of Research & Development to join our team. The ZB Spine organization exists to restore mobility, alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for patients around the world by delivering to surgeons a comprehensive portfolio of quality spine technologies and procedural innovation, best-in-class training, and unparalleled service via a network of responsive team members and sales professionals. 

For nearly 90 years, Company has helped people progress beyond their pain and limitations. Because it’s not just what we make, it’s what we make possible. Every day, we focus on improving musculoskeletal healthcare. It’s all we do. It’s all we’ve ever done.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The VP of R&D is responsible for driving innovation and invention for the Global Spine Division, specifically:

  • Directs the new product development and post-market engineering functions for ZB Spine; ensuring the development and execution of all new projects are delivered on schedule and on target.
  • Provides strategic leadership and direction to the organization to drive competitive advantage and enable markets on a global basis to realize significant market share growth.
  • Builds long-term strategic plans, in partnership with the Marketing and Sales, which outlines actionable development goals for all the regions and integrates the efforts of the global brand management operation.
  • Motivates and inspires the managers and employees in the R&D department to commit to and execute against stretch targets.
  • Utilizes knowledge of competition, orthopedic market, and product potential to seek out and gain new business opportunities. 
  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions and may not necessarily comprise all of the "essential functions" for purposes of the ADA.

    Expected Areas of Competence:

  • Strong business focus and orientation with history of successfully managing orthopedic, preferably spine, device development processes and cross-functional teams. Globally recognized as the business leader for the particular business unit both inside and in the marketplace with surgeons and business leaders.
  • Sets a successful direction by establishing a clear and compelling vision. Instills a sense of urgency and motivates engineers to meet deadlines and budgets.  Sets high expectations and holds others and self-accountable for the results expected.
  • Directs regular review of markets and products to identify trends and promising opportunities.
  • Foresees how decisions may impact the financial state of the rest of the organization; effectively planning and managing to budgets.
  • Continuously refines work processes and suggests reallocation of resources to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of development.
  • Understands how ideas are converted into successful development and commercialization programs and continuously works to improve these processes and impact profitability and grow share.
  • Education/Experience Requirements:

  • B.S. in mechanical engineering required, MBA or work on an MBA is preferred plus 15+ years commercialization experience in medical devices or healthcare required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 50%
  • Additional Information:

  • EOE/M/W/VET/Disability
  • Job Requirements