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Director Diagnostic Research & Detection Tech

Company: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Location: West
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Director Diagnostic Research & Detection Tech

Requisition ID: 34834

Date: Apr 1, 2021


Eschweiler, Pennsylvania, US

Department: R&D

Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate which all help contribute to a Healthier World.

At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients lives each and every day our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNAour team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.

Job Summary:

This role of Director, R&D, Diagnostic Research & Detection Technology represents Research & Developments most senior position in biosensor applied research and technology. Responsibilities will include the development and implementation of sensing technologies for West devices and components including initiating organic applications of research, identifying inorganic opportunities for building block technologies, and creating a portfolio of hypothesis testing experiments. This role requires working across the organization, interfacing with Advanced engineering teams and, via technical content expertise, lead the organizations sensor development. The successful candidate will cultivate a vision for the future of healthcare in the context of possibilities presented by dynamic bio-monitoring, leveraging deep expertise to impact the patient experience of generations of products to come.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Leverage and nurture (internally/externally acquired) technological knowhow gained through internal capability building, collaborations, KOL relationships, and other leading edge sources to develop and leverage world class capabilities for biosensor development.
Provide foundational knowledge and synthesize diverse technical capabilities across a broad set of biomedical disciplines, such as biology, medical, chemical, electronic and/or biochemistry.
Conduct strategic and technical assessment of external technologies at target companies for partnering and potential acquisitions. Via collaborations, develop/acquire novel technologies through internal/external Research & Technology Development programs.
Responsible for sensing technology development and integration of interrelated disciplines.
Lead the execution of experiments, data collection, perform system and sub-system level testing.
Effectively collaborates and partners with Advanced Technology and Engineering Team regularly to create functional prototypes at scale for developing compelling narratives to drive deliberations and quality business discussions with all stakeholders and senior management of West.
Creates intellectual property driven by ideas and hypothesis collaboratively working with Advanced Technology and Engineering team regularly as ideas become product concepts.
Interface with the West Science and Technology Advisory to understand and document the technology needs in support of new platform development. Technology may encompass sensing technology, electro-chemical sensors, algorithms, power/battery technology, wireless transmission technology, and new manufacturing processes.
Responsible for the performance and results of the team. Performs the day-to-day management of the assigned leadership team in compliance and consistent with the West values, policies and procedures.
Attracts, recruits, develops and builds capabilities. Inspires, coaches, trains, motivates and evaluates team members to enable their capabilities and accomplish the departments priorities.
Ensures team members have access to training, coaching and mentoring to thrive in their respective roles and enhance professional development.
Develop strategy leveraging internal resources, third party designers, suppliers, and contract manufacturers to deliver new product platforms and digital solutions Create and maintain project plans, proactively manage technical and project risk, drive key decisions and tradeoffs to ensure successful product technology embodiments Translate highly technical results into easily understood recommendations that will influence senior stakeholders. Provide clear communication, proactively communicate plans and progress while escalating risks, or needs to remove roadblocks for the team.
Impact Wests achievement of its long-term strategy objectives by setting the direction in the pursuit of new technology and novel product platforms Utilize conceptual and design thinking methodology to solve unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business Coach a driven team of technology developers and scientists, ensuring they have the skills, tools and opportunities needed continuously raise the bar on team performance.
Actively scout state of the art technology as it applies to our industry and enriches the development staff with cogent appraisals of overarching trends Is accountable for the performance and results of multiple related technology development teams, both internal and external Set organizational priorities, allocate resources, and development methodology to achieve department business objectives Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Biochemistry, or related technical discipline Experience developing diagnostic sensing technology Project management and team leadership experience Experience with data analysis and packages like Python and/or MATLAB Minimum 10 Years of experience in applied research and/or product development Proven self-starter who runs towards critical issues, ambiguous requirements, or loosely defined challenges with a demonstrated ability to rally teams to achieve business results.
Experience with common test equipment/software (network analyzers, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, protocol and signaling testers). The ability to use the test equipment in a hands-on lab environment.
Collaboration and Influence Skills: The successful candidate must have demonstrated the ability to work effectively with a wide array of constituencies, including business peers, technical experts throughout the company, and outside partners. He/she must have excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to vary their style effectively to influence people in different situations.
Results Orientation: The successful candidate must have a track record of delivering results. They will have proven they are able to set stretch targets and deliver multiple projects, on time and on budget. They will get the most from their people, and will take steps to make processes more effective and efficient.
Strategic Acumen: Able to translate broad corporate strategies into clear, specific strategy, objectives and plans for the function, business units, and regions; able to influence/drive projects across regions.
Agility: Able to flex with credibility across a large, diverse portfolio. Able to solve complex, medical safety and engineering related challenges.
Demonstrated track record of generating intellectual property

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters or Ph.D. in in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, or related field Previous direct involvement in early stage product or technology development, technology readiness assessments, applied research, etc Experience with electromechanical system design, motor controllers, and rigorous power management strategies for battery powered devices Demonstrated thought leadership in designing the future embedded systems, software engineering and development associated with data acquisition and processing devices on SOC (system of a chip) architecture.
Knowledge of different wireless communication systems such as GSM/UMTS/CDMA/LTE, 802.11, mesh networking, low power protocols (Bluetooth low energy, ANT, etc.), wireless power transfer, NFC, GPS, etc.
Experience with applying project management/agile methodology, validation and risk management processes to software and hardware development.
Previous direct involvement in Medical Device or pharmaceutical industry

Physical and Travel Requirements

Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally up to 15% Work in an office/home office environment. At times required sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Ability to effectively communicate and comprehend complex ideas and concepts.
Use written and oral communication skills.
Read and interpret data, information and documents.
Must maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations. Strong ability to build and maintain solid work relationships.
Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
Ability to make independent and sound judgments.
Observe and interpret situations, analyze and solve problems.

West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com . Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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