BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Senior Manager, R&D (Advanced Drug Delivery Devices, Combination Products) in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

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Job Description

BD is in search of a talented Senior RD Manager looking to take their previous development experiences with wearable infusion pumps, large volume injection devices, or the like to the next level.

As a Senior RD Manager with BD’s Pharmaceutical Systems, Self-Administration Injection Systems (SAIS) team in Franklin Lakes, NJ, you will be responsible for guiding a technical team toward the design, development, verification and validation of combination products in support of BD’s global R&D pipeline with special focus on the parenteral delivery of biologics and biosimilars. At its core, this role will give you the opportunity to develop user-centric drug delivery solutions designed to drive patient empowerment, independence, compliance, and improved health outcomes.

The Senior R&D Manager will perform as a “player-coach” by contributing to team goals as a hands-on technical leader and proponent of technical excellence in parallel with functional management of a diverse technical team.

What you get to do every day:

Functional management of a diverse technical team

  • Builds & nurtures a high performing and engaged team of R&D Engineers

  • Fosters a work environment that rewards risk taking, rapid learning, and a bias for action

  • Prioritizes his / her team’s performance & career development. Provides creative growth opportunities for high potential associates in alignment with business objectives. Provides timely and regular performance feedback to all associates

  • Identifies & develops technical training and development plans. Mentors or serves as a resource to share specialized knowledge with others. Maintain leadership and technical capabilities through continued education or training

  • Determines resource needs for new product development and existing product support and assigns personnel as appropriate

  • Ensures that department personnel have clearly defined tasks and annual goals which are aligned with broader functional and business objectives

  • Responsible for hiring, talent development and pipeline management within his / her team

  • Plans and organizes project deliverables according to project scope, timeline and resources

  • Shares and leverages extensive medical device product design and development knowledge and experience

Fostering & embedding engineering best practices

  • Delivers on new and exciting advanced drug delivery solutions as a technical leader on a cross-functional project team through all phases of the project lifecycle in accordance with business goals

  • Represents the organization as a prime technical contact for pharma partners on a B2B product development platform

  • Translates business requirements into a robust, scalable technical design

  • Pursues complex problems by applying sound engineering principles, utilizing experimental, computational and analytical methods to a range of technical product development challenges over a range of products from simple disposable components to complex mechanical device assemblies

  • Improves product development cycle and quality via the application of DFSS and Lean Product Development Tools

  • Mentors a team of R&D associates in best design practices, analysis, simulation and verification of subsystems and systems

  • Challenges and supports project teams by ensuring technical excellence through rigorous design and technical reviews. Acts as subject matter expert and independent reviewer in these reviews

  • Develops and guides technical design/methodologies to achieve product goals, and applies standard management techniques to achieve project goals

  • Assigns and deploys resources across the portfolio of projects in order to meet business objectives

  • Guides the conception and planning for product development projects of any size and complexity

Technical & Analytical Skills:

  • Expert knowledge in related technical fields

  • Able to draw upon technical breadth to evaluate concepts outside area(s) of personal expertise

  • Excellent analytical skills & discipline; able to conduct thorough analysis of concepts that have high uncertainty

  • Intellectual drive to gain firsthand understanding of customer needs

  • Focused on maintaining current knowledge in technical and scientific fields

  • Excellent critical thinking skills; able to constructively challenge ideas and invite critical feedback

Leadership Behavior:

  • Ability to set a vision and engage the diverse team to achieve that vision

  • Natural collaborator. Leads through building relationships; demonstrated facilitation skills across different functions; motivated by collective success

  • Agile learner, tolerant of risk, and biased towards action

  • Skilled communicator at all levels; able to translate complex technical concepts for non-expert audiences.

  • Work closely with functional and project managers to identify and mitigate technical issues to reduce programmatic risks

  • You will be effective if you have:

  • History of developing/launching medical product(s) through a phase gate development cycle in an ISO13485 environment (or equiv.)

  • A propensity to quickly learn new concepts and technologies and convert them into customer solutions

  • The initiative to identify opportunities and drive continuous improvement efforts

  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate concepts, ideas and knowledge to other individuals, teams and customers

  • Experience in guiding team/individuals to develop technical solutions to complex problems

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience: Minimum of a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Physics, Applied Physics or related discipline

  • Advanced business or management degree preferred but not required

  • Minimum of 10 years’ related work experience in medical device development with an emphasis on mechanical engineering and fluid mechanics

  • Proven track record of executing complex system designs incorporating mechanical subsystems, preferably in the medical device field

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in management; prior people leadership role

  • Ability to lead multi-discipline engineering project teams

  • Experience assigning resources and managing schedules to completion

  • Experience in Systems Engineering, Architectural Design, and Project Management.

  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficiency with modern CAD, CAE and other design / simulation tools

  • Proficiency with systems engineering and requirements management

  • Experience working in FDA regulated environment.

  • Willingness to travel (global) up to 10% of time


  • Deep experience in the selection and/or design and commercialization of parenteral drug delivery devices in the Biotech industry.

  • Strong working knowledge of current standards and regulatory expectations for injection device and combination product development, filing and commercialization.

  • GD&T (geometric dimensioning and tolerancing)

  • Minitab or equivalent statistical analysis software

  • Technical Project planning


Primary Work LocationUSA NJ - Franklin Lakes

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