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Senior R&D Program Manager

  • Sector: Engineering
  • Contact: Rhys Joyce
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  • Job Ref: 17931

My client, a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life are looking for a Senior R&D Program Manager to join their growing team based in Galway.


  • Provides leadership and centralized management for the planning, development and execution of technical projects to achieve critical strategic business objectives. Manages multiple, often concurrent projects and consistently meets expectations.
  • Competent in making difficult decisions regarding priorities among projects / programs while ensuring the buy in of teams and leaders
  • Leads the project team members in using established PM tools and techniques to stay within authorized budget limits and achieve the overall project / program and organizational objectives.
  • Competent in conducting risk assessments for technical and project related issues and developing mitigation plans to ensure project schedule and costs are maintained
  • Innovator and forward thinker. Leads and contributes to the development of R&D organisation thru innovative thinking and application of technical knowledge.
  • Develops methods, procedures and metrics for projects (scope, schedule, quality and cost) and reporting. Monitors and controls implementation plan in accordance with defined scope
  • Responsible for the successful execution of significant technical projects. Through proper planning, ensures that scope, schedule, cost and customer expectations are met. Maintains a clear


  • BS in engineering or technical field with 5+ years of new product development (medical device engineering) AND 5+ years of applicable project or program management experience in medical devices, healthcare or pharma development environment
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience and a proven track record in:
  • Applying project management tools to manage New Product Development Programs
  • Applying project management tools to manage Sustaining Engineering Projects
  • Building, managing and maintaining business partnerships across multiple functions – Clinical, RA, QA, Marketing, Commercial, Finance
  • Applying knowledge of ISO standards and Design Control regulations
  • Experience in leading cross functional management of CORE teams, Clinical Studies, Development Programs, Human Factors & Device Verification & Validation activities.
  • Experience in development of complex sterile disposable medical devices including plastic injection molding, extrusion and assembly methods is a plus
  • Experience in outsourced medical device manufacturing, manufacturing technologies and process development is a plus
  • Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences, while optimizing overall business goals
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with strong competency in MS Office tools and Project management applications.
  • Certification in Process Excellence (Green Belt or Black Belt) or project management certification PMP is a plus.
  • A technical / engineering background in new product development and sustaining engineering within the medical device sector.
  • Fosters an environment of innovation in others, integrating experiences from multiple disciplines to develop solutions that meet the business objectives.
  • Strong understanding of medical device regulations in the emerging markets, design controls, ISO13485, regulatory audits and international environmental regulations.
  • Strong communication skills – in English in written and verbal; briefing, presentation, education/training skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage projects across various functions / businesses.
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
  • Ability to create & manage a vision, think strategically, plan and organize, innovate, analyze complex data and situations, and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, motivate, lead, coach, and develop employees, and collaborate with functional leaders and teams.

For a confidential discussion and more information on the role please contact Rhys Joyce.