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Director, Product Development-Implantables


Minneapolis, US

Job Family:  Research & Development
Country/Region:  United States
Director, Product Development-Implantables 

Coloplast has an exciting opportunity for a Product Development-Implantables Director to join our growing team!


The Director of Product Development-Implantables will lead the implantable products R&D organization throughout the full product life cycle (from value definition phase and technology phase to product support of released products).  This person will develop the strategy to assure a strong and competitive implantable product portfolio.  This position will report directly to the Vice President of R&D.


Major Areas of Accountability

  • Provides leadership and strategic direction to, research and technology, design/development and product support teams.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship on technology roadmap and strategy to the sr. business leaders.
  • Contribute and implement R&D programs, policies, and procedures required to support profitable growth and innovation programs.
  • Partner closely with internal and external stakeholders (regulatory, IP, operations, marketing, sales, customers, vendors etc.) to ensure development programs meet regulatory and customer requirements.
  • Lead and monitor department, product and technology projects.
  • Provide updates to senior management team of design/development progress and issues.
  • Develop department budget estimates for team headcount, discretionary and consultants.
  • Resource the delivery of the Innovation and Sustaining portfolios aligned with Company strategy and assure the technical robustness of that work product.
  • Lead and execute continuous improvement in department processes and procedures to increase organizational performance and velocity of development while assuring products of the highest performance and quality standards.
  • Assure US based team has adequate resources to support all R&D activities.
  • Drive a culture of commitments and technical excellence across all R&D activities.
  • Partner and build relationships with cross functional leaders.
  • Participate in and/or assign appropriate resources for business development activities.
  • Demonstrate continuous improvement mindset with overview and analytical capabilities.
  • Conform with Coloplast Code of Conduct and all local Compliance Standards
  • Conform with Coloplast Q/EHS Policy
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

  • Engineer or scientifically degreed equivalent
  • 10+ year experience from Life Science industry within product development
  • Knowledge across the whole process of developing products from the concept phase through development
  • Beneficial to understand the roles of Marketing, regulatory approval, production and launch/business understanding within the entire product lifecycle value chain
  • Knowledge within the medical device industry inclusive quality requirements and regulatory requirements
  • Knowledge within Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  • Ambitious and results oriented.
  • Good communicator across organizational levels, functions and companies.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time.


Pursuing an ambitious growth agenda, Coloplast develops and markets products and services that make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. Employing about 12,000 people and with products available in more than 143 countries, we are one of the world´s leading medical device companies. We are constantly growing our business and always looking for new ways to move forward – we explore, learn and look for new ways of doing things.


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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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