Sr Engineering Director Systems Engineering
Medtronic - Fridley, MN

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Position Description

Neuromodulation Systems Engineering is a discipline that integrates technical, scientific and clinical disciplines to assess, define and implement efficient and effective therapy solutions. Responsibilities span from the presentation of our therapies to patients and clinicians, through architectural design and requirements definition for future systems, to implementation verification and validation in preparation for commercial release and human utilization.

The position of Senior Director of Systems Engineering is responsible for assessing and integrating state-of-the-art systems engineering practices and human factors engineering skills and processes into Neuromodulation. Success of the business unit is dependent on our ability to effectively address the sophistication and complexity of our therapies and technologies in a robust, reliable and consistent manner to engineers, management and customers.

The successful incumbent will be comfortable with basic sciences such as neurophysiology and anatomy, the physical sciences including physics and chemistry and all the engineering disciplines including human factors, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, and software. The incumbent will be directly responsible for a department staffed by human factors, systems, and biomedical engineers.

Position Responsibilities

Set strategic direction for requirements management, human factors engineering, therapy systems architecture to ensure superiority in all Neuromodulation therapy solutions including infusion and stimulations devices, instruments and accessories.
Develop a comprehensive functional excellence plan for the Systems Organization covering standards, product architecture, requirements management, and the process for design inputs
Develop personal and organizational understanding of emerging systems
engineering science for potential application to Neuromodulation.
Drive platform and subsystem leverage across the entire product portfolio to achieve efficiency and effective implementation.
Ensure clear, cohesive and robust architectural design and requirements specifications for all products (leads, catheters, pumps, stimulators, programmers and accessories) in the portfolio.
Provide administrative functional management for the Systems Engineering organization comprised of systems and human factors engineering disciplines.
Coach, mentor and develop systems engineering talent in pursuit of sustained industry-leading solutions.
Nurture a network of clinicians to support and advise on direction and key platform decisions.
Collaborate and influence strategic direction and operational execution, priorities and issues associated with Neuromodulation technology and products in our internal partner organizations of Medtronic Energy and Component Center, Medtronic Technology Center and Bakken Research Center, as well as other areas of expertise and interdependence as they emerge over time.
Ensure the Neuromodulation Quality System is understood, implemented and
maintained within the department.
Maintain effective communication with the business sector leadership team, team members and functional leadership in all activities required to design, develop and deliver the product successfully.

Basic Qualifications

BS degree in Engineering or physical sciences and 15+ years work experience in engineering or program management; or MS/advanced-degree with 13+ years of engineering or program management experience.
10+ years of people management experience
Professional systems engineering work experience

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

Defense/Aerospace, Telecommunications or Automotive Systems Engineering leadership experience (Director or VP level- Program or People Management)
MS/PhD in systems engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering
5+ years of work and/or leadership experience with human factors engineering – formative and summative study design, user-center design principles
15+ years of pertinent-level management experience with responsibility for management of a technology and product portfolio.
Demonstrated experience in systems engineering or related field including assessing emerging technologies/therapies.
Demonstrated experience in engineering disciplines including human factors, electrical, mechanical, biomedical and software.
Demonstrated business acumen, executive presence and communication skills
Demonstrated experience setting strategic vision and objectives for a large systems engineering group with one level of functional management
Proven skills in design for reliability (DFR) DFSS, DMAIC, Agile development methodologies.
Experience with products and/or technologies similar to those in Neuromodulation (in terms of systems complexity).

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers.
Vision correctable to 20/20 in one eye with ability to see fine detail with appropriate assisting glasses/equipment.
Hearing sufficient to accommodate conversation with customers in surgical theater or similar implantation site.

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