Associate Director, R&D Suture

Auris Health

Auris Health

United States
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023
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Ethicon, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting for an Associate Director, R&D Conventional Sutures & PLUS located in Raritan, NJ.

Ethicon, part of J&J Medical Devices Companies, has made substantial contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our dedication to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. For more information, visit www.ethicon.com.

Overall Responsibilities

The Associate Director, MIS Suture, a member of the New Product Development team within Ethicon Wound Closure & Healing / Biosurgery R&D, will provide managerial and technical leadership in various aspects of the development of implantable medical devices associated with the Division and the Corporation. The Associate Director will identify, recommend, and direct concept research and product development programs to meet customer unmet needs and pipeline goals related to introduction of new products. At this level, the position has a greater degree of impact on the business results and typically, responsibility for managing a group of professionals.

The Associate Director shall:

  • Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight of projects as part of the Ethicon product pipeline.
  • Participate with R&D Leadership in setting project and pipeline goals and ensuring tactical execution in accordance with agreed upon priorities and timelines. 
  • Lead the development of capabilities for medical device design and engineering and direct technical efforts as required in response to business needs.
  • Ensure enrichment of pipeline as a priority.
  • Serve as a key managerial interface providing tactical direction across programs; cross-functional partnering to manage risk and to shift project roadblocks such as resources constraints, trade-offs, communications issues, etc.
  • Attract, recruit, and develop subordinates to facilitate continued leadership in this key technology area.
  • Hire, train, and evaluates staff.
  • Set and communicate clear priorities, standards, and expectations.
  • Champion the utilization of best practices.
  • Interact with global surgeon community and other key customers to identify unmet needs and implement programs to address opportunities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Under general direction and in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws/regulations and Corporate Johnson & Johnson, procedures and guidelines, this position:

  • Supervises engineering and scientific staff, contractors / contingent staff, interns / co-ops, or other partners in their day-to-day functions as necessary.
  • Collaborates closely with associates in R&D and partners with other functions (e.g., Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory, Marketing, etc.) on project strategy and execution
  • Mentor more junior associates in the group.
  • Coordinates and manage resources and work efforts necessary to achieving group and business goals and objectives while mitigating risks.
  • Leads efforts to create innovative solutions and products.
  • Creates, edits, reviews, and approves R&D / technical documentation related to assigned projects.
  • Leads basic engineering operations, and complex scientific evaluation on new products, processes, technology concepts, and product development. Implements complex design concepts and ideas into working prototypes, specifications, and design outputs. 
  • Provides communications to management; communicates technical and nontechnical information effectively to all.
  • Ensures activities comply with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Develops and review project plans in support of new product development and life-cycle management of existing products where needed.
  • Communicates business related issues or opportunities to next management level
  • Ensures that subordinates follow all Company guidelines related to Health, Safety and Environmental practices and that all resources needed to do so are available and in good condition, if applicable
  • Ensures personal and Company compliance with all Federal, State, local and Company regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Performs other duties assigned as needed


Education & Required Skills/Experience:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field is required. An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) is preferred.
  • 4+ years of experience leading or managing significant R&D projects or initiatives
  • Minimum of (5) years of experience in new product development of medical products
  • Extensive knowledge of quality systems, including the medical product development process and design change process
  • Experience as leader for multiple significant R&D projects or initiatives
  • Knowledge of product development cycles and design control regulations (ISO 9000 and QSR) for the medical device industry
  • Must have excellent proven problem-solving skills
  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Must have good interpersonal skills to effectively utilize influence management techniques
  • Must be able to apply and comprehend a broad range of engineering and scientific principles
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying scientific principles and judgment to resolve technical issues and establish new methods, controls & procedures is required

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) is preferred.
  • Design/Process Excellence knowledge
  • Broad knowledge of medical device product development and working knowledge of materials and their application in medical devices, including familiarity with regulations and requirements for the development of implantable medical devices


  • This position is located in Raritan, NJ and requires up to 10% travel

The anticipated base pay range for this position is [$129,500] to [$223,100].

The Company maintains highly competitive, performance-based compensation programs. Under current guidelines, this position is eligible for an annual performance bonus in accordance with the terms of the applicable plan. The annual performance bonus is a cash bonus intended to provide an incentive to achieve annual targeted results by rewarding for individual and the corporation’s performance over a calendar/ performance year. Bonuses are awarded at the Company’s discretion on an individual basis. 

Employees may be eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs such as health insurance, savings plan, pension plan, disability plan, vacation pay, sick time, holiday pay, and work, personal and family time off in accordance with the terms of the applicable plans. Additional information can be found through the link below. 

Eligible for benefits to include medical, dental, vision and time off as well as any others as provided for in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

For additional general information on company benefits, please go to: - https://www.careers.jnj.com/employee-benefits  

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.