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Senior Director / VP, Product Development

San Francisco Metro Area, California

Post Date: 03/02/2017 Job ID: JN -032017-18510 Industry: Molecular Biology - Scientific
SUMMARY
  • This person leads the product development and execution of the company s end-to-end (sample-to-answer) instrument. This position is responsible for managing the product development staff while also serving as the lead interfacing between the company and its external design and development partners and providers.
  • This person will work closely with other functional areas to translate customer requirements into appropriate product requirements and development plans; oversee quality management of the system hardware, software, firmware, assay and related aspects of its consumable products; coordinate projects in their scope, schedule, resources and budget; establish Design Control adherence during development; lead system integration activities; support the validation activities and eventual launch of the platform.
  • Experience with hardware, software and assay development life cycles, creating design inputs and outputs, design verification and design validation.
  • Strong technical knowledge and hands-on experience with the tools and methods used in system development and assay development are essential.
  • This individual must possess excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills while being adept at forming collaborative working relationships with internal and external team members.
  • Focus areas are within nucleic acid biomarkers.
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Quality management and design control for all system engineering of the company s products
  • Plan and coordinate the creation of comprehensive hardware and software requirements, assay requirements and functional specifications that feed into the design and development of the system
  • Build current and future competitive advantage by understanding and addressing the needs and opportunities of our markets and customers
  • Build and lead a team that works collaboratively across a matrix organization to execute the portfolio, leveraging resources and support from R&D, marketing and sales
  • Represent the company and build relationships with engineering companies, manufacturing third parties and eventually distribution partners
  • Plan and coordinate the execution of appropriate design verification/validation testing
  • Play a strong role in development and maintenance of Quality System elements, specifically for Design Control.
  • Establish risk analysis activities which include the use of risk analysis tools and mitigation procedures
EXPERIENCE
  • Share a passion for our mission to improve human health by democratizing access to state of the art molecular diagnostics
  • 8+ years experience leading a diverse, experienced team developing life science or IVD systems following applicable regulatory guidelines
  • A background of senior leadership positions with organizations that have demonstrated significant growth in size and complexity
  • Demonstrated experience in taking conceptual research through development to a viable IVD platform for commercialization
  • Been there, done that experience for IVD product development from early stage development (innovation stage) to late stage development (product validation) required
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excellent program/project management skills including scheduling, budgeting, resource management, etc.
  • Experience in microfluidics is strongly preferred
EDUCATION
  • Graduate degree (MS or PhD) in Engineering/Science, or related field

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