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Director, Vital Care & Speciality (Engineering / Product Development)

Smiths Medical
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14 Jun 2021

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We are currently recruiting an Engineering/ Product Development Director for our Vital Care & Speciality part of our business. This role will be is focusing on products primarily associated with ventilation and Instituteway management, breathing and respiratory devices, and associated products/technologies.


Direct a business critical function through line or functional management levels where the scope and complexity of responsibilities requires the integration of multiple disciplines and departments.
Establish strategy and direction for a business-critical function in alignment with strategic plans established by top management and executive leadership.
Provide technical leadership in establishing both short- and long-term technology and product plans in support of business growth and profitability goals. Sets budgets for teams reporting to them.
Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and contributors within the medical community and specifically within markets we participate in.
Collaborate effectively across multiple functional departments and across multiple global locations. Determine department priorities; resolve conflicts for department resources.
Ensure that projects are conducted according to company guidelines, design controls, and regulatory requirements. Monitor, document, and report project objectives and status to executive management.
Participate in the Engineering Change Order (ECO) approval process.
Oversee the preparation of documentation associated with engineering activities to include drawings/schematics, validation/ capability testing, various new and revised operating procedures, etc.
Review the content, thoroughness and quality of the work generated by the department.
Appraise and evaluate staff performance on a regular basis, provide appropriate feedback to individuals. Ensure that responsibility and accountability of direct and indirect reports are defined and clarified.
Scan the environment for business opportunities; maintain surveillance over markets and the industry.
Develop and disseminate information on a continuous basis to all pertinent parties concerning project goals and objectives.


We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity.


Proven ability to create, lead, establish, maintain and influence effective working relationships with internal cross functional customers at all levels
Ability to work with integrity and build trust.
Ability to critically review and interpret technical documentation.
Ability to handle multiple priorities and key activities at one time, and to meet key deadlines through the application of effective time management skills.
Ability to clearly convey ideas and concepts verbally and in writing.
Ability to communicate globally at all levels internally and externally in order to achieve departmental goals.
Ability to lead and direct performance of employees in multiple technical disciplines.
Ability to develop and implement departmental strategies, objectives and goals through others.
Ability to interpret and analyse information coming from multi-disciplinary personnel.
Ability to accurately forecast, develop and drive a budget.
Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical talent within the company
The role will require global travel
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