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Senior Director (R&D - Specialty Lung Health)


Reporting to the Vice President of R&D, Surgical Specialties this position will be responsible for managing all new product development activity for the Lung Health R&D organization. As a key strategic and technical leadership role, primary responsibilities will be to ensure business growth, primarily through new products, while driving collaboration with peer leaders across R&D, Marketing, Product Development, Operations, Medical Affairs and Regulatory functions as well as all key regions. Work will include managing all POI activity and identifying & exploring new product development opportunities that drive sustainable growth in existing and adjacent market spaces within Lung Health. The Sr. Director of R&D, will lead R&D centers in multiple geographies focused on lung health and have responsibility for managing the R&D Budget.


  • Provides leadership for all innovation & research activities associated with the Lung Health business within Surgical Innovations including holistic disease management solutions across sites.

  • Drives execution and accountability for all Lung Health related activity at multiple R&D centers and interconnected development programs to deliver appropriate scope on time and on budget.

  • Build highly motivated and aligned teams that can execute effectively. Manage teams and leaders across geographic, functional and cultural boundaries. Optimize communication, collaboration and trust across several sites and functions.

  • Manages and chairs the Lung Health Product Decision Team (PDT), providing expert guidance, prioritization, technical & process insight for core teams to overcome challenges and meet business expectations for product development & resource allocation.

  • Actively participate on the Lung Health leadership staff to develop strategy, tactics and execution of strategic plan initiatives and programs.

  • Collaborate with peer leaders in strategy, functional excellence and execution of broad research, technology development and product development efforts.

  • Partner internally and externally with global stakeholders to ensure the development of the best meaningful innovations of medical device technology to meet unmet medical needs in alignment with the Medtronic Mission.

  • Responsible for the overall vision and strategy for Innovation within the Lung Health.

  • Participates on the Lung Health Leadership staff to develop strategy, tactics and execution of strategic plan initiatives and programs and collaborates with peer leaders across divisions in strategy, functional excellence and execution of broad Surgical Innovations research, technology and development efforts.

  • Leads the Lung Health research and development organization and attracts, develops and retains the best talent to ensure the highest standard of excellence in industry research and development resulting in accelerated delivery of meaningful innovations to patients globally.

  • Develops and maintains an effective external network with key opinion leaders, regional innovation stakeholders, relevant clinical associations and institutions in order to identify future technological trends and developments and being recognized as an influential leader at those external bodies.

  • Effectively manage significant budget, including different funding sources - driving opportunities for strategic growth and innovation.

  • Provide updates and investment opportunities to the Specialty Product Management Teams (PMT's)

  • Actively engage in the Surgical Innovations Technology Review Board (TRB)

    Job Requirements


    BS in scientific or engineering degree. Preferred MS, PhD and/or MBA. Demonstrated leadership skills, excellent oral and written communications skills, strategic planning, influence management and problem solving skills, critical thinking and decision-making skills, and commitment to the Medtronic Mission.


    15+ years' experience in healthcare industry, with demonstrated success in organizational development, leadership, and budgetary responsibility in research, technology development, product development, clinical leadership roles or senior business roles.


  • Ability to lead large diverse groups and organizations

  • Strong project management and organizational leadership skills

  • Dynamic communication and people management skills with an ability to lead managers and leaders across the organization.

  • Vision/Strategic Ability - Ability to create a vision, collaborative nature in defining strategies for the future.

  • Ability to work comfortably with ambiguity and operate effectively in white spaces

  • Global Medtronic Mindset - Ability to infuse the Further Together Strategy centrally and locally to ensure future Medtronic success, yet maintain local success.

  • Strong Business Acumen

  • Highly oriented to customer service and quality improvement

  • Proven ability to operate in a matrix organization and work effectively with leadership, customers, and across geographic and organization boundaries

  • Operational Background in relevant functions (high quality focus, cost center management, lean processes, agility, service provider focused, etc.)

  • Emotional intelligence (e.g. self-awareness, social empathy, team leadership, motivational, etc.)

  • Good judgment with demonstrated integrity and respect of peers and subordinates

  • Focus on building strategic alliances & partnerships, motivational, etc.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong ability to influence

  • Maintain visibility to key stakeholders globally - Research and technology, development, R&D sites, clinical, marketing, strategy, other BU leaders, clinicians, patients, etc. (through: travel, information sharing, performance metrics, strategy engagement, etc.)

  • A mature, confident and persuasive manager with strong leadership and team building abilities across all levels of the organization.

  • Assesses behavioral and cultural responses efficiently.

  • Openness to people, values and diversity

  • Flexible and tolerance of ambiguity

  • Social ability, extraversion

  • Emotional strength and stability

  • Intellectually curious & high levels of cognitive ability.


    Regular cross functional contact at all levels. Significant collaboration required with Strategy and Portfolio, Global Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs and R&D teams. May participate in a cross GBU programs, and manage external contract work. Frequent contact with customers and external service organizations.


  • Work usually performed in an office setting.

  • Significant time engaging customers in OR theatre and hospital or lab settings.

    • Up to 35% domestic and or international travel may be required.


    Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

    We can accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.


    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.


    It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

    This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here: http ://


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employe
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