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VP of R&D

Company: Swoon Group
Location: Somerville
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

The Vice President, Research & Development will lead all product development engineering efforts for the company. He/she will have responsibility for directing the mechanical design, electrical, hardware, software, and firmware development and deployment efforts to ensure effective development of new products and improvements to existing products. The VP of R&D will also be responsible for leading a team of engineers who will develop high quality innovative products while meeting project timelines. A key focus of the role is to provide strong technical and engineering leadership coupled with equally effective project management skills.

  • Develop, direct and maintain a system to manage all product development programs and projects, including a rigorous review process, in order to ensure attainment of key milestones and adherence to product specifications, timelines and budgets.
  • Lead the engineering teams to promote a high-performance, results-driven environment with a strict adherence to project management requirements.
  • Support Marketing in developing a strong product pipeline and a portfolio of marketed products that are differentiated and provide competitive advantage for the company.
  • Formulate and implement the long-term strategy with respect to new and emerging technologies that advance company objectives.
  • Attract, develop and retain top talent for the R&D function, while motivating staff to continually improve its performance.
  • Drive all R&D aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) to ensure Freedom to Operate, working with lawyers, designers/architects/scientists, as required, to write/submit patentable inventions.
  • Manage university and other external research collaborations
  • Work with Quality to ensure products are developed and validated in a manner that complies with global regulatory requirements
  • Directly responsible for the establishing and managing the R&D/Engineering budget
  • Ensure that the research and development organization provides technical assistance to other departments. Key Requirements The VP of R&D will possess strong technical knowledge and vision and have a demonstrated history of leading engineering teams in the development of new lab automation systems, bringing these products to market on time and within budget.
    • Bachelors in Engineering, Mechanical/Electrical or equivalent required.
    • PhD in related field strongly preferred.
    • Minimum of 15 years of experience in progressive engineering and product development leadership roles within global companies that develop, manufacture and sell complex automation robots to the lab.
    • Integrated software and hardware system engineering and project management skills are required.
    • Experience in setting and scaling the research and development function, with the proven ability to attract, inspire, motivate and retain top tier talent.
    • Proven ability to establish, articulate and implement a concrete product development strategy that clearly aligns with corporate and commercial goals.
    • Executive team experience preferred
    • Track record of success working closely and collaboratively with marketing and product management teams.
    • Experience with distributed teams and business partners.
    • Experience developing, managing and executing detailed engineering plans
    • Experience successfully managing hardware and software teams required. Fill out the form below to submit information for this opportunity. Please upload your resume as a doc, pdf, rtf or txt file. Your information will be processed as soon as possible.

Keywords: Swoon Group, Somerville , VP of R&D, Executive , Somerville, Massachusetts

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