Edwards Lifesciences Senior Manager, Balloons R&D in Irvine, California
Edwards Lifesciences is looking for a Senior Manager to lead the Balloons R&D team to pioneer next-generation balloon technology in support of our balloon expandable transcatheter heart valve replacement platforms. This position will support product development efforts in our aortic, pulmonic, and mitral valve replacement devices as well as develop new balloon technologies to address the anticipated needs of future applications. This team is responsible for the balloon development cycle from concept through design verification and then providing technical support to balloons manufacturing.
Partner with the product R&D/NPD teams to translate finished device requirements to the balloon component level
Survey emerging technologies in the balloons and polymer science space and explore novel applications to support company strategic goals
Identify practical ways to apply new balloon/polymer technologies to improve current and next generation products
Develop and execute a long-term strategy for examining new designs, materials, processing methods for next-generation product concepts
Work with clinical partners to continuously develop/improve test methods to better predict balloon performance in the clinical environment
Promote knowledge sharing within the team and across teams/functions; actively develop engineering talent and acknowledge good work
Represent the Balloons R&D team to other internal technical partners as well as to business unit senior leadership
Develop, communicate, and execute the strategy for the technical team to solve complex technical issues
Partner with manufacturing sites to develop new/improved/optimized process technology
Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science or other relevant engineering/technical degree
10+ year of professional experience in the medical device industry
5+ years of experience in polymer product development including experience with balloon blow molding
3+ years of experience in a technical management role
Proven track record in technology development and/or early-stage R&D; capable of articulating a strategy for progressing towards a loosely defined research goal
Proven successful project leadership skills
Preferred Qualifications :
Excellent problem-solving, organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills including high discretion/judgment in decision making
Ability to foresee and manage risks within current projects and/or technology
Ability to influence cross-functional partners, business units, and/or sites
Ability to interact professionally with all organizational levels and proactively escalate issues to appropriate levels of management in the organization
Ability to work and excel within a fast paced, dynamic, and constantly changing work environment
Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 13,000 individuals worldwide.
For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.