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Manager or Sr. Manager, Research

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Arlington, TN 38002
Job Description


Overall Purpose

The Manager or Sr. Manager of Research is responsible for managing a team of technical support personnel to ensure high quality and timely completion of research projects identified as having significant impact on the company’s short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals for introduction of new products and new technology.

Principal Responsibilities

+ Identify, plan, implement and control all research activities required to support new product introduction.

+ Develop comprehensive plans for above and work with Product Development to ensure timely support of that function.

+ Manage projects to budget and time allotment.

+ Prioritize activities and allocate resources for greatest effectiveness.

+ Assist Regulatory with submissions as well as answering questions during the review process.

+ Identify and evaluate the commercial feasibility of new product ideas and technologies.

+ Remain current and educate others on new global standards related to materials and testing.

+ Maintain good relationships with internal and external personnel; facilitate cross-functional team building to decrease time-to-market.

+ Mentor direct reports, preparing them for greater responsibility, and help them achieve success.

+ Exercise independent judgment in problem solving involving policy, procedures and practices that affect subordinate and interaction with other departments. Exercise considerable discretion in decision making.

Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Skills Requirements

This position must deal on a daily basis with abstract and conceptual problems within her/his team and also with other teams within the organization. This individual must be team oriented and demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

1. Testing and analysis experience in a medical device company (or equivalent) with demonstrated progressive levels of accomplishment.

2. Excellent analytical skills

3. Excellent knowledge of domestic and international testing standards for orthopedic devices

4. Ability to conduct independent research on a variety of topics including new technologies

5. Excellent presentation skills.

6. Demonstrated leadership skills by successfully leading teams, projects, and/or people

7. Moderate travel required; 15%

8. Demonstrated skill in the management and mentoring of subordinates

Related Skills:

1. Must be able to handle multiple tasks/projects and manage priorities accordingly.

2. Must have a high tolerance for ambiguity.

3. Must be able to grasp complex business issues and logically develop solutions.

4. Must be able to work in a team environment and exert influence without alienating others.

5. Must be extremely well organized with strong attention to details.

6. Must have strong mentoring skills.


All Research and Development employees including Research and Testing/Analysis functions must follow all internal processes related to HCP consultant interaction, and may be in a position to initiate and verify HCP consultant’s services per the processes. Research and Development employees must follow all reporting guidelines for business expenses as they pertain to HCP interaction and involvement. All R&D employees are responsible for completing quarterly safety training per corporate policies on-time. All Research and Testing/Analysis employees must follow Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), all FDA and EU directives for laboratory data collection and storage, and all MPO procedures related to lab safety.


This position is accountable for leading personnel in Research and Testing and Analysis. Minimal supervision is required for this position.

Experience Requirements

Manager, Research: minimum 5 years of related experience Sr. Manager, Research: minimum 7 years of related experience

Experience in a medical device company (or equivalent) with demonstrated progressive levels of accomplishment is required.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Material Science or related field (Master’s preferred)

All candidates: Please completely fill out the online application and attach a resume that includes your current role, experience, education and contact information.

For internal reference, the Manager is a level 8 and the Sr. Manager is a level 9.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: MicroPort Orthopedics is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at MicroPort via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of MicroPort. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by MicroPort as a result of the referral or through other means.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or © consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35©

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