Vice President of Engineering

This is a cornerstone position in the design, development, and advancement of New Product Development (NPD) initiatives. This vacancy is to be filled with a highly creative, seasoned, hands-on Engineering Leader, who has a strong background in the design, development, and commercialization of Fully Automated Capital Equipment. The desired candidate has a demonstrated background in Mechanical Engineering and will lead/participate in NPD programs for new applied automated bio-systems and devices from conceptualization through development and commercialization, including, idea generation, research, evaluation, product design, feasibility analysis, value assessment, product introduction, field application and commercialization. This position leads development initiatives internally in addition to managing external consulting and design firms, along with collaborating with university research initiatives to accelerate NPD initiatives. The position reports directly to the CEO.


Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Directs all engineering teams R&D and design teams from conception to successful commercialization. 
  • Provides technical direction and oversight for all aspects related to mechanical, electrical, optical, and vision engineering design for bio-devices and systems, by applying a broad multi-disciplinary knowledge across multiple fields of engineering and applied sciences (heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, pneumatic and drive systems, electrical and controls systems, vision systems, HMI, material science and mechanics across system and process design).    
  • Conceptualizes, Invents, Designs, and Develops Automated Mechanisms for Bio-Devices and medium to large size Automated Bio-Systems by creating robust, reliable designs with complex electromechanical, electro-pneumatic, user interface, and fault tolerance requirements. 
  • Coordinates all Engineering Development with design reviews, multi-disciplinary teams, and product management.
  • Assures full compliance with ISO Quality System requirements for all developments and documentation.
  • Integrates new technology, techniques, and concepts to enhance functionality, simplify designs, improve reliability, and reduce production costs.
  • Works with Manufacturing Engineering and Contract Manufacturers to plan and execute Design for Manufacturability and Design for Testability activities. 
  • Works with Bio-Process development team members to identify and mitigate development risks and produce development plans. 
  • Manages and leads improvements of full documentation for all engineering efforts to support business needs in coordination with the TBD MRP system.  
  • Ensures standardization of documentation systems and compliance of standards by all design engineers.  
  • Responsible party for safety compliance.
  • Manages schedules, develops timelines and resource allocation for engineering design of projects; and tracks deliverables for projects to achieve projected completion dates.
  • Leads product risk analysis activities.
  • Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with a minimum of 25 years of hands-on design engineering experience including 10 years of cross-functional executive team leadership roles. 
  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, inventing, architecting, designing, validating, and implementing complex multi-functional electro-mechanical, vision systems, pneumatic, and fluid measurement/dispensing systems/subsystems.
  • Demonstrated design and implementation experience utilizing a wide range of fabrication techniques and processes, including Metal/Plastic Molding, Laser Cutting, Welding, 3D Printing, Material Forming, Machining, and Casting for variety of materials.
  • Strong hands-on knowledge of 3D CAD and engineering analysis software.
  • Working knowledge of robotics/automated systems, motion control/stepper servo systems, machine vision systems, Laboratory/Medical/Bio-Medical equipment/instrumentation, and applicable standards is highly desirable.
  • Broad multi-disciplinary engineering knowledge in new product development/introduction, cost reduction, Product Life Cycle analysis & management, design validation, and quality improvements with emphasis on mechanical, pneumatic, and fluid control systems and problem-solving techniques related to automated equipment. 
  • Experience with and working knowledge of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and design for Six Sigma, DFM, DFT, and DFR. 
  • Knowledgeable in product safety regulations, such as CE, NEC, NFPA, and OSHA requirements and application to machine safety.       
  • Previous experience with Automated Capital Equipment Design is a MUST, experience with Bio-Medical equipment/instrumentation is preferred.
  • Interactions with biological/scientific disciplines within previous design activity is a plus. 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage time effectively.   
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 
  • Experience with Engineering Change Management processes is a Must.
  • Experience retrieving, interpreting, and communicating field data is a plus.

Working Conditions: 

This position will be an office-based role and will occasionally work with cross functional teams in the Lab, manufacturing floor, 2-4 trips per quarter to visit suppliers, and customer sites meetings.