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Sr. Manager, R&D Product Development

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Danaher Orange , CA 92856

Posted 3 months ago

Job Description: Job ID: KAV003091

About Us

KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community. KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential. KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments.


Position Overview:

The Sr. Manager, R&D Product Development is responsible for developing a strategically guided development plan to manage and lead Kerr's Endodontic Files product portfolio. The position includes interacting with Key Opinion Leaders to assess customer needs and potential development projects. The individual will possess excellent people skills, project management abilities and be able to identify and prioritize opportunities. Experience developing milestone based budgets and successfully leading the R&D department to on time completion of the needed projects within budget is a key requirement. This position works cross-functionally with other departments. This person must be able to manage a variety of team members, provide strategic input on long-range business plans, manage budgets, provide leadership across departments and ensure that all FDA, ISO and GMP regulations are being met.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads and/or manages mid-high complexity programs in R&D for the Endodontic Files and gutta percha product lines.

  • Manage all New Product Development (NPD) and Sustaining R&D activities for the Endodontic Files and gutta percha product portfolio.

  • Supervises staff of Mechanical Products group including Engineers, Research Associates, Design Quality, Project Managers and Technicians as directed.

  • Manages NPD projects through APD (Accelerated Product Development, Toll Gate) process as required; including organic developments, licensing, and private label projects. Accountable for on time delivery of NPD pipeline, project budgets and coordination of internal and external testing.

  • Manages all Sustaining activities for Files/Gutta Percha Products portfolio of products including design changes, international registration work, cost savings, quality improvements, and advising manufacturing on processing matters.

  • Provides input to Mechanical Products strategic planning process.

  • Manages Mechanical Products R&D budget for efficacy and safety testing.

  • Leads personal and career development for Mechanical Products R&D staff

  • Interacts with management in R&D, Clinical/Regulatory Affairs, Customer Care, Marketing, Operations, Quality Assurance, and Supply Chain to ensure successful product development and introductions.

  • Provides regular updates to all Stakeholders on project status and progress being made.

  • Contributes to improvements in product development process.

  • Identify innovation opportunities to add value to programs and products and provide value for our customer, beyond defined project scope and constraints

  • Maintain Design History Files in accordance with established Company's Product Development Process

  • Strong quality orientation and customer focus. Provide training and mentorship on good design control practice

Job Requirements



  • Bachelor's degree in a Mechanical Engineering or similar technical field
  • 8+ years of experience in product development, preferably in the medical device industry
  • 5+ years of experience in engineering management and/or technical lead, preferably in the medical device industry.
  • 3+ years of experience working with FDA and ISO 13485 requirements


  • Master's degree is a plus.

  • Metallurgy, CNC, Endodontic File engineering or R&D a plus

  • PMP or PGM certification a plus.


  • Outstanding track record driving projects to completion on time, within budget and in high quality.

  • Must be proficient in the use of project management tools to develop schedules, allocate resources, and establish program budgets

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience with all phases of product development (feasibility, core development, sustaining engineering, and cost reduction).

  • Excellent leadership skills and experience leading high-performance teams

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here 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.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available at:



Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and industrial solutions. Our globally diverse team of 59,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #144 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000% over 20 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you'll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

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Sr. Manager, R&D Product Development

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