BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Vice President, Platform Engineering - Vascular Management Solutions and Injection Systems in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

Job Description SummaryThe VP Platform Engineering will lead a multifaceted Platform Engineering comprising of Systems Engineering, Design and Development Engineering, Concept Development, Intelliport, Vascular Care, Vascular Prep representing various product platforms and has a strong influencing role over the direction of virtually all product platforms and projects in the VMS and Injections organization. The VP Platform Engineering will collaborate closely with his/her commercial colleagues to develop new innovative products that continue to solidify a market leading position and also lead the company into adjacent areas which will enable the company to serve their customers in a broader manner.

The VP Platform Engineering will lead successful execution of over 25+ projects annually for a $2+B business with >200 associates across North America and Asia, and, will have to build a strong working relationship with multiple functions and VP/GMs of various product platforms.

Working with Business Leaders, Functional Leaders, and other R&D Leaders, this role will ensure the smooth integration of the VMS and Injection businesses and technologies into MDS. This leader will be very hands on when required, and also have the skills required to both evaluate and develop strong leaders on his or her team with capabilities that align to the strategy.

Primary Functions:

•Functional Excellence

•Systems Engineering

•Systems Verification

•Design Assurance

•Technology Development

•Design and Development

•Design Verification and Validation\

•Innovation and Concept Development (SSS stages 3 and 4)

•Program Execution Management (from Idea to Market)

•Project Execution Dashboards and Process discipline

•Strategic Review preparation

•Resource Management

•Program/Project Financial Management with the PMO

•Adherence to GPDS, GPDS Processes

•Advanced Development Execution and Innovation Management partnership with the Architecture and Innovation function

Primary Focus and Success Factors for role:

•Strategic partnerships (including contracting and outsource partners)

•Product development – design to commercialization

•Solutions focused, customer centric

•Design Control and Quality Focus

•Execution and Drive for Results

•Process excellence; Process expert and sharing best practices for project management

•Cross-function facilitation and execution

•People leader

•Drive and assertiveness + relational

•Global Product Development System

Primary Responsibilities:

•Strategic Project Planning and Goal Setting

•Functional and Technical Excellence

•Innovation Pipeline management

•Project Prioritization and Portfolio Alignment

•Delivering results and ensuring timely and robust delivery of the product development portfolio.

•Collaborating with key functional partners such as Marketing and Medical Affairs to drive innovation inside existing markets and identify new growth and portfolio opportunities.

•Managing capital and operating budgets, setting/hitting key milestones, and upgrading organizational capabilities.

•Working closely with Marketing, Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Legal, and Finance, along with other BD entities such as BD Technologies, to ensure R&D plans and strategies are integrated with broader business unit and company activities.

•Attracting, developing, and retaining the strong team required to execute the strategic plan and provide for succession planning.

•The VP Platform Engineering, is expected to lead and support activities in the following categories:

•Product Engineering: support and lifecycle management for all existing products including manufacturing, maintaining quality, regulatory compliance and cost improvement.

•New Product Development: responsible for the next generation of products including execution of ideas and concept to advance/augment existing product portfolios. Ensure technical rigor, governance structure and distributed phase gate structure.

•Innovation: feed the new product development funnel. Develop external relationships, understand the voice of the customer, market direction and technology direction while setting an aggressive pace.

•Champion for practical application of the Global Product Development System (GPDS) and improve the process for maximum effectiveness. Drive execution of product development activities that are cross-functional and multi-site. Instill discipline and process to the product development effort in order to provide timely completion of milestones, remain within budget, and foster innovation and teamwork throughout the company.

BD is seeking a special individual who has the ability to articulate a compelling overarching vision that is inspirational and is rooted in improving the lives of patients around the world. This leader needs to be very hands on in ensuring executional success by balancing the strat and the tact (strategic and tactical focus) when required, but also has the skills required to evaluate and develop strong leaders on his or her team with capabilities that align to the strategy.

The VP Platform Engineering is expected to work closely with executives leading other businesses and functional departments to develop and execute well-reasoned, comprehensive plans. This role will be responsible to meet effectively the Company’s objectives for product development, as well as those targeted for licensing and/or acquisition. The successful candidate must be capable of assuming leadership of a large, distributed cross-functional team, directing it to reach progressive milestones in a cost effective and timely manner.

Job Description

The successful candidate will have a proven record of product development and leadership in the medical device industry with a minimum of fifteen years of experience and at least ten of those in R&D leading a complex product portfolio for a $1B+ business from an engineering design standpoint. S/he should be comfortable with the execution of all aspects of product development including design, development, verification and validation and other issues relevant to the final commercialized product.

The candidate must have solid R&D experience employing modern, lean product development methodologies across large multi-disciplinary teams.

The candidate will have a reputation and record of effective collaboration with peers, subordinates and superiors as well as outside advisors and customers. S/he should also have a demonstrable history of actively partnering with the clinical community to capture and develop new product ideas, as well as to help understand and communicate key technological advancements. The candidate will have earned an undergraduate degree, preferably in engineering. An advanced degree will be advantageous.

The candidate must be an effective team builder, able to bring out the best in people through both coaching and by example; he/she must cultivate R&D leaders at the next level who can do the same. S/he must be an excellent communicator who radiates compassion, integrity and loyalty to BD and respective customers, employees and shareholders.

The following skills and abilities are requirements for the role:

Critical Skills and Competencies

This role requires excellence in the following critical competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking: Proven capabilities leading strategic planning efforts within R&D, and contributing to strategic planning efforts at a business unit and enterprise level. Demonstration of both strong technical skills and good business acumen – the ability to connect R&D efforts to a broader business strategy.

  • Collaboration and Influence Skills: Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide array of constituencies, including business peers, technical experts throughout the company, and outside partners. Excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to vary their style effectively to influence people in different situations.

  • Change Leadership: A proven leader – someone who is able to not only align a team, but to persuade people to think and act differently as the company evolves. A strong communicator, able to identify the right “levers” to influence both team members and non-direct reports in order to get results.

  • Results Orientation: A track record of delivering results. Proven ability to set stretch targets and deliver multiple projects, on time and on budget. Inspire others to get the best from their people, and willingness to take steps to make processes more effective and efficient.

  • People Development: Able to attract, develop, and retain a strong team. An effective coach and mentor, using both individual input and leveraging company HR processes to build a strong bench.Leadership Success Factors:

  • Ability to drive and execute program deliverables in a complex, large R&D organization.

  • Trusted and effective communicator

  • Balance functional and business requirements (matrix structure) with a bias towards customer centricity

  • Good clinical practices and product development compliance

  • Solutions oriented; understands full product lifecycle management

  • Managerial courage – engages in debate and decisive

  • Global - Builds organizational relationships on a global scale, drive global integration

  • Cross functional partnership to design, develop and commercialize a product; “Integrator mindset”

  • Operates across multi-locations seamlessly

  • Demonstrated agility and willing to be mobile

  • Personal commitment to the mission of BD and engaging leadership to inspire leaders and associates to higher performance

  • Disciplined in assumption and metric-based decision making;

  • Exceptional quantitative, analytical, written, verbal skills;

  • High technical capability in medical device software;

  • Ability to develop and present complex business reviews/presentations; provide clear thinking;

  • Powerful influencing skills with ability to gain support from all levels of organization while overcoming barriers to progress;

  • Strong cross-functional leadership with a proven ability to work within a matrix environment

  • Self-driven and highly collaborative; high personal accountability;

  • Possessing and displaying credibility and relevant knowledge to diverse audiences

  • Operates on the basis of trust and generates engagement with the team & individuals on the basis of open dialogue;

  • Drives the “crucial conversations” about identifying gaps in performance and confronting low/marginal performance


An Undergraduate degree in an engineering field is required; an MS or Doctoral degree is highly preferred and an MBA desirable.

Primary Work LocationUSA NJ - Franklin Lakes

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