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Danaher Corporation Sr. Director, Research & Development – Microbiology in West Sacramento, California

Wondering what’s within Beckman Coulter Diagnostics? Take a closer look.

At Beckman Coulter Microbiology, we have a mission of ensuring every patient has access to the right antibiotic at the right time. This is the reason we exist as an organization. And it matters because antimicrobial resistance is a one of the top global health threats. As the gold standard in antibiotic susceptibility testing accuracy, and through our ability to see emerging antibiotic resistance, we serve a unique and critical role in helping care providers successfully fight infections and make good antibiotic stewardship decisions.

The Sr. Director, Research & Development – Microbiology for Beckman Coulter is responsible for strategic leadership of new product development and sustainment within our Microbiology business! Based in Sacramento, CA in a hybrid capacity, this role will be a part of the Microbiology senior leadership team and report to the President of the business. Successful leaders in this role collaborate closely with business leadership to drive operational excellence.

If you thrive in a leadership role, are passionate about developing people and continuous improvement, and want to work develop novel solutions to address the global health threat of antimicrobial resistance, please read on!

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Be the strategic and operational leader of R&D, providing technical and organizational leadership

  • Develop strong differentiated product roadmaps in conjunction with other business leaders

  • Ensure delivery of agreed NPI roadmaps within time, cost and quality standards; applying Danaher Business System (DBS) tools to drive effective sustainable processes and problem solving

  • Relentlessly focus on attracting and developing talent, building organizational capability and strong, diverse R&D teams

  • Identify and lead large-scale transformation initiatives

  • Act as cross-functional champion between Program Management, Product Management, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, commercial sales, Clinical Affairs, Operations and R&D teams.

  • Actively search for best-in-class technologies to support and develop the innovation roadmap

  • Partner closely with our intellectual property (IP) team to proactively implement an IP strategy, including patent rights and trade secret protection, for new and future products

  • Be accountable for our R&D budget planning and management

Essential Experience and Qualifications

  • Masters’ Degree or higher in engineering, life sciences, or related field with 16+ years of experience – Includes 6+ years leading people.

  • Significant experience in R&D/product development in a regulated medical device field and global approach including leading mixed hardware, assay/reagent, software development, and data science capabilities

  • Proven track record of product development under design control and medical device directives, product development strategy & leading concurrent NPI projects of varying complexities

  • An innovation mentality, with passion and demonstrated ability to drive culture change through innovation and creative problem solving

  • High energy, “get things done” person with proven track record in leading transformation and building strong delivery focused R&D teams

  • Proactive and data-driven decision maker; results and delivery oriented; ability to perform under pressure

  • Upbeat and proactive leader with sufficient gravitas to influence across the organization, build key relationships at all levels, inspire change and empower others

  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, problem solving skills, and the ability to deal with complexity

  • Travel may be required up to 25% of time

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • Prior Invitro diagnostics experience preferred

  • Experience with augmented reality solutions is a plus

This position is located in Sacramento, CA. The greater area is filled with opportunities whether you like metropolitan, suburban, or rural lifestyles the area has all options available. The area has a reasonable cost of living, abundant sunshine, and ethnic diversity. The greater area has professional sports, museums, and entertainment options with a unique blend of history of the West, not to mention easy access to every outdoor activity possible from sun and sand to snow. Sitting in the heart of the Central Valley, the metro area is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork movement. Residents have access to an abundance of fresh, locally sourced foods from nearby farms, wineries and breweries.

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.