R&D Manager

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Salary: £60,000 - £65,000 pa + benefits
Reference: PS / BBBH15593
Type: Permanent
Sector: Other Business Support, Key Accounts & Projects
Deadline: 27/03/2022

The company

Brewster McBride are pleased to be working in exclusive partnership with a West Yorkshire based Medical device manufacturer who are looking to recruit an experienced Research and Development Manager from the medical device sector

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a company with ambitious growth plans over the next few years with new products/R & D playing a significant part in this. 

The job

The R&D Manager will be responsible for strategic oversight of the R&D department, delivery of NPD projects, modifications and upkeep of existing products and DHFs, as well as the day to day line management of a small team. 

Reporting to the board of directors, the role will involve:

  • Overall responsibility for the delivery of all NPD projects;
  • Responsible for the R&D team 
  • Ensure projects are fully scoped, resource requirements are identified and business cases are established for all NPD projects;
  • In conjunction with the R&D and Sales/Marketing teams, responsible for establishing and maintaining a ‘product pipeline’ to meet the strategic aims of the company;
  • Ownership of the Project Review Meeting as a mechanism to keep projects on track and ensure key stakeholders receive up to date communication;
  • Programme management for the R&D department, combining NPD projects, existing product modifications, DHF updates and departmental improvement projects;
  • Working with the Quality and Manufacturing departments to make updates to existing products as a result of Non-Conformances and planned improvements;
  • Own, maintain, review and update the Design Control Process to ensure the system is compliant whilst being as streamlined and efficient as possible;
  • Provide technical support to all projects and R&D staff;
  • Provide direction and line management of all R&D staff, including:
    • Regular 1 to 1’s
    • Objective setting
    • Staff Development Reviews
    • Generation of training plans
    • Performance management
    • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Generation of reports to provide regular communication to the Executive Team as well as the Board of Directors;
  • Hold regular team meetings to ensure good communication throughout the departme

The person

This is a key role for the business and they are looking for someone from the Medical Device industry with a good knowledge of R&D.

The specific kind of experience we're looking for includes:

  • An Engineering, Science or Technical degree;
  • Substantial experience in new product development of medical devices;
  • Proven experience of delivering NPD projects from concept to final release;
  • Demonstrable project management skills;
  • Good knowledge of design control and stage gate processes;
  • Awareness and understanding of ISO13485 and medical device regulations;
  • Excellent leadership skills; able to motivate and inspire staff, providing technical support and guidance;
  • Open and collaborative style; must be comfortable working in an environment where ideas are shared and challenged

The benefits

This is a key role for the business and on offer is a competitive remuneration package including flexible working and flexitime. 


Pete Shillito
Associate Partner – Manufacturing and Engineering
Brewster Partners Recruitment Group


To apply for this job, please send your CV to the email above or to info@brewsterpartners.co.uk quoting "Vacancy: R&D Manager, Reference: PS / BBBH15593". Thank you for your interest.