• Director, Sustaining Engineering

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/2/2018 10:42 AM)
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  • Introduction

    Is This The Role For You?


    We hire smart people with big hearts.  People who have a passion for their work and who strive every day to help others. Our work requires bold and innovative leaders; people who bring strong values and ethics to their role.


    If you’re ready for a career that allows you to grow and develop into the professional you want to be – today and in the future….CryoLife is the place for you.

    Position Overview

    Coordinate, manage, and lead daily on-going engineering activities to support manufacturing, supply chain, purchasing, new product development, and the customer service groups.  Will also serve as the primary engineering focal point for product issues after release for production. Will work jointly with the Manager of Continuous Improvement to ensure all technical cost out activities are achieved. This cross-functional role will require developing and maintaining relationships and communications with key functional groups including R&D, Quality, Project Management, Finance, Process Development, Operations, Supply Chain, and Logistics. Champion utilization of Lean tools and Lean culture in Engineering.


    • Develop and foster a culture of manufacturing engineering excellence.
    • Oversee the manufacturing technology transfer of new products into Operations, continuous improvement projects and quality initiatives for existing medical device and tissue products.
    • Direct and manage the workflow of engineers and subordinate managers within the scope of assigned projects to ensure project plans adhere to agreed upon timelines and budget.
    • Mentor other Engineers and participate on cross-functional Lean Six Sigma teams to enhance quality of products/processes, address design issues, and maintain existing product lines within Operations.
    • Serve a key member of the Operations Leadership Staff and be the engineering subject matter expert for all technical and process engineering items.
    • Provide coaching, guidance, and performance feedback. Create professional development programs to enhance employee growth opportunities and output.
    • Assist in driving a Culture of Compliance as well as take lead as appropriate in the SQDCME operating mechanisms.
    • Oversee team metrics and objectives that ensure business goals are met and surpassed.
    • Lead initiatives within Operations (and delegate as necessary) to ensure accurate project prioritization and follow-up on timelines.
    • Responsible for identifying, justifying and requisitioning new capital as required.
    • Develops high-level plans, schedules, resource assignments, and budgets for larger sustaining projects that reduces product cost, minimizes product variations, improves product quality, targets standardization, pro-actively addresses obsolescence, and promotes commonality and reuse of assemblies, sub-assemblies and components in the product portfolio.
    • Appraises work performance, administers salary increases of personnel within the department, and provides continuous professional guidance and mentorship.
    • Delegate and manage tasks among team members as appropriate to their skill level and risk to the project.
    • Ensure employees are trained to do their work and their training is documented.
    • Establish and support a work environment/culture of continuous improvement that supports company-wide productivity improvement initiatives.
    • Works closely with peers in the R&D and Quality organizations to share best practices to develop engineering standards and processes, and to standardize communications and reporting to maintain a close working relationship to those outside the department.
    • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above.
    • Understand; uphold CryoLife Core Behaviors of Transparency, Integrity, Customer Focused, Inspires Others and Results Driven.
    • Provides technical support for analysis of field failures and customer returns.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field or with appropriate years of relevant experience.
    • 15 years’ experience within, medical device/pharmaceutical/biotech or related manufacturing operation.
    • Previous supervisory or management responsibility preferred at the Director level within the Medical device/Tissue Processing industry
    • Excellent teamwork skills and the motivation to help others.
    • Extensive knowledge of transferring new product processes to manufacturing.
    • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified (Black Belt preferred).
    • Comprehends Mechanical & Electrical drawings for Equipment & Facilities.
    • Inherent vision for production improvements.
    • Ability to manage the needs of the business while seeing to those of the needs of the individual as well.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks (delegation as appropriate) to completion.
    • Ability to screen, interview, and select appropriate personnel.
    • Ability to make decisions quickly in stressful situations.
    • Ability to anticipate needs and ensure they are planned for.
    • Ability to positively motivate staff to achieve excellence.



    Company Info

    Who We Are.


    CryoLife is one of the world’s contemporary medical device companies providing preserved human cardiac and vascular tissues, surgical adhesives and sealants, cardiac lasers and implantable end-stage renal disease access grafts for the repair of complex cardiac and vascular reconstruction surgeries. Since the Company’s inception in 1984, it is estimated that its products and tissues have been implanted in about 900,000 patients worldwide.


    CryoLife technology and products bring restoration and hope to people all around the world. CryoLife headquarters are located in Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.


    CryoLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

    CryoLife is committed to the philosophy of equal opportunity employment. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, veterans or other legally protected status.


    Reasonable Accommodations
    CryoLife is committed to providing reasonable accommodations both in the application and interview process, consistent with legal requirements. If you need a reasonable accommodation while seeking employment, please email ADA_Accommodation@CryoLife.com or call 770-429-5215. A Human Resources representative will return your call. Messages or emails for any reason other than accommodation requests will not be returned.


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