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Director of Product Design

Company: W.L. Gore & Associates
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: July 1, 2024

Job Description:

About the Role: We are looking for a Director of Product Design to join our Peripheral R&D team. In this role, the associate will be accountable for defining product architecture and advancing product design capabilities to ensure products are developed in alignment with R&D and Operations/Supply Chain strategies that leverages and integrates technologies across product lines and across product lifecycles.

This position will be located at our facility in Flagstaff, Arizona, or in Phoenix, Arizona, with the possibility of a hybrid remote work arrangement, depending upon the responsibilities of the role and business needs.


  • Develop deep technical and historical knowledge of product design within the business, and stay current on industry state of the art
  • Develop and lead a team of experienced Design Engineers and technical Associates to advance product design capability and support NPD and commercial teams to ensure products are developed in alignment with R&D and Operations/Supply Chain strategies leveraging and integrating core, strategic, and enabling technologies across product lines
  • Leverage product design knowledge across product lifecycles, including concept development, NPD, and commercial manufacturing, to ensure product designs meet business needs, including all design requirements, manufacturability, and fitness for use
  • Collaborate with Design Assurance Leader to ensure products are developed and manufactured in accordance with customer needs, regulatory requirements, and industry standards
  • Collaborate with the Process Architect to develop design requirements to increase manufacturability, improve product and process reliability, and improve Operation's/Supply Chain's KPIs
  • Provide support to NPD and Commercial Manufacturing teams to identify and resolve product design uncertainties including support to complaint management and post market surveillance to ensure the completion of robust and timely complaint investigations related to product design
  • Inform Product Roadmaps and create aligned Technology Roadmaps with product, capability, and technology expertise
  • Drive business directed projects in alignment with Technology and Product Roadmaps
  • Support business and product Waterline and Risk Management activities
  • Establish clear expectations of equitable and inclusive behaviors from Associates and act immediately to appropriately address negatively impactful or unfair behavior
    Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in science or engineering
    • Minimum of 6 years of direct R&D experience focused on product design
    • Demonstrated technical depth with implantable medical devices and technologies
    • Demonstrated complex technical problem solving related to product design
    • Demonstrated experience effectively leading multidisciplinary engineering teams and ability to collaboratively influence cross functionally
    • Demonstrated track record of clear decision making and organizational alignment
    • Solid knowledge of engineering fundamentals, user requirements, and the ability to apply this knowledge to manufacturing, product design, and technology development
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret technical data including Design of Experiments
    • Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining an inclusive work environment with clear understanding of equitable practices
    • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time
      Desired Qualifications:
      • A minimum of 10 years direct R&D experience focused on product design or reducing technical uncertainties associated with product design
      • Project management skills
      • Experience developing technology road maps

        Hybrid Working Arrangements are permitted for Associates in the continental United States (US) and Canada, with appropriate approval and compliance with Gore's hybrid working policies, from the country in which they are employed.

        What We Offer: Our success is based on the capability and creativity of our Associates, and we are proud to offer a comprehensive and competitive total rewards program that supports your everyday and helps you build your tomorrow.

        We provide benefits that offer choice and flexibility and promote overall well-being. And in keeping with our belief that every Associate should share in the collective success of the enterprise; we provide a distinctive Associate Stock Ownership Plan in each country as well as potential opportunities for "profit-sharing". Learn more at gore.com/careers/benefits

        We believe in the strength of a diverse and inclusive workplace. With diverse perspectives, ideas and experiences, we uncover new possibilities and make a greater impact in the world. We are proud of Associates for building on our rich history of innovation, upholding our values and supporting an inclusive work environment where we treat each other and our external partners with fairness, dignity and respect.

        Gore is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, status as a qualified individual with a disability, genetic information, pregnancy status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a covered veteran, gender identity and expression, and any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.

        Gore is committed to a drug-free workplace. All employment is contingent upon successful completion of drug and background screening. Gore will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, e.g., arrest and conviction records, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws.

        Gore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the U.S. Gore generally will not sponsor visas unless otherwise noted on the position description.

        Our Talent Acquisition Team welcomes your questions at gore.com/careers/contact

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