Senior R&D Pilot Team Supervisor

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Fridley – Minnesota, US, 55421

Company: Heraeus

Senior R&D Pilot Team Supervisor
Location Fridley – Minnesota
Full Time

Together we improve lives. At Heraeus Medical Components, we leverage our breadth of expertise in material science, leading-edge technologies, and supply chain excellence to build sustainable and successful partnerships with medical device OEMs. As a result, the work we do is felt and trusted by our partners and the patients who rely on them for life-saving and life-changing medical devices.

As a global company with 10 locations worldwide, we are committed to the growth of our teams and sites. Our vision is to improve 100 million lives each year, and to accomplish our vision, we have built a culture of curiosity that thrives on challenge, continuous learning, and the opportunity to take risks and try new things. Good ideas are celebrated here, so join us as we act boldly, think openly, work thoughtfully, and with our partners, improve patient lives worldwide.

Heraeus Medical Components is part of Heraeus, a FORTUNE Global 500 listed technology group. The group’s roots go back to a family pharmacy started in 1660. Today, the Heraeus group includes businesses in the environmental, electronics, health and industrial applications sectors. Heraeus is one of the top 10 family-owned companies in Germany and holds a leading position in its global markets.


This position will be part of a dynamic team responsible for the production of small and pilot scale builds of medical devices and medical device assemblies.

The following challenges await you:

  • Ensure a safe work environment for all R&D pilot projects and compliance with all health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Provide technical leadership and operational oversight of R&D pilot team (approximately 13 employees).
  • Partner with design development and Process Development to optimize and implement new processes and technology at the pilot scale.
  • Train the team in the functional tasks necessary to successfully perform their duties.
  • Schedule activities of pilot team employees and ensure the tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • Provide personnel career development, coaching, and feedback including performance management discussions with each direct report.
  • Train and oversee compliance with Quality Assurance policies and procedures that relate to the pilot team.
  • Write and review standard operating procedures, batch records, and deviations reports.
  • Assist in managing raw material receipt and release system.
  • Assist the quality team to keep the equipment in a functional and calibrated state.
  • Develop and monitor metrics to track operational performance.
  • Develop goals and set priorities to meet safety, business and quality needs of customer on-time and in-full.
  • Lead initiatives for the continuous improvement of safety, quality, and operations.
  • Ensure Pilot Operators are clocking in jobs correctly, following work instructions, data entry
  • Follows set training program for position and ensures training requirements are up to date. 


Your profile:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business or related discipline required
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a laboratory/pilot team/R&D environment and a minimum of 2 years of management experience.
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership and managerial skills as a supervisor
  • Experience in catheter, leads and guidewire manufacturing processes is desirable.
  • Successful demonstration of leadership, management, teamwork, in manufacturing or technical operations
  • Must be detail oriented, accurate, and have excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Knowledge of safety, quality systems, and quality assurance concepts is required.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Good written and verbal English skills
  • Embraces change as a necessary part of Company growth



Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis