Global Head – Design and Characterize (m/w)

  • Roche
  • Germany
  • Jan 17, 2018
Full time Business Development Management

5 Jobs

Job Description:

Job description

As key functional matrix leader in our global organization, you will be accountable for delivering product characterization, design and development services of R&D programs at Roche Diabetes Care (RDC). You will ensure that project priorities are clearly defined and that projects are running. You also manage the assignment of technical resources and diverse skill in the matrix organization to support Global DC RED as well as product development projects together with other functions in global R&D. You prepare for a seamless handoff of customer solutions to the Test and Validate organization. While ensuring technical excellence, you will be a catalyst for continuous improvements and grow relevant skill sets.

Furthermore you will be responsible for the following:

  • Improving speed to market, reducing costs, and assuring product quality within Global R&D
  • Supporting agile allocation of Global Design and Characterize resources while overseeing the definition of sound technical design within projects.
  • Providing and maintaining infrastructures required for R&D Design and Characterize
  • Building up and supporting the sustainable implementation of a successful global organization with more than 100 technical leaders and employees
  • Leading by example, inspiring and creating a growth oriented environment for people. Ensuring appropriate skills and continuing education for Global Design and Characterize staff.
  • Maintaining robust communications with senior Global R&D and Executive Business Leadership teams and/or strategic external partner service organizations.
  • Proposing and implementing strategies to enhance engagement and organizational efficiency in collaboration with key internal partners and stakeholders.
  • Partnering with Global and/or site specific HR and Finance to successfully implement and maintain organizational structure, resource strategy and budget.


Job Requirements: 

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

You are looking for a business environment where you can impact the future success of the Diabetes Care business and further development of its R&D.

You are an experienced leader in global environments with at least 10 years of functional leadership experience and exceptional communication skills.

In addition you will bring the following skills and experience:

  • Master Degree in technical discipline required; MBA or other advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Undergraduate and/or post graduate background in the biological and/or engineering sciences preferred.
  • Demonstrated business and scientific acumen; strong project management and multi-tasking skills.
  • More than 15 years of experience in leading R&D projects, +10 years leadership experience in a global environment and strong intercultural competences
  • Experience in working in an agile environment and extended agile project management skills
  • Understanding and knowledge of regulatory requirements for medical devices
  • Strong strategic and leadership ability for a large organization with proven capability to interact with all levels of the organization in a professional manner
  • Demonstrated leadership, including active listening, coaching and mentoring skills
  • Extended communication skills, solution orientation, and ability to influence and inspire people
  • Ability to think strategically, independently, creatively, and purposefully while managing multiple global projects skill sets and respective deliverables
  • Effective coordination and collaboration with other departments
  • Drive for change, innovation and continuous improvement, advancing ideas into action
  • Strong ability to multi-task and prioritize as well as effective decision-taking
  • Energetic to drive change and find solutions quickly and effectively, taking into account the impact to other teams cross-functionally 

The position is based in Mannheim with travel requirements up to 50% internationally.

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