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Date: Sep 20, 2022

Location: Lakewood, CO, US

Company: Terumo BCT, Inc.

Requisition ID:  29601  


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, our 7,000+ global associates proud to come to work each day, knowing that what we do impacts the lives of patients around the world.


We make medical devices and related products that are used to collect, separate, manufacture and process various components of blood and cells. With our innovative technologies and service offerings, we touch a patient’s life every second of every day and are committed to continuing to increase the number of patients we serve.


With some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, an unmatched global footprint, comprehensive benefits and a distinct culture, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a great place to work, grow and be part of a team that is focused on making a difference. Consider joining our team and unlock your potential. 

JOB TITLE:  Director, Global R&D Platform Leader – CTT (Cell Therapy Technologies)



The Director, Global R&D Platform Leader is the single point of contact for all R&D product development activities for CTT (Cell and Gene Therapy) portfolio, encompassing products and solutions generating approximately US$65m global revenue for Terumo BCT. This role will use the latest engineering tools and reliability methods to manage and develop an organization that includes Systems, Disposables and Equipment Engineers and Technicians to ensure development of products to robust standards. This role leads 1) worldwide R&D product development of equipment and disposables to enable sales growth across both developed and emerging markets, 2) product lifecycle management (PLM) processes to deliver the global platform strategy and 3) development of global value-propositions in partnership with global Marketing cohorts.  Additionally, this leadership role is an intimate business partner that influences and executes the business strategy to ensure best-in-class development and commercialization aligned to market trends, our customers and patients. Beyond product and technical platform considerations, the Global R&D Platform Leader will be tightly aligned with Ideation, Business Technology Lead, Global Marketing, Services, Clinical/Scientific Affairs and Sustaining & Software Engineering to address the broader needs and aspirations of global customers.  This role fosters innovation and enables creative solutions that meet both internal and external customer needs, while ensuring world class quality and product safety.


  • A data-driven, patient-centric leader who is inquisitive, innovative, and comfortable challenging the status quo
  • Have a proven track-record of success of delivering product launches on time/on budget in the medical device/life science industry
  • Skilled at partnering with key stakeholders to manage complex processes within a matrixed environment and work effectively in a consensus driven and collaborative company culture
  • An effective communicator, a self-starter, and can drive change through influence
  • Sees challenges as opportunities and is steadfast in creating winning solutions



  • Operates as the global “go to” leader for the platform and owns issue resolution, platform lifecycle management and strategic development focused on innovating the platform and business model to take share and expand the addressable market:
    1. Participates in the short- and long-term planning process that establishes technical objectives for a business unit project or functional engineering group
    2. Applies technical and managerial expertise to evaluate proposed solutions, adaptations, and modifications to products used globally
    3. Works across diverse regional and functional boundaries to promote collaboration and teamwork to achieve business objectives and project timelines
  • Responsible for the review, evaluation, and development of engineering teams within a cross-functional environment
  • Effectively communicates with senior management and external customers across a spectrum of areas related to product development including technical, strategic, and business details
  • Infuse innovation through all stages of the product lifecycle
  • Identifies new project and product opportunities and is able to articulate value and risk of opportunities
  • Ensures product design and documentation meets FDA and global regulatory requirements
  • Ensures compliance with TerumoBCT’s Quality System, regulations and safe working practices
  • Effectively engages with customers and other medical professionals





  • Bachelors’ degree in engineering is required
  • M.S. or PhD degree in Engineering combined with management degree preferred



  • Minimum 15 years progressive experience, 10 of which have been in a management capacity
  • Minimum of 5 years medical device industry or similarly regulated industry
  • Experience developing products in the cell and gene therapy area preferred
  • Partnership credentials with cross disciplinary teams such as product management, marketing management, manufacturing, services, sales, IT, legal, clinical, regulatory affairs and quality, project management, HR functions, and other functions within an organization.


Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to solve practical problems and interpret and communicate complex engineering requirements in a manner that optimizes product flexibility without compromising quality standards
  • Leverage whole systems thinking approach to elevate software integration across device platforms (application, analysis, embedded, security, etc.)
  • Capacity to define and communicate engineering challenges and provide guidance to top management in developing and implementing positive and proactive solutions 
  • History of success with building products that meet customer needs and quality standards required in a regulated industry
  • Knowledge of current FDA regulatory and ISO requirements and trends affecting medical devices
  • Advanced understanding and application of Design Controls, Quality Management System to product development
  • Makes it Happen Together: Navigates uncertainty and leads through change by focusing on desired results, creating vision, and executing collaboratively
  • Brings Out the Best in Others: Creates an inclusive and trusting environment where associates and teams are engaged, developed, and can contribute their best
  • Champions a Growth Mindset: Observes and listens with curiosity to customer and market needs, experiments with new ways of working, and learns from successes and mistakes
  • Experienced with program and project management methods and tools
  • Culture/Motivational Fit – can thrive and work in a VUCA environment (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity), and willing to travel with flexible work hours driven by global time zones



Typical Office Environment requirements include: reading, speaking, hearing, close vision, walking, bending, sitting, and occasional lifting up to 20 pounds.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


10-20% travel required


Target Pay Range:  $180,000-$226,000  -  Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data
Target Bonus on Base:  30.0%


At Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies, we provide competitive total reward offerings that consist of compensation, benefits, recognition, along with a wealth of other well-being, work-life and recognition programs which support in unlocking the potential for you and your family. Included in our expansive list of benefits offerings are multiple group medical, dental and vision plans, a robust wellness program, life insurance and disability coverages, also a variety of voluntary programs such as group accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, pet insurance and much more. To help you save for retirement, we offer a 401(k) plan with a matching contribution and for work-life balance we have vacation and sick time programs for associates. For us, it’s about protecting the personal welfare of our associates and their families, helping to achieve personal goals and offering those extra touches for convenience, security and overall peace of mind.


  • Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is part of Terumo Group, founded in 1921 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
  • In 2019, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies reached $1 billion in revenue.
  • We employ nearly 7,000 associates globally, with global headquarters in Lakewood, CO, U.S., and regional headquarters in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Tokyo.
  • We manufacture devices, disposable sets and solutions at our facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Vietnam. Our global presence enables us to serve customers in more than 130 countries.
  • Our core values help set our direction, guide our actions and keep us true to our corporate mission of contributing to society through healthcare.
    • Respect – Appreciative of others
    • Integrity – Guided by our mission
    • Care – Empathetic to patients
    • Quality – Committed to excellence
    • Creativity – Striving for innovation
  • We contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), raising $1.3 million USD since 2007.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  All applicants will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service.


Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure working environment. Our Colorado campus locations are tobacco-free workplaces and we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and detailed background verification. Absent accommodation permitted by applicable law, as a condition of employment with Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies in the United States you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide valid proof of vaccination to the company.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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