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R&D Manager (R465530)





Portage, Michigan, United States

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Stryker is driven to work together with our customers to make healthcare better. In order to fulfill our commitment as a federal contractor, while focusing on the health and safety of our employees and those that we serve, Stryker is encouraging US employees as well as all new US employees joining our company to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Today or in the future, vaccination may be a requirement based on the essential functions of the specific role or applicable regulations. Please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements FAQs page for current vaccination and/or reasonable accommodation requirements and timelines.

Why join Stryker?

We are proud to be named one the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine! Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting

Our benefits include bonuses; commissions; healthcare; insurance benefits; retirement programs; stock based plans; paid time off plans; family and parenting leaves; tuition reimbursement; wellness programs; onsite fitness centers and cafeterias; discount purchase programs; and service and performance awards – not to mention various social and recreational activities.

Why engineering at Stryker?

At Stryker we are dedicated to improving lives, with a passion for researching and developing new medical device products. As an engineer at Stryker, you will be proud of the work that you will be doing, using cutting-edge technologies to make healthcare better. Here, you will work in a supportive culture with other incredibly talented and intelligent people, creating industry-leading medical technology products. You will also have growth opportunities as we have a culture that supports your personal and professional development.

Need another reason to apply? Check out these 8 reasons to join Stryker's engineering team:

Who we want

Managers who drive performance. People who implement process improvements and leverage the talent of their team to consistently increase performance and productivity.

Quality-focused team drivers. People who push their team to deliver the highest quality products and solutions in a timely manner.

Insightful advisors. People who can effectively coordinate and focus the work of skilled employees toward an important goal, prioritizing to the right activities that lead to success.

Effective communicators. People who regularly share relevant status updates and effectively articulate issues and recommendations to stakeholders and senior management.

What you will do

The R&D Manager position is apart of Stryker's rapidly growing Neuro and Spine business unit within the Instruments division focused on Powered and Smart Instruments. The position directs the activities of a cross functional team(s) in all phases of the research and/or development process. Teams can support design and technology relevant to multiple products, projects and programs. Collaborates with other functions within the business on the direction of basic research and development relevant to long-term objectives and concerns. Develops strategies to ensure effective achievement of business objectives and strategic plans. Monitors and evaluates completion of tasks and projects. Selects, develops, resources and oversees technology research needed to support portfolio road-maps.

The R&D Manager is responsible for research and development activities to meet organizational needs and to capitalize on potential new product opportunities. In this role, you will build and develop strong engineering talent with focus on competence, customer, and succession. Some responsibilities include:

  • Aids R&D team to understand the results and implications of research and development initiatives.
  • In partnership with Marketing, compares and contrasts latest developments and emerging issues in the industry segment, (business and technical considerations)
  • Coaches others on key facts that differentiate offerings from that of the competition.
  • Prepares, in conjunction with other R&D leaders, the research and development budget.
  • Promotes understanding of multiple product and service groups and their inter-dependencies. Monitors regulatory and environmental issues and considerations.
  • Oversees development activities of multiple products or product lines.
  • Advises colleagues on implementation and operational considerations.
  • Leads the selection, supervising, training, and development of a R&D team.
  • Will train others on functional area related topics.
  • Coordinate the activities of 1 or more exempt and/or non-exempt employees.
  • Evaluate the performance of 1 or more employee based on pre-established performance parameters.
  • Responsible for assigned subordinate's compliance with company policies and corrective action.

What you will need

  • B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, or Software Engineering
  • 8+ years experience
  • 3+ years people management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate small hand tools (e.g. pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, wrenches, etc.), power tools and test/inspection equipment.
  • Demonstrated mechanical/electrical design and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and management skills.

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About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, is driven to make healthcare better. We offer innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.

We are proud to be named one of the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine! Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting