Manager, Emerging Technology, Product Research Engineering

Align Technology   •  

San Jose, CA

8 - 10 years

Posted 243 days ago

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The Manager, Emerging Technology, Product Research Engineering , is responsible for a talented team of mechanical and bio-mechanical engineers in the execution of our research and development focusing on exploring emerging technologies.  The person in this role should have a keen interest and knowledge in current trends of technologies and making a technical advancement.  The manager will define the objectives and milestones to achieve the project goal, determine the timelines to accomplish these goals, provide technical leadership to the team members in the execution of the projects and deliver the project on time.


  • Participates in defining the team road-map and the plan toward product release
  • Demonstrates strong technical leadership and participates in all aspects of new technology exploration and early product development
  • Be responsible for study design, project management, statistical data analysis, and data interpretation
  • Analyzes and investigates product research engineering tasks and prepare design specifications
  • Interacts with software and material engineers and project managers to define application requirements and/or necessary modifications
  • Work with your manager and other cross-functional teams to identify possible improvements to product performance
  • Designs product prototypes with bio-mechanical test models
  • Simulate real world conditions and measure outputs using sensors etc.
  • Demonstrates strong mechanical aptitude and ability to master complex systems with sound mechanical principles
  • Defines procedures to evaluate product performance and conduct bench top testing. The testing may cover efficacy, reliability, verification, and validation
  • Documents test protocols in accordance with FDA regulations
  • Collaborates with manager and cross-functional team in creating product and test plans
  • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation and growth of the group
  • Manages engineers in the delivery of all committed projects on-time, on-scope, and adherence to corporate standards and quality
  • Evaluates team and individual performance and makes compensation recommendations
  • Motivates, mentors, coaches, and guides individual team members for their professional growth
  • Communicates with professionals in the field at all levels and transition information into product improvement
  • Understands span of control to escalate or delegate issues to appropriate levels


  • A ‘can-do’ proactive attitude, high energy, and creativity are required
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, written, and visual communication skills, with ability to present findings concisely and effectively
  • Solid understanding of agile product development principles and apply them effectively in product development cycle
  • Quickly learn and assimilate new business processes, ideas and concepts to formulate conclusions and deliver results


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering related field, and/or equivalent experience
  • Master of Science or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and/or equivalent experiencepreferred
  • 8+ years of hands-on experience in product research and development
  • 3+ years of experience in managing a team of engineers/scientists
  • Experience in managing multiple research or development projects in parallel
  • Experience in early product development, like conceptualization of new products/methods to proof-of-concept
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills with a solid analytical and statistical background