Director of Engineering / Groningen

Organisatie: Johnson & Johnson
Locatie: Groningen
Functie: Director of Engineering
Vervaldatum: 01/07/2021
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Reporting directly to the Surgical Vision Global IOL Platform Engineering Director, the Groningen Supply Chain Engineering Director will be responsible for leading and directing all engineering & technology activities within the Groningen site while actively participating in and leading elements of the Platform Engineering initiatives, designed to progress and improve performance across the IOL Platform manufacturing network.

The core purpose of the role is to lead and manage the manufacturing and process engineering functions in J&J Surgical Vision site in Groningen. This will involve the development & delivery of technologies and solutions to support quality performance, improvement in process reliability and enhancement of value to our customers and shareholders. The role with require the use of project management, lean manufacturing, six-sigma, manufacturing excellence and innovation management principles and tools within the site and will be accountable for the execution of elements of global engineering & technology strategies.

The successful candidate will be a member of the site leadership and IOL Platform engineering management teams and will possess a strong strategic vision and a willingness to be hands-on in all aspects of manufacturing and supply chain operations as appropriate. 


The scope of responsibilities encompasses the engineering activities to support the J&J Surgical Vision operations based in Groningen, Netherlands .

The engineering functions provide support to the manufacturing site throughout the entire product life cycle:

  • Collaboration with R&D at early stage of products development to provide design for manufacture guidance
  • Development of manufacturing processes for new product introduction/product transfer including new equipment and technologies procurement, commissioning, and validation
  • Execution of strategic initiatives such as capacity growth and product transfer, both into and out of the manufacturing site.
  • Continuous process improvement to drive and improve site quality, cost reduction and productivity goals and metrics
  • Advanced Engineering projects to support innovation pipeline and future growth
  • Leadership of talent acquisition and development
  • Support the continuous development of engineering excellence through the effective use of talent in in key assignments.
  • Qualifications


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Degree in Engineering, Science or a related Discipline.
  • A minimum of 8 years relevant business experience and minimum of 5 years’ experience in the Life Sciences industries (Medical Device, Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical).
  • Manufacturing and / or Engineering management experience in FDA or other regulated environments from design to production
  • Experience in conceptual manufacturing equipment/process development, design and implementation, planning and scheduling and project management of capital projects
  • Experience new product introduction and in managing cross functional teams.
  • Program and project management qualifications and expertise working with multi-functional teams in an engineering/operational environment.
  • Track record in business case development in a technical environment and associated record of significant improvements in industry
  • Must demonstrate working knowledge of process development and validation, including design of experiments, statistical analysis, Equipment maintenance

  • Desirable/helpful

  • An advanced degree such as MBA, MSc/Ph.D. in Science, Engineering, or a related Discipline
  • Experience with managing a Maintenance function in a regulated industry
  • Automation experience for low to medium volume production
  • Experience working in a CNC manufacturing environment
  • Material Science or Metallurgy experience
  • PMP or comparable Certification and familiarity with J&J Project Management approaches (FPX & Project Delivery Process) is helpful.
  • Professional Engineering Registration is helpful.
  • Minimum Six Sigma green belt certification.
  • Lean Manufacturing experience in a regulated environment

  • Flexible work ethic.
  • Strong influencing skills – Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Problem solving skills – To assist in maintaining project progress and on design issues.
  • Decision Making – Required to make decisions on technical and management issues.
  • Degree of responsibility – Must be capable of managing and developing the team.
  • Excellent Planning & Organising Skills
  • Extent of Confidentiality – Discretion is essential in view of contact with outside parties, product development strategies & regulatory.
  • We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

    Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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