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Vice President - Research and Development 




The Vice President, Research & Development at Freedom will be responsible for executing on the Company's overall technology vision, shaping its technical strategy, and driving its development execution that will firmly place Freedom as the leader in providing cutting-edge prosthetic applications to the market. This person will recruit world-class talent, manage the appropriate development methodologies, and create the proper organizational structure to drive a high performing development team to deliver these solutions to the market with relentless execution. This person will keep abreast of and influence technology trends, standards, and stakeholders which will further enhance adoption and market share of Freedom's solutions, and work in tandem with the other members of the executive team as well as the marketing team to further define our product roadmap and deliver against it. This person will have the ability to bridge technology with business acumen, will bring experience in developing industry leading products, and will develop and sustain a culture of passion, hard-work, and innovation that will make Freedom the place to be for anyone interested in developing next generation prosthetic solutions.


The Vice President, Research & Development will lead all product development engineering efforts for the company. He/she will have responsibility for directing the mechanical design, electrical hardware, software, and firmware development and deployment efforts to ensure effective development of new products. The VP of R&D will lead the identification, monitoring and, in conjunction with business development, the licensing/acquisition of new technologies and alliances that can be incorporated into the company's current and future products. The VP of R&D will also be responsible for leading a team of engineers who will develop high quality innovative products while meeting project timelines. A key focus of the role is to provide strong technical product leadership coupled with equally effective project management skills.

  • Develop, direct and maintain a system to manage all product development programs and projects, including a rigorous review process, in order to ensure attainment of key milestones and adherence to product specifications, timelines and budgets.
  • Lead the engineering teams to promote a high-performance, results-driven environment with a strict adherence to project management requirements.
  • Support Marketing in developing a strong product pipeline and a portfolio of marketed products that are differentiated and provide competitive advantage for the company.
  • Formulate and implement the long-term strategy with respect to new and emerging technologies that advance company objectives.
  • Attract, develop and retain top talent for the R&D function, while motivating staff to continually improve its performance.
  • Support the identification, monitoring and, in conjunction with business development, the licensing/acquisition of new technologies that can be incorporated into the company's current and future products.
  • Drive all R&D aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) to ensure Freedom to Operate, working with lawyers, designers/architects/scientists, as required, to write/submit patentable inventions.
  • Manage university and other external research collaborations
  • Work with Quality and Regulatory Assurance to ensure products are developed and validated in a manner that complies with global regulatory requirements for Class I and Class II medical devices
  • Directly responsible for the establishing and managing the operating budget
  • Ensure that the research and development organization provides technical assistance to other departments.
Position Requirements

The VP of R&D will possess strong technical knowledge and vision and have a demonstrated history of leading engineering teams in the development of new medical device products, bringing these products to market on time and within budget.

  • Bachelors or advanced degree in Engineering, Mechanical/Electrical or equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in progressive research and product development leadership roles within global companies that develop, manufacture and sell complex medical devices.
  • Integrated software and hardware system engineering and project management skills are required.
  • Experience in setting and scaling the research and development function, with the proven ability to attract, inspire, motivate and retain top tier talent.
  • Proven ability to establish, articulate and implement a concrete product development strategy that clearly aligns with corporate and commercial goals.
  • Medical Device Regulatory, Quality Assurance and Compliance experience.
  • Experience with distributed teams and business partners.
  • Prosthetics or robotics experience is not required, but considered a plus.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Executive Vice President - Research and Development  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number ADM-19-00002  
Location California  
About the Organization Thank you for your interest in job openings at Freedom Innovations. Every day, extremely talented men and women bring their skills and motivation to work at Freedom Innovations. The company's innovative technologies provide top-quality, high performance prosthetic devices for individuals with lower limb amputations. Although we have offices in the United States and Europe, all products are designed and manufactured in the United States of America. With 25 issued patents and 20 product brands sold in over 40 countries, our prosthetic devices lead the industry in both reputation and performance. Freedom Innovations is and equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
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