Senior Research & Development Project Manager (Vascular)

Cook Medical
Employment Type
Not disclosed
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Lead the project management efforts for Research and Development projects through design, development and taking to market of medical devices for the Cook Vascular division.

Reports to: Research & Development Manager or Senior Research & Development Manager


  • Perform Duties of Senior Research & Development Project Manager:-
    • Project management lead for assigned projects.
    • Lead project management of projects and coordinate with technical leads to progress projects.
    • Establishment and management of routine team meetings to facilitate plan updates, decision-making, problem solving, escalations e.g. resourcing gaps, mitigations vs non-adherence to plan.
    • Assist with the introduction of best practice project management methodologies.
    • Maintains oversight on Project budget; manages project risks i.e. leads the development of risk register and mitigations with the project team.
    • Manage the key activities of the project and drive project tasks to ensure timely completion of project milestones
    • Generate and monitor project metrics, including ownership of communicating to team/s and senior management.
    • Responsible for realising business metrics within projects.
    • Work closely to build effective relationships with cross functional groups to achieve project and company goals.
    • Work closely with vendors as required to facilitate, plan development, monitoring and controlling.
    • Retrospective project reviews to understand lessons learned.
    • Compliance with Quality, Regulatory and company policies and systems.
  • Mentoring, coaching and development of direct reports if required.
    • Foster innovation and creativity within team and perform disclosure reviews.
    • Compliance with Quality, Regulatory and company policies and systems.
  • Communications:
    • Development, update and utilisation of the project stakeholder register.
    • Regular communication to cross-functional teams, senior management and business unit leaders.
    • Project status communications and reporting.
    • Ensure effective reporting to the R&D Manager or Senior R&D Manager
  • Remain on the forefront of emerging industry practices.
  • Instrumental in driving and implementing change to improve departmental and company performance.
  • Educating oneself in the medical area for which the new devices are being developed in order to have an appreciation for what needs to be achieved with these products.
  • Support other cross functional groups to deliver company goals.
  • Act as a delegate of the Research & Development Manager and the Senior Test Engineer.
  • Ensure that Cook’s Code of Conduct is considered in all business matters carried out on Cook’s behalf.


  • Proven Project Management methodology and skills.
  • Third level degree in Mechanical, Biomedical or similar discipline, Masters or Ph.D. level preferred but not essential.
  • Certified in Project management is essential.
  • Agile methodology is preferred but not essential
  • 7+ years’ experience is ideal in medical device industry.
  • Proven Project Leadership abilities.
  • Proven track record in delivering quality results in a timely effective manner.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology is preferred but not essential.
  • Good mechanical design and understanding of engineering fundamentals in medical devices.
  • Innovative/Creative individual.
  • Good manufacturing design and process understanding is preferred but not essential.
  • Good presentation skills (working knowledge of MS PowerPoint).
  • Strong technical writer.
  • Attention to detail and Quality focus.
  • Good working knowledge of medical device quality & regulatory systems and medical device directives (ISO13485 and FDA CFR 820).
  • Team Player with ability to develop strong working relationships.
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • An ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Highly motivated individual, self-starter with a passion for excellence.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to foster relationships with key stakeholders required to ensure on time project delivery.
  • Experience of medical device development from concept through to commercialisation.
  • Ability to effectively translate needs of clinicians and SBU into project inputs is preferred but not essential.
  • Willingness and availability to travel on company business.

About Cook Medical

Since 1963, Cook Medical has been finding solutions to improve the world’s healthcare problems for the patients and doctors we serve. As one of the world’s largest private companies, we have always operated with our patients, customers, employees and communities at our core. We do this, not only because it is good business, but also because we believe that being a good corporate citizen is the right thing to do.

Cook Medical has been in Limerick since 1993. Since opening, we have become a European headquarters for many of Cook’s business functions. With a global workforce of over 12,000, we employ over 950 people in Ireland who bring Endoscopy, Urology and Peripheral Intervention products from conception to commercialisation.

Research and Development in Limerick

Our mission with R&D is to invent, manufacture, and deliver a unique portfolio of medical devices to the healthcare systems of the world. Serving patients is a privilege, and we demand the highest standards of quality, ethics, and service in all that we do.

Our R&D team in Limerick is split into two divisions, Vascular and Medsurg. The R&D engineering teams are responsible for bringing a product from idea or concept all the way to market launch.

The R&D Vascular division in Limerick has two programs, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and venous therapies. The R&D engineers have the opportunity to create novel ideas within feasibility, learn and meet the requirements to bring a medical device through verification and validation, generation of a design history file and be apart of bringing a new product onto the market. All this is done through collaboration within small or large R&D teams and working with cross functional teams both locally in Limerick and globally with our siter companies.

Our employee benefits include:

  • Hybrid working – mix of remote & onsite
  • Company sponsored Defined Contribution pension scheme
  • Medical Health Insurance cover for you and your immediate family
  • Life Assurance and Income Protection cover
  • Educational Assistance
  • Performance related Bonus
  • Extensive health & wellness program including Indian head massages, healthy lifestyle seminars, mindfulness courses, physio sessions, flu vaccinations, nutrition talks
  • Fully equipped gym on site
  • 39-hour week with flexible start & finish times
  • Paid time off to participate in volunteer activities
  • Free parking
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Sports & Social club

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