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Director of Product Development

Galway, Ireland


Shape the Face of Cancer Treatment at Luminate Medical

Luminate Medical is Ireland’s most exciting and fastest-growing MedTech company. Emerging from NUI Galway’s BioInnovate programme, Luminate Medical was founded in 2018, and in 2019, was recognised as one of the most valuable growth stage companies in Europe. Since then, the company has been backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, Y Combinator (the US accelerator behind Dropbox, AirBnB and Stripe), and Enterprise Ireland’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund, and is aiming to launch its first product into the US market in 2024.

Our vision is to build innovative new products which revolutionise the patient experience of cancer treatment. Our first product is a wearable medical device to prevent hair loss caused by cancer chemotherapy in a portable, comfortable and effective way. Chemotherapy induced hair loss is a rapidly growing €8 billion global market with multiple established public companies in the industry. We’re seeking to recruit talented individuals with the ambition to drive the development of a new and innovative approach and join the management team at our Galway office.

Luminate Medical is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic.

The Role – Director of Product Development

The Director of Product Development will own and shape the product development cycle of a Class II wearable medical device, alongside a future pipeline of high-impact, patient-facing products for people undergoing cancer treatment. This role offers applicants the chance to join one of Ireland’s most valuable and well-funded growth-stage companies as a key early employee in a valuable leadership position. You will form part of the senior leadership group steering the growth of the company and its culture.

Working at Luminate Medical

  • This is a leadership role at a rapidly growing and award winning startup company. You will have an opportunity to own and develop the product development function of a high-impact patient-facing product.

  • We offer a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience (available on application).

  • We believe in quality of life in our product and for our people, offering a flexible benefit scheme, flexible working hours, work-from-home options and generous vacation policy.

What You Will Do:

  • Have hands-on ownership of the product development of an early-stage innovative medical device to full commercial launch. You will set product development priorities and take responsibility for prototyping, design specification, verification, and manufacturing.

  • Provide product development leadership within the organisation and take personal ownership of critical mechanical engineering, electronic design and product design tasks in the product development cycle.

  • Generate Intellectual Property personally and within your team, generating and recording new ideas and drafting disclosure forms.

  • Shape the structure of the R&D function at a high-growth startup company by recruiting, managing and further developing ambitious R&D talent.

  • Oversee and manage technology transfer to the manufacturing process, liaising with manufacturers and suppliers to deliver product specifications.

  • Create clear product development goals and design detailed technical work packages to achieve this. Allocate tasks to direct reports, create a clear sense of direction towards project goals, and manage team performance. Manage external contractors to deliver on time, cost, and performance targets.

  • Manage team compliance with the quality system, drive the development of the design history file and lead design reviews.

  • Lead your team in identifying key technical risks and mitigation strategies, reporting regularly to the wider team.

  • Provide input into overall company strategy as a member of the senior leadership team.

Personal Attributes – The Ideal Candidate Is:

  • A proactive team player with exceptional leadership qualities. You are able to build a team, create alignment on objectives and develop the skills and experience of your team members.

  • Resourceful, independent and self-motivated with a hands-on attitude.

  • Able to complete honest self-evaluation of progress towards objectives. You can give and receive candid feedback in a constructive and positive manner.

  • Willing to adopt, engage with and shape company culture in a positive manner.

  • Outstanding in written and verbal communication and collaboration skills. You are able to articulate ideas clearly and present on behalf of the company.

Experience Requirements – The Ideal Candidate Must Have:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ medical device R&D experience (preferably some in an SME environment), including team management and a clear philosophy in project management.

  • Played a significant role in bringing at least one medical device from early stage concept through FDA 510k or De Novo approval. You have an excellent understanding of ISO13485 and are comfortable leading compliance within a quality management system.

  • Demonstrated people management skills, preferably within a MedTech environment. You are able to recruit, on-board and develop excellent R&D team members. You have experience interfacing with regulatory, clinical and commercial team members and implementing their requirements into the product development process.

Experience Advantages – It Would be Advantageous to Have:

  • Experience working with wearable devices which integrate mechanical and electronic components. You can demonstrate experience in incorporating electronic design features into mechanical design concepts, and understand the challenges and regulatory requirements of garment design.

  • Experience writing grant applications or other technical writing experience.

  • Previous experience in Product Design and Human Factors Engineering.

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