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R&D Product Development

Director Robotics & Controls - Instruments

  • Titel Director Robotics & Controls - Instruments
  • Functie R&D Product Development
  • Sub functie Robotics
  • Categorie Director, Robotics (PL9)
  • Locatie Santa Clara, California, United States
  • Gepost
  • [Close Date]
  • Referentie 2406172251W
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This job posting is anticipated to close on mei 01 2024. The Company may however extend this time-period, in which case the posting will remain available on www.careers.jnj.com to accept additional applications.


The Director of Robotics & Controls – Instruments, based in Santa Clara, CA., will lead their team in the design of robotic control algorithms for instruments to build a scalable OTTAVA robotic surgical business impacting millions of patients and expanding the capabilities of physicians globally.

At Johnson & Johnson Robotics and Digital Solutions, we're changing the trajectory of health for humanity, using robotics to enhance healthcare providers’ abilities and improve diagnoses, treatments, and recovery times for patients. Johnson & Johnson Robotics was established in 2020 with the integration of Auris Health, Verb Surgical, C-SATS, and Ethicon. It comprises three key med-tech platforms: Flexible Robotics (MONARCH®), Surgical Robotics (OTTAVA™) and Digital Solutions. Join our collaborative, rapidly growing teams based in the San Francisco Bay Area (Redwood City and Santa Clara), Cincinnati, and Seattle. You'll collaborate on breakthrough medical technologies that unite multiple subject areas to build a connected digital ecosystem that advances medical professionals’ skills and improves patient outcomes.

This director will be a key technical and strategic leader on one of the most exciting programs and J&J and in healthcare in general! The candidate must bring a strong blend of technical ability and people leadership to bear on this critical role. They must also balance depth in robotics with a passionate focus on understanding and meeting the needs of clinicians and operating room staff.


Lead and grow a team of 25+ engineers and managers across two geographic campuses in the development and implementation of algorithms to control sophisticated robotic hardware for OTTAVA

Establish team initiatives to achieve program goals and improve functional excellence

Champion teamwork between the OTTAVA Hardware, Systems Engineering, Software, and Robotics & Controls Instrument teams across the Santa Clara and Cincinnati facilities

Create and implement standard processes of software development lifecycle

Mentor senior managers, managers, and individual contributors

Maintain functional alignment within OTTAVA R&D leadership

Provide strategic robotic control mentorship to the OTTAVA Senior Leadership



·       A minimum of bachelors’ degree or equivalent experience in Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or similar Engineering field is required. An advanced degree is strongly preferred.

·       10+ years of industry experience in Research & Development or related functions is required

·       3+ years of people management experience with direct reports is required

·       Previous experience in robotic control algorithm design and implementation is required.

·       Understanding of robotics fundamentals (e.g. kinematics, dynamics, control theory, modelling, calibration, system characterization & identification) is required

·       Demonstration of successfully bringing complex products from concept to formal testing (e.g. verification & validation) is an asset.

·       Previous experience successfully launching medical device products is beneficial.

·       Demonstrated ability to effectively recruit, develop, manage and coach associates (including manager level talent) to strengthen organizational capabilities is highly desirable

·       Demonstrated success in partnering and influencing across a matrix environment is required.

·       Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse teams and partners is required

·       Ability to travel up to 10%, international and domestic, is required

The anticipated salary range for this role is $193,000-$312,110

For more than 130 years, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) have been part of our cultural fabric at Johnson & Johnson and is woven into how we do business every day. Our commitment to respect the dignity and diversity of all is embedded in our Credo.

We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences. We provide an environment not only to fulfill your career aspirations, but also to support your physical and mental well-being. At Johnson & Johnson, we offer a variety of outstanding health and financial benefits, including competitive compensation, 401k, pension, medical, dental, and vision insurance, exercise reimbursement, flexible time off, paid volunteer and parental leave, and more!

At Johnson & Johnson, we’re on a mission to change the trajectory of health for humanity. That starts by creating the world’s healthiest workforce. Through innovative programs and policies, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our employees and the ones they love! For more information on how we support the whole health of our employees throughout their wellness, career and life journey, please visit www.careers.jnj.com .

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..

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.

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