Associate Director, Product Development

Pleasanton, CA, United States
Feb 18, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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As a proven and experienced leader in program and project management, this individual is responsible for leading a variety of Development Projects assigned within the CoolSculpting® technology portfolio. The Associate Director Product Development works closely with functional leaders in planning resources, resolving conflicts and improving processes to ensure company commitments are met. The individual is a champion of cross functional collaboration, and drives processes that help the business define and compares competing opportunities, and executes on chosen projects leveraging mature and proven project management methodologies. This individual has a key responsibility to drive accountability and help identify appropriate trade-offs that ensure products are delivered on time, within budget and at the targeted maturity to ensure high manufacturing yields and market leading quality and reliability.

In addition, this individual is expected to provide input and ideas as part of product roadmap and technology planning processes, and demonstrate strong business acumen with a customer centric perspective.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned.):

  • Plans and directly manages complex cross functional projects that may include external resources and contracted companies.
  • Works closely with product development functional management, and other non engineering functions to gain resource commitments and resolve issues.
  • Formulates Design and Development Plans in consultation with cross functional team leaders.
  • Liaises with Project Management Office to provide project performance metrics, budget management and tracking, variances to development plan and identification of corrective actions.
  • Co-ordinates between projects, maximizes synergies, and helps resolves resource conflicts.
  • Demonstrates strong business acumen with a customer centric perspective.


  • BS degree - Aerospace, MS degree - Engineering (concentration Engineering Management).
  • 10+ years in a project management role
  • 25+ technical experience in an engineering design, NPI, manufacturing and engineering leadership.

Additional Requirements:
  • Experienced in development of products within a structured design and project management methodology.
  • Working knowledge of clinical environments and direct experience with end customers.
  • Proven excellence in the use of project management tools and methodologies.
  • Proven ability to lead teams and achieve challenging objectives with direct and indirect management of functional resources.
  • Experienced in developing products for the medical devices industry, in an environment employing ISO and FDA quality system regulations.
  • Competent working knowledge of development and quality system processes for medical Devices and software.
  • Proven record in process development and improvement.
  • Ability to define problems, gather data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions and recommendations.
  • Working knowledge of clinical environments and direct experience with end customers.
  • Strong business acumen with a customer centric perspective.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills, with an analytical and problem solving mindset.

  • Ability to multi-task and complete assignments on time.
  • Occasional travel (typically
  • Responsible for performing all duties in compliance with FDA's Quality System Regulation (QSR), ISO13485, the Canadian Medical Device Regulations, and all other international regulatory requirements with which ZELTIQ complies.

Language and Verbal Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret engineering specifications, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, specifications, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in English. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and customers. Ability to clearly and concisely convey project accomplishments, obstacles, issues, and project status.

Math Skills:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in complicated, advanced engineering or mathematical formats.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear; up to 8 hours per day. The employee is regularly required to lift and carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 25 pounds. Duties also involve daily keyboard data entry. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

Most work is performed in an office-like setting. The noise level in the environment is usually low to moderate.

Requires regular presence in a (clinical or engineering or animal) laboratory setting where protective equipment or other health and safety measures and training are required to protect against chemical, biological or other hazards.. Noise levels may be high.


ZELTIQ is committed to the health and safety of our employees. We expect that all employees will perform their responsibilities while maintaining a safe, cooperative, and productive work environment, thus ensuring the health and safety of themselves and others.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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