Organisation Context

Neo-Bionica, a joint venture between the Bionics Institute and the University of Melbourne, is set to transform lives through the development of innovative medical devices. The first medical device development facility to be built in Australia, Neo-Bionica will provide scientists and engineers with world-class medical device testing and manufacturing capabilities.

Neo-Bionica will grow Melbourne’s reputation as a global biomedical powerhouse and world leader in the development and manufacture of medical devices.

Position Summary

Working very closely with the CEO and CTO, the Project Director will be the point of contact for new enquiries and be responsible for ensuring Neo-Bionica resources are coordinated to provide competitive project proposals and management of customer relationships. The incumbent will build strong and influential engagement with the Neo-Bionica engineering and manufacturing teams to facilitate smooth and effective delivery of design and engineering projects to our clients.

The Project Director will be the key liaison to Neo-Bionica’s clients for all commercial questions related to the scope of work, deliverables, and timeline of the projects. The incumbent will be in charge of project costing, pricing and tracking, in partnership with Neo-Bionica’s financial controller. Working closely with the System Engineer and engineering team, the Project Director will be responsible for project change management as well as for scoping and selling subsequent phases of work to existing clients.

The Project Director will be responsible for the development, execution, and continuous improvement of the Neo-Bionica project management processes and procedures. The Project Director will be actively involved in the strategic plan of the business to help define the direction of the design and development offering.

The Project Director will report to the CEO of Neo-Bionica.

Objectives of this Role

  • Ensure high quality deliverables from the design, engineering, and manufacturing teams in line with the commercial commitments made to Neo-Bionica’s clients
  • Achieve company objectives through effective project planning and performance
  • Establish long-lasting relationship with upcoming and existing Neo-Bionica clients to support the growth of the business
  • Build Neo-Bionica project management capability and skills. In the mid-term, the role will include attracting, building, and leading the team of project managers at Neo-Bionica

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

  • Participate to projects planning and estimations during the proposal phase
  • Develop detailed commercial proposals, working closely with the CTO for technical input and with the engineering team for detailed planning
  • Manage projects and eventually supervise projects when the project management team will be in place
  • Identify knowledge gaps within the organisation and explore plans to meet those gaps
  • Follow organisational policies and regulations that affect Neo-Bionica
  • Solve problems for clients and customers by developing tailored R&D proposals
  • Participate actively to Neo-Bionica strategic plan

What is Needed for Success?

  • Background in the design and engineering of medical devices or similar highly regulated products
  • Proven experience with taking medical devices from ideation/concept to product manufacturing
  • Committed to continuous improvement of the business, through both process excellence and effective coaching of the teams

Selection Criteria

  • Strong project management experience
  • Strong medical device design and engineering background
  • Outstanding and persuasive communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in delivering customer outcomes, showing both empathy and assertiveness
  • Passion and drive. Energetic and enthusiastic, able to generate strong followership in the team
  • Possess deep knowledge of business product offering and value proposition
  • Excellent mentoring, coaching and people management skills
  • Knowledge of TGA and FDA medical devices development pathway
  • Knowledge of quality and regulatory environment (ISO9001, ISO13485 etc.)
  • Financial and budget management

Full position description


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If you believe you meet the requirements for this position, please submit your application via SEEK. Please include a CV and a brief cover letter addressing the selection criteria. 

Applications close on Friday 2nd October 2021.

For further information about the Project Director position, please contact the Chief Executive Officer Ludovic Labat Ph.D., by email: [email protected]

Neo-Bionica is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute maintains a smoke free workplace and a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards.