Head of Product & Systems Development

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Sedgefield, England
£62,000 - £78,000 per annum - dependent on experience
Full-time - Permanent
07 Jul 2024 - 23:45
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About CPI

CPI helps make great ideas and inventions a reality. We’re a team of intelligent people using advances in science and technology to solve the biggest global challenges in healthcare and sustainability.

Through our incredible people and innovation infrastructure, we collaborate with our partners in industry, academia, government, and the investment community to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative products.

From health technologies and pharmaceuticals to sustainable food and materials innovations, we turn the entrepreneurial spirit and radical thinking of our people and partners into incredible impact that makes our world a better place.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

We are looking for a Head of Product and Systems Development to deliver technical excellence by leading and developing a multi-disciplinary team to design, develop and implement a range of end-to-end products and systems in a variety of ISO certified HealthTech fields that delight our customers. This includes developing a systems strategy that can be applied to the HealthTech ecosystems to consistently provide state of the art innovative solutions. 

Within this role you will be expected to coordinate resources and provide guidance, direction, and delivery over the aspects of key target markets:

  • IVD — Advancing diagnostic reagent, device, and reader development and scale-up.
  • Wearables (& patient monitoring) — translating technology from printed and flexible hybrid electronics into wearable solutions.
  • Sensor technologies — accelerating development of sensing capabilities and miniaturisation thereof.
  • Connectivity – Enabling the digital network by connecting the dots between software and hardware.

Key tasks in the role will include (but are not limited to the below), please download the job description for full details available on the CPI careers page:

  • To drive functional strategy to advanced systems engineering through processes and design practices and to further develop and define the future structure of the technical team to be scalable as the business grows.
  • To design, describe, and manage solution engineering to match with specific client and business problems providing the core infrastructure(s) and services. 
  • To lead multiple projects, both in engineering and science activities throughout the products and systems development full lifecycle.
  • To deliver customer feature functionality, product quality, reliability, serviceability, manufacturability, regulatory, compliance, and cost.
  • To act as a credible partner to Bid Development teams, actively involved in defining and advising on the technical elements of bids, in order to develop a programme of works and direct customer engagement.
  • Seek out and engage in business development opportunities where appropriate, providing critique, approval, construction and content of proposals.
  • To provide specifications according to which the solution is defined, managed, and delivered.
  • To coordinate across technical functions to provide the optimum solution.
  • To improving the cross-functional processes within the engineering and sciences teams, striving for high level of efficiency and effectiveness in execution.

The person we are seeking

It is essential that you are educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a Science or Engineering subject. It is also essential that you: 

  • Have strong leadership capabilities of leading a team of technical experts. 
  • Can demonstrate evidence of building and managing teams that integrate hardware, software, firmware, people, information, techniques, facilities, services, and other support elements in multidisciplinary system designs.
  • Actively demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge in systems development and is viewed as an authority in Systems Engineering by peers and managers.
  • Can evidence the ability to elicit and translate customer needs into specifications that can be realised by the system development team.
  • Experience working in a medical device industry.
  • Working to and experience of an ISO13485 operational environment.
  • Familiarity of applicable EU Medical Device Regulations, e.g., MDRIVDR.
  • Experience of direct and indirect line management.
  • Representation of the company at customer meetings and conferences.
  • Experience of building projects with collaborators and customers.

It would be great if you were also qualified in: 

  • ISO13485 Medical Devices.
  • ISO14971 Medical Devices Risk Management Assessment.
  • Electronics Engineering — ISO60601 Medical electrical equipment.
  • Software Engineering — ISO62304 Medical device software.


  • Medical device software in accordance with IEC 62304 and FDA guidance.
  • Supporting marketed products.
  • A working knowledge of device clinical trials (from the device perspective).

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 36 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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