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Materials Research Manager in Kloten, Switzerland at Nobel Biocare

Date Posted: 3/17/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: NOB002818

About Us

Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations – from single tooth to fully edentulous indications. We offer dental implant systems, high-precision individualized prosthetics and CAD/CAM systems, diagnostics, treatment planning, guided surgery solutions and biomaterials. We support customers throughout their professional and practice development. Our headquarter is in Zurich, Switzerland, and we have around 34 direct sales organizations worldwide. Nobel Biocare is a member of the Danaher Corporation, a diversified technology leader.


The Materials Research Manager is responsible for managing materials related projects within the Materials Research & Surface Technologies team. A key aspect of the role is a broad knowledge in general materials science.  To ensure reliable product supply and `best in class’ current and future dental products the candidate must have a wide understanding of material properties. The position further requires expertise on material specification establishment and handling within a regulated environment. Another aspect of the role is to provide support for root cause analysis and cross functional interactions.

Main tasks:
  • Responsible to define and control release of material requirements and specifications (e.g. in alignment with MDR).
  • Establish collaboration product development, procurement and regulatory affairs on material sourcing database
  • Establish a global network with internal and external collaborators, suppliers and vendors to achieve a state-of-the-art materials specification and classification database. 
  • Stay up to date with the latest releases of regulation requirements for materials (REACH, MDR; Prop65, etc.). 
  • Contribute to the development of the Materials Research and Surface Technologies team to achieve the teams strategy as defined by the business needs.
  • Responsible for planning, organizing, execution, and coordination of all materials analysis activities.
  • Failure analysis and complaints investigations of retrievals while using the analysis trends to provide feedback to product development. 
  • International travel activity: approximately 5-10%

Job Requirements


  • Master’s Degree required in Materials Sciences or Materials Engineering or related field.
  • A PhD qualification is preferred
  • Experience working in a materials research and/or regulatory environment within the Medical Device Industry.
  • Fluent in English, other languages are an advantage
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the capacity to lead, plan, organize and implement multiple concurrent projects and tasks within cross-functional and multi-cultural teams (matrix organization).
  • Pro-active and independent working style with a strong sense of responsibility and problem-solving working attitude.
  • Highly motivated and service driven personality with emotional intelligence skills.
  • Outstanding planning, organization and communication skills
  • 3+ years relevant experience working in an analytical/testing environment; in the Medical Device Industry is a plus.
  • Structured problem solving
  • Ability to work in cross functional teams
  • Display a passion for excellence and a willingness to go the extra mile
  • A positive mentality, stress resistant with strong internal motivation

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

To be considered for this role, applicants must be either Swiss citizens, EU-nationals or have the legal right to live and work in Switzerland. 

For agencies: please, note that we only accept direct applications. Submission of candidates from unsolicited third parties does not create any implied obligation on the part of Nobel Biocare/ Danaher group