Job Listing - Olympus



Quebec City, Canada OR Waltham, MA, USA

Summary of the position

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Research & Development (SVP, R&D), this Senior Management position will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the combined NDT and ANI Business. The CTO contributes to business planning and ensures the organization’s technological growth while keeping up with industry and academic advancements in order to identify advanced technologies or markets. This position implies working in close collaboration with the SVP, Strategy & Marketing in order to secure the technological development with the commercialization of the products.

What you’ll be doing

Establish the technology development vision for the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) and Analytical Instruments (ANI) businesses including how to implement and incorporate digital technologies such as Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Secure Cloud, and Internet of Things.

Collaborate with the Strategy & Marketing department, the Vertical Market Leaders (VMLs) and product managers to create and maintain a 10 year Technology Roadmap based on knowledge of technology trends, competitive forces, market forces, and input from Business Development Managers (BDMs).  Maintain relationships with key technical contacts in Olympus Tokyo R&D and other Olympus Manufacturing Business Centers and Sales Business Centers for executing technology strategy.

Develop, deploy, and communicate R&D strategy for existing ANI and NDT product lines including the Technology Research Plan (TRP), the Technology Development Plan (TDP), and the Product Development Plan (PDP).  Maintain and update plans at least annually.  Provide advice to the SVP, R&D regarding ongoing PDP, TDP, and TRP efforts.  Review operational plans geared toward ensuring quality control, management, and improvement of our products.

Regularly visit current and potential customers in all vertical markets and ensure frequent follow-ups.  Identify customer unmet needs and engage the appropriate departments to determine feasibility and timelines for implementation.   Jointly document user needs for all vertical markets with BDMs based on customer visits.

Supervise the Director of Core Technology (and his/her team) to create revolutionary concepts that address customers’ unmet needs and potentially could become new product lines. Identify TRP, TDP, and PDP approaches and timelines for revolutionary systems.  Hire and develop top talent for the Core Technology Group. 

Provide professional technical expertise as needed.

Act as a senior leader in R&D by

  • Participating in the development of organizational goals and strategies;
  • Providing advisory support to senior management;
  • Taking an active role in strategic management activities;
  • Collaborating closely with other departments and functions in order to maintain a high level of communication;
  • Taking a proactive approach to problem solving by analyzing root causes and implementing both long and short-term solutions; and
  • Supporting the company's HR and Professional Ethics policies and programs. 

Using stakeholders’ feedback, produce analyses, reports, and make recommendations regarding the improvement of our product lines.

Take responsibility for intellectual property and actively analyze new ideas for patent disclosure.  Create and drive development of new patents and trade secrets.

Qualification required for this position

  • Proven experience as a CTO or similar role;
  • Master’s degree in an Engineering or Science Field.  PhD degree preferred;
  • 15 years of relevant professional experience in the industrial, analytic or scientific products industry specifically in the field of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) as a user, customer or developer.  Knowledge and expertise in Analytical Instruments (ANI) or X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) technology and applications is a plus;
  • Knowledge of Digital Technology and a vision of how to incorporate it in NDT and ANI products;
  • Excellent understanding of relevant markets and customer needs in terms of products and features;
  • Knowledge of technological trends (academic and competitors);
  • Extremely broad technical background (ideally systems, hardware and software);
  • Business acumen.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and influence stakeholders at all levels in the organization across multiple sites and in multiple countries;
  • Change management skills;
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems thinking and the ways to communicate systems design and technical concepts in a simple, straightforward way;
  • Ability to understand customer needs;
  • Broad understanding of other functions (marketing, production, quality, service) so that our product and technology vision takes into account the entire life cycle of the product.  This view of the system can become a big competitive advantage;
  • Excellent capacity for written and spoken communication in English. Fluency in both English and French languages is preferred.  Outstanding presentation and communication skills;
  • Exceptional team-oriented skills including the ability to listen, negotiate, and demonstrate transparency;
  • Places a high value on fulfilling commitments on behalf of the group and its members;
  • Creative and innovative;
  • Excellent judgment and professional ethics;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Results oriented and decisive;
  • Able to manage several projects and priorities at once;
  • Trustworthiness.

Important: This position offers relocation

To Apply or for additional information please contact:
Catherine Durand
1-418-741-2100 #213

18 December 2017 - 01 January 2018