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Director, Biomedical Engineering - On Site

City of Hope
Duarte, California
Closing date
May 25, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biomedical Engineering
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Full Time
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Director of Biomedical Engineering is responsible for the enterprise strategic management and vision of the biomedical engineering programs across the clinical and research enterprise at the City of Hope. This role is responsible to think strategically about the implementation of the program, the planning for the future and the effective operation on a day-to-day basis. The leader is responsible to advise the organization on standardization of equipment and ensure smooth processes are put in place to procure, install, and maintain the equipment. In addition, this role will ensure all program elements are continuously compliant with the Joint Commission and any other regulatory agency and lead survey when needed. It will be an expectation that this role will set strategic goals for the department and manage budgetary considerations while continuously evaluating efficiency and opportunity for budget or operational improvements aligned with the organizational direction. This role will be responsible to advise on all technological advancements and lead efforts related to safety, compliance, and technology in conjunction with the Safety, Research, Facilities, and IT departments. Close integration with our IT security and compliance teams to ensure safety and security is effective will be critical.

Key Responsibilities include:

Sets the Strategic Vision for the Business
  • Works with leadership to develop long range roadmap and vision for all biomedical and clinical programs with a target on operational excellence
  • Oversees the management of comprehensive services for planning, specification, tracking, shipping, warehousing, installation, inspection and servicing of medical, non-medical and other equipment and support systems necessary to meet requirements of multiple healthcare facilities.
  • Evaluates Asset Life Cycle Management programs and initiates capital prioritization and planning on an ongoing basis.
  • Provides leadership and professional development of the Medical/Research Equipment Planning and Capital Planning Groups consisting of internal medical technology planning staff and external medical equipment planning consultants, logistics coordinators, project managers, analysts and others, as required.
  • Recommends best practices to ensure adequate planning and design is accomplished prior to purchase of any equipment outside of department
  • Possesses an in-depth knowledge of medical/research equipment life cycle costs to strategically generate medical equipment replacement plans and assists in forecasting medical/research equipment related fiscal budgets.
  • Works with IT to evaluate network cyber security and recommend enhancements
  • Serves as a key member of the Enterprise Capital Governance Committee
  • Responsible for developing capital equipment strategic initiatives including standardization, utilization, aggregation and cost savings initiatives.
  • Champions quality improvement efforts to align with enterprise quality standards

Ongoing Management of Biomedical Program
  • Develops and manages policies and procedures to run the operations of the business effectively
  • Executes daily service calls and work order management systems and measures effectiveness
  • Develops consistency to asset management program in conjunction with Supply Chain
  • Implements Life Cycle Management program and leads asset replacement and disposition
  • Coordinates with internal departments at City of Hope including IT, Safety, Facilities Management, Compliance, Legal, Contracts, Purchasing, etc.
  • Sits on committees including capital, equipment, regulatory, etc. to ensure program is positioned correctly and all the right questions are asked
  • Develops regulatory compliance programs and manages to survey readiness at all times and implements tools to measure effectiveness
  • Manages the Preventative Maintenance program to best in class levels.
  • Recommends best practices and implements/manages large equipment service contracts as part of the evolution of the program
  • Responds to emergencies to ensure business continuity and patient safety
  • Sets training and educational opportunities to ensure department operates safely and effectively
  • Ensures equipment is compliant as needed for with USP 800 Pharmacies, the FDA, The Joint Commission, etc
  • Develops, implements and maintains a Safety Management program

Supports the Organizational Growth
  • Supports the strategic organizational growth through acquisition, expansion or new development.
  • Sets standards and specifications for all non-fixed equipment purchases and integration
  • Coordinates with design and construction teams to ensure planning is executed in an organized, standardized and efficient manner
  • Facilitates activation and turnover of expansion and new assets for a smooth integration

Financial Management
  • Responsible for development, management and execution of all RFPs, purchase orders, contracts, service contracts, etc.
  • Responsible to recommend contract consolidation or elimination in the best interest of the finance and operations of the business
  • Responsible to develop operating and capital budgets and forecast future growth
  • Manages operating budgets monthly and ensures costs are allocated effectively
  • Assists in the development of business cases for capital expenditures or other initiatives

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering or related analytical field or 10+ years of leadership in Biomedical Engineering
  • 5 years comparable experience and formal biomedical engineering training. Previous experience in a healthcare operations environment.

Required Certification/Licensure:
  • Valid California Driver's License

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering or comparable field.

Additional Information:
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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