Supervisor, VPD Software

Location: Goleta, CA
Job Code: 9259
Company: KSI
Shift: Mon-Thur, 10 hour day
Employment Duration: Employee Full Time
Pay Grade: US-D18


KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG based in Tuttlingen, Germany, is a family-owned, global company committed to benefiting humanity by advancing medical technology through innovation and education.


For more than 70 years, KARL STORZ has been dedicated to earning its international reputation as a leader that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship, and clinical effectiveness.


Located just north of Santa Barbara on the scenic Central Coast of California, KSI designs and manufactures high tech medical imaging equipment including video cameras and image enhancing devices. We employ technical staff with expertise in electronics, optics, mechanical systems and software. Our lean manufacturing operations include an in-house machine shop which enables the complete on-site assembly of our products.  To become a part of this dynamic team, we invite you to learn more about our opportunities.


We are looking for a supervisor to lead a group of software engineers for developing and maintaining the software used in medical devices developed by VPD. This person will also ensure that the software development group is working efficiently, up-to-date technically, and following best-practices for software development.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : List the essential duties and responsibilities of the position, in order of importance and/or amount of time spent.

  • Supervise the group development effort for mission-critical software used in medical devices.

  • Hands on Supervisory experience required.

  • Supervise efforts related with software implementation, testing, documentation, quality control, product release and support.

  • Manage the budget, project schedule, recruiting, and innovation activities of the group.

  • Monitor, analyze, and communicate team performance in terms of quality and time to meet company goals.

  • Work with Project Management, Operations, and other departments of the company to determine engineering feasibility, cost effectiveness and development schedule for new and existing products.

  • Participate in meetings for analyzing technology trend, human resource needs, project plan, and market demand. Assist with the future directions/needs of product development.

  • Work with other Software managers to identify and adopt best practices for software development, including agile software development practices.

  • Work with peers from EMDD and SAS to promote alignment of software development tools, processes, and culture.

  • Lead and support initiatives in support of company values and goals

  • Support the regulatory process (i.e. FDA approval).

  • Will spend part of his/her time as a member of continuous improvement teams undertaking projects and seeking ways to improve the quality of KSI’s products and services.

  • Occasional travel to other KS facilities or customer sites may be required

  • Regular attendance is an essential job function.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITES: List other important functions that are secondary duties but may be time consuming.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: What does a person in this position need to be able to do?

  1. Have strong experience in product-driven management/development for complex software project
  2. Have extensive experience with the whole life cycle of software production and cross-platform development
  3. Have extensive knowledge on developing medical device systems and the regulatory effort associated with it
  4. Have knowledge of DevOps and Continuous Delivery/Continuous Integration practices.
  5. Exhibit good business practices through use and support of company business systems.
  6. Have strong experience with agile software development methodologies
  7. Ability to lead and mentor software developers
  8. Have excellent writing and verbal skills
  9. Experience with C, C++ and object oriented methods.
  10. Knowledge of networking, network security, and Linux/RTOS.
  11. Knowledge of medical device quality system regulations and standards (eg, U.S. FDA Quality System Regulation 21CFR Part 820, ISO13485, ISO9001

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  What is the usual educational background and work experience of an individual qualified to perform this job

  • Masters or Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computational linguistics or other related fields.

  • Minimum 8 years of experience working in software development.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in medical device software development.

PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: What are the specific physical and mental demands of this position?

  • This position requires occasional lifting of test equipment such as a PC, monitor, camera, etc. up to approximately 30 pounds.

  • The employee will also need to be seated and work in front of a monitor for extended periods of time.


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Employee Benefits Program Overview for U.S. Locations

  • Medical / Dental / Vision including a state of the art wellness program and pet insurance, too!*
  • 3 weeks’ vacation, 10 holidays plus paid sick time*
  • 401K retirement savings plan providing a match of 60% of the employee’s first 6% contribution
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life, STD, LTD & LTC Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year
  • Fitness reimbursement up to $200 annually
  • Employee referral program of up to $2,000 per hire
  • And much more!

*Field sales, internships and part-time employees are not eligible except for where required by state law.
Non-employees, including temporary workers and consultants, are not eligible to participate in KARL STORZ benefits program.


KARL STORZ reserves the right to change or modify the employee’s job description whether orally or in writing, at any time during the employment relationship. Additionally, KARL STORZ, through its supervisors, may require an employee to perform duties outside their normal description within the sole discretion of the supervisor. Employee must comply will all applicable KARL STORZ policies and procedures.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. KARL STORZ is an Equal Opportunity Employer supporting EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability.


Reasonable Accommodation

If, at any point in the application process (including hiring), a candidate would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or a religious need, please email us at and we'll be happy to engage in an interactive process with you.


Notice to Employment Agencies

This recruitment assignment is being managed directly by KARL STORZ’s Human Resources team. Human Resources will reach out to our preferred, contracted agency partners in the rare instance additional talent options are required. Your respect for this process is appreciated. KARL STORZ does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. Resumes received which were unsolicited by KARL STORZ Human Resources department will be ineligible for referral fees.

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