Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology



October/November 2011

Diversity/Careers October/November 2011 Issue

Champions of diversity
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Disabled veterans
Green technology
Financial IT
BDPA conference

Defense suppliers
News & Views
Regional roundup
Supplier diversity

Diversity in action
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Diversity In Action

Boston Scientific wants to be an employer of choice

Technical talent is in high demand. The company favors folks with hands-on experience "and a passion for learning new technology," says the D&I; VP

The employment rate for engineers remains good, says Chevy Cleaves, VP of diversity and inclusion (D&I;) at Boston Scientific. "There's always competition for the best talent in the market, and Boston Scientific wants to attract that talent to our team! We're a company that thrives on innovation, so there are multiple career opportunities for skilled engineering and IT pros."

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices. Its products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties, helping physicians and other healthcare providers improve their patients' quality of life by providing less invasive alternatives to surgery. "Our products save lives on a daily basis," Cleaves declares.

From its beginnings in a small lab in Massachusetts, Boston Scientific has grown to more than 25,000 people worldwide. It offers its services through its cardiology, rhythm and vascular group; endoscopy division; urology and women's health division and neuromodulation division.

The company has jobs open in various technical disciplines, including R&D;, quality, design assurance, ops, manufacturing, process development, IE, supplier engineering and packaging. "Our engineering community represents a great mix of mechanical, electrical, software, biomedical, quality, industrial, chemical and even aerospace engineers," Cleaves says.

In the info security area, Boston Scientific employs project managers with skill sets like software development, business analysis, infrastructure architecture and support, data warehousing and business intelligence.

The company also seeks people with experience in lean manufacturing, core engineering and cutting-edge technology, as well as specifically in medical devices, and highly regulated industries in general. Six Sigma certification is a plus.

"More broadly, we look for energetic, creative individuals willing to learn and take advantage of opportunities to grow professionally. It's key for them to be able to work cross-functionally, adapt well in a change-rich environment, troubleshoot problems and solve root-cause issues," Cleaves says.

The company favors candidates with hands-on experience "and a passion for learning new technology," Cleaves explains. Medical device experience is preferred but not a requirement, but all candidates for engineering positions must have at least a four-year degree in a specific engineering discipline. "In determining how well-rounded an individual is, we consider a lot of factors including accomplishments with previous companies, and for new grads, a strong GPA and a balance of extracurricular activities and experience," Cleaves says.

To interest diverse candidates at all levels, Boston Scientific visits schools, attends job fairs and partners with diversity-based organizations including NSBE, SHPE, SWE, the National Sales Network, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the National Urban League and the National Black MBA Association.

"Diversity recruiting is a business imperative at Boston Scientific and touches all aspects of our recruiting strategy, including campus and professional recruiting, partnerships with external agencies and social media," Cleaves says.

Boston Scientific has several D&I; training programs which are offered to all employees, including managing a diverse workforce and cross-cultural competency training. The company will soon offer all new hires a D&I; training program during their first day of employment.

Boston Scientific has established an executive diversity and inclusion council co-chaired by CEO Ray Elliott along with Cleaves. Its purpose is "to drive D&I; throughout the organization," Cleaves says.

A steering committee provides guidance and oversight to employee resource groups, and Boston Scientific recently revamped and re-launched the D&I; section of its corporate intranet. The site now includes information on education opportunities, a global events calendar and other resources to connect and engage employees.

There's also a new employee resource group (ERG) for military veterans, bringing the company's ERG total to eight. The other ERGs at Boston Scientific focus on black professionals, Hispanics, leadership and achievement, equality, Pacific East Asians, South Asians, women, and young professionals.

Boston Scientific hosts a number of work-life balance programs at many of its sites. Many positions accommodate remote and flexible work environments. The company is currently working on a corporate-wide mentoring program.

"Diversity and inclusion are business imperatives, so our team regularly partners with appropriate groups across the company to discuss improvements to our inclusive employee benefits," Cleaves says.

Other benefits include vacation and leave, domestic partner, adoption, education assistance, onsite childcare and fitness areas or reimbursement. The company also has onsite credit union branches at most locations.

Boston Scientific employees can participate in community outreach efforts that tap into their technical expertise. The company offers programs with FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics, where it sponsors six teams, a regional competition, local science fairs and classroom presentations. It has a STEM Council, partnering with the Page Foundation in Minnesota and the Bottom Line in Massachusetts.

The "Close the Gap" program started by Boston Scientific in 2006 addresses disparities in cardiovascular care for women and black and Hispanic/Latino Americans; details are available on www.yourhearthealth.com.

As a key strategic priority the company "is driven to provide growth and promotional opportunities for all employees," Cleaves concludes. "We have the support of our executive management to maximize our D&I; focus and ensure that Boston Scientific remains an employer of choice."


Headquarters: Natick, MA
Employees: 25,000 worldwide
Revenues: $7.806 billion in 2010
Business: Innovative medical devices

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