Job Title: Vice-President Of A Small Business
Type of Company: I work for a company that designs and develops endovascular medical devices.
Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering, UMass-Lowell MS, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University MBA, Suffolk University
Previous Experience: I worked as a design engineer for 9 years and then opened my own company and eventually started working at another company as a vice-president.
Job Tasks: Most of my work entails following up with employees on assigned tasks and duties. I work with all aspects of the company from engineering to marketing, operations and finance.
My days tend to start off early and end late. I interface with people from our overseas offices in both Europe and South America. Europe is up to six hours ahead of the USA and South America is usually an hour behind us. I attend lots of meetings and monitor development of our products. I get involved with most aspects of the company and do my best to make sure we are moving down the right path to get our products onto the market. I organize the employees and make sure that they have the tools and resources that they need to do their jobs. I do not spend as much time actually performing the work as I did early in my career but spend more time monitoring and planning the work.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is hiring people and getting projects finished.
The worst part is when people are not working out and need to be let go. It is always good to be the bearer of good news rather than the bearer of bad news. But sometimes you have to do what is best for the company as a whole.
Job Tips: It takes an extensive background in many aspects of both business and technology to be able to do what I do in a given day. You are a jack of all trades but a master of none. I would start as an engineer and then get involved in as many other aspects of the business world as possible.
Additional Thoughts: I never intended to be anything more than an engineer. I always liked to work with bikes and cars but I was able to turn it into a career of designing equipment and other things. It has been a pleasant surprise to find I can do such fun stuff.
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