I am responsible for the team of people who design and develop home healthcare products and their packaging components. We do product development for products including bandages, athletic and therapeutic braces, and thermometers. Although some of the actual manufacturing is done in house, we outsource a significant amount of the products.
I am in meetings about 50 percent of the time, with a variety of people, including project teams, other R&D people, and marketing and market research staff. I attend some tradeshows and supplier visits, and I travel as I determine necessary, which is about 20 percent of the time.
E-mail is a big part of my life; I spend around 20 percent of my time e-mailing between the groups I meet with and with the sales representatives who have questions about packaging or customers (for example, retailers selling home healthcare need to know dimensions and materials, etc.) I spend at least 10 percent of my time on personnel issues with seven of my direct reports, who are scientists and engineers.