Meet Katie, an event managing expert at Globus Medical. When we interviewed Katie, she was an Associate Program Manager. She has since been promoted to Program Manager, and we congratulate her on continuing to grow her career at Globus! Take a look below at what it takes to be a part of the Musculoskeletal Education and Research Center (MERC) team here at Globus.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Katie. I’m an Associate Program Manager on the MERC team at Globus, and I’ve been with the company for just over three years.

How did you find your way to this position?
After graduating from college with a degree in biotechnology, one of my family members discovered a unique opportunity as an Associate Program Coordinator at Globus. I had no experience with event planning outside of family events and vacations. The role brought out a new passion in me and in two years I was promoted to Associate Program Manager.

What are some of your key responsibilities in the MERC Department?
When I started as a Program Coordinator, my main responsibilities focused on logistical elements like flight and hotel registrations. Since my promotion to Program Manager, I’ve begun working closely with key opinion leaders in planning the content for MERC events.

While planning a course, the first step is deciding what the topics are going to be and which key opinion leaders are going to facilitate the event. From there, the logistical side is making sure that we have hotel accommodations, car service, flights, and enough food to make sure that everybody’s experience is comfortable.

How have you grown in this role?
I think I’ve grown a lot in my time at Globus. Traveling to different places and meeting new people has given me a better understanding of the world outside of Pennsylvania. Additionally, learning to deal with uncomfortable work situations with people I don’t know very well has given me much more confidence in my ability to do my job.

When we’re traveling for events, all eyes are on our group to coordinate everything, and we’re not able to rely on our team in the office as much.  It’s a little frightening at first, but once the course is over, it’s really rewarding to know that we completed a project from start to finish.

I think the best part of this job is being able to travel with coworkers and meeting peers from all over the world.

How would you describe your experience at Globus?
I would sum up my experience at Globus as the biggest learning opportunity I’ve ever had. I’ve grown up so much since starting here and I’ve become a lot more comfortable and confident in my corporate presence. My job has given me the freedom to travel the world, meet new people, and continue getting the hands-on experience that I love in labs and trainings. Most importantly, my experience at Globus has enabled me to train hundreds of surgeons on the safe and effective use of our products and therefore, positively impact the lives of patients around the world.

Meet Nancy, a manufacturing powerhouse and a passionate team member at Globus Medical. Nancy was a CNC machinist for 15+ years and recently took on an exciting new role in 3D Printing. Nancy is an inspiring role model for women in medical manufacturing.

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What inspired you to begin a career in medical manufacturing?
I was a Red Cross Volunteer on Disaster Action Team, which inspired me to want to not only help people in their moment of crisis, but to continue to make a difference in their lives. I found a medical device company that allowed me to begin at an entry level. There, I started to open my mind about how to pursue a career in the field.

What is your background in manufacturing?
I have worked in manufacturing for over 25 years. Prior to being a manufacturing roving inspector, I was a CNC machinist for 15+ years. It can be difficult for a woman in a machinist role. I have come a long way by never giving up and absorbing all the knowledge I could. The experience and skill I gained allowed me to succeed in my role and progress to the level of quality inspection.

How did you hear about Globus?
I have made many friends throughout the years in the medical field. A peer recommended applying to Globus Medical/Branch Medical. Several years later, here I am!

What roles have you taken on within the team? How was your experience within these roles?
I started at Globus as a final inspector in the Quality Control department, and then moved on to being a manufacturing roving floor inspector in the Trauma department. I love working in Trauma and being a part of the team.

My job as a floor inspector came with many different tasks, most importantly ensuring that parts met customers’ specifications. I measured, visually inspected, and documented my findings. I worked together with the operators to identify which manufactured products were acceptable and unacceptable, as well as assisting in calibrating gauges.

How have you grown your career at Globus?
I am now an inspector in the 3D Printing department, where I inspect parts for quality purposes. It has been 4 months since I accepted this new position, which has come with new challenges and new insights into more products that we are launching. The 3D printing group is great to work with—there is never a dull moment, and everyone is always willing to give a helping hand when needed.

What is the best part of your job?
The best thing about my job is being able to work with so many amazing people who have the same goals as I do. We give 110% in what we do, to save lives or make people’s lives easier. Everyone comes together as a family, as one team to get products up to par and shipped out.

When the manufacturing team comes together to accomplish tasks on hand, each member becomes a “jack of all trades”. We come up with ideas to not only complete the work but find better ways of doing it. We embrace all the hard work it takes, and the challenges that arise.

How would you sum up your experience at Globus?
I take pride in whatever tasks I come across. I love what I do and appreciate being able to continue to do so as part of the Globus family.

Meet Stephen, a Model Maker from the prototype shop. Stephen enjoys working with engineers to learn the details of how Globus products are made.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to Thaddeus Stevens in Lancaster and studied machine tool technology, which is a 2-year associate degree in applied science. I learned all the machines from CNC mill to CNC lathe. After Stevens, I knew I wanted to work in a trade because I liked working with my hands.

What appealed to you about a career as a CNC machinist in the prototype shop?
I like that there is always something new and different—a constant variety in what is being made.  It’s satisfying making things that help people move and get around, and that impact people. 

I like the collaboration with the engineers and figuring out the “why” of a product and what it does.   The team I work with is very supportive and I’m shadowing with two very helpful guys.

What was your experience like after graduating?
I worked for Intricate Precision Manufacturing in Lancaster for 7 years before coming to Globus.  I started as an operator, then became a full machinist.  This means I had to know a variety of mill, lathe, and wire. Then I became head machinist for 2.5 years.

How did you hear about Globus?
A Globus recruiter found me on Indeed.  Globus work stands out, and the company is awesome. I don’t like monotony, and at Globus nothing is done twice over—the work is always changing and there’s constant collaboration with the engineers. 

What interests you about being a Model Maker?
I am able to work with engineers to learn the details of how Globus products are made and changed. I can contribute to the actual development of parts. 

What do you like about Globus?
Globus is an excellent company to work for.  Employees are treated well, and there is a great supportive team approach. It’s always a group effort bouncing ideas off each other and giving and getting feedback.

What is the best thing about your job?
In the prototype shop I work with cutting-edge technology, both in parts development and customs.   The shop at Globus is well maintained and the machines are newer rather than old. I was looking for a place with high standards for their machines, and Globus takes care of their machines.

What makes Globus different than other manufacturing facilities?  How does Globus stand out?
I would have to say it’s that Globus makes so many parts in-house. It’s awesome to know exactly what the part is doing, where it’s going, and the engineers who worked on it. 

Globus is willing to teach machinists fresh out of school, which is hard to find in the machining world, and the machine shop is very supportive of new hires. There are very few places willing to teach the trade the way Globus teaches the trade.  

Meet Adam, Associate Project Engineer in Imaging, Navigation, and Robotics Product Development. Adam joined our co-op program looking to be part of the product development engine that drives Globus’ innovation. Read the full interview below.

Where did you go to school and what was your field of study?
I went to Drexel University on a 5-year program where I earned my BS in mechanical engineering.

What did you find interesting about Globus that made you pursue the co-op position?
Drexel gives you the opportunity to hold three 6-month co-op positions. My co-op goal was to try as many different things as possible to get a good idea of what I wanted (or didn’t want) to pursue in a career. My previous two co-ops had been in construction management and industrial engineering and manufacturing, so medical device engineering seemed like the next best step to diversify my experience. What kept me interested was the emphasis Globus puts on innovation and product design. Product development is the engine that drives Globus, and I wanted to be a part of that.

What did you expect to gain from the experience?
Being from a purely mechanical background, my two main goals were to learn about the scope of engineering in the medical device industry and to figure out how to leverage my own background to succeed.

What was the most valuable thing you learned during your co-op experience?
The most important thing I learned was not to be afraid to immerse myself. The projects I was exposed to working with the ExcelsiusGPS® robotic platform were incredibly diverse, each with its own daunting challenges. What I found was that once you take that first step, it gets much easier to push forward and learn more. The unique perspectives that you gain from working on these projects and their respective markets are critical in developing products that are as competitive as possible.

Now that you have joined Globus as a full-time employee, what opportunities are you looking to pursue?
I look forward to observing my first ExcelsiusGPS® case and seeing our products in action!

What would you recommend future co-ops take advantage of while at Globus in hopes of landing a job post-graduation?
Take advantage of the labs and the product room! Getting your hands on our products is the best way to learn about them and gain direction in your work.

Meet Phillip, Field Service Engineer in Product Development. He has a passion for engineering and is excited for the future! Read the full interview below.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up, and when did you realize you wanted to become an engineer?
During middle and high school, I enjoyed math and science, so majoring in engineering as an undergrad was a natural choice. I went into a biomedical engineering program intending to work on prosthetics or brain stimulators, but after graduating, I found an opportunity as a sales rep in the spine industry. A few years later, I transitioned to my current engineering role so that I could play a part in product design and help improve the systems our surgeons use to treat patients.

What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
Two projects come to mind.

The first is a personal concept I have worked on with a few other members of the team that rethinks the way we look at certain approaches to the spine. What has been exciting about that project is the freedom to be really creative with new ideas and designs, exploring and discussing them, and then actually testing them out for feasibility in internal labs.

The second is an active development project. The real reward with this has been the surgeons I have gotten to work with. Everyone is passionate about the project and you can really feel the energy during group discussions. It is a bit humbling knowing that the surgeons trust me with developing the solutions that they will use in the OR to help their patients.

Where do you see engineering in medical devices headed?
Engineering in spine is at an interesting point with the emergence of navigation and robotics. In a way, we are actively undergoing a paradigm shift in how surgeons can do spine surgery, and what product design teams can do using real-time 3D imaging/navigation and robotic trajectory guidance. Because the technologies are still new, they are evolving quickly. Likewise, the vision of what we are able to design to work in tandem with these new tools is evolving. I think we will see a lot of novel and creative uses for navigation and robotics in the coming years, as well as a shift towards software-based solutions to surgical problems rather than traditional mechanical solutions.

What advice do you have for someone considering entering the field of engineering?
I am far from the most experienced engineer at this company—I work with a ton of absolutely incredible engineers who would likely have better advice to give. But one thing I’ve noticed is that engineering is an artistic expression. The amount of creativity that goes into a solution is hard to express. You will have to pull inspiration from existing sources all around you, as well as collaborate with other people to get fresh ideas. You also have to be humble and willing to let go of your own ideas when something better comes up.

Ultimately, engineering is about solving problems that have not been solved before, or solving them better than ever before. Everything you do is pushing the overall body of human knowledge forward one little bit, and locks in that progress in a way that can never be reversed. That is what is encouraging about the work. It’s the constant push to guarantee that today is better than yesterday, and that tomorrow will be better than today.

Meet Brendan, Product Manager in our Spine Product Development. Brendan brings his positive attitude and dedication to delivering innovation to work every day. Read the full interview to hear how his degree in engineering led to success as a Product Manager.

A conversation with Brendan

When did you start with Globus and what do you do here?
I started with Globus in May of 2017. I am a Product Manager on our Lateral Interbody Fusion Team, managing our innovative expandable lateral interbody systems.

Why did you choose to pursue a career as a product manager?
I decided to pursue a career at Globus as a Product Manager because it was an opportunity to utilize my engineering background in more of a business environment. Not only do I provide input throughout the design phase of a project, but I also spend time gaining relevant clinical and market knowledge to drive awareness around our market-leading lateral technology.

What did you do before you joined Globus?
I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Upon graduation I spent a year in the pharmaceutical industry, then transitioned to my position at Globus.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I enjoy the opportunity to see surgeons treat their patients with our innovative technologies. I get to work with many great people across multiple teams, and it is extremely rewarding for everyone when a project we spent a year working on is launched to market and used to improve the life of a patient.

If you had an unexpected day off tomorrow, what would you do with your free day?
If it was July I would say either go golfing or to the beach. Since it is the winter I would most likely take my dog to the dog park, and spend the rest of the day watching the Office (again) or whatever Philly sports game is on TV.

Meet Brittany, a Senior Clinical Sales Representative with our Imaging, Navigation and Robotics team. Brittany is passionate about her role in delivering Globus’ innovation to our customers and being part of a team dedicated to improving patients’ lives.

A conversation with Brittany

How did you get started in sales? What interested you most in being part of the Globus team?
My career in sales began in 2016 as a Senior Clinical Specialist with Medtronic Spine, Biologics and Stealth. Before I entered sales, I worked as a Certified Surgical Technologist on spine and orthopaedic teams which quickly became a passion of mine. I decided to join the INR team at Globus after learning about the culture. The INR team, especially the clinical team, is a family and that is something I truly value.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the daily interactions I have with people from all over the world. I’m able to teach and showcase the amazing medical technology of ExcelsiusGPS® that is changing the way spine surgery is performed.

As part of the Imaging, Navigation and Robotics team, you are involved with the innovation that Globus delivers. What sets us apart from the competition?
Besides the way ExcelsiusGPS® navigates, it’s the service our team provides. Everyone on this team is extremely passionate about what we do and the product we are delivering. Long days and nights, weekends, and time spent away from our families are something we do because we know we have an incredible product that can change lives.

What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a career in sales or in joining Globus?
Medical device sales are far more than collecting a paycheck. It’s about bettering the lives of the patient that these devices are used on. From a nursing home, to labor and delivery, to the operating room assisting with surgery, one thing has remained the same and that’s the value I place on patient outcomes.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I am a huge foodie. Cooking, eating, watching cooking shows, searching Pinterest for the best new restaurants all lead to my love of travel. I have a rescue pup at home that I love to take for walks and hikes with my boyfriend.