Department of Mathematics

Stryker Instruments

Proposed Project for the MSU Industrial Math Students

Medical Device Organizational Resource Benchmarking

Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. We provide innovative orthopaedic implants as well as state-of-the-art medical and surgical equipment to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives.

Stryker Instruments is a division of Stryker Corporation.  Stryker Instruments is made up of four business units, five manufacturing plants, and a shared services organization.  The business unit structure consists of a direct sales force focused on customers in the domestic United States, marketing, and research and development functions.  The Industrial Mathematics team will evaluate each of these 10 entities that make up Stryker Instruments and make recommendations on resource levels and organizational design to ensure that Stryker Instruments is able to achieve its strategic plan.

Manufacturing staffing levels both on the variable and fixed overhead financial classifications will be evaluated based upon productivity levels, industry regulatory oversight, and company-wide initiatives.  Business unit staffing levels will be determined based upon new product development, sales support, and direct to customer sales model.  Shared service staffing levels will be determined based upon existing centers of excellence and shared service models, new opportunities for shared service based upon functionality that is currently decentralized in the other 9 entities, or potential decentralization opportunities on functionality that is currently centralized.  The Industrial Mathematics team will be expected to evaluate current resourcing levels as well as propose staffing levels required to meet our strategic plan.  The team will also be expected to evaluate these resourcing levels against best-in-class levels seen within the Instruments division, within Stryker Corporation, and within the medical device and broader manufacturing Industries.

The Executive Sponsor for this project will be Jason Allen, the Senior Director of Global Human Resources for Stryker Instruments.  Mr. Allen has responsibility for the overseeing resource levels of the 10 entities that make up Stryker Instruments.  Mr. Allen has been with Stryker for the past 13 years and has severed in various roles of increasing responsibility in areas as manufacturing, regulatory and quality, design, and human resources.  Mr. Allen holds is Masters in Mechanical Engineering.

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