As the former Vice President – Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, Joe Sendra was responsible for manufacturing engineering for Johnson & Johnson vision a position he has held since 2019. Within this role he established a dedicated team of engineering professionals to manage a rapidly expanding business in Vision Care and Vision Surgical. This included management and expansion of an automation portfolio valued over $2BN, driven by a worldwide network of partners. In addition, within this role, Joe focused on establishing the technical development ladder, fellow development program and competency tools for the progression of the manufacturing engineering community within J&J.
Prior to this role, in 2015, Joe held the position of Vice President engineering & technology, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain across the Consumer, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Sectors. Historically decentralized, he created the first cross sector technology organization in J&J supply chain. This organization was responsible for technical platforms in Solids, Liquids, Packaging, The Automation center of excellence, Advanced engineering and 3d printing / Netshape technology center responsible across J&J. He represented J&J within America Makes, DMDII and several overseas institutes.
The 3D Centre is the first time, within J&J, where we pursued a technology to develop its capability with one common roadmap across all J&J portfolio products and companies. It included establishing materials capabilities, polymer and metals labs, commercial and academic partnerships in support of a consolidated roadmap. We established over 50 strategic partnerships on the commercial and academic front. In addition, we constructed additive manufacturing labs at four universities and developed material characterization and development capabilities to further expand the platform. 3D established a transformation in our supply chain by enabling speed, efficiency and innovation to an extent previously unattainable.
Prior to this role, in 2010, joe held the position Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering & Technology, Medical Devices & Diagnostics. In that role Joe created a single engineering team of 4,000 to combine the management of 62 manufacturing sites across hundreds of individual technologies and provide over $200MM in annual cost improvement.
Joe joined Johnson & Johnson in 1993 as a QA engineer with Cordis Corporation. He held positions of increasing responsibility in various functions. He has managed business units, led new product introduction programs and been responsible for developing worldwide manufacturing & network strategies. Joe led an R&D program from concept to human clinical trial as well as deployed process & design excellence programs worldwide. He has held responsibilities for manufacturing plants as well as process engineering for new product development. Prior to joining J&J Joe was a technician with Baxter healthcare for three years and owned his own technology services firm.
Joe holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Miami.