Tytti Miettinen

Tytti Miettinen, Specialist Process Compliance & Requirements Management

Tytti has been a part of Innokas Medical’s Design Studio since summer 2020. She works in QA&RA Services team and is excited to have the possibility of working with a large range of medical devices with various customers.

I started my professional career in the crane industry as a Summer Trainee at Konecranes while I was studying mechanical engineering at Tampere University of Technology. At the end of my studies I took part in a student exchange program at INSA Lyon in France. I remained in France after landing a summer job at a Konecranes subsidiary. That summer position in France led to a master thesis subject which took me to Shanghai, China. I eventually spent 3 years in China leading new product introduction and site-to-site technology transfer projects. I also managed to gain my Master’s Degree in the midst of it all.

I continued my journey with Konecranes for another 8 years. I was mainly located in Finland but travelling extensively participating in SAP implementation projects training, testing and managing global product mBOM configurators. For the last years I also had ownership of global engineering processes for configurable products.

My nagging interest in health technology motivated me to take study leave in 2018. I moved to Ireland to pursue a post graduate diploma in medical device technology and business at Griffith College. I soon realized there will be no return to the cranes. After gaining my diploma, I completed a validation engineer trainee program with Innopharma in Ireland, but the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted further plans. I returned to Finland and in June 2020 I started in a six-month recruitment training program at Innokas Medical. First I started working in project and requirements management in a consortium project related to stroke prevention and diagnosis. After the training program period I joined Innokas Medical’s QA&RA Services team in December 2020, where I’m specializing in process compliance and requirements management.

I found my career change to a highly regulated industry to be quite challenging and sometimes even discouraging. I’m grateful that Innokas Medical took a chance on me and saw my different industry background as an opportunity, not a weakness. My previous career had developed my project management and problem solving skills, continuous improvement mindset, attention to detail, as well as the ability to comprehend the big picture. Now I’m applying those skills in a new environment.

Although it is most exciting to have the possibility of working with a large range of medical devices with various customers, it also creates its own challenges. This is because in medical device industry, we’re navigating through the regulatory jungle, and today the industry is in the transition period of enforcing new medical device regulations while applying the old directives. Luckily my team is very supportive, sharing their experiences and expertise, making it a great environment for me to grow as a professional. I still have a lot to learn, but that is exactly what I wished for!