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ENGINEERING PROGRAM MANAGER

 
Careers that Change Lives
 

Help streamline and speed our time to market and build quality in at every step.  You will be a member of the new product development team that supports the design and development of innovative, new products, services, and solutions within the Surgical Innovations business. As a champion for continuous improvement in the organization, you will be on the leading edge of helping transform our business processes and improve organizational efficiency.

 
Come for a job, stay for a career.
 
A Day in the Life

The Engineering Program Manager will lead, direct and organize the planning and execution of new product development projects across the Lung Health business. This position will lead, direct and organize the planning, and execution of high-tech, new product development project teams from concept to commercialization.  This role will be responsible for achieving successful implementation of projects and managing all activities required to define, design, develop and deliver new Lung Health products, systems or software to Medtronic customers. Accountable to the Product Decision Team (PDT) for overall program execution and ensuring team commitments (project contract) are met and communicated in a timely manner.

 

Responsibilities Include:

 
  • Lead project teams comprised of a broad range of diverse cross-functional members, potentially including numerous outside vendors and spanning multiple geographic locations. Foster a high-performing, highly motivated, collaborative team environment of trust, empowerment, accountability and recognition.
  • Manage projects that can range in scope from medium complexity to large high growth breakthrough or platform scale development opportunities managed domestically and/or internationally.  Project types may include pre-concept/early development projects and post-commercialization product related projects. 
  • Maintain a sense of urgency, facilitate problem solving sessions and meetings to address obstacles, and hold team members accountable to program commitments.
  • Contribute a strong technical voice when participating in design control deliverable creation and design history file maintenance ensuring high quality solutions are delivered to our customers. 
  • Interface with customers to participate in user needs development and business value proposition validation.  Ensure value proposition aligns with scope, schedule, and budget assumptions. Maintain project risk management and trade-offs accordingly. 
  • Identify key stakeholders, understand and manage their expectations, and establish and follow effective communication plans throughout the life of the project. 
  • Influences across functions and works with senior managers to ensure best team structure and members are identified and provide performance feedback accordingly. Proactively recognizes eminent conflicts and drives to preventative resolution.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for all project communication throughout various levels of the organization, ranging from individual project contributors to senior leadership.  Represent project team and act as design control representative in regulatory compliance audits.
  • Embody technical expertise in world-class product development processes including, but not limited to, traditional PMI standard project and portfolio management techniques within a regulated medical device, design control environment. Provide training and mentorship to project team members and less experienced project managers.
  • Exhibit expertise in critical path definition, optimization, monitoring, and management to ensure the most efficient time-to-market metrics are obtained.  Identify and track business critical performance indicators that tie to development site and business strategies. 
  • Ability to set strategic process improvement initiatives and manage a portfolio of continuous improvement projects that align with department objectives. Lead process improvement teams, facilitate Kaizens, capture benefits, effectively report results, provide coaching to continuous improvement project leaders, set specific continuous improvement objectives, and track performance metrics.
  • Directly manage employees with various backgrounds ranging from administrative support through experienced project managers.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned
Must Have: Minimum Qualifications
 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and/or scientific discipline, or equivalent industry experience
  • 5+ years of experience leading product development projects.
  • 3+ years of experience in an FDA regulated industry.
  • Project leadership experience in a stage-gate design control system.
  • Must possess managerial courage; must be confident managing risks and making decisions that will likely have a large impact on strategic organizational objectives. Works independently; self-directed and highly self-aware.
  • Able to establish trust and credibility throughout senior leadership; demonstrates unwavering integrity and fierce accountability.
  • Effectively lead teams comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds; including but not limited to instrument and disposable R&D, Software, Hardware, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Clinical and Marketing. Project management experience with international teams and engineering service providers.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and non-verbal; expert active listening skills with a keen awareness for various messaging styles; and polished ability to tailor delivery to a broad range of audiences.
  • Exceptional influencing and interpersonal skills; negotiating; managing change; goal setting; planning and organizing teamwork; ability to address difficult situations; conflict resolution; resource constraint and problem solving.
  • Technically savvy; must be able to discuss, understand and make decisions regarding a wide array of engineering disciplines and complex technical/logistical issues.
  • Expert-level skills using the tools and techniques of Project Management. Successfully managed multiple projects from conception through commercialization, most desirably in the medical device industry. Ability to interact effectively with customers and Marketing to ensure that project scope and requirements are clearly defined and executable. 
  • Experience managing complex medical technology development programs. Exposure to systems engineering, concept engineering, hardware and software development, validation and systems integration.
 
Nice to Have
 
  • PMP Certification
  • Lean Leader/Six Sigma Certification
  • Experience in the medical device industry
  • Master’s degree in Engineering and/or scientific discipline, or MBA 


About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position, but they are not an exhaustive list of all the required responsibilities and skills of this position.

The physical demands described within the Day in the Life section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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