Job ID R-384260 Date posted 03/01/2021 BACK TO SEARCH RESULTS Apply

Program Manager

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Job Description

The Program Manager has overall accountability for the success of critical programs within the Research Instruments platform of BD Biosciences. Specifically, the Program Manager will lead cross functional core teams responsible for requirement definition, product design, development, and commercial launch for multi-year new product development programs.

This is an important role in the BD Biosciences PMO, with direct visibility at the executive leadership of the BD Biosciences business unit. We are seeking an innovative, passionate, and highly capable individual with a proven track record of sustained success in the execution of complex cross functional new product development programs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates program management best practices and contributes to improving the product development process.

  • Leads teams to prepare for Phase Gate and other Go/No-Go decisions by executive leadership, ensuring that decisions are informed by a balanced and clearly articulated representation of the relevant data.

  • Ensures alignment of product value proposition, program scope, and strategic business objectives.

  • Leads program planning process ensuring requirements are clear and driven by customer need and experience.

  • Defines, delegates and evaluates the roles, responsibilities, goals and deliverables for core and extended team members.

  • Communicates program updates to functional management and executive leadership.

  • Defines program resources/budget needs.

  • Leads key technical design and commercial excellence reviews, constructively challenging the team to rethink assumptions and approach headwinds in different ways.

  • Leads cross-functional teams through identifying program risks and forming mitigations to support a timely delivery of program milestones.

  • Leads cross-functional teams through problem resolution, including root cause analysis and corrective action.

  • Works with functional leaders to ensure the appropriate Core Team resources are committed to the projects and contribute to required performance levels.

  • Ensures effective and efficient regular formal and informal communications with the Core Teams using a variety of tools and channels.

  • Leads product development utilizing a multitude of processes such as BD’s Global Product Delivery System, Voice of the Customer/Business, Project Management, and Agile.

  • Leads, directs, coaches, and mentors Core Team members to maximize project success.

  • Provided meaningful and significant feedback to functional leaders regarding the performance of Core Team members that is considered in annual performance evaluations.

  • Ensures programs comply with company quality management systems while identifying creative ways to provide speed to market.

  • Builds high morale and ensure the team commits to goals and objectives by creating a common purpose and direction.

  • Set clear objectives and measurements. Skilled at facilitating team dynamics.

  • Fosters development in others. Creates strong morale and spirit on teams. Share wins and successes and fosters constructive challenge. Thrive in achieving success through others.

  • Possess the skills and aptitude to engage, influence, and direct all functions involved in the development of new products. Anticipate and understand implications across all functions.

  • Excellent influencing skills with the ability to achieve challenging goals through others without direct authority across different functions, geographies and cultures. Drive for accountability within self and others.

  • Ability to lead complex programs delivering the right outcomes balancing on time delivery, budget, quality and market and customer expectations. Highly skilled in integrated program planning along with tactical project planning, risk management, project execution and communication to all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to take disparate data points and make sound business decisions and bring clarity to ambiguous situations. Look at the big picture and the long range with an instinct for trade-offs (i.e. user experience vs. technical aspects / short vs. long term / risk vs. reward / resources vs. budget).

  • Thrive in dynamic environment demonstrating high learning agility, being skilled at rapidly applying lessons learned to practice.

  • Time management, self-control, continuous learning, drives for order yet flexible and nimble. Versatility of thought and action in unanticipated circumstances using structured tools at his/her disposal to respond effectively and resolve unanticipated changes.

  • Advance long-term growth while consistently meeting or exceeding near-term business performance expectations. Ability to effectively apply business, financial and commercial knowledge to successfully deliver target product development outcomes.

  • Relentless advocacy for the customer with a focus on meeting or exceeding customer requirements. Driving the team to make trade-offs that optimize customer and business value while maintaining program velocity and outcomes that sustain the highest standards of quality.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field required.

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience successfully leading complex, multi-year new product development programs delivered through high performing, cross-functional, teams based in a matrix organization.

  • Experience in medical device or life science industries advantageous, management of whole systems development covering hardware, firmware, software and reagents strongly preferred.

  • Exceptional analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills coupled to strong business, strategic and financial acumen. 

  • Highly effective interpersonal skills on a cross-cultural level with excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills, including engagement with Executive level management

  • Exceptional leadership qualities consistently delivering results. Inspirational and motivational balancing accountability with mentorship and support.

  • Strategic and yet able to comprehend and manage details. Expert in balancing risk with progress and a timely path for escalation.


  • MBA or other advanced business/management degree preferred.

  • PMP certification or equivalent beneficial.

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