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Medtronic Senior Engineering Program Manager in Santa Ana, California

Senior Engineering Program Manager


Santa Ana, California, United States

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Post Date:

May 24, 2021

Careers That Change Lives

Engineers and Scientists create our market-leading portfolio of innovations. Join us to make a lasting impact. Help bring the next generation of life-changing medical technology to patients worldwide.

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology 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.

Join us to make a lasting impact. We believe that when people from different cultures, genders, and points of view come together, innovation is the result,and everyone wins. Medtronic walks the walk, creating an inclusive culture where you can thrive.

Help bring the next generation of life-changing medical technology to patients worldwide.

The Senior Program Manager in Structural Heart Aortic will act as a Core Team Lead (CTL) on moderate to high complexity business critical Mitral Tricuspid programs. She/he will be responsible for successfully leading core teams (comprised of members with expertise from all areas involved in product commercialization) as they develop new products and therapies from concept development to full commercial release. As CTL, he/she will be responsible for ensuring new products and therapies are commercialized on-time and on budget, with agreed scope, with best in class quality and meets desired business outcomes.

A Day in the Life:

Serve as the core team leader on moderate to high complexity business critical NPI Programs by providing overall leadership, vision, direction, and structure to our cross-functional core team. Leads the team to deliver on business objectives and ensure customer expectations are met or exceeded; Leads with integrity, passion, and humility.

Represents the program to leadership; Leads phase gate review presentations at Phase Review Committee (PRC) and is accountable to PRC for overall project/program execution and ensuring team commitments (project contract) are met.

Collaborates with upstream marketing to clearly articulate the key value proposition of the project for our customers; Defines the investment needed and expected return of the investment to the business unit.

Demonstrates high emotional intelligence; builds trust, rapport and respect with project team members and stakeholders; Engages in honest and transparent conversations

Creates a culture where teams can act with high sense of urgency and accountability to meeting/exceeding individual and project goals

Encourages a team culture that challenges traditions, fosters non-judgements, rewards creativity, and elimination of non-value-added work

Understands complex problems and drives the team to effective resolution

Demonstrates effective collaborative processes for decision-making. Will help facilitate the team to take decisions and make decisions as CTL based on appropriate consideration of the trade-offs.

Lead core teams in an unbiased way such that all voices are considered before we take decisions

Demonstrates effective collaborative team processes for conflict resolution. Will be required to manage challenging or combative stakeholder communication styles and personalities.

Displays perseverance and continues appropriate forward momentum by keeping core team engaged, even when faced with crisis, and/or changes

Demonstrates strong ability to influence downward, horizontally, and upward.

Develop core team members by providing coaching and development. Serve as an advisor regarding tasks, projects, and operations. Evaluate and provide candid feedback to core team members as well as their managers on an as needed basis.

Proactively applies project management tools and techniques for project scoping and planning; Defines functional deliverables to achieve project objectives and scope; Creates an accurate project schedule and identifies critical path activities; Looks at various opportunities to influence critical path/schedule; Determines required project budget (direct expenses, labor expenses and capital expenses) and manages team to execute within budget

Leads core team meetings and other necessary meetings to drive best in class program execution; Continually improves quality and effectiveness of how meetings are run, decisions are made, and how work gets done

Controls project scope and manages changes; solicits and understands the business/customer needs; rescopes the program when there is a shift in need

Proactively identifies, mitigates, and takes responsible risks. Experience with risk planning, management, risk strategies, and develops accurate risk adjusted schedule

Effectively manages and resolves issues with core team and when needed escalates issue to cross-functional management per established issue escalation pathway

Efficiently and effectively communicates (verbal and written) complex topics and caters message to the specific audience

Identifies and manages stakeholders; Keeps stakeholders informed with appropriate and timely information

Ensure lessons learned are documented throughout the project/program execution and identifies areas of opportunities for Product Development Process (PDP) Improvement

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience

Nice to Have:

Advanced degree in an Engineering discipline

PMP Certification

Demonstrated track record of leading within complex organizations requiring strong influence management skills.

Strong understanding of Medtronics PDP Processes or equivalent experience in other related New Product Development Process

Microsoft Project skillset: creating project plan, baseline, resource planning, critical path establishment, etc.

Understands the business, therapies, technology, products, and clinical indications

Strong understanding of developing and communicating Project Business Case Project Financial Model

Business acumen with the ability to think from an overall best for the business perspective

Thinks and acts strategically. Knows how and when to dive deep to understand program risks and deliverables.

Good communication (oral and written), presentation and interpersonal skills.

Strong analytical skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Ability to work cooperatively at all levels in a matrix environment to build and maintain the positive relationships required to accomplish organizational goals.

Effective decision-making skills -- ability to negotiate and balance decisions and priorities across needs of several functional departments. Makes timely decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty.

Knowledge of each function represented on the Core Team and understanding of core team member roles and responsibilities. Experience in multiple functional areas such as RD, Quality, Marketing, Manufacturing, etc.

Customer-focused in all interactions. Demonstrated ability to understand customer requirements and incorporate into business decisions.

Requires the ability to negotiate and manage competing priorities across multiple functional areas.

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. Lets work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities 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. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

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