Sr. Program Management Mgr
St. Jude Medical - Saint Paul, MN

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We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We currently have this position open at our Atrial Fibrillation Division.

Job Overview
St. Jude Medical develops medical technology and services that focus on putting more control into the hands of those who treat cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide. The company is dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine by reducing risk wherever possible and contributing to successful outcomes for every patient. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, St. Jude Medical employs approximately 16,000 people worldwide and has four major focus areas that include: atrial fibrillation, cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, and neuromodulation.

The Atrial Fibrillation Division (AFD) is a fast growing St. Jude Medical division and is committed to hiring world class talent that will continue to drive us to lead the way in the treatment and cure for atrial fibrillation. St. Jude Medical is the only medical device company to dedicate a business unit solely to diagnosing, treating and curing atrial fibrillation, the world''s most common cardiac arrhythmia.

Senior Manager, Program Management

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Senior Manager of Program Management. The candidate will provide Program Management leadership to assure effective execution of complex medical device development projects through the Product Development Process (PDP). The candidate will lead activities to develop new medical products from initial concept through commercialization using the procedures of the Product Development Process. This position works cross-functionally and across Division entities as required with core team and functional managers to ensure that projects meet objectives and timelines.

The candidate will also be developing metrics to assess the health of the development programs and work closely with the core team leads and functional managers to drive standard practices through the business.

Impact this role will have within the AF division:
•Portfolio of programs and associated product roadmaps.
•Holds team members, functional management, and the organization accountable to tactical and strategic divisional objectives.
•Meets with R&D engineering and marketing staff to clearly define product requirements.
•Leads cross-functional development and deployment of a robust methodology for product development.
•Contributes to the monthly program review board meeting including preparation and follow-up items.
•Provides timely, accurate updates to management.
•Trains, coaches, mentors, and evaluates team members and support group personnel to enhance the probability of successful project completion.
Essential Functions:
Leadership and Accountability:
•Accountability for program management system execution.
•Assists team members in defining clear, realistic goals and direct projects utilizing the principles outlined by PMI''s PMBOK model of management.
•Assures the timely development of program development planning.
•Facilitates regular senior management oversight and evaluation of project status and progress.
•Ensures that the cross functional members work as a team, focused on divisional goals.
•Ensures effective communication channels between geographically separate divisional entities and Sales and Marketing organizations regarding project activities.
Project Management:
•Provides a general management understanding of the skills and tasks associated with all team functions to ensure proper and timely deployment of resources.
•Manages the core team members at necessary levels of detail required to accomplish project goals.
•Synthesizes complex business and technical aspects of large scale development programs to develop an executable project plan.
•Identify, develop, and execute detailed project plans to improve product development activities and business systems.
•Works closely with Quality to ensure PDP compatibility and compliance with Quality Management Systems (QMS).
•Applies the appropriate management techniques given project specific needs, risks and experience
•Resolves project resource issues with core team members and functional managers to maintain project timelines.
•Resolves conflicts within and outside the team to ensure project success.
•Facilitates regular cross-functional input for core team member performance evaluations.
•Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
•Ability to effectively develop and convey Project Management training materials. Facilitate cross-functional discussions on initiatives to improve PDP effectiveness.
•Effectively develop and present to teams, functional managers, and senior staff project plans, needs, issues, mitigations, conclusions, and recommendations.
•Ability to clarify options and facilitate issue resolution within project teams and within functional areas.
•Ability to effectively make presentations to core teams, functional managers, senior staff, and external customers.
•BA or BS with a major in math, engineering, life sciences, business, or other relevant degree required.
•Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible work experience in product development and project management in the medical device industry.
•Formal training in Program/Project Management or a Project Management Professional Certification is required.
•Proven track record of successfully managing cross functional projects to introduce new medical products globally.
•Must have demonstrated written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
•Must be able to demonstrate successful leadership and organizational skills.
•Must be able to operate effectively in matrix organizations.
•Polished communicator - written documentation and oral presentations/ discussions/ meetings.
•Excellent reputation for building relationships across various levels of an organization.
•Organized, on-time, and detailed project management skills.
•Energized attitude.
Preferred Qualifications:
•An MBA or other related advanced degree is preferred.
•Experience with software, capital equipment and sterile disposables desired.
•Prior experience managing others strongly preferred.
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St. Jude Medical is an equal opportunity employer.

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