Project Manager, R&D, Design for Excellence
Abbott Vascular - Santa Clara, CA

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PRIMARY JOB FUNCTION:
Manages the development and implementation process of company's products and services involving departmental or cross-functional teams focused on the delivery of new or existing products.

CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.
•Estimates project levels of effort and resource requirements by using standard estimating techniques and tools, and by working with appropriate staff to understand scope of effort.
•Prepares project plans, schedules and budgets by using project management tools such as Microsoft Project and by working with appropriate staff to understand tasks necessary to complete project.
•Directs project execution by assigning tasks, tracking project schedules, identifying risks, and developing and executing contingency plans.
•Assures project quality by using standard development methodologies and by working with SQA to develop and execute project quality plans.
•Communicates project status by preparing standard status reports, and by participating in departmental and customer project status update meetings.
•Resolves project issues by working with team members, project customers, and others as appropriate.
•Consults with internal project groups by sharing project management knowledge and assisting or mentoring more junior project leaders in project management processes and techniques.
•Participates in external project management organizations, conferences and seminars to keep current with industry best practices in project management by joining professional associations and implementing a professional development plan with focus on project management.
COMMENTS:
Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective, for desired results. May provide work direction and guidance to exempt and/or skilled nonexempt levels of employees; may be asked to evaluate performance of and assist in career development planning for subordinates.
POSITION ACCOUNTABILITY / SCOPE:
Understands business environment and relates extensive knowledge of internal and external technological activities to trends. Interfaces with senior management on significant matters, often requiring the coordination of activity across organizational units. Participates in the development of other technical contributors by facilitating training and providing feedback and guidance. May lead a project team. Provides technical leadership to business units. Acts as a mentor to less-experienced staff and may provide work direction or supervise other technical employees. Exercises judgment independently. Plans and organizes project assignments of substantial variety and complexity. Initiates or maintains schedule for projects and project milestones. Establishes priorities of individual or project assignments. Selects methods and techniques to lead a project to completion. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives.

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