Senior Program Manager, Medical Devices

Alere   •  

Scarborough, ME

Industry: Medical Devices & Diagnostics


11 - 15 years

Posted 332 days ago



Alere is now Abbott.

The Senior Program Manager (PM) will hold the overall responsibility and the ownership for program and portfolio results, which includes strategy development, scoping, planning, execution, proactive risk management, resource management, and budget management through the entire project / program lifecycle.  Additionally, the PM will be responsible for coaching and mentoring junior PMs and will play a key role in shaping the program management function. 

•    Overall ownership and responsibility for program results (scope, schedule, budget, quality). This includes product development core team leadership of project / program  lifecycle activities and general project and process initiatives
•    Lead cross-functional project team through the full program or project lifecycle
•    Lead product and process development efforts, and coordinate with core and extended team members from R&D, marketing, quality, regulatory, clinical, operations, supply chain, and other functions as required
•    Negotiate program expectations and ensure results are achieved
•    Maintain and forecast project budgets and resource allocations
•    Report program and portfolio strategy and status to the executive leadership team
•    Coach and mentor other Program and Project Managers
•    Play a key role in the establishment of strategy and standard practices for program management

Lifecycle Management:
•    Proactively manage and monitor execution of deliverables and status in an effective manner
•    Understand the fundamental solution being developed/deployed - its business value, how it fits with the overall architecture or business, risks, etc.
•    Ensure that internal and external project resources with appropriate skill sets are provided
•    Escalate issues to management which cannot be resolved at the program/project level
•    Ensure resolution of project or team issues, risks, and/or conflicts
•    Manage critical path, critical chain, dependencies, contingency and overall budget performance
•    Proactively eliminate critical path, critical chain road blocks to help ensure successful delivery of the solution
•    Take steps to proactively mitigate project risks
•    Ensure stakeholders clearly understand what risks will or will not be mitigated
•    Ensure project members effectively manage dependencies, budgets, and schedule
•    Ensure the project stakeholders' expectations are understood and managed
•    Report and manage overall project status back to stakeholders and executive leadership
•    Validate that proper deliverable and phase stage containment is occurring where required, e.g., signoffs are scheduled and completed, dependent deliverables are completed, phase gates are completed as planned
•    Manage all change requests, validate all budget/schedule impacts, obtain the stakeholders' commitment, and communicate approved changes to the teams
•    Review and contribute to the development and integration of requirements
•    With supplier management support, manage relationships with all suppliers and subcontractors.

Strategy People and Process Development
•    Work with PMO lead to establish overall program portfolio and strategy
•    Establish cross-program strategies to optimize department resources and external partnerships
•    Establish best practices, and standard methods for program management
•    Mentor and provide guidance to project resources, and Program Managers
•    Proactively assign work and provide instructions, advice and technical/business leadership and guidance to project staff



•    Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering or other technical field
•    Bachelor’s degree in non-technical field may be considered for candidates with significant on-the-job technical experience
•    Master’s in Business Administration or Project Management certification (PMP) preferred

•    Minimum 10 years engineering experience in medical device or diagnostic industry
•    Minimum 5 years in a Program Manager role
•    Strong understanding of product /project  life cycle management and process development

•    Ability to think strategically at the program and portfolio level
•    Ability to effectively communicate, influence, and facilitate at the executive level
•    Understands and enforces Quality System requirements
•    Keeps abreast of trends, competitive activity and new technologies
•    Proven ability to manage program scope, schedule, risks, and budget and hold team accountable for results
•    Strong motivation and ability to self-start
•    Proven ability to work and build relationships cross functionally
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills
•    Ability to coach/mentor Program/Project Managers