Associate Director, Programs

Becton Dickinson and   •  

San Jose, CA

Industry: Healthcare


8 - 10 years

Posted 184 days ago

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Job Description

As the business leader of a multi-functional (and cross-regional) team within a matrix organization, the Associate Director of Programs is responsible for ensuring timely development and successful commercialization of a large scale, highly-strategic, highly-complex business critical project or program for a specific platform or across platforms. The Associate Director will also oversee planning & leading execution of a relevant roadmap of products.

The Associate Director of Programs leads the cross functional team through the process from conceptualization to commercialization.  He/She blends knowledge of the global market environment with the varying needs BD customers across all geographies.  He or she represents the program and the program team to executive leadership as well as the global organization. 

The Associate Director of Programs is accountable for leveraging new and diverse approaches resulting in optimized global connectivity solutions and across product families by leading teams through commercial, regulatory, manufacturing, and technical problem solving and decision making, ensuring that the functional experts are held accountable.  This leader also leads and facilitates the decisions related to talent and resource allocations, negotiations and changes working with functional managers and other business leaders.

The Associate Director of Programs has a deep understanding of the global markets served by BD Biosciences and influences the business to first consider the product’s impact to the customer.  He or she will have demonstrated experience in successful execution of business strategy, challenging assumptions about the fit of the program within that strategy, and aligning program plans to strategic objectives.  He or she will drive for continuous improvement and agility in the global product development process ensuring that program timelines are met or accelerated. Programs are managed using a structured Phase Gate product development process which includes understanding an ISO, GMP and FDA compliant environment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads and directs the cross-functional activities and outcomes of a Program.  Ensures alignment of product value proposition, program scope, and strategic business objective

  • Analyzes data and complex situations involving evaluation of tangible variables to programs

  • Develops innovative solutions to complex business or technical problems that require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

  • Provide coaching, mentoring and feedback to Core Team members, Projects Managers, Functional Leaders.

  • Interacts with Business Leaders on significant business matters

  • Interacts with Senior Functional Leaders on strategic, operational or technical matters, in order to define best options for product development. 

  • Challenges Senior Functional Leaders and Core Team Members on functional and cross-functional practices, in order to improve product development outcomes

  • Uses an advanced knowledge of business processes and organizational savvy to mobilize and deploy the resources necessary to support business or segment goals

  • Exercises considerable latitude in determining and developing approach to solutions.

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

  • Champions novel ideas for defining, implementing and bringing to market new products, technologies and services

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

  • Creates and sustains an inclusive environment

  • Leads the program team to mitigate risks and resolve issues

  • Defines program resource needs, and negotiates program resourcing plans

  • Leads key technical and design reviews, and constructively challenges the team and the organization to rethink assumptions and approach challenges in new ways

  • Ensures compliance with the company's global development process

  • Manages program budget and business case

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required; MBA is preferred

  • Minimum 8years' experience in a project or program management role.

  • Minimum of 3-5 years' relevant core team member experience (or equivalent).    

  • Complete understanding of a wide application of business and program management principles, theories and concepts in the field.

  • Cross functional Process master, Influence without authority, business commercial, and finance acumen

  • Track record of success in launching programs and bringing products to commercialization

  • Experience in medical device, diagnostic or life sciences industries

  • Black Belt and PMP Certification or equivalent are also preferred

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Key Competencies:

  • Business acumen

  • Problem Solver

  • Strategic thinker

  • Strong project leader

  • Executive presence

  • Ability to navigate upper management

  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity

Skills and Abilities:

  • Managing Innovative Thinking - ability and judgment to significantly influence the technical team and business direction of the project. Ability to stimulate innovative thinking in the team, championing new ideas and engaging the team into constructive challenge to propose breakthrough approaches.

  • Product Development Innovation - ability to understand the thought process of innovation and the underlying principles of technical concepts, to translate an idea into a successful industrial and commercial solution. Ability to define the execution path.

  • Comprehensive cross-functional knowledge and perspective – ability to understand, verify, and articulate key functional and cross-functional deliverables, challenges and solutions that impact the project.  Ability to challenge and redirect each function in their plans or deliverables to ensure the highest quality and timeliness of project delivery.  Ability to recognize and negotiate cross-functional tradeoffs based on their technical and business merits.

  • Teamwork and Collaboration – ability to work collaboratively with Team Members and key stakeholders, in order to achieve project-related goals. Maintain a work environment prone to data driven decisions, constructive challenge and problem solving and flexibility to changes

  • Project Planning- ability to integrate functional plans into the most effective cross-functional plan, optimize functional and cross-functional plans based on technical and business constraints, risks and resources

  • Empowered Leadership – ability to strengthen the alignment and support of the PDT by demonstrating cross-functional technical, business, and leadership competence and execution skills.  Sets clear objectives & measurements. Skilled at facilitating team dynamics. Fosters development in others. Creates strong morale and spirit on teams. Shares wins and successes and fosters constructive challenge.

  • Process Management and Effectiveness - good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done.  Knows how to organize people and activities.  Understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow.  Knows what to measure and how to measure it.  Demonstrates ability to navigate processes to drive to a positive result.

  • Strategic Decision Making – demonstrates good judgment and timely decision-making.  Assesses options based on their technical and business implications and makes decisions that can be backed up with demonstrated in-depth understanding of all issues involved and the implications of the decision.  Ability to communicate decisions and gained alignment at the right time in the right way in order to make a Go / No Go decision.

  • Impact and Influence - ability to identify the critical few priorities of a program to ensure delivery on desired outcomes; remains focused on these and lead team to focus on these critical few.  Ability to make a case and influence decisions based on facts and validated information.  Demonstrating credibility to align the team to the decisions made based in personal experience, intuition, and judgment.

  • Critical Thinking - raises vital questions and problems formulating them clearly and precisely.  Ability to conceptualize, deconstructs, and distills large complex problems into actionable constituent components. Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.  Ability to problem-solves and assess consequences of decisions using the right combination of analytical, experimental and empirical reasoning.

  • Constructive Challenge - creates an environment in which open debate is encouraged in order to reach the best outcome for the business and customer.  Gives each team member the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and be heard.  Redirects hallway conversation about the program back to the team.

  • Organizational Agility - knowledgeable about how organizations work and understand organizational cultures.  Knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network.  Understands who the key decision-makers are and how to influence them appropriately.  Ability to work through organizational complexities and ambiguities.

  • Drive Order, Quality and Accuracy - strives for the highest level of quality and accuracy in work products.  Desire to set and work to high standards of excellence.

  • Initiative and Risk Taking - finds and creates new avenues of excellence; will take action without prompting to solve problems and elevate high risks appropriately.  Expresses confidence in dealing with increasingly challenging circumstances, reaching and making decisions, and handling project failures.

  • Decision-Making Flexibility - seeks out facts and validated information to make informed decisions; challenges the status-quo.  Adapts to and works effectively with and in a variety of situations, individuals, or groups.  Adapts quickly to new information and unforeseen challenges.

  • Business & Financial Acumen - deep understanding of the application of financial and business know?how, analysis, judgment and decision making in the management project and related responsibilities, including cash flow models and sales forecasting.

  • Customer Insights and Analytics - understands processes for identifying customer insights and market trends and related analytics to inform marketing and product development decision?making, plans and activities that enhance delivery of product development outcomes.


Job ID R-311956