Sr. Project Manager

Invacare   •  

Elyria, OH

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


8 - 10 years

Posted 64 days ago

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Position Overview:

The Project Manager will be accountable for the delivery of Invacare global projects in the areas of Power Mobility, Respiratory and/or Informatics, ensuring that the project meets the defined scope, within the specified time and to the defined cost constraints.

The establishment of a common project vision, purpose and strategy, including the alignment of team members to that common purpose, motivating and inspiring the team to success is a critical factor of the role.

The Project Manager must manage stakeholder expectations in accordance with business priorities based on a win-win outcome and to provide on-going production support and resolution of customer related concerns and complaints where project management expertise is required.

This role is a global role and may require an element of travel. Managing communication across different globally dispersed teams will likely require conducting business activities such as teleconferences and/or video conferences that are outside of normal business hours.

Essential Functions:

  • Working with the Internal and External Customer: Understand, define and communicate customer expectations around project objectives.
  • Understands business objectives and relates scope to measurable/tangible outcomes.
  • Fully understand internal and external customer relationships, manage their needs & expectations at all level of the business and monitor for changes in stakeholder requirements.
  • Ensures a clear line of communication with no surprises.

  • Establishing Direction: Create a vision, purpose and strategy through innovation.
  • Clearly and consistently communicate project strategy and direction throughout the project team.
  • Develop a common vision and purpose for the project team around business strategy..

  • Aligning People: Communicate direction, influence others and create coalitions required to achieve project objectives.
  • Align the business wide, cross functional project team around a common objective.
  • Influence team members and stakeholders to ensure project goals are achieved in line with business strategy.
  • Ensure project team members collaborate with each other in the best interests of the business, irrespective of personal opinion or beliefs.
  • Create a project team that works, thinks and talks as one – open communication with everybody, no “them-and-us”.
  • Holds team members accountable for deliverables – cost, quality and timing.
  • Escalates problems through appropriate chain of command to ensure progress

  • Motivating and Inspiring: Energize team members and enable then to overcome barriers to change (political and bureaucratic).
  • Create energy and drive through your own actions.
  • Support, coach and mentor individuals through times of difficulty (professional and personal).
  • Actively work to overcome political and bureaucratic barriers.
  • Enable the project to reach its full potential.

  • Planning and Budgeting: Utilize a range of techniques to create detailed plans, budgets, timetables and resource allocation.
  • Initiate new projects through the identification of stakeholders and the development of charters.
  • Plan projects through the evaluation of project scope documents, the creation of work breakdown structures and the identification of project activities.
  • Create and maintain financialbudgets for the project.
  • Provide clear and concise advice to associated teams on project schedules, costs and scope.
  • Apply risk management techniques; from risk identification, through risk assessment and into full mitigation.
  • Take projects to closure and evaluate lessons learnt.
  • Take compete responsibility for delivering functional requirements on time and to the planned budget.

  • Organizing and Staffing: Create structure within a project team and where necessary, define roles, policies, procedures and systems.
  • Build respect within the team through accurate and timely decision making around both technical and non-technical issues.
  • Allocate resources to project tasks based on stakeholder priorities.
  • Ensure that there is always a clear role for each project team member which adds value to team performance and business needs.
  • Provide candid feedback on team members’ performance to the respective manager/supervisor.

  • Controlling and Problem Solving: Create structure within a project team and where necessary, define roles, policies, procedures and systems.
  • Understands enterprise business processes to clearly identify potential hurdles. Closely monitor team results, identifying any deviations. Organizes solutions with the focus on tasks.
  • Challenges team members to question “status-quo” and suggest improvements to overall project execution process.
  • Understands processes for medical device launch, design controls, change controls etc.
  • Execute projects through clear communication and the consistent application of quality standards.
  • Monitor team performance against plans using a range of self and business derived metrics.
  • Control projects through the application of change control and the refinement of planned baselines.
  • Immediately act upon issues effecting the delivery of the requiredschedule, cost and scope through a clear and coherent set of actions.
  • Proactively drive project recovery plans in consultation with stakeholders.

  • Predictability and Order: Create structure within a project team and where necessary, define roles, policies, procedures and systems.
  • Focuses on incremental results
  • Create predictability and order within the project team.
  • Build a team which is consistent in what it expects from itself and from others.
  • Provide security for team members – honesty, integrity, clarity and direction.
  • Maintain project procedures, policies and systems to ensure maximum value to the business.
  • Build a culture of continuous improvement when project members challenge their own thoughts and ideas whilst also challenging each other.

  • Leading Change: Create structure within a project team and where necessary, define roles, policies, procedures and systems.
  • Leads the project team through times of dramatic change to products, processes and behaviors.
  • Empower the project team to take measured and considered risk and to feel free to use creative thinking and innovative approaches.
  • Create a team which believe the improbable is possible.

  • Quality: Display enthusiasm and total commitment to quality initiatives.
  • Drive process improvement initiatives forward, some of which may be formed as part of global quality improvement strategies.
  • Take the initiative and provide innovative ideas to improve efficiencies within the Invacare Organization.
  • Adopt andsupportthe continuous Improvement philosophy that results in:
    • ISO accreditation of the Invacare Organization as necessary
    • Cost reduction
    • Quality Improvement
    • Improved internal communication
    • Streamlining of Process and Systems
    • Synergy of functional areas
    • Ownership of product and processes

Key working relationships include, but are not limited to the following:


The role requires communication, interaction, and relationship building with the following stakeholders:

  • Global Invacare Business Units (e.g. Invacare Europe, Invacare Asia Pacific)
  • Invacare Subsidiaries (e.g. Motion Concepts, Dynamic Controls, ASL, Alber)
  • Internal and External Customers
  • External Suppliers
  • Sub-contractors


The role requires close working relationships with all functional departments at Invacare across multiple geographic locations, and in particular the following stakeholders:

  • Senior Leadership
  • Product Managers/Owners
  • Design
  • Manufacturing & Supply Chain
  • Quality, HR, IT, and Finance
  • Other Project Managers


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or other related field required.
  • 7+ years of progressively increasing experiencerequired, including 4+ years in Project Management.
  • Project Management Certification preferred MPM, CAPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, etc.
  • Business experience and exposure to all phases of the business: product management, marketing, sales, engineering, finance, and manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn technical information and apply technical concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in a matrix organization.
  • Demonstrated achievement of business goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and lead others
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and interpersonal/communication skills.