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Danaher Corporation Director, Program Management and Strategy in Bothell, Washington

Cepheid is experiencing tremendous year-over-year revenue growth as the company’s technology innovations and global conditions drive demand for molecular diagnostic products. Cepheid is a high tempo environment with ample opportunity for ambitious leaders with motivation to advice and impact the company. Reporting to the Senior Director of Supply Chain, Estevan Avila (https://www.linkedin.com/in/estevanavila/) , the successful candidate will be tasked with leading and owning critical greenfield programs across Cepheid’s operations. Projects will be high priority for Cepheid leadership and high impact on the company globally. Initial programs include establishing vital partner logistics programs from a baseline of zero or establishing and expanding operating sites, including standardizing processes, contracts, cross functional collaboration, and initial production build.


As an independent senior leader, advisor, and orchestrator within the company, the successful candidate will have ample freedom to make decisions and create innovative operational solutions that are new to Cepheid and distinct within Danaher. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Manage cross-functional teams of internal and external resources and have complete accountability for timelines and deliverables.

  • Take ownership of programs, then influence leadership, set strategy, and drive those programs until completion and handoff.

  • Communicate with clarity across audiences, including Cepheid and Danaher leadership, to share concepts, problem statements, execution plan, program status, and recognition.

  • Facilitate process enhancement methodologies across teams and functions

  • Implement change with business needs as a priority.

  • Directly engage with cross-functional stakeholders at all levels, internally and externally.

  • Ensure ethical behavior without exception and compliance within an FDA regulated industry.

  • Travel as required (and when prudent), including internationally.


Title: Director (or Senior Manager), Program Management, Supply Chain Strategy (P5 level)

Location: Sunnyvale, CA (ideal) or other Cepheid site locations (Seattle, Lodi, Stockholm)

The right person for this role will be flexible, influential, and highly capable, thanks to a breadth of understanding of technical and business approaches to solve complex operational challenges for a scaling global business. He or she will have a track record of successfully supporting management, setting strategy, owning global programs, creating new solutions, and driving results across a variety of operational initiatives. The successful candidate will be a holistic thinker who translates strategy to action while anticipating business, production, and FDA regulatory issues.

In addition, the ideal candidate will also possess the following experiences and skills:

  • Broad expertise in multiple supply chain disciplines, accompanied by expert knowledge and functional management experience in Operations, Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, and others.

  • Management of large-scale programs with standard PMP protocols and project management practices, tools, and methodology to achieve complex and unique objectives within budget and timelines.

  • Strong business acumen with experience leading or advising high-growth or fast-paced companies requiring novel operational programs.

  • Self-driven leadership with the ability to lead by influencing complex teams across geographic and business unit boundaries including the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to resolve conflicts, and to manage problems.

  • Crisp communication of complex and controversial issues, especially with concise, data-driven, and professional presentations. Successful management and escalation to a steering committee. Enables deliverables through facilitation and communication of analytics, charter, process, activities, decisions, and change.Socialization and documentation.

  • A keen influencer of others , with a track record of shaping stakeholder opinions. This leader will have evangelized new concepts and understands how to approach communication from a strategic and business leadership perspective to inspire confidence and work successfully with varied audiences.

  • Expert knowledge and experience in Value Stream management and in Visual Program management

  • Lean Leadership success through implementation of continuous improvement through daily Management, Standard Work, Kaizen’s around Problem Solving/ std work, Value stream, Heijunka, and Gemba.

  • Education or Experience (in years)

  • Bachelor’s degree with 9+ years’ experience and proven process-oriented individuals OR

  • Master’s degree in field with 7+ years of related work experience

Other Qualifications

  • Strong educational credentials (MBA preferred) paired with Consulting, Entrepreneurial, or Functional Supply Chain leadership.

  • PMP certification or formal Project Management training.

  • Working knowledge of Project Management software and tracking structure.

  • Expert knowledge and experience of Power Point to enable concise data driven communication.

  • High level of knowledge and experience in Excel for required analytics.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

Operating Company: Cepheid