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Danaher Corporation Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, California


Responsible for leading and managing Operations Programs (capacity expansion, continuous improvement, sustaining, etc) within the Operations PMO organization with the objective to deliver projects/programs on time and budget that meet business objectives and customer needs. This role is based out of Cepheid’s Sunnyvale Office.

This role is 3-fold

Program Management:

Partner with site leaders to ensure communication and clear alignment on expansion programs master project list to expansion roadmap.

Model project resource/skill set/budget needs to support programs.

Drive strategic recommendations of and execution of action plans on a program level to ensure that the entire expansion programs are executed and aligned to the business expectations

Manage and facilitate quarterly review meetings among site leadership team and Cepheid executive team to ensure visibility of critical projects and issues.

Management of Projects:

Lead the cross-functional coordination of teams to ensure alignment and proper resourcing and prioritization of expansion projects.

Lead and execute on multiple programs in parallel.

Define, measure and communicate project progress to leadership functions:

  • Identify, prevent and manage risks

  • Track and ensure on time delivery of project deliverables

  • Develop full scale project plan including project tasks and resource requirements

  • Manage project file and project documentation

  • Manage communication with external and internal stakeholders

  • Align the company’s general business targets with the project’s objectives and outcomes

Process & Organization development

Development and continuous improvement on best practices for project execution and process development for Operations programs roadmap.

Implementation of portfolio management tools using DBS tools.

Participate in development and continuous improvement on best practices for project execution and talent development for PMO.

Participate in strategic initiatives to strengthen competencies across PMO

Contribute to improvement and implementation of cross functional internal processes

Support implementation of good / industry standard project management and processes

Act as a resource and mentor to less experienced colleagues

The role is expected to provide strong leadership in a matrix environment to promote best practices in managing interrelated projects and programs to ensure successful delivery.


People Management/Leadership

  • TEAMWORK & COLLABORATION: Share and leverage Project Management best practices across; Develop and cultivate strong relations with internal and external stakeholders; Maintain strong working relationships/partnerships with leadership team and resource managers.

  • STRATEGY: Create, clarify and share vision of long-term objectives and strategies for Operations programs targeting on time, on budget project/program delivery that meets business and customer needs aligned with business objectives; Communicate priorities balancing trade-offs between short-term and long-term aspirations; Pro-actively identify potential roadblocks and barriers and to portfolio/program success and propose solutions or work arounds.

Project Management:

  • DECISION-MAKING: Utilize critical thinking to move strategy to action in a global environment; Determine team resource allocations based on project fit, skill set, capacity, and capability.

  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Drive PM excellence through best practice methodologies, process systems, DBS and other tools; Drive in-depth understanding of business strategies, capabilities coupled with equally deep knowledge of development and commercialization processes; Estimate and identify the resources needed to achieve project goals through established resource capacity planning.


  • Complete all assigned and required training on time

  • Leadership Essentials


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree preferred in Science, Engineering and/or Business Administration

  • 8 years of experience executing complex multifunction programs

  • Experience leading / owning multi functional interdependent programs

  • Experience in rapidly expanding dynamic environments

Knowledge and skills:

  • LEADERSHIP: Demonstrated outstanding leadership of multiple projects and teams; Has a track record of achieving outcomes that advance the business; Proven track record for meeting/exceeding quantitative targets and qualitative goals; Role models Danaher Leadership Anchors

  • BUSINESS EXCELLENCE: Possesses knowledge and broad experience in the molecular diagnostic industry. Outstanding organizational and time management skills; Proven abilities to successfully; Manage multiple, often complex and sometimes competing, objectives, goals and other priorities; Proven ability to plan and resource multiple projects on short-, medium, and longer term basis; Develops efficient processes based on business knowledge and coordinates with others to get things done; Conducts risk-benefit analysis for trade-off scenario planning.

  • COLLABORATION: Ability to execute change initiatives in a dynamic global environment effectively collaborating within and across multiple organizations and with stakeholders of various background and skill sets; Skilled in establishing and facilitating a collaborative and respectful team/group environment; Contributes actively to group learning from both success and failure

  • COMMUNICATION: Able to simplify a complex set of components into a simple, effective message; Exhibits professional maturity, confidence, and competence in communications; Knows how to summarize and communicate the keys points and business case for others to effectively and expeditiously make important business decision;

  • INITIATIVE: Able to define priorities and focus on areas that add value; Self-motivated and disciplined to deliver results; Asks for feedback to continuously improve own work and that of the group; Finds ways to scale team’s assignments to make space for growth opportunities and evolving demands.

  • INFLUENCING: Demonstrated skills in persuading leadership on strategy, initiatives implementation and decision making; Possesses a strong self-awareness to apply appropriate influence skills in varied situations and with various levels in the organization to achieve business objectives; Has a proven track record of building strong and sustainable relationships with internal and external partners/stakeholders.

  • PROBLEM SOLVER: Knows how to apply design thinking and problem solving frameworks (PSP); Works well with ambiguity and demonstrates abilities to learn and adapt quickly to the rapidly evolving operations landscape; Demonstrated ability to implement and embed solutions

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Must be able to accommodate flexible working hours due to the nature of the work in working in a global environment

  • Must be able to travel


  • PMP or PgMP certification is highly preferred

  • Medical device and/or In Vitro Diagnostic environment experience is highly preferred

  • Experience leading Operations programs highly preferred

  • Experience leading rapid scaling programs highly preferred

  • CP in DBS Tools (For Example, VPM, LEx)

  • Experience executing programs in a regulated environment

  • PMP or PgMP certification is highly preferred

  • Medical device and/or In Vitro Diagnostic experience is highly preferred

  • Can “build plane while flying”

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

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Operating Company: Cepheid