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Director Program Management (China Strategy) in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 3/15/2019

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Job ID: CEP003100

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


Job Description

The Program Director / Sr. Director will be responsible for (1) single point of contact for China Strategy (2) planning, coordination, tracking, and successful implementation of a multidimensional project that involves medical devices, medical instruments, assay development, legal and regulatory harmonization forChuna (3) ensuring sustaining projects meet corporate strategies and goals around on-time delivery, budget, product development processes, quality system and regulatory requirements.


  • Single point of contact for all China Strategy related communications – conducts reviews, provides monthly reports and tracks finances
  • Monitor and report regularly on progress of the project to all stakeholders as well as to executive management
  • First point of contact for team members and key decision maker for escalations, deviations and resolving conflict; Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve successful project outputs
  • Custodian of the deliverables list for China Strategy and ensures all deliverables are met within schedule and budget while meeting quality requirements
  • Ensures Core Teams are staffed to meet deliverables
  • Coordinates activities and escalates deviations to functional managers to ensure project deliverables are met
  • Keeps a pulse on activities within each Core Team through the program management team and is able to paint the true picture to senior management
  • Direct line manager for the core team leadership - program management team; Manages workload of the core team
  • Hires, trains and manages the program management teams as applicable

Job Requirements


Required Knowledge - Skills - and Abilities:

Education and Experience

  • PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or Life Sciences or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level is required. MBA is a good-to-have.
  • ≥ 12 years of direct work experience in project management capacity or leading projects of high complexity is required, with experience in all aspects of product development and sustaining projects; planning, execution and product launch. Candidates with a background in medical industry will be preferred
  • Demonstrable track record of (1) managing complex delivering successful global product launches (2) managing and/or architecting complex systems (3) customer management
  • Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management is required
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Project, Power Point, Visio, Outlook, Excel) is required

Key competencies

  • Fast learner able to quickly become adept at using the Danaher Business System tool set
  • Demonstrable success with direct customer management
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to manage team by influence in a matrix organization.
  • Understands the functions of product development and builds partnerships between functions and cultures to accomplish the goals of the project
  • Superior interpersonal skills with demonstrated competencies in team building, influencing and negotiation, and conflict management.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Comfortable presenting to and communicating with cross-functional groups at multiple levels of corporate structure
  • Proactive, hands-on management style
  • Ability to coach/mentor and train others
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, creative in finding innovative solutions to project execution or process problems
  • Demonstrated leadership strengths, adaptable to changes in project scope or direction as appropriate
  • Excellent decision-making skills and comfort in influencing and leading cross-functional groups
  • Should be able to manage team in China, Solna, Sweden and Sunnyvale, USA. Should be available for conference calls with team in China and Solna
  • Willing to travel to China, Bothell (WA) and Solna, Sweden on a regular basis

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Quality System Regulations (QSR) 21 CFR 820; Design Control: ISO 13485:2003, FDA regulations is preferred
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) certification is a highly preferred

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.