Engineering Project Manager in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 11/11/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP004531

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).


    • As a Project Manager you must have excellent communication skills as you will interact with cross functional teams within the company to facilitate coordination of multiple project activities. To succeed in this role, you must be able to facilitate cross-functional collaboration and be thorough in your documentation skills. You should be detail oriented, data driven, and can handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines. You will support project administration, tracking, reporting and other project related activities to ensure completion of projects on time and within budget constraints.

      The Software Project Manager will be responsible for:
      -Planning, coordination, tracking, and successful implementation of multiple Cepheid diagnostics application software projects .
      -For ensuring projects meet corporate strategies and goals around on-time delivery, budget, product development processes, quality system and regulatory requirements.

      • Leads the planning and implementation of multiple Software Engineering development programs, with full responsibility for the project from both business and technical perspectives.
      • Work side-by-side with Technical Leads in the planning, coordination, and implementation of Cepheid’s diagnostic application software.
      • Facilitate the definition of project and program scope, goals and deliverables. Makes project trade-off decisions within the boundaries of the approved project.
      • Serves as the communication focal point for the project to Senior Leadership.
      • In coordination with the Cepheid diagnostics application software Team, utilize best-practice Agile methodologies (like Scrum) and processes, including issue identification and resolution, change control, and risk planning and mitigation
      • Coordinate with the scrum master to facilitate sprint events to achieve specific goals
      • Manage and report project resource allocations
      • Manage and report project budget
      • Develop, document, and manage full scale project plans, including task lists, schedules, and resource requirements
      • Day-to-day management of cross-functional Core Teams including team members from departments such as Biology, Engineering Development, Sustaining Engineering, Marketing, Regulatory, Clinical Affairs, Quality, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and others
      • Lead globally dispersed teams through multiple communication levels and mediums throughout the organization as well as external collaborators
      • Create and maintain Design History Files, Meeting Artifacts, Risk Management Files, and other ISO/FDA required project and product documentation
      • Monitor and report regularly on progress of the project to all stakeholders as well as to executive management
      • Present regular reports defining project progress, problems and solutions to immediate and executive management
      • Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve successful project outputs
      • Assess results of projects and incorporate improvements into the overall product development and project management processes. Contribute to continuous improvement projects for project documentation, templates, and Product Life Cycle (PLC) processes

Job Requirements


  • Required Knowledge - Skills - and Abilities:
    Education and Experience
    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Sciences field with 2+ years of related work experience OR
    • Master’s degree in related field with 0-2 years of related work experience.
    • 2-3 years of direct work experience in Medical software application or other complex software project management capacity 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
    • 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

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience in Quality System Regulations (QSR) 21 CFR 820; Design Control: ISO 13485:2003, FDA regulations is required
    • PMP (Project Management Professional) certification is highly preferred
    • Ability to manage team by influence in a matrix organization
    • Ability to manage geographically dispersed teams.
    • Understands the functions of product development and builds partnerships between functions and cultures to accomplish the goals of the project
    • Strong 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
    • 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

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, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
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