Program Manager in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 10/27/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Job ID: CEP002218

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 Summary

    We are seeking a Program Manager to join our team supporting our broad operations and capacity expansion engineering and technical goals and objectives. The Program Manager will manage and support programs that improve operational efficiency and consistency and support continued growth in our product lines. He/she is also responsible for effective engagement and communications with internal and external stakeholders. The Program Manager will be a critical and strategic thinker in establishing project priorities across cross-functional teams. A successful candidate for this position will have a track record of delivering projects on time and budget, achieving operational effectiveness, driving transparency, and working closely with cross-functional teams and business leaders. The candidate must be able to take initiatives by themselves, set priorities on their own, and be an excellent team player.


    • Lead planning and execution of multiple high-visibility projects supporting operations and capacity expansion initiatives.
    • Lead cross-functional and technical teams to execute on project priorities and timelines.
    • Produce and monitor overall project schedules, issues, risks, and opportunities.
    • Interface with external vendors, as required, to ensure appropriate engagement and accountability in conjunction with internal resources and activities.
    • Prepare, maintain, and present monthly program updates, action plans, and status reports for leadership reviews.
    • Establish and maintain the Product Life Cycle (PLC) delivery process to ensure quality and efficiency in program execution.
    • Continuously evaluate and refine tools and processes to ensure they are efficient, high quality, and scalable.
    • Operate as a change champion and actively gather metrics and feedback on to measure program effectiveness.

Job Requirements


  • Minimum requirements (i.e. education, years of experience, skills, etc.)

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering, Bioengineering or relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level
    • 7+ years of experience in a Technical Operations setting
    • 5+ years of direct project/program management experience in Manufacturing or Engineering
    • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills
    • Understanding and application of product lifecycle methodologies
    • Advanced project management skills, including time and risk management and project structuring
    • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead cross-functional teams effectively; the ability to work through organizational barriers

    Preferred requirements

    • Experience and/or certification in the Danaher Business System (DBS) Visual Project Management (VPM) and Rationalized Roadmap tools
    • Working knowledge (or better) understanding of Six Sigma, Lean, and/or Toyota production System methodologies
    • Program Management Professional (PMP) Certification or similar
    • Experience in Quality System Regulations (QSR) 21 CFR 820 and Design Control: ISO 13485:2003

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.