Program Manager in Loveland, Colorado at Hach

Date Posted: 4/3/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: HAC005052

About Us

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.
OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


Purpose of Position

The primary role of this position is program management of new product development and sustaining efforts within the R+D organization in partnership with the business units, including coordination of the global cross-functional team members’ activities to meet the prescribed design requirements, schedule, and production readiness, and also serve as the primary project communication link between R+D and other company departments.  The Program Manager will assume responsibility and accountability for meeting product development requirements, fulfilling product definition, meeting product and project cost goals, quality objectives, and time-to-market objectives.  

Key Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of projects and programs that lead to product conception, definition, design, and release to manufacturing.
  • Develops, maintains, and executes detailed project schedules, project plans and budgets.
  • The Program Manager leads the development efforts by global team members.
  • Is responsible either directly, or indirectly through delegation for all project management requirements assigned by the program manager, including platform and derivative projects.  This includes but is not limited to:
    • Plans and execute projects to meet Quality, Delivery, and Cost objectives
    • Develops project plans following PMI based standards
    • Manages change control processes on assigned projects
    • Develops risk plans and sometimes proactively manages risk on assigned projects using the impact chain and other tools.
    • Develops project schedules using standard project management practices like work breakdown structure, resource leveling, network diagrams, and scenario analysis
    • Lead projects with global design and manufacturing teams including internal Hach teams, off shore OEM’s and GPD partners
    • Compiles, records, and distributes required status reports, test results and other required documentation
    • Maintains development related documentation and the project history file.
    • Manages stakeholder communication from individual contributor level to senior level management on project status, issues, risks, and opportunities
    • Manages projects in the DDS system.
  • Organizes and actively participates in technical design reviews across electrical, mechanical, software and chemical systems
  • Organizes and actively participates in project phase change reviews.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of some of Hach internal systems
  • Adheres to quality system requirements in the development of new products.
  • Develops and implements team building activities or exercises as needed.
  • Develops and fosters contacts with customers, technical experts, dealers, sales people, and regulatory agencies.
  • Travels as necessary to aid in project facilitation
  • Demonstrates knowledge on how and when to apply DBS tools like 3P and standard work to a project. 
  • Receives supervision primarily on unique and unusual situations.
  • Scope and Impact of Position Responsibilities 

This position significantly impacts the delivery of new products for the company.  The Program  Manager facilitates the timely investigation, development and release of analytical systems, which generate continuing revenues for the corporation, while providing our customers with accurate analytical results.  The Program Manager is also responsible for assuring these development projects are performed according to Hach’s documented Quality System procedures, and within budgetary and quality expectations.   


The Program Manager reports directly to the Dir, Program Management Office

Internal relationships:

The Program Manager will interact with Project Team Members, Manufacturing Associates and Operations Management, Quality Assurance, Marketing Product Managers and Specialists, Senior Management Staff, Program Managers, Service Management, Sales Management and Vertical Marketing

External Relationships:

The Program Manager will interact with external Customers, Part Vendors, Contract Service Providers, Quality System Auditors, and OEM Suppliers

Job Requirements


  • BS in Engineering or the physical sciences
  • 5+ years in a product development, engineering, or manufacturing environment preferred, with at least three years of direct experience with product development
  • Broad understanding of products and processes, including design, manufacturing, and market use of products. 
  • Possess a minimum of 1 year of experience in project management of product development projects from concept through commercialization.
  • PMP certification is desired if complementary to above experience.
  • Working knowledge of new product development methodologies.
  • Knowledge and use of word processors, spreadsheets, databases, project scheduling tools, etc.
  • Ability to utilize commonly accepted project management tools to assist in the development of, and adherence to a project schedule.
  • Working knowledge of the project management body of knowledge (PIMBOK)
Personal Trait Profile
  • Demonstrated leadership skills managing small to medium size projects
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills on small and medium size projects.
  • Demonstrated management and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of effective team-building approaches, and team dynamics.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire new knowledge and skills as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage many tasks/projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability in analytical thinking across two or more disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex or difficult messages clearly and persuasively to all of stakeholder groups.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee isconstantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell.
The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment consists of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting, and low noise levels.
The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.
Hach is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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 industrial solutions. Our globally diverse team of 59,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.5B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000 percent 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.

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Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies.