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Senior Operations Program Manager in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 2/4/2019

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Job ID: CEP002540

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

Manages people who lead cross-functional teams that are focused on the delivery of a product or computer-based system from design to release for customers. Develops, defines and executes project plans, schedules, budgets and deliverables. Identifies needed resources for projects, defines and assigns major project roles. Monitors the product/program/project from initiation through delivery, interfacing with external customers or field-based employees on technical matters, as needed. Assigns and monitors work of project/program management staff, providing technical support and direction. This position is most common in a matrix type organization, where the position does not have true responsibility over product development but does have overall product/program/project management responsibility, i.e. coordinating efforts leading to product release. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function. >

Job Description

This Senior Operations Program Manager will oversee the management of either A) all the Automation Tool developments (currently about 8 capacity expansion projects and 12 CIP projects), or 2) all of the Mold Tool developments (currently about 5 NPI projects, about 40 capacity expansion projects, and 5-10 Enhancement/Major-Repair projects).  His/her primary responsibilities are to ensure a Rationalized Roadmap is created and maintained for all the projects within the Program (i.e., Automation or Molds), to oversee/facilitate the creation of a Visual Project Management (VPM) for each project within the Program, and oversee the Project Leaders who drive the execution of all the projects progress within the given Program.  The Sr. Operations Program Manager will be, or become, certified in the DBS VPM tool.


  • Create and maintain the Rationalized Roadmap for all the projects within the Program (i.e., Automation or Molds)
  • Ensure, oversee, and facilitate the creation and maintenance of Visual Project Management (VPM) for each project, with appropriate exceptions, within the Program
  • Monitor and validate the status (scope, timeline, and resources) of all the projects within the Program as reported by the associated Project Leaders through regular review the project VPMs, and initiate mitigations and/or escalations to address issues where projects are not tracking according to the VPM plan of record
  • Lead/facilitate cross functional teams (Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources, etc.) in conjunction with Project Leaders
  • Interface with external vendors, as required, to ensure appropriate engagement and accountability in conjunction with internal resources and activities
  • Prepare/maintain/present monthly Program bowlers, action plans, and status reports for L2 Operations Reviews
  • Establish/maintain and monitor the Product Life Cycle (PLC) process for the Program to ensure continuous improvement to the PCL process

Job Requirements


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

  • Bachelor’s degree  in Engineering, Bioengineering or relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level with 8+ years of related work experience ORMaster’s degree in field with 6+ years of related work experience OR
  • Doctoral degree in field with 3+ years of work experience.
  • 7+ years of experience in a Technical Operations setting
  • 5+ years of direct project/program management experience in Manufacturing or Engineering
  • Experience managing other Project/Program Leaders either directly and/or in a dotted-line reporting structure
  • Excellent 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.