Senior Program Manager in Chaska, Minnesota at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Date Posted: 9/14/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: BEC015269

About Us

Beckman Coulter develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Our diagnostic systems, found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world, produce information used by physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients. Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on all seven continents. For 80 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples’ lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and scientists, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care.
Beckman Coulter offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits. We think you'll like what you see.
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Beckman Coulter 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.


  • Applies advanced technical experience, skill and performance to the oversight of multiple projects, to achieve strategic goals through new product delivery and management of the product life cycle for key program and products. 
  • Maintains continuous alignment of program scope with strategic business objectives and possesses advanced skills in finance, leadership, communication, influence, cross-cultural awareness, negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Works cross-functionally and consults frequently with Manufacturing, Engineering, Research and Development, Quality, Regulatory and Marketing, in addition to other functional groups.
  • Supports the strategic direction for the Chemistry product line including intellectual property, regulatory, development, manufacturing, maintenance, and commercial support required to launch and achieve product line growth targets.
  • Routinely communicates project goals, status, requirements, and deliverables to the Business Unit Product Planning Group
  • Works closely with Business Unit management to define, support, and implement functional infrastructure to support the needs of the Chemistry business globally.
  • Manage the program through Core Team members and their Extended Teams to deliver robust, manufacturable products which meet the defined delivery timeline, design inputs and quality metrics to meet business unit goals.
  • Directs Core Team project activities and resolves issues escalated to the Core Team
  • Makes or facilitates project trade-off decisions within the boundaries of the PBDT approved project contract
  • Is responsible for the budget, schedule, resource management, and performance of the program
  • Communication focal point for the project to PBDT, Product Planning Group, and Functional Management
  • Responsible for achievement of QCD (Quality, Cost, Delivery) metrics for their programs
  • Identify and drive countermeasures in instances when project is overdue or exceeding budget
  • Establish and monitor use of tools for project tracking and management
  • Establishes project milestones and monitors adherence to master plan 
  • Ensures compliance to Beckman Coulter and Danaher policies and procedures
  • Applies project management processes to achieve the highest performance and value added effort
  • Works effectively with all team members, stakeholders and supervisor
  • Coaches and develops team members as necessary to assure common understand of the product development process and project goals
  • Effectively communicates and maintain visual tools for project tracking and management
  • Effectively employs Danaher Business System (DBS) tools and concepts to maximize efficiency and quality

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in Life Science, Engineering, Medical device business management or related field with 14 plus years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree with 12 years of relevant experience. MBA is a significant plus.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of relevant work experience in scientific or engineering management; a minimum of 2-5 years in program or project management (required).
  • Project management Professional (PMP) certification or similar certification such as Kepner Tregor PM training is strongly recommended.
  • Strong motivational leadership skills and the ability to influence others without direct authority (required).
  • ISO and FDA regulated environment experience is strongly recommended.
  • Fast learner able to quickly become adept at using the Danaher Business System tool set
  • Readily accepts responsibility and accountability for project success and key decisions
  • Ability to travel is mandatory (domestic and internationally) likely 20-30% of time

Additional Considerations:
  • The ideal candidate for this position demonstrates leadership that is earned and is not attained via position power. This true leader must be capable of motivating teams to achieve results that they themselves did not realize they were capable of achieving. The ability to drive change in culture and behaviors is a key attribute of the successful candidate. In order to succeed in this aspect the leader must have superior intellect and must demonstrate outstanding work ethic, be capable of understanding and articulating complex scientific, interpersonal, regulatory, and business issues, thus leading and motivating by example, teaching and coaching.  This leader will also demonstrate the courage required to balance successfully the quality / timeliness polarity of superior Program Management and drive teams to succeed, or have the courage to change directions appropriately, as the facts present themselves. As senior staff, this candidate must possess proven ability to mentor and lead as well as skills in charting the course of the PMO for future state.

Diversity & Inclusion
At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values. Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics 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 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.
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.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.