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Principal Program Manager

Company: Danaher
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The Principal Program Manager is a senior IT Leader accountable for the successful planning and delivery of critical IT Applications projects necessary to enable Cepheid's global capacity expansion initiatives. The role is expected to acts as a partner to the Global Operations leadership team in the planning of these projects and then to organize them as part of an overall program to ensure consistency in delivery, with clear visibility of interdependencies between projects and with other Business or IT initiatives. The role will also be expected to develop playbooks for such capacity expansion projects so that future ones can be accelerated through the leverage of pre-existing deliverables.


  • Build relationship with the Global Operations Leadership team and key initiatives program managers to understand their roadmaps and plans
  • Develop high level plans to address the Capacity Expansion IT Application needs, including resource requirements.
  • In collaboration with other teams in IT and business functional owners, plan how to staff these projects either internally or through external staff augmentation or consultants.
  • Establish the PMO structure to ensure consistency of reporting and communication across projects overseen
  • Establish mechanisms for identifying and regularly reviewing interdependencies and constraints across Capacity Expansion projects and across other IT (e.g. SAP India) or business projects (e.g. MES)
  • Provide guidance and coaching to individual projects' Project Managers to minimize project risks and ensure successful delivery
  • Represent IT on project core teams
  • Represent IT and communicate status of projects in various forums (Capacity Expansion war room, Capacity Expansion steering committee, etc.)
  • Develop deliverables templates and playbook to make future capacity expansion projects easier and faster


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Business, or related field or the equivalent in work experience.
  • 14 + years of experience in the IT profession focused on ERP design and management
  • 10+ years supporting Supply Chain and Manufacturing IT applications in a global manufacturing environment
  • 8+ years of SAP configuration and implementation experience, with a focus on SAP PP, MM, LE
  • 5+ years of experience as project or program manager, leading full life cycle system implementations

Knowledge and skills:

  • Solid experience of manufacturing, planning and material flow processes in global manufacturing and distribution environments
  • Experience with multiple full life-cycle ERP implementations, with good understanding of all components required for success (process and system design quality, testing processes, change management, access controls, data quality, etc.)
  • Consistent track record of implementing global and complex IT systems projects on time and within budget
  • Experience building relationships with senior Operations executives to understand their business strategies and requirements
  • Ability to provide cross-functional leadership to ensure program and project objectives are met
  • Ability to identify, clarify and resolve program issues and risks as needed.
  • Good analytical problem solving and fact-finding skills
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience working in an FDA regulated environment
  • Experience with MES system and their integration to ERP
  • PMP certification

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified 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. The "EEO is the Law" poster is available here.

Keywords: Danaher, Sunnyvale , Principal Program Manager, Other , Sunnyvale, California

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