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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Vice President, Program Management Office in Sparks, Maryland

Job Description SummaryWe are searching for Vice President, Portfolio & Program Management Office Leader (PMOL) in the R&D function to lead the Program Management Office (PMO) for Integrated Diagnostic Solutions (IDS), a business unit of Becton Dickinson and Company. Responsible for strategic planning and tactical execution of the entire portfolio of IDS’s new product development programs, this leader will be the senior functional leader of a large and talented team of driven project and program management professionals, as well as supporting staff. The PMOL will work closely with senior cross-functional leaders across the business to define and deliver critical initiatives to support IDS’s strategic objectives, product portfolios and roadmaps.

The ideal candidate is a highly driven, cross-functional leader with a proven product development and technical leadership record. The role requires a highly motivated, business savvy and customer-centric leader who thrives in a challenging and regularly evolving environment.

The PMOL is a critical member of the IDS R&D Leadership Team. The PMOL leads an organization of Project and Program leaders with a strong influencing role over all new product development activities, portfolio mix, and product development initiatives. The PMOL collaborates closely with his/her commercial colleagues to deliver innovative solutions that support IDS’ business growth objectives. The PMOL oversees successful execution of a portfolio including roughly 40 major projects annually, spanning all phases of the Global Product Development Systems (GPDS – phase gate process). The PMOL is expected to be very hands-on when required, while also having the skills required to evaluate and develop strong Program Leaders on his or her team with capabilities that align to the strategy. The PMOL has the following direct reports: Microbiology Laboratory Solution PMO Leader, Molecular Laboratory Solution PMO Leader, Point of Care Solution PMO Leader, Sample Management PMO Leader, and GPDS Leader.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Devises and executes a comprehensive product delivery strategy that is rooted in market opportunities and customer needs aligning to the company’s strategic goals and product roadmaps.

  • Provides consultation to functional leaders across the IDS portfolio.

  • Ensures alignment of product value proposition, program scope, and strategic business objectives across the entire portfolio. Senses and manages program and solution interdependencies. Accountable for overall solution/products’ ability to meet commercial success.

  • Ensures effective delivery of our portfolio and product roadmap, managing change effectively, providing transparency of portfolio health via Key Delivery Goals (KDG) reporting and other communications. Communicates program updates to functional management and executive Leadership.

  • Collaborates with business stakeholders and technology leaders to understand their strategic portfolio and business goals and translate those into actionable plans.

  • Demonstrates best in class program management practices and drive those practices within all active programs. Mentors Project/Program Leaders on program management best practices. Leads, directs, coaches, and mentors Project/Program Leaders to maximize project success. Provides meaningful and significant feedback to functional Leader regarding the performance of Program members.

  • Drives cross-functional planning and effective execution of programs by coaching program managers through the development and monitoring of fully integrated, cross-functional, timelines and budgets.

  • Owns the Phase Gate GPDS process for the DS organization. Continuously improves PMO processes, tools, metrics, and policies ensuring they meet customer needs and drive productivity, quality and business success.

  • In partnership with Finance and Business Platform Leaders, he/she orchestrates and leads project cost accounting, resource estimates and budget resolution across the business.

  • Manages communication of product development portfolio status to Corporate Research and Development.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in a technical field and a minimum of 15 years relevant experience in leading successful cross functional teams in new product development/program management in a matrix organization.

  • 5 or more years leading a R&D functional or Program Office highly preferred

  • Experience in Medical Technology industries developing electromechanical / software / consumable / reagent systems is preferred

  • MBA strongly preferred

  • PMP certification is preferred


  • Ability to envision future state business services/processes and to construct roadmaps representing evolution from current to future state

  • Proven understanding of how to manage a PMO Department, recruit, develop, coach and retain top talent for the department with solid knowledge of PMO concepts and ability to drive projects to completion

  • A proven track record of executing of all aspects of product development including requirements, design, development, verification and validation as well as other aspects (e.g. performance, security, usability, scalability, install-ability, supportability) relevant to the final commercialized product and overall solution

  • Prior experience successfully managing teams within a matrix model including functional and geographic dimensions, ensuring good collaboration and coordination between multiple stakeholders

  • Success record in delivering internal and customer-facing programs on time with high quality standards

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and resolve complex issues while obtaining buy-in cross functional stakeholder

  • Knowledge of the life sciences industry, its products, services and major business processes including electro-mechanical systems with reagent consumables. Knowledge of clinical laboratory practices preferred.

  • Strong collaboration skills, with demonstrated ability to create and foster a collaborative work environment, maintain effective, high performance teams, and organize people and resources to solve problems and identify opportunities

  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate data and information professionally, effectively, persuasively and on a timely basis, both orally and in writing to diverse individuals and groups inside and outside of the organization


Demonstrates mastery of the following competency areas:

  • Commercial Excellence- ability to effectively apply business, financial and commercial knowledge to successfully deliver the product development outcomes. Ability to champion and execute customer-centric approaches, ideas, methods, and processes. Deeply understand, influence, and manage expedient valuation of strategic hypothesis and assumptions.

  • Project & Cross-Functional Leadership- possesses the skills, knowledge and aptitude to engage, influence, and direct all functions involved in the development of the assigned product. Proven success building employee engagement; creating, communicating and building understanding of a shared vision.

  • Optimized Execution and Performance- advances long-term growth while consistently meeting or exceeding near-term business performance expectations. Demonstrated results and solutions-orientation as achieved through optimized processes and flawless execution.

  • Managerial- ability to manage product development teams effectively. Demonstrated ability to manage conflicts and ambiguity to drive clarity and deliver results. Demonstrated ability to successfully influence people and teams at all levels without direct authority.

  • Personal Effectiveness- ability to work effectively within the project team and the cross-functional organization. Exceptional critical thinking and change management skills.

Primary Work LocationUSA MD - Baltimore

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