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Program Director

Company: Olympus
Location: Westborough
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Are you looking for a company that cares about people's lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day.

Let's inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

Olympus is moving to Westborough, MA! Our brand new Westborough campus is scheduled for completion on March 15, 2021 and will house roles that were formerly based out of our Southborough, MA and Littleton, MA locations. The design of Olympus Westborough prioritizes an exceptional employee experience, with opportunities for wellbeing and seamless global collaboration. More information is available by asking your recruiting team!

The Program Director will be responsible for the Project Management and execution of all New Product Development efforts supporting the Business for OSTA (Olympus Surgical Technologies of America). The position will be located at the Southborough MA site. This individual will help drive the implementation and continuous improvement of the Product Development Process. The role requires a strong leader with hands-on experience in leading and executing product development in the medical device area and will be a key member of the Project Management Office (PMO) leadership team.

Job Duties

  • The candidate must have a proven track record delivering medical device projects to the market utilizing a combination of in-house and external resources, as well as experience leveraging and managing complex development partnerships.
  • Communication & updates to the different internal and external stakeholders will be a primary area of accountability for the Program Director.
  • Develop communication tools and templates across the different sites to communicate effectively and consistently across all integration programs. This will include communication between the project team members to facilitate the flow of information and maximize effectiveness as well as regular updates and targeted level appropriate communication to the multi-division stakeholders and Executive Leadership Committees.
  • Lead the execution of key strategic integration programs (M&A) across OSTA within designated business areas.
  • Develop detailed schedules and detailed assignments setting objectives and goals for the different sites, work-streams and individual team members.
  • Balance, reprioritize and assign tasks and/or negotiate resources to optimize schedules and outcomes on multiple projects.
  • Timely identification of key risks leading the team in the development and proactive implementation of actionable mitigation and contingency plans.
  • Understands, communicates and resolves interdependencies/conflicts between these OSTA/OCA- wide projects.
  • Proactively provide "Alternatives Analysis" for acceleration opportunities, creative problem solving and/or opportunities to improve business outcomes.
  • Provide current, direct, complete and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to team members directly and to their functional managers.
  • Develop standardized communication tools for integration projects - Project Schedules, Communication Templates for the different layers of stake-holders, dashboards to update on projects regularly.
  • Develop and implement best practices and appropriate changes to improve outcomes in a timely manner.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technical Field required.
  • Superior MS Project skills, as well as experience with Project and Portfolio Management tools like MS Project Server and Planview
  • Minimum 10 years of program / project experience, with a demonstrated track record of execution.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Medical Device Industry.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing and developing people is required.
  • Project Management Training & Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) Required.
  • Cross functional work experience in R&D, Engineering, Supply Chain and Operations is required.
  • The position may require up to 15% domestic and international travel.


  • An advanced degree MBA, is strongly preferred or alternatively proven business experience with exposure and responsibility for financial and business case review and development.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines with competing priorities in a fast-paced, ever-changing and evolving work environment
  • The ability to lead and manage remote, matrixed teams in both global and regional environments is highly preferred
  • Hands-on experience with phase gate type product development processes (PACE, PDP) and FDA QSR based Design Controls.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to persuasively deliver presentations to all levels of the organization
  • Avid problem solver with proven ability to make timely decisions while dealing with ambiguity
  • Strong technical aptitude; comfortable in working with engineers.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor others in project management and product development processes.

We realize work isn't just a job to you.

It's a big part of your life, but not the only part. That's why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks - so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus' Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients. Olympus' Medical portfolio includes endoscopes, laparoscopes, and video imaging systems, as well as surgical energy devices, system integration solutions, medical services, and a wide range of endotherapy instruments for endoscopic and therapeutic applications. For more information, visit www.olympus-global.com.

OlympusTrue To You. True To Society. True To LIFE.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Westborough ||


Keywords: Olympus, Worcester , Program Director, Other , Westborough, Massachusetts

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