Project Manager

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Palo Alto, CA
Job Description

As a Project Manager on the Global Product Management team you will lead, organize, direct, control and manage all phases of product-related projects ranging from project initiation through execution and delivery. You must have experience working with, presenting to, and receiving direction from Directors in a cross-functional / collaborative arena. Strong negotiating skills and the ability to influence upward, downward, and laterally is a must. Candidate must be driven with a strong sense of purpose and a track record of success.

Assignments will be of diverse scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. You will use independent judgment and discretion in solving business problems.

The ideal candidate has a proven track record of being productive in challenging business environments and experience navigating a variety of issues involving Directors and Managers and sometimes VPs. He or she is self-motivated and likes to create new processes and optimize existing ones across departments, but has sufficient management experience and people skills to understand how change can be implemented effectively.

This role has senior project management matrix responsibility with no direct reports and reporting into the Senior Manager of GPS Operations.

In this role, you will:

* Develop and deliver cross functional re-engineering projects critical to or driven by the Product Management team

* Independently drive projects and initiatives designed to improve operational excellence in converting customer feedback into innovative product and services.

* Determines methods and procedures for new assignments

* Accelerate the timely delivery of key deliverables within the Product Management organization

* Write far-reaching communications about progress and outstanding action items for key initiatives and projects

* Develop plans and schedules and deliver progress and status updates on initiatives to Directors and VP-level

Job Requirements

Up to 20% global travel annually as needed

* Location at Varian headquarters in Palo Alto, CA

* Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience)

* 7 years' enterprise project management experience

* 5 years' experience driving in a cross-functional environment

* Proficient in utilizing business tools such as: E-mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

* Experience with SAP or equivalent ERP product and productivity software desired.

Attributes:

* Extremely well organized and willing to create operational structure

* Agile learner, able to develop Oncology subject matter expertise

* Self-motivated and energetic advocate for continuous process improvement

* Able to transition from concept to implementation and back effortlessly

* Detail oriented

* Effective influencer across organizational and geographical boundaries

* Must have high tolerance to ambiguity

* Must have demonstrated ability to succeed in fast pace, rapidly changing environments

* Ability to think strategically and develop appropriate tactics and messaging

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