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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Associate Program Director in Andover, Massachusetts

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Job Description

The Core Team Leader is responsible for leading a cross-functional core team, and its extended team members, in development of complex product development platforms that help people with diabetes live healthier lives. Scope includes new major initiatives or major product development programs within the Diabetes Care business unit or across multiple business units including Diabetes Care. The Core Team Leader is ultimately responsible for the execution, quality and results of her or his project and the commercial success of the resulting product in the market. The Core Team Leader is responsible for the creation of the program plans, integrated business plans and product requirements. S/he, in close partnership with her/his core team members, develops the cross-functional strategies for the project and manages day-to-day execution of these and supporting strategies. S/he also manages the related activities of team members, tracks progress against plan, manages the project budget, identifies project risks and provides plans to mitigate those risks. The Core Team Leader should be capable of managing varying degrees of program and project size, cost, complexity or risk.


The Core Team Leader is responsible and accountable to lead and direct cross-functional activities and outcomes in an entrepreneurial type environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading large complex new to market product development programs or new major initiatives within a business unit or across multiple business units

  • Influence technical and business direction of the program

  • Leading the creation of the cross-functional project plan, including budget and resource planning, to fulfill the product concept. Planning resource requirements and negotiating team resource assignments with functional managers

  • Leading an transition of design to manufacturing and developing methods for change management

  • Motivate and organize a large cross functional team

  • Aligning and managing all cross-functional activities to deliver the product on time and on budget per contract while meeting all agreed upon technical, operational, business and customer requirements.

  • Negotiating, resolving personal/team conflicts and project/functional conflicts, and driving achievement of project and business goals

  • Successfully tracking progress to requirements, plan and resolve deviations

  • Providing work definition and direction to the assigned cross-functional Core Team Members.

  • Providing coaching and mentoring to Core Team members and providing significant feedback to functional leaders regarding functional strategies and execution and training needs of, and resources required by, the core team.

  • Providing meaningful and significant input to the performance of core team members that is considered in their year-end performance reviews and compensation recommendations.

  • Conducting successful commercial, design, and business project reviews; making the leadership team aware of, and proposing solutions to, unanticipated or potential issues/concerns as soon as they are known.

  • Driving successful program outcomes.

  • Ensuring product acceptability by intended customers; spending time with customers/end-users and constantly investing in understanding customer environment.

  • Collaborating with the platform and commercial teams in driving a successful product launch.

  • Providing accurate and timely reporting, e.g. project portfolio server, resource allocation, dashboard updates.

  • Contributing to the continuous improvement in organization's ability to execute programs and projects from initiation through launch.


  • Successful track record of developing and launching commercially viable complex medical device technologies (FDA Class 2 minimum with Class 3 highly desired) and delivering to market.

  • Deep understanding of disciplined product/technology development processes (Phase/Gate product development method), regulatory and quality requirements, high-volume manufacturing.

  • 10+ years experience in successfully managing and leading cross-functional product development teams preferred.

  • Successful experience working with outside contract development groups and the ultimate transfer to internal resources for a successful product launch.

  • 10 + years medical device product development and/or precision manufacturing experience

  • Communication of complex technical and business topics to senior leadership teams

  • Must be a skilled and determined communicator and negotiator.

  • Must have strong leadership skills and be very relationship and collaborative oriented

  • Working knowledge of regulatory standards (e.g. IEC 60601, ISO14971, ISO 13485); system level V&V planning and execution.

  • Knowledge of Design for Six Sigma Methodology and DFX.

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills as well as presentation expertise to senior level leadership.

  • Organizational awareness and ability to garner support at all levels for a course of action.

  • Strong motivational fit.

  • Strong fit with BD values.

  • Travel: Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time; occasional international travel will be required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Product Development Phase-gate Processes and Procedures

  • Quality System Regulations for Medical Devices

  • Technology Development Process

  • Product Development Performance Metrics

  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills

  • Preliminary and Integrated Business Plans


  • Voice of Customer Methodologies

  • Team Formation and Dynamics

  • Project Management

Primary Work Location

USA MA - Andover

Additional Locations

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Becton, Dickinson and Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or domestic or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, disability, military eligibility or veteran status, or any other protected status.