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Edwards Lifesciences Director, Program Management – Smart Factory in Irvine, California

Have you been searching for a role that brings you to the forefront of innovation? We have an outstanding leadership opportunity to oversee multiple projects in support of the Smart Factory initiative at Edwards Lifesciences. As a Director, Program Management, you will ensure success and attain results through proper: roadmap development & alignment, portfolio management, process standardization, project prioritization & sequencing, resourcing (headcount and investment), planning, execution monitoring, risk management, team development/coaching, communications and extensive stakeholder management. In addition, you will lead/manage a complex portfolio and governance process supporting each Manufacturing Network/Site within the portfolio from conception to completion in collaboration with functional departments to successfully develop and assure implementation, definition of objectives, strategies, actions (tactics) plans, and execution.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage strategic Manufacturing Network wide portfolio of programs & projects, and partner with other Functional Leaders, Finance, SMEs and PMOs, to ensure results attainment for Smart Factory initiatives.

  • Manage/ Coordinate portfolio’s financial activities, including Strategy, AOP, CAPEX, value tracking, proactive phasing, spend to plan.

  • Manage prioritization and sequencing within and across the Manufacturing Networks/Sites as well as a global integrated project list to ensure the organization is focused on highest priorities to maximize returns with effective capacity management across GSC.

  • Ensure use of standardized/efficient processes, systems, playbooks, DMAIC, Agile, Scrum, Value metrics, and change management.

  • Facilitate regular project review and phase-gate meetings with project and leadership teams.

  • Facilitate the creation and approval of complex business cases within the program and coordinate the sharing of resources among projects including execution against that roadmap.

  • Establish, maintain, and influence program stakeholder relationships, expectations, and communications, both internal and external to the organization.

  • Develop a high-level integrated milestone plan for the program and manage program changes in accordance with the change management plan to control scope, quality, schedule, and cost.

  • Execute program plans (quality, risk, communication, staffing, etc.) and capture and communicate program status and data to maintain accurate and current program information for the use of stakeholders.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in project and program management, including guiding and mentoring project managers.

  • Elevate maturity level specifically in the multiple areas of project management (e.g., governance, resource management, project management, Agile/Scrum knowledge), and lead by demonstrating culture and values.

  • Direct/coach project/program managers/work stream leads with overall responsibility of developing systems, planning, staffing, budgeting, managing expense priorities.

  • Develop a robust talent development and succession planning in alignment with functional growth strategies.

  • Coordinate training programs and ensure skill building (PM/Agile/Scrum/Lean Six Sigma training & certification) for targeted groups and provide coaching to ensure proper application certification.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree with 14 years of hands on experience managing large to midsize projects and/or programs of increasing complexity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or equivalent preferred.

  • Previous experience in implementing automation equipment alongside MES or other value-added applications (i.e. SPC, ERP, data acquisition capabilities) in optimizing the capabilities of a factory.

  • Supply Chain and Operations experience and implementing a Lean transformation is preferred.

  • Experience in major transformational change program, developing and exercising sound change management methodologies (including extensive training and communication plans).

  • Excellent documentation and communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills including negotiating and relationship management skills with ability to drive achievement of objectives.

  • Expert understanding and knowledge of principles, theories, and concepts relevant to managing multiple projects and charting the course of overall programs (portfolio).

  • Excellent understanding and work experience with project budgets and financial management.

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to influence change.

  • Experience in facilitating change, including collaboration with management and executive stakeholders.

  • Experience operating within a regulated environment.

  • Proven expertise in usage of MS Office Suite and related project management systems.

Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 15,000 individuals worldwide.

For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.