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Program Manager

Olympus Medical Systems

Olympus Medical Systems

Westborough, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024


Workplace Flexibility: Hybrid

Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Olympus, a leading medical technology company, has focused on making people’s lives better for over 100 years.

Our Purpose is to make people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling.

Our Core Values are reflected in all we do: Integrity – Empathy – Agility – Unity – Long-Term View

We deliver on our purpose and our core values by staying True to Life.

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Job Description

The Program Manager will be responsible for managing mid-to-large-scale, internal and external complex new product development programs with multi-functional & global core teams; responsibilities include the planning of all project activities, synchronization of all Core Team actions and deliverables and complete ownership of the overall project schedule, resource requirements, risk assessment and project investment analysis/budget.

The Program Manager is responsible for both directly and indirectly driving program execution and all development efforts. They are accountable for product quality, program investment, delivery to schedule, product cost, and resource allocation.

The candidate will have under their scope of responsibility aiding the team in the business case development and ensuring that the program activities meet internal and external customer requirements and follow OSTA’s (Olympus Surgical Technologies of America) Product Development Process (PDP), including communicating various progress reports and reviews with senior leadership.

Job Duties

  • Plan and execute complex, mid-to-large scale internal and external new product development programs (made up of multiple cross-functional projects with distinct goals).
  • Lead the Core Team in the development of a project charter, objectives, project plan and schedule for assigned program.
  • Develop and manage budgets for the program including resource loading, external expenses, and capital requirements.
  • Proactively identify and assess areas of risk, escalate issues in a timely manner and collaboratively develop solutions.
  • Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve timely project outputs.
  • Proactively manage project-related actions and deliverables, holding team members accountable for completion.
  • Create, align, and provide regular project updates (written and verbal) to appropriate stakeholders and relevant management board; create presentations, dashboards, and executive summaries.
  • Conduct effective cross-functional team meetings to ensure accountability and milestone achievements; create agendas and publish minutes/actions.
  • Build team ownership and commitment to project and business plans and define project milestones, deliverables, and associated resource requirements.
  • Actively manage cross-functional project teams (and external partners) through planning and execution, providing direction and guidance as well as collaborating with functional managers to coach Core Team members when needed.
  • Identify performance issues and conflicts within project team; collaborate with functional management to resolve these issues.
  • Provide input to functional managers on team member performance.
  • Facilitate a team culture of continuous improvement and teamwork that strives to improve in quality, safety, delivery, and cost.
  • Actively seek collaboration and build relationships with internal customers and external partners to improve overall outcomes and timely project completion.
  • Gain cooperation and commitment from people through influence, not authority.
  • May support functional excellence initiatives.
  • Participate in early-stage business case development and planning efforts of a program.
  • Collaborate with functional leaders to define early-stage estimates of schedule, budget, and resources.
  • May act as a program portfolio manager for a low-complexity business unit, partnering with leadership to define priority and manage program conflict.
  • Other essential duties as directed.

Job Qualifications


  • BS degree in engineering or technical field required; MS or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a regulated industry such as aerospace, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals – Class 2 medical device industry experience highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience preferably in a R&D, engineering, or project management role, interfacing with new product development.
  • Minimum of 3+ years of successful demonstrated experience in managing large technical complex new product development programs.
  • Experience with applicable FDA guidance, ISO 13485 regulations, and applicable industry standards.
  • Position requires up to 20% domestic travel.


  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills with background and experience in project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency and drive for results.
  • Ability to work in an environment with competing priorities; effective at dealing with change and ambiguity as business needs shift, demonstrating flexibility while ensuring compliance.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and comfortable and adaptable presenting to different audiences and levels of the organization.
  • Expert-level user of Microsoft Project; highly proficient in Excel, Power Point, Visio, and Word.

Why join Olympus?

Here, people matter—our health, our happiness, and our lives.

  • Competitive salaries, annual bonus and 401(k)* with company match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Visions coverage effective on start date
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Free virtual live and on-demand wellness classes
  • Work-life balance supportive culture with hybrid and remote roles
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Educational Assistance
  • Parental Leave and Adoption Assistance
  • Volunteering and charitable donation match programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Programs including Colleague Affinity Networks
  • On-Site Child Daycare, Café, Fitness Center**

*US Only

**Limited locations

We care about your health and financial well-being and offer the resources you need to feel vital, confident and ready for wherever life takes you. Learn more about our benefit offerings at https://www.olympusamerica.com/careers/benefits-perks.

About us:

Our 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 costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients and their safety.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Olympus employs more than 31,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries and regions. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,200 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

Olympus is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace

We recognize diversity in people, views and lifestyle choices and emphasize the importance of inclusion and mutual respect. We strive to continue to foster empathy and unity in the workplace so that our employees can fully contribute and thrive.

Let’s realize your potential, together.

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.

Applicants with Disabilities: As a Federal Contractor, Olympus is committed to ensuring our hiring process is accessible to everyone. If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application or hiring process, please contact Olympus via email at OCAAccommodations@olympus.com. If your disability impairs your ability to email, you may call our HR Compliance Manager at 1-888-Olympus (1-888-659-6787).

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