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7 Jan 2021

Full-Time Director, Project Management

Accuray Inc. – Posted by Accuray Inc. Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Job Description


The Director of Program Management leads the Program/Project Management Organization, which drives product development projects involving a high degree of cross-functional coordination and problem-solving from initial conceptual phases through new product introduction and hand-off to manufacturing and installed base improvement efforts. The Director manages a staff of Project Managers who oversee and coordinate new product releases across different organizations within the company, including the creation and direction of schedules, resources, budget, and spend tracking. In addition, the Director also leads an Installed Base Program Management team driving improvement projects for the company’s equipment globally.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Drives product development (PD) across different Accuray functions, and with external organizations, ensuring timely execution against plan/ project schedule.
  • Develops and maintains the Accuray Product Roadmap to satisfy the business strategies
  • Drives product development projects involving a high degree of cross-functional coordination and hands-on problem solving
  • Drives project master planning including work breakdown structure design, estimation, scheduling, “what-if” analysis, and re-planning as required
  • Monitors progress of development projects, using existing Accuray program monitoring and control mechanisms, and bottleneck management techniques to keep projects on track
  • Identifies risks and vulnerabilities; create contingency plans; monitor risk levels and drives execution of contingency plans as appropriate
  • Interfaces with cross-functional representatives to ensure robust requirements management and design control activities are completed in step with overall project needs
  • Oversees and coordinates People and Financial Resources required to deliver the PD programs in line with plan/ project contract
  • Plans, coordinates and monitors proper allocation of cross-functional product development resources to deliver within project parameters
  • Understands, monitors and directs the cross-functional activities and product development deliverables. Recognize and correct deficiencies and weaknesses within the program.
  • Manages internal stakeholder interactions, anticipating and proactively resolving conflicts that may arise.
  • Develops and monitors project budget (in collaboration with Finance).
  • Demonstrates proficiency with preferred tools, techniques and methods for project and portfolio management, document control, and resource modeling.
  • Develops and delivers stakeholder communications.
  • Prepares team communications to ensure efficient and effective communication with key stakeholders, including, but not limited to formal reporting requirements, maintaining open communication among project participants and interested parties.
  • Conducts regular and ad-hoc project reviews with the project team, sponsors, and clients. Manages contracts, requirements and specifications with external partners and/or collaborators.
  • Serves as subject matter expert (SME) for the project files and all of its contents for regulatory audits and notified bodies and understands regulatory requirements and practices
  • Mentors and develops project managers to enhance their professional growth, identifying stretch opportunities, providing feedback on individual strengths and developmental needs, and surfacing interests through one-on-one discussion.
  • Coaches employees to develop their problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills to enhance department effectiveness in an on-going manner.
  • Builds capacity among the project management team by identifying skill gaps, making and executing plans to address them.
  • Grows the project management team through vision as well as functional management, including rewards.


a. Required

  • BS in a technical discipline (engineering, computer science, physics, etc.).
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in leading project, program and/or engineering functional teams.
  • Minimum 6 years in Product Development with proven interaction skills with individual contributors and management across engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory functions.
  • Ability to effectively navigate formal and informal communication and decision-making channels across all levels of a matrixed organization to deliver results
  • Ability to work on multiple, concurrent problems projects of diverse scope with diverse project teams of varying sizes.
  • Ability to develop and deliver clear, crisp communications (written and verbal) that are customized to the needs of different audiences, ensuring timely and relevant communication.
  • Ability to see the big picture and ability to synthesize, analyze, and draw insights from large data sets to inform the best path forward.
  • Functions independently with little instruction on day-to-day work and general instructions on new assignments.
  • Some travel, domestic or international, may be required.

b. Preferred or Desired

  • PMP Certification and/or advanced degree.
  • Experience managing projects involving external collaborators in, potentially, different time zones or countries.
  • Industry experience and knowledge of medical device and regulatory standards.

To qualify for this position, candidates must be able to furnish proof that they are authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without sponsorship.

EEO Statement

At Accuray, our commitment to patient-first outcomes drives an inclusive and collaborative work environment where the best ideas rise to the top — and everyone works to push them further. We value diversity in both the professional and personal backgrounds of our employees, as this variety adds rich energy to every team, every project and every work day. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin – including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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Job Types: Full-Time.

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