Program Manager

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Program Manager

At ONWARD we're looking for a Program Manager to join our team.

Full-time · Lausanne

About the job

ONWARD is implementing the role of a Program Manager to lead one or more programs in the company’s Neuromodulation portfolio (implantable and external stimulators) towards a continuous delivery pipeline and release on demand for multiple clinical studies, CE mark and IDE approvals.


  • Support the definition of products, services and/or studies roadmap, developing the business case and managing the related benefits and threats.
  • Lead the program implementing the products, services and/or studies solution, including software Apps, Hardware, Embedded Software, Infrastructure, cloud, and test automation.
  • Create the program management plan, implementing a common development cadence and annual calendars for Program Increments (PIs).
  • Create the project charter together with Project Sponsor and Program Management Team, formalizing the release purpose, objectives, MVP features, milestones and estimated budget.
  • Develop and manage program teams, long-term goals, budgets and provide oversight to main project plans and activities.
  • Lead programs in accordance with the business priorities, developing the project life cycle to support the strategic direction.
  • Assist project prioritization and economic decision-making by facilitating releases resources estimation, capacity allocation and timelines.
  • Lead the program events as Program Core Team, PI planning, System Demos, and periodic Scrum of Scrums synchronization, including critical activities performed by the Agile Teams.
  • Coordinate program related activities with suppliers, procurement, legal, clinical, finances, sales, marketing, and other business units.
  • Operate within a budget and timeline framework when analyzing the impact of project decisions.
  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the program agility level and help foster the use of system engineering and Built-In Quality practices.
  • Manage program risks and dependencies. Listen and support teams in problem identification and decision-making, creating an environment of mutual influence.
  • Report on progress to the company’s management team on a regular basis. Escalate and track impediments and provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks.
  • Coach teams in Lean-Agile practices with powerful questions rather than use authority and support the personal development of the teams.

About you

  • Minimum 2 years of proven experience in program management and 5 years in project management, with a demonstrated track record in delivering high-quality solutions to the Medical Device field or other regulated industry.
  • BSc/BEng in an Engineering principle required with relevant project management certification (e.g., PMI, SAFe, SCRUM). Program Management, MBA and leadership education as a plus.
  • Relevant industry experience in design processes, as well as verification and validation of medical devices.
  • Excellent understanding of development in a regulated environment with a personal respect for the regulations and procedures.
  • Solid understanding & experience of ISO 13485, ISO 21500 and Agile development.
  • Experience in Medical Device/FDA Regulated Industry and compliance with IEC-60601 and ISO 14708.
  • Good understanding of clinical trials, marketing, and market access activities required for certification and market introduction of a new medical device.
  • Results-oriented, hands-on and thrive well in an innovative, fast-paced and performance driven organization.
  • Ability to understand the market, needs, and disease state associated with the therapy and human factors engineering.
  • Good understanding of System Risk Management and the principals of Design for Manufacturing, Assembly and Test.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed and geographically diverse business environment. 
  • You embody our values: Empowered, Committed, Pragmatic, Innovative, Open, Trusting, Collaborative, Passionate.

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Do you want to join our team as our new Program Manager? Then we'd love to hear about you!