Program Director, New Product Development (Software) in San Jose, CA at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 9/7/2020

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As Program Director, you will be responsible for delivering Stryker's Endoscopy Division’s flagship software projects for use in Operating Rooms around the world.  Your products will be a critical element of how we accomplish Stryker’s mission: Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better.

You will play a hands-on leadership role, directly leading large project teams to execute our portfolio of projects.  You will typically manage multiple projects at the same time.  You will usually be focused on the delivery of software through an Agile methodology, but you may also occasionally be asked to make modifications to the hardware our software runs on or to launch physical accessories to our customers.

Your role is not limited to Technical Program Management and includes management of the full project.  This means understanding the business case for your projects as well as the priorities for our Division so you can make smart decisions and recommendations about tradeoffs and options.

To succeed in this role, you should be a leader that people want to follow.  You should be a Project Management expert with a successful track record of delivering new products to external customers.  You should have strong experience with Agile software development.  You should have excellent stakeholder-management skills.  And you should have a clear, demonstrable understanding of business tradeoffs as well as a history of being trusted with critical business decisions.  And you should be able to develop others in these same skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver strategically-critical new products to market.
  • Deliver updates to existing products.
  • Integrate multiple project plans.
  • Manage cost, schedule, and performance.
  • Manage risks
  • Develop business processes needed to make the project a success
  • Manage and inform stakeholders
  • Ensure a positive return on investment
  • Lead a cross-functional team and ensure all technical and business requirements are met


  • Degree required in an Engineering or related field.  Masters in Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent preferred.
  • 10+ years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Leadership experience with Agile software development.
  • Successful track record of launching new products to external customers.
  • Significant project management experience.
  • Ability to communicate and influence at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to bring together multiple functions (R&D, Marketing, Quality, Operations, etc.) as a cohesive team
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Preferred: Experience at a medical device company.


  • Sets direction. An innovator who defines ways to create value and deliver on Stryker’s mission and strategic imperatives.
  • Builds organizational capability. A strategic executive who continuously breaks down barriers, identifying new and more effective ways to accomplish tasks and goals.
  • Inspires others. A genuine, relationship-focused leader who connects, collaborates and fosters an inclusive environment of enthusiasm, trust and pride. He/she makes others want to follow, building momentum for action and positively influencing outcomes.

Work From Home: Occasional

Travel Percentage: 10%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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