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J&J Family of Companies Project Manager, R&D (Multiple Positions) in San Francisco, California

Ethicon, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting for a Project Manager, R&D (Multiple Positions) for our Ethicon Franchise!

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. For more information, visit

Are you interested in exploring the many small-company environments behind the big-company impact of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies? Apply today!

Our Project Manager is responsible for project management ownership for one or multiple new product development (NPD) teams within the Ethicon franchise. The NPD teams' responsibilities encompass product design, manufacturing process design, design transfer and product launch. Key success metrics for this role are meeting project objectives including, but not limited to, time to market, cost of goods (COGS), development costs, quality metrics and ability to meet projected demand.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support NPD Project Director (Product Owner) to achieve project objectives from product conception to commercialization with general direction.

  • Ensure that the project is delivered according to scope, schedule, budget, and quality baselines.

  • Provide direct communication to management on progress, opportunities and issues along with identification and recommended remediation for institutional bottle necks.

  • Lead the effort across team to generate information from relevant stakeholders to create a project charter, and demonstrate the ability to direct and manage project work on multiple projects.

  • Lead project planning and risk planning sessions to co-create the high-level product development and launch schedule through the phase-gate process.

  • Facilitate sprint planning sessions ensuring the commitments made are appropriate and uphold scrum principles.

  • Track team delivery on commitments using project plans, Gantt charts, burndown charts and other visual methods and track team velocity and other performance metrics to ensure accuracy of future planning.

  • Organize and facilitate scrum ceremonies, ensuring usefulness and adherence to scrum practices.

  • Drive backlog grooming (project planning) sessions with the team per the Project Director’s (Product Owner’s) priorities.

  • Act as servant-leader to an agile team; removing impediments and ensuring team productivity.

  • Mentor team members on project management (Waterfall and Agile Scrum) principles and drive conflict resolution.

  • Empower teams to self-organize and facilitate continuous improvement activities through retrospectives

  • Identifies options and negotiates effectively using pro's and con's of different alternatives to stakeholders

  • Champion PMBOK project management best-practices, including Agile Scrum adoption across the organization.


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in engineering, scientific, marketing, general business required; MBA or advanced technical degree preferred

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience required

  • Requires minimum 2 years in a Project Management and/or Scrum role, or Project Management Certified with demonstrated project-related experience

  • Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) required; JIRA or SmartSheet preferred

  • Strong communication and interpersonal and skills and an ability to work effectively with teams

  • Project Management Certification (e.g., FPX, PMP) and/or Scrum Master Certification (e.g., CSM, PSM I, PMI-ACP) preferred

  • Requires solid knowledge of Agile development methodologies or PMBOK principles

  • People Management experience preferred

  • Medical or industrial marketing and manufacturing experience preferred

  • Requires up to 25% domestic and international travel

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location

United States-Ohio-Cincinnati-4545 Creek Road

Other Locations

United States-California-San Francisco, United States-New Jersey-Somerville, United States-Florida-Jacksonville, United States-Massachusetts-Raynham


Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc (6041)

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