Manager / Senior Manager, Systems Program Management

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POST DATE 9/14/2016
END DATE 10/11/2016

Plantronics, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA
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* Manage a team of global Systems, Software and Hardware program managers located in Santa Cruz and UK, providing day-to-day management and leadership on functional and program issues.

* Own hardware and systems portfolio execution through delivery on cost, schedule, and performance targets

* Lead and/or guide escalations and communication on program status and issues to associates in technical, non-technical, and executive leadership functions.

* Track program metrics and milestones, with quarterly reporting of overall portfolio execution health.

* Actively drive the program managers and program teams to manage full HW/FW/SW systems through training, mentorship, guidance, and example. Champion and lead systems thinking and management.

* Continually ensure lockstep coordination between SW development (mobile, desktop, cloud) and HW development on all programs.

* Actively participate in refinement and redevelopment of existing product development processes

* Work with programs and teams to set and monitor project budgets, quarterly portfolio budget roll ups, and help teams mitigate budget issues as they arise.

* Lead the definition, development, deployment, maintenance of program management enterprise tools, with continuous improvements for efficiency, impact, speed, and relevancy.

* Define and deploy skill requirements and training plans for program managers to keep pace with forward-looking portfolio requirements. Directly coach, mentor, and guide staff as required.

* Support the development and management of the program portfolio, including--but not limited to--detailed program sizing, scheduling analyses, product development capacity and skillset planning, and strategic issue identification for portfolio and roadmap decision-making


* BS in an engineering discipline, SW/EE/CE preferred, MS desired.

* 10+ years Program management experience with high-volume electronics products in a HW/FW/systems environment.

* 5+ Years functional (people) management experience

* Experience with agile and waterfall development methodologies.

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to communicate effectively across the organization including technical, non-technical, and executive management roles.

* Strong technical background.

* Solid understanding of product development lifecycles.

* Experience with enterprise-wide project management tools such as Rally, Jira, MS project, Oracle, Salesforce, or equivalent.