Project Manager

StarFish Medical is Canada’s premier medical device development group, an integrated team of 80+ technical product development professionals who work on device design projects for North American and international customers.  Our head office is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and we are excited to be planning an expansion to Toronto, Ontario based on our business success and growth.  StarFish is looking for Project Managers to join our team based in either Victoria or Toronto.

At Starfish, we value our employees as our most important asset.  Our employees work in an energizing, purpose-designed facility with some of the best medical device design strategists, designers and engineers, to help direct, create and deliver exciting product experiences for varied device markets. Our project areas range from tactical EMS products, surgical tools and consumer diagnostic devices through to high volume disposables, complex IVD systems, imaging technologies and leading edge lab equipment.

StarFish offers a collegial, creative and casual working environment. In a recent survey, our employees rated: peers and culture, interesting and meaningful work, and working conditions (flexibility, environment) as the top reasons they most enjoyed working at StarFish.


The Project Manager will thrive among like-minded members of our dynamic and inspiring teams at either our Victoria or Toronto location, to meet their common goal of producing cutting edge technology products for our valued clients. At StarFish, our very experienced and capable teams of engineers and designers enable the success of ground-breaking medical device companies.  As we say, “Our success is measured by the success of our clients.”

In this multi-faceted project management position, you will be the champion for our clients, you will actively pursue and capture new business development opportunities, and you will lead and inspire cross-functional teams of engineers to successfully deliver technical projects on time and on budget. You will own the relationship with clients throughout the development process to ensure successful outcomes are achieved, while applying your knowledge of sound engineering practices and regulatory requirements to navigate projects in the ISO environment.


  • Lead design teams to develop new medical products and novel technologies throughout the product life cycle from initial concept through to detailed design.
  • Initiate and steer effective brainstorming sessions that will spawn creative, open-minded, out-of-the-box thinking and creative business development ideas.
  • Partner with Business Development to lead and/or support the creation of proposals and transfer of new activities into Engineering.
  • Take full ownership of client/customer relationships, providing them with a single point of contact within StarFish
  • Respond nimbly to changing circumstances and new information by assessing, recommending and applying design and project tradeoffs (schedule, scope and budget) on a continuous basis
  • Market and advocate for StarFish’s capabilities and core competencies to potential and existing clients to help expand the reach of the business
  • Establish strong relationships with clients, team members, and vendors to ensure that schedules are met and budgets are controlled
  • Oversee the work of team members to ensure compliance with regulatory standards, company procedures, product requirements, and specifications.
  • Ensure all required design and quality documentation is completed and all design processes are followed. Initiate and lead appropriate design reviews as required.
  • Support vendor quotations, POs and lead times to monitor BOM targets and ensure cost-effective manufacturing processes are chosen during design.
  • Creatively apply various project management approaches depending on the situation, be it lightweight frameworks that enable rapid iteration or robust deployments for established manufactured products
  • Continue to support products through the manufacturing transfer and ongoing production, including creating and managing ECRs, ECO’s, and liaising with clients to resolve product issues.
  • Adhere to and enhance the Quality Management System (QMS), including developing and maintaining documentation.




  • Engineering degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least five (5) years’ experience managing similar projects (with budget, schedule and scope accountability) is required to be successful in this role.
  • Experience in leading combined hardware and software designs is desired.  This includes CAD, PCB/Schematic Layouts, Embedded System Development, Software Development, FEA Analysis & modeling, rapid prototyping and Manufacturing processes
  • Previous experience as a Project Manager in a consulting environment (min. two to five [2-5] years managing external clients and projects) is desired and experience in a regulated industry, whether medical or not (e.g. aerospace or automotive) would be advantageous.
  • Formal and demonstrated project management experience (PMP certification as an example); ISO13485 experience ideal.
  • Supervisory experience is required
  • Contract management experience is required.
  • Resource planning and management experience (e.g. labor forecasting and management) is required
  • Systems engineering experience is desirable.
  • Some business development, sales and marketing experience is desirable

Note:  Candidates with less than five (5) industry experience may be considered for a junior position provided they meet all other requirements, and provided they bring a minimum of two (2) years of industry experience.


  • Knowledge of product development and manufacturing processes.
  • Strong client liaison and customer service skills, including ability to help clients with being able to describe product marketing features.
  • Ability to filter and distill relevant information for the right audiences.
  • Strong systems engineering knowledge.
  • Exceptional judgment and composure in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to remain flexible and calm in the face of ambiguity.
  • Ability to rapidly understand new technologies and incorporate on-the-fly change of plans.
  • Ability to comprehend, communicate and manage complex design trade-offs.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, including maintaining accurate records and diligently tracking key project metrics.
  • Sharp detective and sleuthing skills.
  • Competence in MS Office Suite (including MS Project, Excel and Word).



If the idea of developing leading edge products in the medical device field intrigues you, we know you will find the Starfish compensation package competitive and commensurate with skills and experience.

To apply in confidence please send a covering letter and resume that clearly demonstrates the qualifications required of this position, along with your salary expectations to by Monday, April 10, 2017.

We thank all those who apply to Starfish Medical; however only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.