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Program Director

Program Director

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As the Program Director, you will lead a multi-million-dollar portfolio developing medical devices with the potential to revolutionize patient care on behalf of our esteemed clients. You have an engineering degree and over 15 years of experience managing a similar portfolio of complex electro-mechanical device development (mandatory requirements for this position), including effectively leading teams and clients through these challenges to make a difference.

You bring energy, passion and exceptional skill to help StarFish drive the growth of new and existing programs. At its core, the position combines portfolio, program and people management. First and foremost, you are the principal Trusted Advisor to a portfolio of StarFish’s customers, leading them to successful business outcomes, digging deep to assess their needs, and then leading the StarFish team in developing and delivering compelling solutions that create real business value.

You effectively and consistently build meaningful trust-based relationships with everyone you work with, from customers to technical teams to suppliers. You craft a strategic vision and lead competent teams to accomplish this while navigating the inevitable challenges of innovation, new product development and organization-wide initiatives.

Your people leadership abilities will be fully showcased as you manage a team of direct reports and lead others in the organization through influence to grow and deliver a sizable portfolio of StarFish programs. You will have accountability and authority to appropriately staff your team to meet revenue and profitability targets.

Salary & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role is listed below.

Locations

Toronto, Ontario or Victoria, BC Offices.

Base salary range is between

$120,008.00 – $174,566.80CAD. Annual variable compensation tied to goal completion targets of 5-10% of the base salary. Employees are also eligible to earn profit sharing. Candidates with strong abilities may be considered for a different position with increased compensation.

Comp Philosophy

StarFish Medical works with external compensation consultants annually to ensure our ranges reflect the market and our compensation philosophy. StarFish Medical utilizes a career framework that outlines the skills, abilities, and behaviours required to move between different levels of a job family. Placement within a range is based on those skills, abilities, and behaviours. When candidates are assessed for the posted position, we may find that their skills are more aligned with a different level and will discuss that as a separate opportunity. That position may have a different pay range. The range posted includes all geographic locations to ensure the available base pay range is shared. If a candidate is moving forward in the hiring process past the first interview, we can share the band specific to their geographic location.

Benefits of working at StarFish Medical

An exciting career working with a genuinely talented and ambitious team, combined with:

  • The opportunity to work on groundbreaking technology.
  • Award-winning culture with deep-rooted Guiding Principles.
  • Profit-sharing program.
  • Excellent company-paid benefits package.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, including a “vacation purchase program” to take more time off.
  • Monthly All-hands meetings.
  • Active social committee.
  • 50% BC Transit / TTC cost-sharing in Toronto.
  • Both locations offer shower facilities for midday runs or biking to work; Victoria offers Galloping Goose access close by, while Toronto offers a Bike Share station within a 5-minute walk to the Office.
  • Both locations offer free parking on-site or around the premises.

Responsibilities

  • Grow the StarFish portfolio by identifying customer needs, matching these with compelling proposals and successfully securing sales.
  • Build trust-based relationships with new and existing clients inside your portfolio, leading them to meaningful value-based outcomes.
  • Lead, develop, motivate and mentor exceptionally talented program managers, project managers, project analysts and other support staff. This includes critical functions such as recruitment, employee development and overall team resource management.
  • Once underway, steer programs through the entire lifecycle, including managing the baseline and navigating inevitable change.
  • Predominantly remain “out of the project weeds” instead of managing through other project-based team members to leverage your abilities for the highest-value offerings to the organization.
  • Initiate and oversee project issue resolution development and recovery as needed.
  • Provide regular reports to support business needs within StarFish and external (program health, P&L and other key metrics).
  • Accountable for the overall program and project management process, including contracts, program organization, resourcing, plan development, scope management and risk mitigation.
  • Promote innovation by creating space and inspiring ideation to elevate our client’s vision.
  • Foster highly effective cross-departmental and cross-functional relationships within StarFish.
  • Contribute to developing processes, procedures, and training material and deploy training to other staff members.

Qualification, Skills & Attributes

  • Post-Secondary diploma/degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Sciences.
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience managing similar complex electro-mechanical device development portfolios.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Excellent negotiator; skilled in securing approvals for program budgets, charters, proposals, etc.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate complex technical, product and commercial messages to various audiences. This includes verbal, visual (in presentations & infographics) and written (messaging & reports).
  • Curiosity and drive to understand clients’ businesses, technologies, and needs.
  • Creativity and a problem-solving mentality, to design and adapt programs to meet clients’ needs.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Quick to pick up new technologies and incorporate on-the-fly change of plans.
  • Knowledge of medical device development in an ISO 13485 or other regulated industry is an asset.
  • Consulting experience is an asset.

Thanks in advance for your interest in StarFish Medical!

Amazing Culture!

Our work environment received Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture awards for 2021, 2022 & 2023, recognizing best-in-class cultures that have helped enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. We are Canada’s leading medical device design service provider, providing a full complement of design, development, and low-contract manufacturing services in Victoria and Toronto. We successfully partner with innovative companies (both large and small) to create breakthrough products for several medical specialty areas.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. At StarFish Medical, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles! Please apply through the StarFish Medical Portal.

If you experience difficulties with the StarFish Medical Job Portal, don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] with the subject line Program Director | Job Portal Issue.”

We thank all candidates who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted after initial acknowledgement. No phone calls, please. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Contractors

We also seek innovative and dedicated professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to complement our fulltime team on a contracting basis. To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest, availability and rate to the email address listed above.

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