Valeant Pharmaceuticals

  • Engineering Project Leader

    Job Location US-WA-Bothell
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  • Overview

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a diverse pharmaceutical company that is committed to focusing on our key stakeholders while delivering consistently high performance. Our values provide the overall direction for our company, and provide us with the tools necessary to rise to any challenge by leveraging our collective hard work and effort along with our unwavering competitive spirit. These values help us set goals based on our organization’s potential and what we hope it will become.


    The Engineering Project Leader is responsible for managing a portfolio of business-critical projects aligned with the Solta manufacturing site priorities to ensure continuity of supply.  The position will be involved with the overall process of project portfolio management as well as leading individual projects. 

    Reports To: Manufacturing and Test Engineering Manager


    Work Environment
    The work environment is office and light manufacturing.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Some light machining and prototyping activities will involve moderate noise levels (i.e. power drill) and moderate dust or debris exposure.



    Solta Medical is committed to the health and safety of our employees.   We expect that all employees will perform their responsibilities while maintaining a safe, cooperative, and productive work environment, thus ensuring the health and safety of themselves and others.


    The Solta Engineering Project Leader has responsibilities within two main areas:


    Portfolio Management –

    • The engineering project leader is the owner of the Solta project management process.  Responsibilities include:
    • Chair meeting to rate and rank projects with the management team.
    • Manage overall process to accommodate high priority project requests and make appropriate trade-offs with currently active projects as needed.  
    • Assignment of projects.
    • Project preparation and deliverables (inputs, outputs such as plans, budget, resources, etc.) in place for each project.
    • Chair meeting to review project status with the management team and project leads.
    • Communicate changes to project priorities and timelines.
    • Track progress against project goals and budgets.
    • The project engineer will be responsible for the administration of the prioritized portfolio of projects to support the Solta manufacturing site.
    • Monitor overall portfolio spend against budget.
    • Support annual operating plan with budgetary activities and estimation of resources.
    • Develop close working relationship with site management and functional managers to ensure alignment and balance of project resource needs with other site projects.
    • Chair regular reviews of progress against project goals and deliverables.  
    • Communicate changes to project priorities and timelines.
    • Manage overall process to accommodate high priority project requests and make appropriate trade-offs with currently active projects as needed.  
    • Track progress against annual project goals and budgets.

    Project Management –

    • Responsible for the cross functional execution of assigned projects.  
    • Ensure project plans are in place and regularly monitored for all assigned projects including a detailed project charter/scope, budget, resource assignments, risk assessment, and milestone schedule.
    • Lead select individual projects within the project portfolio as assigned. 


    Experience, Education, Training, Traits:

    • Bachelor degree in an engineering discipline (Electrical, Mechanical, or related). Master’s degree preferred. 
    • PMP or similar certification preferred.  
    • A minimum of five years’ experience in leading technical projects.
    • Advanced understanding of Microsoft Project preferred.
    • A demonstrated ability to analyze and manage issues across multiple functional disciplines.
    • Excellent project management, organizational, communication, and documentation skills
    • Proven track record of delivering to objectives. 
    • Strong teamwork and negotiation skills and the ability to influence without authority.
    • Ability to be successful within a matrix-reporting environment.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Experience in leading projects that involve design transfer from R&D to manufacturing.
    • A self-motivated and results-oriented individual.
    • Experience in a medical device manufacturing a plus.
    • Lean or Six Sigma training and/or certification a plus.

    Language and Verbal Skills

    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret engineering specifications, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to create project plans, Gantt charts, status updates, write reports, and other business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.  Ability to clearly and concisely convey project accomplishments, obstacles, issues, and status to project team members as well as management.


    Math Skills

    • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.  Ability to use MS Excel to perform calculations and interpret project results/data.

    Analytical and Reading Skills

    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to read regulatory, technical and clinical literature and documents and extract important concepts.


    Physical Requirements

    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to perform lifting tasks of up to 30 pounds for short durations.  Duties of this job may involve standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.  Duties also involve daily keyboard data entry.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

    Be Aware of Recruiting Fraud

    Valeant is an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.


    Job Applicants should be aware of job offer scams perpetrated through the use of the Internet and social media platforms.


    To learn more please read Valeant’s Job Offer Fraud Statement.


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