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Senior Project Manager/Staff Program Manager

Company: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

Sr. Project Manager's responsibility is twofold:

  • To represent the organization in assuring the teams follow product development best practices, and in some cases adhere to specific regulatory requirements, as they lead project teams through the custom product development process. This includes assuring design control and thereby long-term product supportability, as well as delivering the agreed-upon business value.
  • To demonstrate and adhere to project management best practices, with the goal of not only delivering a product of high quality and value to the organization, but delivering within the agreed-upon project contract metrics of schedule, resources, budget and scope.

Detailed Description:

Role, Responsibility and Authority:

  • Develop and assertively drive new custom product commercialization program timelines and budgets in coordination with other departments/teams;
  • Responsible for all aspects of product development from Concept, to Product Launch and completing with Project Closure;
  • Acts as project champion and project "general manager"; manages team to execute all project deliverables; leads cross-functional core team;
  • Coordinates, synchronizes and manages overall project schedule. Accountable for execution on project timelines;
  • Uses Project Management best practices to manage projects, effectively initiating, planning and controlling;
  • Manages a project budget; tracks actual versus plan and resolves issues as they arise;
  • Responsible for planning resource requirements and negotiating Core Team resources with functional managers; assist Core Team Members in negotiating extended team staffing;
  • Facilitates identification and mitigation of program risks. Highlights business implications of identified risks.
  • Reviews team progress against requirements and plans; resolves deviations;
  • Assists Core Team Members in resolving extended team and functional issues;
  • Acts as information conduit between the Core Team and Sr. Mgmt; prepares and, as applicable, presents Phase Reviews to Product Approval Committee (PAC) as Core Team representative;
  • Notifies Sr. Management of schedule and budget deviations beyond allowed variances as well as other contract elements; initiates Exception Reviews as required;
  • Communicates custom project status updates to external customers and manages project related external customer expectations;
  • Contributes to performance evaluation of Core Team Members.

Key Duties:

  • Identify appropriate resources needed and develop schedule to ensure timely completion of project;
  • Regularly track and communicate project status to all stakeholders;
  • Schedule and facilitate all necessary meetings associated with product development;
  • Assess, communicate and manage risks both internally as well as externally with customers;
  • Conduct constructive lessons-learned analysis of completed projects;
  • Work with R&D, Product Management, Manufacturing Development, Manufacturing and Business Development to insure successful project completion and product launch;
  • Solve problems and manage crises effectively and independently;
  • Other duties as requested by Management.

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree (B. S. or B.A.), preferred in the Life Sciences, from four-year college or university
  • 8 or more years of combined product development and project management experience, of which a portion preferred in the life sciences
  • PMP certification preferred

Skills and Attributes:

  • Work is performed without significant direction;
  • Able to recommend modifications to the overall direction of project for desired results;
  • Works on complex, multi-faceted problems where in depth analysis may be required;
  • Solves problems in imaginative and practical manner;
  • Able to make decisions that impact project timeline, budget, strategic fit and viability to business;
  • Interacts and builds effective relationships with core and extended team members, functional managers, senior management, and customers;
  • Able to influence others or gain acceptance in sensitive situations;
  • Develops and delivers original persuasive presentations to larger groups;
  • Gathers feedback on process and practice improvements.

Behavioral Competencies:

Senior Project Manager must possess the following behavioral competencies and characteristics. These are regarded by Thermo Fisher Scientific as equally important to technical competencies and experiences:

  • A strongly pro-active, positive, helpful, 'can-do' attitude;
  • A creative, resourceful and tenacious problem-solver and solution-finder;
  • Enjoys dealing with people and is able to communicate effectively and concisely at all levels;
  • Self-managing and self-motivating, able to prioritize tasks effectively and meet customer deadlines and expectations;
  • A clear enthusiasm for the role and strong desire to continuously develop and improve own performance and departmental performance;
  • Willingness to put in extra effort (and hours when required) to get the job done properly;
  • Willingness to share technical knowledge and own experience with others;
  • Enjoys contributing to the overall success of the company, not just one department, and has commercial awareness of how the department fits in and adds value to the 'whole picture'.

Keywords: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Milwaukee , Senior Project Manager/Staff Program Manager, Other , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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