Thermo Fisher Scientific Project Manager 2 (Development) in Charlotte, North Carolina

Job Description

Project Manager 2 (Development)

Requisition ID: 68479BR

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Location/Division Specific Information

High Point, NC

How will you make an impact?

The Development Project Manager is responsible for the effective and efficient management of client-related projects in order to maximize client service and satisfaction in the overall best interest of Thermo Fisher. This individual is fully able to master technical skills with respect to client and business requirements and identifies solutions aligned with these requirements. In addition, the Development Project Manager is actively involved in the Development portion of the quotations and negotiations process for new products/projects. The scope of the position covers three major areas: Technical Excellence, Client Experience, and Relationship Management Growth. This is done with the collaboration of others in the Project Management & Development organization.

What will you do?

  • Manage a combination of 5-7 active medium/large projects with minimal monitoring from a Senior Project Manager or Associate Director of Project Management and in line with R&D best practices and governance.

  • Lead project meetings, client conferences and on-site visits.

  • Ensure compliance to the New Product Development Process guidelines.

  • Work with all internal functional areas to facilitate the completion of all projects tasks associated with assigned, approved project plans.

  • Promptly publish meeting minutes, key decisions and discussion points and follow action items to completion.

  • Ensure team members are focused on the project tasks without losing the big picture.

  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques in order to keep the project plan accurate, updated, reflective of authorized project changes as defined in the change management plan, and facilitate customer acceptance.

  • Facilitate decision-making and conflict resolution within the project teams and local functional management. Present decisions and recommendations at periodic project gate reviews.

  • Develop detailed project plans and ensure distribution of same to appropriate internal departments and personnel, and to external customers as required with support as needed.

  • Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques in order to monitor the progress of the project, identify and quantify any variances, perform any required corrective actions, and communicate to all stakeholders.

  • Liaise with key customers (internal and external) on project issues to ensure timely communications, to coordinate the gathering and dissemination of pertinent project information, and to establish joint technical review meetings.

  • Work closely with business managers to accomplish project objectives.

  • Monitor R&D development fee status and, consistent with the status of legal agreements, and issue reports accordingly.

  • Timely notify Finance of customer billing requirements coincident with project development progress and legal agreement payment schedules.

  • Implement the approved actions and workarounds required to mitigate project risk events in order to minimize the impact of the risks on the project.

  • Timely issuance of project change of scopes.

  • Seek to establish excellent professional working relationships with clients and vendors.

  • Communicate regularly with PDS or Commercial colleagues, modeling appropriate team principles and partnering to meet project, functional and team objectives.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific/pharmaceutical discipline required.

  • Certification in Project Management (PMP) preferred.


  • 5+ years of project management experience required, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry

  • At least 3 years of pharmaceutical industry experience minimally required

  • Prior client interaction experience required.

  • Demonstrated ability to drive multiple projects (up to 10)

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills

  • Advanced negotiation skills

  • Commercial business orientation/financial acumen

  • Advanced organizational and Project Management experience and skills

  • Strong analytical abilities with detail orientation

  • Strong ability to work and to guide a team as well as independently

  • Strong ability to interact successfully internally and with clients

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.