Thermo Fisher Scientific Associate Program Manager in Frederick, Maryland

Job Description

When you are 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.

How will you make an impact?

The Associate Program Manager will be part of the Strategy, Portfolio, and Program Management Team at ThermoFisher Scientific. As part of this team you will have medium complexity Project Management responsibilities. In this role you will contribute to portfolio management tasks such as: data collection, data verification, data analysis, and presentation preparation.

The Associate Program Manager role will include responsibility for leading product development teams through ThermoFisher Scientific’s best practice stage gate Product Commercialization Process (PCP). The Program Manager will ensure the teams follow product development/program management best practices, adhere to specific regulatory requirements (as needed), ensure design control standards are met, and will drive program budget adherence and overall project execution.

What will you do?

  • Plans in detail and conducts schedule analysis in keeping with the culture at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Project Planning to include analysis of primary, secondary, and tertiary critical paths is expected. Use of MS Project or equivalent tools is mandatory for all projects.

  • Estimates resource demand which will accompany schedule analysis to ensure proper staffing of projects and programs.

  • Collects and analyzes portfolio data to highlight where resource supply is not balanced with demand across the portfolio.

  • Leads, directs and is responsible for day-to-day aspects, on-time delivery, and risk management of projects and programs.

  • May support staff and senior staff level program managers with larger programs that consist of several smaller projects. In this role you may lead some of the projects that comprise the program and report, dotted line, to staff and senior staff level program managers.

  • Acts as project champion and project “general manager”; manages team to execute all project deliverables; leads cross-functional core team.

  • Manages project budget; tracks actual versus plan and resolves issues as they arise.

  • Reviews team progress against requirements and plans; resolves deviations.

  • Holds team members and functions accountable for on-time execution of project deliverables escalating issues when necessary to provide core team members with needed support.

  • Provides training and constructive input to core team members.

  • Provides clear, concise information and reports to all levels of the project team and executive management.

  • Interacts with peers, functional groups and customers; presents project status and updates to the Product Approval Committee.

How will you get here?

  • 4+ years of experience in managing projects of varying size and complexity through stage-gate processes, preferably in the life sciences.

  • Bachelor's degree in scientific field or business administration; or equivalent trade-off in related professional work experience.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.

  • Outstanding organizational, planning, process development, communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills

  • Experience working with and effectively communicating (listen, speak, present and write) to all levels of management and building working relationships with others outside of the project team.

  • Must be able to work effectively as a member of the Portfolio and Program Management team and in a matrix reporting environment.

  • Ability to organize and disseminate information efficiently, and convey expectations of accountability.

  • Strong time management skills, prioritization schemes and willingness to “take ownership of issues and tasks”.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience in a biological science, particularly experience with cell culture and analysis.

  • Experience developing products in a regulated environment

  • Experience with MicroSoft software, including MS Project.

  • PMP certification

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