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Thermo Fisher Scientific Senior Program Manager (on-site) in Plainville, Massachusetts

Location/Division Specific Information

Viral Vector Services, (Plainville, MA)

How you make an impact

The Senior Program Manager is an experienced leader in the biological sciences industry preferably with Cell and Gene Therapy background. Solid project and people management skills are a must along with a business and process-oriented mindset. They are a tenacious self-starter who can assimilate new information quickly and adapt to changing situations while maintaining a highly collaborative demeanor!

This position will be responsible for managing the deliverables within each project as well as manage the partnership with the clients involved. While the Senior Program Manager is expected to be the primary point of contact on the client programs being lead, there will be regular collaboration with SMEs, functional heads, and senior leadership within Viral Vector Services (VVS) to ensure tight alignment of priorities. This individual will also be comfortable leading programs for high profile partners while providing some guidance and mentorship for those CPMs on the team with less experience.

What you will do

  • Plan and drive execution of all stages of program within matrix organizations on budget and time. Specifically, this includes the introduction of new products into the facilities, process development, analytical method development and qualification, equipment purchase and qualification, and production suite start up.

  • Ensure effective utilization of resources through strong people management by executing on good program management practice including use of project artifacts such as project plans, risk logs, RACI documents, schedules, communication plans, etc.

  • Identify potential project risks with the team and develop mitigation strategies, report progress, blocking issues, and risks to all team members and partners. Know when to raise issues to senior leadership for resolution.

  • Facilitate decision making within the team to drive progress to completion during execution to the required standard (internal and customer’s) and ensure program delivers on time and within budget.

  • Manage client relationships and expectations to ensure alignment among the project teams

  • Evaluate the cost/benefit of shifts in project parameters that would affect the timeline, budget, and/or scope in order to guide the project team through the decision-making process prior to a change order being initiated.

  • Oversee project delivery to time and cost and produce periodic progress reports. Work with all functional areas within VVS to ensure that quality, safety, facilities, supply chain, finance, manufacturing, and others are informed and aligned.

How will you get here?

Education / Experience

Bachelor's degree AND 8-10 years of related work experience; OR master’s degree AND 5-6 years of work experience.

Certification in Six Sigma Green / Black Belt preferred.

5 years of experience in management or leadership positions

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills coupled with the ability to work both independently and in a team environment

  • Strong client-facing interpersonal skills with a concern for impact

  • Demonstrated ability to present ideas persuasively and negotiate effectively

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills both internal and external

  • Ability to resolve conflict within project teams

  • Strong attention to detail and concern for standards

  • Ability to travel 25% if needed

  • Understanding of biopharmaceutical / viral vector product lifecycles from development through commercial, with knowledge of appropriate activities and requirements for each phase (process and analytical).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Contract Development Manufacturing Service experience

  • Experience working in two or more functional areas (i.e. R&D, Operations, Quality, Engineering)

  • Prior client facing experience in a Biologics Process Development, Fill Finish, and Manufacturing setting

  • PMP Certification

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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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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.

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