Thermo Fisher Scientific Director, Portfolio & Program Management Instruments in Carlsbad, California

Job Description

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $22 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

How will you make an impact?

  • Partners with Business Unit (BU) Leader, product management, R&D and marketing to develop the multi-generation portfolio roadmap & annual plan for instrument products, focusing on R&D utilization to maximize impact. Leads regular review of the portfolio with BU leadership team, drives prioritization, status updates and revenue reporting for all instrument New-Product-Introduction (NPI) programs.

  • Ensures best practices of Program Management are followed by all instruments NPI teams in the BU, with the goal of not only delivering products of high quality and value to the organization, but also of delivering them within the agreed-upon metrics of schedule, resources, budget and scope.

  • Accountable for ensuring multi-year portfolio plans are in place for all instrument platforms and that multi-generational product planning best practices are being executed to ensure systematic and predictable refreshes.

  • Partners with operations on sustaining activities including quality and productivity improvements including value engineering best practices

  • Functionally manages a team of program managers who lead instrument NPI programs within the division.

What will you do?

Portfolio Management:

  • Partners with BU leadership to integrate multiple segments into a cohesive BU strategy and annual plans, focusing on R&D utilization, in alignment with divisional strategy. Facilitates creation and implementation of an instrument NPI multi-generational portfolio roadmap and life-cycle management, aligned with BU strategy.

  • Leads regular review of instrument NPI portfolio with BU leadership team, drives prioritization and reports on status & revenue of all instrument NPI programs, in coordination with segment leads.

  • Sits on BU leadership team and contributes to divisional monthly business reviews (MBR) to represent Portfolio & Program Management (PPM) organization.

  • Identifies resource bottlenecks that may be negatively impacting instrument NPI programs and works with extended leadership team to address shorter and longer term.

  • Represents PPM on instrument NPI steering committee, also known as the Product Approval Committee (PAC).

Program Management:

  • Leads critical BU instrument NPI programs from initiation through commercial launch. Acts as program champion and leads a cross-functional team to identify and mitigate program risks, in order to successfully deliver all program deliverables. Solve problems and manage crises effectively and independently. Acts as information conduit between core team and leadership; prepares and presents program reviews to PAC as core team representative.

  • Mentors others leading instrument NPI programs in the BU, providing them with high-level BU context & guidance. Provides feedback to functional manager regarding program manager performance in instrument NPI programs.

  • Provides feedback to Central R&D about NPI process improvements. Sponsors change initiatives & builds best practices regarding program management & product development in the division.

Functional Management:

  • Communicates standards of portfolio & program management role and responsibility, relative to grade level. Provides feedback & coaching on performance, as well as creation of personal development plans to improve skills set.

  • Assigns program management resources, in partnership with BU portfolio managers

  • Hires new program management talent

  • Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree (B. S. or B.A.), preferred in the Life Sciences, from four-year college or university

  • 10 or more years’ combined product development and project management experience, of which a significant portion must be in the life sciences instruments

  • 4 or more years’ experience managing an instrument NPI portfolio

How will you get here?

  • Ability to work without significant direction and is able to recommend modifications to overall direction of instrument portfolio or program in order to meet BU goals

  • Extensive experience in product life-cycle management and multi-generation product roadmap planning and program management in life sciences instruments, medical devices or other related areas

  • Works on complex, multi-faceted problems where analysis may require in depth analysis, as well as imagination

  • 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

  • Fluent English

Behavioral Competencies:

  • This person must possess the following behavioral competencies and characteristics. Please note that these are regarded by Thermo Fisher Scientific as equally important to technical competencies and experiences. Someone who displays the right attitude and characteristics for the role will therefore be considered even if they lack technical expertise in one or two of the areas mentioned previously.

  • A strongly pro-active, 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 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’.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 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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