Thermo Fisher Scientific Director, Portfolio & Program Management in South San Francisco, 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 $20 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?

The Director, Portfolio & Program Management for Platforms & Content is responsible for leading a team of program managers focused on the Platforms (Capillary Electrophoresis, qPCR, Microarray) and Content (Applied, Research) businesses, within the Genetic Sciences Division (GSD) of Thermo Fisher Scientific. This role is responsible for Platforms & Content Portfolio Management and reports into the GSD Portfolio & Program Management leader while acting as the primary point of contact and portfolio support for the Platforms & Content General Manager, the Capillary Electrophoresis, qPCR, Microarray, and Content General Managers, and the associated R&D Leaders. The Program Management team leads new product introduction programs as well as key sustaining efforts. This role requires significant cross-group coordination, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to drive collaborative discussions and decisions with all key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have strong Program and Portfolio Management skills, a history of strong team leadership and development, be interested in and able to understand business strategy and technology, and be comfortable interacting with senior executives and peers alike.

We need a passionate leader who will deliver execution excellence, making optimal use of the Thermo Fisher Phase-gate process. Come help the Platforms & Content team deliver world-class products and solutions to our customers.

What will you do?

A Portfolio & Program Manager’s role at Thermo Fisher:

  • Leads and develops a team of Program Managers to deliver on commitments and continuously raise the bar.

  • Executes the Portfolio Management Process governing all product types for the Platforms & Content Businesses.

  • Manages the Product Commercialization Process (stage-gate process) for new product development and introduction, managing scope, schedule, risks, issues, trade-offs, communications, and expectations.

  • Represents the organization in assuring that teams follow product development best practices, and in some cases adhere to specific regulatory requirements, as they lead project teams through the product commercialization process. This includes assuring design control and thereby long-term product supportability, as well as delivering the agreed upon business value.

  • Determines appropriate project management best practices and drives adoption with the goal of not only delivering a product of high quality and value to the organization, but also delivering within the agreed upon project contract metrics of schedule, budget, and scope.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Directly manage a team of ≈5-7 Program Managers and a group of ≈10-12 with the primary responsibility to execute new product development programs from opportunity identification and investigation through product launch & program closure.

  • Provide team with appropriate level of professional training at least twice a year.

  • Serve as the main point of engagement from the GSD Portfolio & Program Management Team into the Platforms & Content Businesses and serving its portfolio management needs.

  • Own and optimize all portfolio operating mechanisms for the Platform & Content Businesses, including quarterly portfolio reviews, gate reviews, NPI reviews and others as needed.

  • Support the business leadership in the annual strategy and planning mechanisms, particularly in the areas of program prioritization and the generation of program roadmaps.

  • Fully staff team of program managers and ensure all key programs have an appropriate level of program management support.

  • Drive core GSD PMO operating mechanisms to provide critical information and deliver necessary decisions.

Additional Duties:

  • Assist Program Core Teams in resolving resource and priority issues.

  • Collaborate and coordinate across all the functional areas (R&D, Marketing, Product Management, QA/QC, Regulatory, Legal, Operations, Manufacturing, Service and Support and others) necessary to insure successful program completion and product launches across the portfolio.

  • Deliver performance evaluations 2 times per year to team members.

  • Develop and deliver original persuasive presentations.

  • Serve as an integral member of the Platforms & Content leadership team, developing productive partnerships with key members including R&D, Product Management, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Service & Support.

  • Assist teams in tracking and monitoring progress against Product requirements and program plans; assist in resolution of deviations.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a science or engineering discipline.

  • Minimum 7 years of program management experience in Life Sciences, Biotechnology or Medical Devices; IVD experience highly preferred.

  • Minimum 2 years of people management experience.

  • Minimum 1 years of portfolio management experience.

  • Stage-gate product development process experience.

  • Ability to distill, prioritize, and acts on feedback from a variety of sources.

  • Ability to do the right thing under pressure and tight deadlines in a complex, matrixed environment.

  • Ability to work independently without significant direction.

  • VOC process experience preferred.

  • PMP certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Excellent critical thinking, troubleshooting, crisis management, and decision-making skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, and the ability to work effectively with a variety of other personal styles.

  • Excellent leadership skills particularly the ability to influence stakeholders in other functions.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Initiative. Self-motivated and independent thinker that routinely translates circumstances and understanding into actions that move the business forward in a measurable manner.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and a passion for driving execution at a detail level when necessary while maintaining the ability to see the big picture.

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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