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Position Summary

The Life Science and Mass Spectrometry business unit is looking for a Project Manager to focus on planning, managing and executing PPI (Practical Process Improvement) Business System projects. These projects can range from being a large scope, complex PPI project to portfolio of small/medium scale projects. As a Project Manager, this individual will be responsible for defining resource and budget needs for the project(s), establishing timelines with contingency plans, risk assessments, and overall management of the cross functional project teams. Additional responsibilities include interacting with Finance leaders to develop and assess project business cases and present the outcome to the site leadership team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing and negotiating PPI requirements documents and project plans to determine time frame, funding limitations, and procedures for accomplishing the project.
  • Establish work plans for each project in accordance with the coordination with management, manufacturing, engineering, finance, HR, sales, marketing, and/or R&D.
  • Working with financial associates to establish and update project financials as warranted.
  • Confer with project staff to outline work plans and to assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority.
  • Provide monthly summaries of PPI project pipelines and funnels to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Direct and coordinates activities of project personnel to ensure projects progress on schedule and within prescribed budgets.
  • Review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify schedules or plans as required.
  • Prepare and deliver project reports for management. This includes interim progress and phase exit reports along with presentations and report outs.
  • Confer with project personnel to resolve problems.
  • Lead development efforts effectively so that project goals are met on time.
  • Other duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements
  • Bachelors in Business Administration, Engineering, or related field required.
  • PMP certification and/or Master's degree or other advanced degree preferred
  • At least 5 years of related experience and/or training (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Experience managing PPI projects in diagnostic, life science, or analytical industry strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing cross functional teams strongly preferred.
  • Experience in managing portfolio of projects is significant plus.
  • Experience in Lean Projects, deployment, and transformations.
  • Experience in Cost reductions, Cost savings, and VAVE types of initiatives.
  • Competency in project planning tools required.
  • Understanding of financial parameters like ROI, NPD preferred
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex technical, business, and legal documents.
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to senior management.
  • Problem solving capabilities, decision making.
  • Strategic thinking and experience in optimizing “Time to Market” or Project Delivery.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities under tight time and budget constraints.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to work with employees at all levels.
  • Ability to facilitate teamwork.

This position has not been approved to provide relocation assistance.


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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