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The Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry development team is seeking an exceptionally talented project manager to play a key role in the design and development of technology that is critical in supporting Thermo Fisher Scientifics position as the leader in mass spectrometry. She/he must be comfortable working in and leading a group of cross-functional, and possibly cross business unit teams including R&D, Marketing, Operations, Sourcing and Product Evaluation. The responsibilities of this technical management/ organizational role include defining, coordinating, and helping drive the development of new product offerings. Given the interdisciplinary nature of Life Science Mass Spectrometry, this role will require familiarity and interplay with the entire hardware team and several adjacent disciplines, including various software and engineering groups, operations, product support and marketing.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage projects from concept creation through product development and into release to operations & the commercial market. This includes creating documentation to define system requirements and specifications, managing scientist, engineers and external contractors through development, validation, documentation and release of products.
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary product development team and possibly across business unit to develop, evaluate, document, and introduce new products or enhancements for mass spectrometer systems.
  • Provide leadership and problem-solving for multi-faceted, cross-functional Research & Development teams.
  • Select and coordinate work of multi-site teams and/or contractors working on various phases of the project.
  • Participate in the development and documentation of instrument control software and firmware.
  • Provide expertise in project planning and timeline development & management.
  • Develop a cost-effective plan and schedule for completion of project following a logical pattern for utilization of resources.
  • Track and control progress, schedule and associated costs to achieve completion of project within time and budget.
  • Review all designs and validations to make sure that all specifications are being met.
  • Effectively work with and influence team functional representatives.
  • Conduct appropriate project risk assessments and defining mitigation plan.
  • Report to stakeholders and upper management about progress and any necessary modifications of plans.
  • Develop approaches to sustain and communicate success and progress across global stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements
  • Proven track record of a minimum of five years of experience in development project leadership, project management, program strategy, scope & resource definition, possibility/solution work stream generation, knowledge management, and its transition to applications
  • B.S. in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a related scientific discipline is required. M.S or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or a related scientific discipline, would be a plus.
  • Experience working in an ISO 9001/ ISO13485 and 21CFR820 regulated environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and coordinate numerous activities with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists who need to communicate and cooperate to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to lead multi-faceted cross-functional teams.
  • Experience in managing technical challenges.
  • Experience managing several complex projects and priorities.
  • Highly effective organization, negotiation, coordination, and presentation skills.
  • Meeting facilitation skills.
  • Experience writing scope statements with understanding of linking research to business opportunities.
  • Strong familiarity with PMI methodology
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, thinks on their feet, and execute with speed.
  • Independent decision maker in a fast paced and demanding environment

Desired Qualifications
  • Hands-on experience building, modifying, and evaluating mass spectrometer systems with experience in vacuum systems, gas dynamics, ion optics and liquid chromatography systems.
  • Experience managing a product development team at a scientific instrument company, from initial investigation and design through to manufacturing introduction.
  • PMP Certification

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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