Sr. Director R&D Project Management

PerkinElmer - Waltham, MA3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $140,000 - $170,000 a year
Directs and leads the Global Diagnostics Program Management Office (PMO) to ensure all development programs meet the organization’s objectives. Develops and implements, in collaboration with other functions processes and policies, leads project management staff and works with other department leaders to define, prioritize and develop projects and programs. Hires, trains and develops staff to build an industry leading Program Management Organization.

Leadership: Leads the global PerkinElmer (PKI) Diagnostic Program Management Office (PMO), a growing team of 20+ individual Program Mangers located in Turku (Finland), Taicang (China) and various sites in North America. Key is to develop talent able to successfully run projects from small to a very complex scale (e.g. IVD Systems).

Culture: The Global PMO Director establishes a “Culture of Accountability”, with a focus on team development, willingness to support others, empowerment, sense of urgency, execution and attention to detail and team work. Constant learning and willingness to acceptance and give constructive feedback is key to develop such a culture and to permanently improve the organization.

Process: The PMO office, in collaboration with other functions, is also responsible for updating and maintaining the Design Control Process, (Development Process, NPI process) including optimizing efficiency while ensuring regulatory compliance.

Strategy: The PMO organizes regular Business Investment Committee (BIC) meetings to allow Senior Management to decide on investments in ongoing or future projects. Program Managers (reporting to the PMO Director) present at these meetings and the PMO Director ensures these presentations allow Senior Management objective decision making.

Communication: The PMO informs the VP of R&D and the Diagnostics Leadership Team on a regular basis about the status of all projects.

Build a world class PMO
Lead and grow an international team of Program Managers with groups in Finland, China and North America
Develop Core Team leaders able to execute complex projects.
Develop key performance indicators to measure the organization’s progress.
Build and maintain a high performing team, able to collaborate on projects across various geographic sites.
Deliver PKI Diagnostics projects on time, on budget, on quality. Projects include hardware (liquid handling, micro fluidics, mass spectrometry, sample prep instruments), reagents, software and systems
Plan realistic project timelines, resource allocations and budget
Ensure the budget is adhered to throughout fiscal year
Push back on unreasonable demands (e.g. timelines).
Ensure compliance of IVD products
Be aware of details in ongoing projects
Manage the team to achieve metric driven objectives.
Ensure program managers manage towards their KPIs and do not just report deviations
Organize BIC (Business Investment Committee) and PRB (Program Review Board) meetings
Work with management to analyze program proposals and program objectives
Develop program plan, budget, schedule, and scope
Develop program management standards and methodologies to achieve program goals.
Perform resource allocation and workload assignment for timely deliveries

Education, Certification, and Experience:
5+ years of experience in program management.
10+ years of leadership experience (Teams of 10+, not necessarily a team of PMs)
Masters or Ph.D. in Life Sciences or Engineering
Must have worked on the development of a new diagnostics instrument platform (e.g. the reagent part)
Clear understanding of design control from a development perspective and the ability to communicate its key elements
Experience in products following IVD guidelines (ideally FDA -510k or PMA, CE-IVD or CFDA) is a plus, however not required

Other Requirements:
Positive personality who creates and fosters an optimistic work environment.
Alignment of business objective with VP of R&D
Ability to communicate project status to senior management in an objective and positive manner.
Sees herself (or himself) as a servant of the team whose job it is to empower and grow all team members, while providing supervision without micro managing.
Ability to make necessary decisions when needed to improve the quality of the team.
Ability to clearly express a vision, strategy and tactical details.
Strategic thinking with attention to detail in tactical execution.
Requires excellent leadership, organizational, written, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Ability to interact successfully with different cultures. Speaking Chinese (Mandarin) is a plus.
Work with others at all levels across a matrix organization demonstrating a collegial and productive manner.
Must be able to effectively lead or influence multidisciplinary teams with and without direct supervisorial authority.
Must have excellent presentation skills.
Exhibits strong bias for action and results orientation.
Able to travel to all Perkin Elmer Research & Development sites.
The position requires about 25 % domestic and international travel.