Senior Program Manager

Thermo Fisher Scientific Carlsbad, CA

About the Job

Senior Program Manager

How Will You Make an Impact?

Thermo Fisher Scientific is looking for a seasoned, experienced Senior Program Manager with a strong Agile/SAFe background to support the program/project management activities of the Engineering Excellence team in Digital Engineering. This position is responsible for the successful delivery of large, complex, enterprise scale technical programs and projects to provide an outstanding experience for Thermo Fisher Scientific. You will have an opportunity to make a meaningful business impact by providing innovative solutioning to address challenges and strategic thought leadership to workstream leads, stakeholders, and executive sponsors while driving collaboration across diverse, multi-functional teams

Who You Are?

  • A proven track record of successfully delivering large, enterprise-wide complex multi-workstream software programs using Agile and SAFe methodologies
  • Self-starter who thrives and succeeds in an ambiguous, fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Attention to detail with a proactive mindset and the ability to work as part of a global team
  • A mentor who fosters a culture of accountability, innovation, and collaboration
  • Passion for technology, systems, and architecture that drive scale and velocity
  • Critical thinker with a demonstrable history of using innovative solutions to overcome challenges
  • Catalyst of agility – nimble in implementing ideas, data driven mindset, and unafraid of change
  • An excellent communicator and leader, comfortable in leading large technology centric programs/projects, and have experience in managing multi-functional teams of different disciplines across the enterprise and technology to produce results in a timely manner

What You Will Do?

  • Successfully lead large enterprise-wide complex programs and projects to ensure business goals and objectives are delivered on time, on budget, with quality, and with full scope
  • Build, develop, and grow business relationships vital to the success of the programs
  • Follow defined project management frameworks and SDLCs to guarantee delivery
  • Assist in or lead the development of business requirements, solution design and delivery, testing and training
  • Lead the detailed planning and management of projects through to completion
  • Own the accountability, execution timelines, and continuous change management of assigned programs and projects
  • Provide innovative solutions to overcome blocking issues and escalate risks in a timely manner
  • Continuously improve processes, tasks, and milestones using feedback and lessons learned as input into existing or future project plans
  • Maintain the appropriate metrics related to project activities and submit in accordance with required procedures
  • Coach, mentor, and motivate project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work
  • Maintain extensive knowledge and expertise in project management disciplines, as well as multiple business processes and/or technical areas
  • Communicate regularly to leadership and other key stakeholders on the status of assigned projects and program initiatives in a transparent manner that fosters collaboration
  • Work with IT business leaders to understand requirements
  • Assist the Engineering Excellence team in process improvement initiatives and the management of portfolios
  • Continually strive for improvements in process, talent acquisition/retention, and quality
  • Perform other duties as assigned

How You will Get There:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline
  • 8+ years of Technical/Project Management Experience
  • PMP or PgMP certification and current PMI membership
  • 5+ years of managing Agile and SAFe multi-team programs/projects
  • CSM or SAFe certification or equivalent experience desired
  • Proficiency with tools used in Agile development (Jira, Confluence, etc.)
  • Strong familiarity with project management standards and methodologies including PMI Body of Knowledge
  • Experience of managing large scale complex and cross-functional programs and aggressive schedules and limited resources
  • Adept at making trade-offs to balance business vs technology needs/constraints to resolve bottlenecks and deliver incremental value
  • Proven ability to lead a matrixed global team of professionals to complete projects on time
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
  • Excel in conflict resolution, negotiation, and people management.
  • Experience in facilitating change, including collaboration with management and executive stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal and excellent documentation skills are a must
  • Ability to explain and champion technical concepts to a broad audience
  • Motivated self-starter with strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Exhibit meticulous attention to detail, and have the ability to make good, timely decisions
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Preferably global experience with diverse cultures
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group, executives, managers, and subject matter experts
  • Up to 20% travel