Sr. Program Manager | Biologics

Thermo Fisher Scientific Brisbane, Queensland

About the Job

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Job Title: Sr Program Manager

Location: Brisbane preferred (or Melbourne; or Sydney)

Reports to: Sr Manager, Business Management

At the Brisbane Pharma Services Group (PSG) Biologics site, we are a contract manufacturing organization (CMO) specialising in the production of biopharmaceuticals from mammalian cell culture. We supply manufacturing services including limited process development and contract “good manufacturing practice” (cGMP) grade drug substance to customers around the globe. These state-of-the-art medicines help cure cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, wet amacular degeneration and other chronic and acute diseases.

How will you make an impact?

You will be the project contact for both the customer and the core project team in all matters related to the development, characterization and technical transfer of the biologic manufacturing processes. The position requires a highly motivated and tenacious, self-starter who can assimilate new information quickly and enjoys working closely with others within a fast-paced environment. The individual must have bioprocess technical knowledge, as well as traditional program management and leadership skills.

What will you do?
  • Plan and deliver all stages of the project within a matrix organization, including, but not limited to; the introduction of new products into the facilities, process development, analytical method development and qualification, equipment purchase and for overseeing the preparation for, execution of and close out of development and non-GMP confirmation batches.
  • Resolve project team issues and facilitate decision making within the team. Drive progress to completion to the required standard (both internally and with the customer)
  • Communicate regularly with the business team, Patheon technical team, and customer team. Report on the initially agreed upon customer and internal milestones and share progress, issues, and risks.
  • Track and manage the financial aspects of the project including milestone payments, pass through costs and FTE estimates to ensure that we are on time and on budget.
  • Develop, improve, and implement program and project management tools and templates for use by the program teams.

    How will you get here?

  • BSc in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Higher education (Graduate degree, MBA) is highly desired.
  • Certification preferred (PMP, Six Sigma, or equivalent).

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a project or program management role dealing with customers (ideally in a contract manufacturing organization), managing programs with significant business impact. Typically, will have greater than 10 years industry experience.
  • Should possess working knowledge of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product lifecycles with experience managing development and/or commercial manufacturing programs.
  • Experience in biopharmaceuticals is strongly preferred.
  • This position requires someone with good technical, excellent organisational and time management skills, an understanding of Pharmaceutical development and/or commercial manufacturing and also possesses strong leadership and excellent communication skills.
  • Equivalent combinations of education, training, and relevant work experience may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Demonstrated expertise in project management including timeline & budget management, communication plans, proactive risk prevention, action tracking and project plans.
  • Understands causal links between the Company's integrity policies and its value to the customer
  • Open to challenge and to be challenged on ideas and opinions as part of a collaborative decision-making process
  • Able to comprehend and interpret technical and business documents and apply to appropriate actions
  • Solid understanding of financial analysis, forecasting, tracking, and reporting for projects vs. the allocated budgets
  • Able to communicate with all levels in small and large group settings and influence actions and drive results within a matrix environment.
  • Able to lead teams in a high paced, rapidly changing environment while maintaining order and a larger picture perspective
  • Able to interact and communicate with internal and external senior management and explain topics/decisions in the appropriate context
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient with MS Project, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Word

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 75,000 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.