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Program Manager-Food Safety and Animal Health – Austin, TX

Major responsibilities: 

The Program Manager ensures attainment of product and business goals by developing and driving project plans, leading tradeoff decisions, negotiating for resources, and by actively coordinating cross-functional activity within established project timelines and budgets. Focus will be on product life-cycle management and product commercialization of both regulated and non-regulated products supporting the Animal Health, Food Safety and related Industrial Testing applied sciences industries.  Act as a process steward and mentor for project team members related to our Product Commercialization Process (PCP), to assure alignment with quality standards and regulatory requirements.



· Manage all phases of product commercialization: coordinate resolution to quality and support issues, program costs and scheduling, raising and addressing budget and scheduling issues appropriately when resource conflicts arise.

· Develop and aggressively drive overall program timelines and budgets in coordination with other departments/teams.

· Act as the key communicator and point of contact related to your projects: act as a liaison to relay critical information between departments/teams involved in the product development process to maintain project progress according to plan, and play a critical role in communicating project status to senior management within and outside the business groups.

· Develop and manage business contingency plans and manage business implications of identified risks. Partner cross-functionally to remove obstacles.

· Partner with Product Management and field staff to execute worldwide launch plans; facilitate transfer to manufacturing, ensure successful completion of validation, facilitate world-wide training and supporting planning and completion.

· Partner with R&D, and potentially external 3rd party service and product providers, to drive the innovation needed to assure a competitive market position and differentiation in the market.

· Obtain detailed product specifications and resource allocations from appropriate functional groups for incorporation into the larger program scope.


Soft Skills & Behaviors:

Strong leadership skills particularly the ability to set goals & objectives and influence stakeholders in other functions over whom the Program Manager has no direct managing authority. The candidate must be a highly motivated and results oriented, able to complete tasks by leveraging relationships and establishing clear alignment goals.  


Project Management skills: 

· Experienced and skilled in all phases of a project, with emphasis in initiating/planning to assure solid plans are in place.

· Proven track record in identifying improvement needs and proactively developing action plans to address.

· Experienced using standard project management tools, like MS Project and effective in actively monitoring project execution to assure meeting on-time and on-scope targets. 

· Analytic skills, especially the ability to generate alternative solutions and manage risk by driving criteria for trade-off decisions, are key for this role.

· Experienced in managing large and small multi-disciplinary projects.

· May manage more than one project at a time and must be able to balance and multi-task accordingly.

· Exceptional communication skills including relationship building, conflict resolution, and presentation; able to convey critical needs and milestones across all stakeholders in a timely manner.

· Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in a complex, matrixed environment.


Qualifications & Experience: 

· Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) minimum, preferably in a scientific discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, engineering).

· Minimum of 5 years of program management & product development, preferably in life sciences/biotechnology.

· Demonstrated project management best practice experience and stage-gate product development process experience.

· Although PMP certification is highly valued, demonstrated competency and experience is more important.

Life Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Product Management/Marketing
Research & Development

United States - Texas



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