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Program Manager-Food Safety and Animal Health

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Austin TX 78799 USA



Job Description:

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:

Bachelorís 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.

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