Thermo Fisher Scientific Program Manager (Clinical Content) in South San Francisco, California

Job Description

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.

How will you have an impact?

This Program Manager will be responsible for leading clinical content program teams utilizing the various genetic analysis platforms (qPCR, Capilary Electrophoresis Sequencing/Frag analysis & Microarray) within the Genetic Sciences Division (GSD) of Thermo Fisher Scientific. This role requires significant cross-group coordination, excellent written and overall communication skills, and the ability to drive collaborative discussions and decisions with all key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have strong Program and Project Management skills, be interested in and able to understand business strategy and technology, have the ability to focus at a detailed level on multiple clinical programs simultaneously, and be comfortable interacting with customers, senior executives and core team members alike. We need a passionate Program Manager who will deliver execution excellence, making optimal use of the Thermo Fisher Scientific phase-gate process. Come help the Thermo Fisher Scientific team deliver world-class products and solutions to our customers.

What will you do?

A Program Manager’s role at Thermo Fisher Scientific:

  • Manages the product commercialization process/new product development and introduction through the phase-gate process, managing scope, schedule, risks, issues, trade-offs, communications, and expectations.

  • Represent the organization in assuring the teams follow product development best practices, and in some cases adhere to specific regulatory requirements, as they lead project teams through the product commercialization process (PCP). This includes assuring design control and thereby long-term product supportability, as well as delivering the agreed upon business value.

  • Drives the use of project management best practices, with the goal of not only delivering a product of high quality and value to the organization, but delivering within the agreed upon project contract metrics of schedule, resources, budget and scope.


  • Lead, manage, coordinate, synchronize, and be accountable for the execution of programs from Customer engagement through to Product Delivery / Launch & Program Closure.

  • Act as information conduit between the Core Team and Sr. Management

  • Prepare and present formal Program Reviews (presentations) as well as overall Custom Program Pipeline updates to Sr. Leadership; initiates Exception Reviews as necessary.

  • Lead teams to define and prioritize scope, objectives, and requirements.

  • Plan resource requirements and negotiate Core Team resources with functional managers; assist Core Team Members in negotiating extended team staffing.

  • Develop accurate, actionable, and cross-functionally integrated program plans based on business goals, constraints, and risk tolerance.

  • Drive risk assessment, communication, proactive mitigation planning, and contingency response planning.

  • Regularly track, monitor, and communicate team progress against requirements and plans to all stakeholders; resolve deviations; schedule and lead core team meetings.

  • Assist Core Team Members in resolving extended team and functional issues.

  • Collaborate and coordinate across all the functional areas (R&D, Product Management, QA/QC, Regulatory, Legal, Operations, Manufacturing, Service and Support and others) necessary to insure successful program completion.

  • Lead, document, and communicate constructive lessons-learned analysis of completed programs.

  • Build effective relationships with core and extended team members, functional managers, senior management, and customers.

  • Contribute to performance evaluation of Core Team Members.

  • Other duties as assigned.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a science or engineering discipline.

  • Minimum 5 years of product development experience in Life Sciences, Biotechnology or Medical Devices; IVD experience highly preferred.

  • Minimum 2 years of program management experience.

  • Phase-gate product development process experience.

  • VOC process experience preferred.

  • PMP certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to distill, prioritize, and act on feedback from a variety of sources.

  • Ability to do the right thing under pressure and tight deadlines in a complex, matrixed environment.

  • Ability to work independently without significant direction

  • Excellent critical thinking, troubleshooting, crisis management, and decision-making skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, and the ability to work effectively with a variety of other personal styles.

  • Excellent leadership skills particularly the ability to influence stakeholders in other functions over whom the Program Manager has no direct managing authority.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Initiative. Self-motivated and independent thinker that routinely translates circumstances and understanding into actions that move the business forward in a measurable manner.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and a passion for driving execution at a detail level when necessary while maintaining the ability to see the big picture.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 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.

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