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Thermo Fisher Scientific Site Project Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

Job Title: Site Project Manager - Lexington, MA

When you're a 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.

The Viral Vector Service business within the Pharma Services Group enables biopharma customers to deliver life-saving gene and cell therapies to patients. ‚ÄčThis exciting addition strengthens our value proposition for pharma and biotech customers in a very fast-growing market. ‚ÄčTogether with the acquisition of approximately 600 new VVS colleagues based in Massachusetts and Florida, we'll enable breakthroughs in science that improve patients' lives and bring hope for a healthier world!

How will you make an impact?

As a leader in Viral Vector Services (VVS), you will help to drive growth and bring new gene & cell therapy products to market for our clients - and patients in need of new treatments and potentially curative medicines.

Reporting to the Site Head and/or Head of Project Portfolio Management, this key leadership role will be accountable for driving the execution and delivery of site projects and programs, in alignment with our PMO and leveraging our PPI Business System (PPI: Practical Process Improvement). In addition, you will partner with the VVS Global PPM / PMO for local site PMO responsibilities.

What will you do?

  • Lead strategic site initiatives through the project lifecycle from initiation to project close-out while ensuring that the project benefits are being delivered and realized per plan to the business;

  • Integrate project information from the functional leads and stakeholders to develop and maintain project execution plans that are accurate and current;

  • Serve as a local PPM/PMO lead - developing and rolling out standard processes, business systems, and best practices, dashboarding and metrics; ensuring that we are doing the right projects at the right time; managing project resources; enabling VVS to work smarter and more efficiently every day;

  • Organize, centralize and share project updates, KPIs, and dashboards; always keeping a close 'pulse-check' on the health of our site projects - and knowing when and where to escalate;

  • Serve as a change agent - someone who can influence up, down, and across the organization, build consensus, and ultimately make positive changes to the business; sees opportunities to 'find a better way every day' and has the courage to take action and/or challenge the status-quo;

  • Drive a culture of being 'planned and predictable' in how we operate our business;

  • Organize and maintain project information and reports on SharePoint/Teams site so there is one source of the truth;

  • Resolves complex issues and competing priorities and creates mitigation plan in order to drive to resolution;

  • Tension and challenge project teams to execute per plan, consider alternative perspectives, and to ensure there is alignment to our overall strategy;

  • Understands strategic focus areas and sets/resets priorities for team i.e. Single Source of Truth;

  • Serves as customer interface at portfolio level driving accuracy and consistency to data;

  • Active leader and contributor of workstreams to define standards, processes, and toolsets that broaden and mature the project management discipline across VVS;

How will you get here?


BA or BS, preferably in business and/or engineering preferred. MBA and/or PMP preferred, but not required.


  • 5+ yrs. leading or supporting complex projects/programs/portfolios/PMOs;

  • Life Sciences, Pharma or Biotech experience preferred

  • 5+ yrs. leading or supporting complex projects/programs/portfolios/PMOs;

  • Proven leadership experience in managing a matrix team;

  • PM, PMO, strategy, and/or business analysis experience is preferred

  • CDMO experience is a strong plus, but not required

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong relationship management and leadership skills;

  • Balanced technical and business acumen;

  • Entrepreneurial spirit - proactive, open-minded and humble;

  • Strategic, results-driven, and self-motivated with competitive drive to win / be the best;

  • Master communicator and listener; ability to share information effectively;

  • Project, program, and portfolio experience; familiar with PMI, Lean, PPM and PMO best practices; Ability to motivate and influence without line-management authority; Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding;

  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to embrace change and multi-task in a fast-paced CDMO environment;

  • Experience in creating and managing resource models and tools, managing budgets, measuring project earned value, and calculating NPV/ROI;

  • Embraces new technology along with advanced expertise with Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, MS Project, etc.;

  • Advanced SharePoint and SmartSheet experience is a plus, but not required.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to function in a rapidly changing environment and handle multiple priorities;

  • A flexible work schedule is required;

  • May require some travel, but will be minimal <10% of the time.

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.

Apply today!

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status .

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.