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Thermo Fisher Scientific Sustainability Program Director in Needham, Massachusetts

Position: Sustainability Program Director

Reports To: VP Procurement

Location: Needham, MA

Position summary:

The Sustainability Program Director is the central coordinating role for Thermo Fisher’s global carbon reduction strategy! This position drives the enterprise-wide portfolio of programs and workstreams accountable for achieving Thermo Fisher's commitment to carbon neutrality. This Leader is responsible for end-to-end management, developing the cross-functional processes and reporting mechanisms to meet established milestones; following up and course correcting with teams; establishing project management methodologies, standards and tools; and updating the company leadership team and the executive governance council on a regular basis. The ideal candidate thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, collaborating on building new functions from the ground up, working in a global matrix!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Stand up a new centralized program management function to deliver on carbon reduction ambitions across the company’s value chain (all emissions scopes)

  • Standardize project management across workstreams by establishing integrated implementation plans, key goals, governance structure and cadence, project tracking and review, resource requirements, and data consolidation

  • Lead and coordinate all quantitative and qualitative reporting to establish a single source of truth of overall program status for partners

  • Provide a unified view of the program including resource utilization, progress toward commitments, project budget performance and areas needing attention

  • Deliver results by collaborating with teams and sub-teams to improve project management and accountability

  • Ensure workstreams remain on track by co-developing sub-program project plans, ensuring clear scoping, aligning key and milestones to overall program, and maintaining regular cadence of sub-program reviews

  • Develop materials, status dashboards and business cases to update executive leadership team or engage governance council in strategic decision making

  • Provide guidance and mentorship as needed to ensure sub teams have the tools and training to effectively meet project commitments

  • Prepare and give updates on progress to company leadership, group leadership and executive governance teams.

  • Work closely with Sustainability Office on external communications on the companies progress to reduce emissions.


  • Bachelor’s required. Master’s degree preferred (Environmental Science, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management or related field)

  • 10+ years’ progressive experience in Sustainability and/or Operations Program Management within complex, matrixed, global organizations

  • Track record as senior level project leader with success defining, influencing and leading measurable change within and across business units

  • Budgetary and resource management planning experience

  • Life Sciences, Biotech, or Pharma industry preferred

  • Process improvement background (PPI, Lean, Six Sigma, etc) preferred

  • Certification in Project Management is desirable

  • Demonstrated ability to set and run cross-functional priorities, resources, performance targets and project initiatives in a complex global organization

  • Consistent track record to influence strategically and persuade tactfully, to acquire desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organizational relationships

  • Exceptional project management skills and capabilities (Gantt charts, dashboards, key deliverables, business case and baseline development)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as proven negotiation, collaboration and interpersonal leadership skills

  • Knowledge of constantly evolving sustainability landscape including new technologies, circular solutions, efficient decarbonization and ESG

  • Team-focused with exceptional analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution and change management skills

  • Track record of developing meaningful relationships at all levels within matrix reporting structure.

  • Strong proficiency in MS-Office tools (specifically, MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Travel 25-50%

We offer competitive remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus scheme, healthcare, company pension, and a range of employee benefits!

Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects. We offer an exciting company culture that stands for integrity, intensity, involvement, and innovation.

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

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

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.