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Thermo Fisher Scientific IT Business Lead: ERP Applications in Waltham, Massachusetts

The IT Business Lead: ERP Applications is responsible for understanding the business overall goals, requirements and objectives, assisting in the prioritization of ERP technology projects for PSG business, ensuring that projects align with the technology that best provides maximum return on investment, and linking IT strategy in support of the overall business/service line strategy.

The IT Business Lead, serves as the chief strategic liaison between the business and IT for all technology needs. The IT Business Lead is a key relationship management role; they will act as an advocate for the business. This role works with their stakeholders at several organizational levels. The IT Business Lead, works with business area leadership and governance teams to understand project requirements, shape project requests, and provide a high-level estimate of the project effort and costs in cost-benefit analysis. The IT Business Lead works with global and local IT resources to identify solutions that match the business strategy with the technology strategy.

The IT Business Lead is accountable for ensuring effective delivery and support of the applications that enable the business that he/she are aligned to. They are also accountable for creating and delivering on a lifecycle management approach for their portfolio.


  • Act as the primary point of contact / liaison between Finance and Digital and Data Team

  • Engage as integral member of Digital and Data Team who proactively contributes to the thought leadership of running the IT group

  • Understand the strategic business direction in an effort to identify opportunities for technology innovation

  • Identify Business technology needs and growth strategies and maintain 3-year technology roadmaps within PPM (Proposals) ensuring the roadmap is evergreen

  • Actively participate in the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) process ensuring that Digital and Data Team are accounted for in Business AOP and Business initiatives are accounted for in Digital and Data Team’s AOP

  • Prioritize demand for assigned Business collaborating with architecture teams and resource managers to ensure project interdependencies are accounted for and resources able to fulfill demand

  • Ensure that organizational and business-related priorities are clearly and consistently communicated

  • Ensures that teams are adhering and supporting quality procedures and policies.

  • Display role model leadership in areas of cyber security and quality

  • Works with the business/functional group to anticipate Finance’s needs, resolve technology changes and coordinate with the broader IT organization to ensure Finance needs are fully resolved

  • Continuously evaluates portfolio’s progress after each iteration or update to ensure value is delivered to stakeholders as expected

  • Champions continuous improvement in the design, development, and support of the portfolio.

  • Understands relevant long-term business goals and portfolio vision

  • Insight into current business processes that allows creative use of business process redesign and new feasible technology that will enhance the Finance experience.

  • Establishes a holistic solution approach to the portfolio

  • Helps identify risks and dependencies to the portfolio and mitigates them as appropriate.

  • Help identify requirements gaps and investment opportunities.


  • Self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced environment

  • Building strong relationships; excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills

  • Requires strong knowledge of Finance applications and ERPs.

  • Requires good knowledge of company functions globally and a deep understanding of the relationships and processes integration among departments within the business.

  • Requires ability to actively and successfully use a range of influencing and leadershipstyles dependent on situation.

  • Requires ability to lead effectively during challenging times and periods of change.

  • Requires ability to speak, listen and write in a clear, concise, thoroughand timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools andtechniques.

  • Requires ability to influence internal and external contacts on services including but not limited to, Finance, technology, and vendor management groups.

  • Requires ability to manage competing priorities.

  • Prefer deep understanding in Project Management principles

  • Requires ability to overcome obstacles and achieve key outcomes and follow through to get things done and deliver what is promised.

  • Navigating a large IT department with a high number of technologies and technical disciplines

  • Facilitating innovation in business process and technical solution delivery

  • Experience leading a matrix team of professionals and communicating with various levels of management is highly desired. Ability to work with all levels of the organization, both technical and non-technical.

  • More than 10 years working experience developing and supporting Finance applications and large

  • More than 5 years working in the Pharmaceuticals or Life Sciences industry (preferred)

  • Bachelor's Degree in the field of information technology, engineering, computer science and / or business administration (required)

  • Proven ability in a high growth business and developing teams to scale and deliver on commitments

  • Advanced degree in business or technology, such as an MBA (preferred).

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.