Senior Program Manager

Carpinteria, CA
May 15, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Be a part of the future of Precision Medicine! Our mission is to improve the human condition by bringing the power of precision medicine to labs, partners and patients globally

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In the Companion Diagnostics Business (CDx), our team partners very closely with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop, manufacture and commercialize highly regulated medical devices which are critical for physicians to help select therapies for their patients.

Become a part of a growing and dedicated team that does truly inspiring work in the field of Precision Medicine. Our employees are passionate about their contributions because there is a very direct connection to helping patients with cancer.

Reporting to the Director of Program Management you will lead a team of 4-6 project managers located in the Carpinteria, California office; the center of excellence for the Companion Diagnostics division.

In this exciting role you will have responsibility for ensuring Agilent is leading the way in companion diagnostic product development. You will be externally facing to pharmaceutical industry partners and internally facing to the Agilent CDx core project team. The successful person for this job will work closely with their project manager direct reports, global cross-functional project teams including line management and external partners to ensure that the project objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and budget.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for leadership of project management team leading complex, global, multi-site, cross-functional projects

  • Serve as a direct contact between pharma teams and Agilent CDx project stakeholders

  • Utilize effective project management principles to coach and mentor project execution techniques in accordance with department processes and procedures. This includes working with project manager direct reports to manage scope, schedule, risk and budget without sacrificing quality.

  • Analyze, plan and track project phases and activities on a regular basis and report to Agilent CDx management, the project team and other stakeholders

  • Create and manage resource forecast plans, and work directly with project managers and line managers to communicate and agree to project staffing requirements

  • Track estimated project revenues and costs against defined metrics; proactively communicate deviations to relevant stakeholders, internal and external

  • Ensure risk management is effectively and proactively incorporated into project and program planning.

  • Review, understand and ensure project delivers contracted scope and budget throughout the project

  • Identify and document customer requests for work outside contracted scope (scope management)

  • Lead preparation and alignment of decision process in joint project governance bodies; including but not limited to joint project teams (JPTs) and joint steering committees (JSCs)

  • Provide oversight and review of project lifecycle documentation

  • Work collaboratively with external customers to ensure that company and partner interests are addressed in a balanced fashion

  • Establish trust and work with integrity while motivating others to achieve the goals of the project

  • Perform lessons learned on projects and make information available to other project teams

  • Serve as a consultant to other project teams and a mentor to other Program Managers

  • All activities must be performed in compliance with the Quality System

    Ability to travel up to 15 travel days a year both domestic and international



  • A Bachelor's degree in Science or Business, or similar with an understanding of the biological sciences; PMP certification a plus



  • 8+ years of formal project management experience managing complex new product development projects and/or programs with a Bachelor's degree




  • 5+ years of formal project management experience managing complex new product development projects and/or programs with an Advanced degree




  • 5+ years in a regulated industry

    (such as medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceutical or biotech industry)


Specialized Knowledge Required:

  • Complete understanding and application of Project Management principles, concepts, practices and standards

  • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities accordingly amongst several competing initiatives

  • Ability to performance manage, coach and develop others

  • Proven team leader with a desire to succeed under a minimum level of guidance

  • Ability to lead/influence internal and external stakeholders at all levels in a matrixed team environment

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Creative problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities that adapt to change

  • Promote teamwork across geographies and cultures

  • Maintain team focus on quality while adhering to project timelines and goals

  • Strong analytical skills with emphasis on financials and budgeting including cost/spend analysis and revenue forecasting

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Outlook), SharePoint and remote meeting tools such as WebEx, Live Meeting, etc.


    Nice to Have:

  • Master's degree and/or MBA

  • Experience in leading development of new medical devices

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

  • Full knowledge of industry standards: ISO13485, ISO9001, EN14971


    Demonstrated Competencies:

  • Self-Management & Personal Accountability

  • Planning & Organizing

  • Customer Focus

  • Diplomacy, Tact & Conflict Management

  • Problem Solving Ability and Decision Making

  • Goal Achievement

    Resiliency, Flexibility


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