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Project Manager


Our client is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, our client has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Our client succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, our client’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.


Scope of Position:

The Project Manager leads critical strategic projects to support the CLS Division Manufacturing and New Products Strategy. These can include projects to optimize CLS manufacturing in key global regions, establishing cost leadership, understanding CLS competitive position, and developing and launching new biotech products or processes. In this role, you may also be called upon to lead multi-functional teams and apply project management skills to diverse applications. The objective to help drive consistency in practices and process improvements across the Division’s manufacturing plants using PM tools/PEx tools, in areas such as cost management, quality, safety, or service.

Additionally, in this position, you will need to utilize Innovation / Stage Gate process or the CLS RAPID Process for new products. Projects will typically have significant financial and strategic impact on the division and require leadership that is consistent with our client’s values.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Assist in implementation of the division manufacturing strategies and initiatives.

  • Effectively lead multiple and broad ranges of projects that support the Division Manufacturing and New Products Strategies, which meet Division objectives and Vital Few Actions.

  • Thoroughly understand the nature of the business requirement for each project, and recommend important strategic decisions to define the overall project work.

  • Organize the projects by defining scope and objectives, securing needed resources, and establishing the project governance structure.

  • Develop and lead project budgets and schedules.

  • Lead the development, submittal, and approval of project planning and funding through the development of the project Appropriation Request (AR).

  • For individual projects, establish roles, responsibilities, and competencies required for the project. You will build an effective project team and establish receivership requirements for the project.

  • Contributing to the advancement of Project Management Competency within CLS through benchmark sharing, training and supporting the development of other Project Managers in CLS.

  • Lead all aspects of project management from Initiation, Planning, Implementation & Control and Closure including key areas of:

    • Regular project meetings.

    • Develop project plans through the facilitation of teams, SME’s and partners o Form, lead and coach project teams and members

    • Executing required tasks hands-on, when required.

    • Provide project updates to key partners.

    • Forecasting Capital and Expense Spending.

    • Handling resources and priorities.

    • Ensure that the highest level of project safety standards is practiced and met. This includes all internal and external (Contractors and Engineering consultants).

    • Practice adaptive management style to effectively lead projects in a global operating arena, effectively working with different cultures on international assignments.


Performance Metrics:


  • Overall success in advancing projects that support the division strategy.

  • For specific projects, the following measures of project success:

    • Financial objectives as defined by AR / Project Charter / Stage Contract

    • Schedule objectives and provide 360 feedback.

    • Quality and Performance measures as defined in project charters and cost reduction targets that include: yield and service improvements, safety objectives, establish process capability for new processes, hit unit cost targets and meeting specifications for new products.


Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree. Prefer degree in technical discipline.


Required years and area of experience:


  • Minimum 8+ years of Scientific or Engineering Project Management experience.

  • Formal Project Management Training required.


Required Skills:

  • Do you demonstrate strong work ethic and display exemplary personal behavior?

  • Do you have the ability to acquire and retain new information?

  • Can you lead in the “gray” areas without having all the details?

  • We are looking for a professional that has experience with new product project management using Innovation / Stage Gate processes.

  • Ability to effectively handle a high degree of change and ambiguity and utilize influence versus control.

  • Ability to complete basic financial analysis of projects, including estimates of the project cost, return on investment, and payback.

  • Ability to understand and anticipate costs, and work across functions to generate accurate estimates. Ability to think through the financial ramifications of decisions.

  • Can utilize sound and rational problem solving and decision-making processes.

  • Proficient in quality tools like KT, Performance Excellence, and Project Management tools.


Desired Skills:

  • Preferred 10+ years of experience in Project Management across large operational projects and new products / Stage Gate projects.

  • Advanced degree desired.

  • GMP knowledge and experience in Life Science business.

  • Project Management Certification.

  • Microsoft Project experience.

  • Experience with Global Manufacturing through experience and project work.

  • Experience working with injection molding and associated tooling, equipment and materials.


Soft Skills:

  • Be an effective communicator and able to deliver messages through presentations, written and verbal communication across all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to handle conflict and seek appropriate solutions.

  • Self-motivated and self-sufficient to:

    • Call meetings with project team, SME’s, key partners or management.

    • Facilitate meetings to achieve consensus between functional groups and with partners and management

    • Purposefully address barriers or issues working with any level or function in the organization

    • Require minimal guidance from partners or supervisor to achieve project results


Travel and Standard Hours:

  • 50% Travel to Division sites or mainly domestically.

  • Could be international travel at times.

  • 40 hours, Day Shift

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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