Project Manager, Companion Diagnostics

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/21/2016

Agilent Technologies Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


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Agilent Technologies Diagnostics and Genomics Group (DGG) is seeking an experienced project manager, with PHARMACEUTICAL / DIAGNOSTICS background, to lead project teams focused on the development of companion in vitro diagnostics products (pharmDx) in an exciting, challenging and collaborative environment.

This is a unique opportunity to take your project management expertise to a new level managing Agilent's companion diagnostic project teams. You will be a key player for a company that is leading the way in companion diagnostic product development. Your role in this position will be externally facing to pharmaceutical industry partners and internally facing to the Agilent core project team. In this position, you will have cross-functional responsibility for planning, directing and executing designated new PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT projects between DGG and its pharma partners and will help ensure that Agilent excels in companion diagnostic product development.

The successful person for this job will work closely with global cross-functional project teams, line management and external partners to ensure that the project objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and budget.

The CDx project manager will report to the Director of CDx Project Management.

Responsibilities include:
* Leading global, cross-functional project teams, and serving as a direct contact between pharma project managers and DGG project stakeholders
* Leading, driving and delivering expected results according to agreed project scope, cost, quality and timeline milestones
* Creating and managing resource forecast plans, and working directly with line managers to communicate and agree to project staffing requirements
* Tracking estimated project revenues, costs, expenses and profits against defined metrics; proactively communicating deviations to relevant stakeholders
* Analyzing, planning and tracking project phases and activities, and communicating the timelines/milestones/goals on a regular basis to DGG management, the project team and other stakeholders
* Effectively identifying and communicating risks to stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion
* Re-evaluating goals throughout the project, together with the project's stakeholders, and making necessary adjustments to project plans and budgets
* Participating in preparation and alignment of decision process in joint project governance bodies
* Establishing and maintaining project lifecycle documentation
* Mentoring of project team members in Agilent business and quality practices

Required skills:
* Accountability and urgency for the delivery/completion of projects on time and cost
* Ability to work collaboratively with external customers to insure that company and partner interests are addressed in a balanced fashion
* Ability to establish trust and work with integrity while motivating others to achieve the goals of the project
* Proven leadership and desire to succeed with a minimum level of guidance
* Ability to manage global, multi-site teams including direct and indirect project resources
* Successfully multi-task amongst several competing initiatives
* Excellent presentation skills
* Creative problem solving skills and decision making abilities that adapt to change and promote teamwork across geographies and cultures
* Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders at all levels in a matrixed team environment
* Experience with constructive decision making, resolution of conflict, and the building of effective top-down and bottom-up business relationships
* Active ownership of problems of diverse technical and business scope where the analysis requires in-depth evaluation and research of competing options
* Understanding of the proper application of risk management techniques to ensure business priorities and quality standards are met
* B.S. or B.A. in Science or Project Management experience with an understanding of the biological sciences; PMP certification a plus
* Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience managing complex product development projects in the PHARMACEUTICAL or DIAGNOSTIC industry
* Strong analytical skills with a proven ability to balance and prioritize responsibilities in accordance with business and team needs
* Some engagement in technical activities to ensure sound and effective solutions to design and development challenges
* Maintain team focus on quality while adhering to project timelines and goals
* Experience with managing project scope while ensuring successful execution of project details
* Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals at all levels in the organization across various functions (research, development, manufacturing, quality control, marketing) and locations
* Established expertise and hands-on experience with Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint and remote meeting tools such as WebEx, Live Meeting, etc.
* Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently
* Strong business acumen, negotiation and delegation skills, and ability to influence at all levels within the organization.
* Ability to travel, up to 25 travel days a year, both domestic and international

Geo Location: Carpinteria, CA

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