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Sr Director Program Management

Waltham, Massachusetts

On the R&D team, you’ll join 700 scientists, researchers, clinicians, software developers, data scientists and engineers who work in all phases of the product development lifecycle – including concept, planning, development and validation on new product launches and patents. Together, you’ll build next-generation solutions that contribute to food safety, diagnostic innovations, drug development, big data technologies and more. The future of environmental, human and life sciences is up to you.

  • Full Time
  • Minimal Travel

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We have found that the following traits and attributes help lead to a successful future in R&D at PerkinElmer.

  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Proactive
  • Problem-Solver
  • Innovative

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There is a deep mutual respect for each other’s skills and contributions. Whether it’s taking on a new process skill or a new software skill, we are always moving forward so you never get bored – that’s what makes it exciting even after 30 years.

Jay Ives, Sr. Manager, Spectroscopy R&D


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Location(s) Waltham, Massachusetts Status Regular Job ID JR-027541

Imagine a world where you could detect health issues sooner to treat them more effectively. Where food and water are always safe, even in remote corners of the earth. And where scientific and medical research are enhanced to solve the greatest challenges of our times. At PerkinElmer, we imagine this world every day. Then, we innovate and collaborate to make it happen everywhere.

Our dedicated team of about 16,000 employees worldwide, pioneers scientific technologies for better detection, imaging, and informatics to help our customers work to create healthier families, improve the quality of life, and sustain the well-being and longevity of people globally.

If you are seeking a meaningful, impactful, and stimulating career, look no further.

Sr. Director of Program Management

The Sr. Director of Program Management will ensure success and achieve results by leading the global team of program managers responsible for a diverse portfolio of new product development projects (NPIs) for instruments, software, reagents and full workflows, for medical diagnostics and analytical products.   The successful candidate will develop program objectives, strategies, roadmaps, plans and own/drive execution to achieve timely and positive outcomes.  This leadership position will work across business units, all functions, and international sites to deliver program and project management excellence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive & manage strategic programs, projects, and partner with functional leaders toward successful project execution from concept through commercialization.

  • Recruit, hire, develop and retain highly skilled PMO staff.

  • Establish and manage stakeholder expectations for product development teams.  Lead PMO to achieve scope, schedule, budget expectations via proactive risk management.

  • Own and continuously evolve global process for new product development.  Simplify and streamline development of quality products (regulated and un-regulated) independent of project team methodology (Phase-gate, Agile, Scrum, Lean, DMAIC, etc.).

  • Train and mentor program managers, stakeholders and all contributors across PerkinElmer that participate in product development.

  • Organize and facilitate efficient metric-based project updates and phase-gate reviews on a regular cadence to synchronize project teams with leadership and proactively initiate corrective action as needed.

  • Administration and management of enterprise tools for R&D resource allocation, financial forecasting, and roll-up of R&D budget for labor and expense of all projects per AOP.

  • Elevate program management maturity level (communication, risk management, scheduling, resource management, financial forecast, etc.), and lead by example.

  • Own & drive R&D project & portfolio optimization, ensuring the most impactful programs across the company are prioritized, resourced cross-functionally and executed with urgency.

  • Develop and manage annual functional budget, with a focus on productivity & simplification.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience leading complex projects, programs, or initiatives

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or equivalent

  • PMP Certification

  • Experience developing and/or commercializing medical diagnostic products for regulated clinical applications in global markets (CE-IVD, FDA, NMPA, ISO-13485, etc.)

  • Excellent communication skills, relationship management and ability to lead teams in times of crisis

  • Constructively manage conflict and coach teams to work through or around threats, disruptions to plans.

  • Expertise in MS Office Suite and project management systems & software tools.

  • Business, financial and/or commercial acumen

  • Experience driving voice of customer (VOC), user experience/user centric thinking

  • Experience with programs involving high risk and/or high speed, including tactics to retire risks rapidly and drive contingency actions to offset evolving unknowns/obstacles.

  • Experience managing a large and diverse R&D portfolio of 50 or more new product development projects


PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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