Thermo Fisher Scientific Program Manager, Scientific Collaborations in Carlsbad, California

Job Description

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $22 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world. The R&D Program Manager, Scientific Collaborations, role is part of the Chief Scientific Office. The position will reside in Carlsbad, CA.

How will you make an impact?

We have an immediate opening for a dynamic R&D Program Manager III who will apply operational excellence in the planning and execution of scientific collaborations between Thermo Fisher Scientific and strategic customers, primarily corporate accounts.

What will you do?

  • Create a clear line of sight to revenues and/ or product development for collaboration projects, and produce sustainable results which are evident for the customer, as well as internal businesses and at all levels of the organization

  • Apply operational excellence tools, including but not limited to project management and PPI business solutions to ensure projects stay on task and that issues are resolved efficiently

  • Support business development and associated follow-up actions, meetings, Technology Forums/events, working sessions, and/or site visits

  • Work closely with internal and external customers to accurately memorialize collaboration project objective(s), scope, milestones, lead contact(s), deliverables/ expectations, and associated timeline in an agreement to secure mutually beneficial business outcomes

  • Establish effective governance, including project teams, with appropriate knowledge and skills to execute collaboration projects successfully

  • Develop and implement appropriate communication strategy for project status updates, milestone achievement, and issue escalation/ resolution, including technical and business reviews

  • Serve as the customer advocate to internal R&D and commercial teams throughout planning and implementation

  • Work effectively across various functions including; Sales, R&D, Finance, Customer Service and Marketing, fostering a culture and practice that celebrates innovation, collaboration, and scientific achievement within R&D and the broader organization

  • Analyze large amounts of information, distill and present in a concise manner

  • Develop a basic understanding of product and service offerings within Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Assist with coordination of large and small scale event planning

  • Possess the ability and willingness to take on various assignments in a fast paced organization, and make recommendations with incomplete information

  • Run reports, analyze data, develop presentations, lead customer conference calls, and potentially participate in customer visits

  • Some travel (<25%) may be required

How will you get here?


  • B.S. required, in Science/Engineering related fields of study

  • M.B.A and/ or Ph.D. preferred


  • 3 - 5 years prior Program management or related experience

  • Ability to build and present a strong business case

  • Able to interface effectively with a diverse audience including senior leadership

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills; can flex communication style based on different situations

  • Prior matrix management experience, and demonstrated ability to lead through influence across a cross-functional set of global stakeholders

  • With minimal guidance, prioritizes and solves complex problems with proper judgment

  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills

  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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