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Senior Program Manager, GPS

  • Seaport Blvd., Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Senior Program Manager (SPM) is responsible for organizing and supporting Lifecycle Teams (LCTs) and ensuring portfolio tracking and alignment between sub-teams. The incumbent liaises between teams to identify interdependencies, risks, and mitigations across the portfolio. This position builds and maintains close relationships with key business stakeholders in order to drive efficiencies across the portfolio and Lifecycle Teams.

Key Responsibilities

• Ensure coordination and alignment between lifecycle sub-team leads and/or project leads across the portfolio.

• Provide facilitative guidance to program team to ensure timely decisions designed to advance the program and deliver on OKRs.

• Assist the Lifecycle Leader (LCL), or under the direction of the LCL, support information gathering for Global Portfolio Strategy (GPS) QBR updates.

• Create and manage a holistic and transparent view of the LCT portfolio, including program deliverables and timelines to align with LCT goals (scope, schedule, budget).

• Coordinate LCT resource plans and budget information in partnership with program managers and LCL.

• Identify interdependencies, risks, and mitigations across portfolio/sub-teams and ensure they are being addressed or mitigated.

• Provide a standardized approach for sub-teams to work within the LCT and provide guidance on how this is done consistently across sub-teams.

• Set expectations on how meetings are run such that risks, deliverables are elevated to be integrated into a comprehensive plan; provide a second ‘support point’ to the LCT to be listening for connection points and integrate for solution.

• Coordinate sub-team activities against expectations and coordinate what needs to come to the LCT; capture and manage RAAID items identified during LCT meetings.

• Have a good handle on PM work in R&D and communicate to key stakeholders appropriately.

• Ensure that the technology link is clear and how to formalize it and consolidate it with CPMO work.

• Produce LCT newsletters, communication with consistency across assigned LCTs.

• Promote debate from functional experts to ensure effective, clear decision making within the team.

• Encourage creative or unconventional ideas and ensure that these are exploited by the team, as appropriate.

• Challenge team members and status quo constructively to lead delivery of ambitious milestones.

• Present development options, strategies, and recommendations to LCT for endorsement at key decision points to allow fact-based, transparent and informed decision making.

• Interact with functions to help enable appropriate resource allocation at the appropriate time and alignment with agreed plan.

• Work with functions to identify gaps and to find collaborative solutions.

• Identify and help resolve inter-project resource conflicts to avoid resource bottlenecks; escalate appropriately when conflicts cannot be resolved.

• Take accountability for project budget and milestones.

• Lead the team to identify and manage key risks to the project.

• Lead the team to develop and implement innovative and feasible de-risking strategies.

• Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree

• 7+ years of work experience in a portfolio/program role

Preferred Qualifications

• Graduate degree or advanced project management certification (PMP, PgMP)

• 10+ years of experience in portfolio or program management role

• Prior experience

  • with intercultural teams
  • using project management tools
  • involving FDA regulated products
  • coordinating portfolio and/or program details across disciplines and integrating all aspects of business as they impact portfolio/programs
  • working within deadline and resource constraints
  • managing program scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, resources, and budgets
  • in a highly independent role

• Prior experience managing external partners, vendors and/or stakeholders

• Portfolio of leading international and/or distributed large scale product development programs

• History of applying waterfall and agile methodologies

• Working knowledge of FDA, ISO, CLIA and CAP regulations

• Ability to adapt and work in ambiguous and/or changing conditions

• Proficiency in portfolio/program management skills and principles, including scope, schedule, resource, budget and risk management

• Proficient communications and presentation skills; experience presenting and communicating across all levels of an organization as well as with external stakeholders

• Proficient negotiation and conflict management skills

• Understanding of HIPAA and the importance of patient data privacy

• Commitment to reflect FMI’s values: passion, patients, innovation, and collaboration


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