Delta Automation Services, Sr. Project Manager
CFO - Cambridge, MA

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Come build the future of Laboratory Automation at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Join a fast paced, multi-talented, exciting team of automation professionals at NIBR. The Delta Automation Services Group in the NIBR Cambridge campus is in the process of building a dynamic group capable of bringing cutting edge automation to the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Responsible for managing, developing, planning and executing laboratory automation projects from start-up to completion. Ensure execution on time, on budget and on quality. Responsible for achieving the project objectives in close alignment with business stakeholders. Provide technical, management and project support for execution of small to large projects. In addition, the incumbent will participate in process validation activities and change control. May perform feasibility study prior to formalization of a project. Acts as first point of contact for project issues, providing guidance and information as appropriate. Ensures project management adherence to project governance requirements. Provides information on projects to other Novartis functions to be used for decision making, internal and external communication. Accountable for writing monthly project reports

• Assist in the development and management of automation project scope, functional specifications, objectives, assumptions, deliverables, constraints and risks to achieve project goals

• Responsible for planning and tracking, budget, problem-solving, quality, functionality, and support

• Maintain effective oral and written communication to Portfolio Management, project team leader, project sponsor, and affected business unit(s) as appropriate (e.g. scope, timelines, status, budget, resources, and delays)

• Documents and maintains current project work plans, meetings, decisions, work change orders, project deliverables, progress reports, schedule, cost tracking and other pertinent reports

• In conjunction with NIBR’s Sourcing group, prepare RFQs/RFPs, support vendor selection process and propose vendor(s)

• Management of internal and external resources

• Implement and execute project management processes including risk management, scope change management, issue management, and stakeholder management

• Ensure know-how transfer during projects between external consultants to internal staff

• Apply Lean/Six Sigma or other process improvement methodologies to optimize workflows in DA’s and Platform operations

• Work effectively with other groups and individuals to develop solutions that reflect operational efficiencies in terms of supply chain processes, service delivery, health safety and environmental considerations, and cost efficiencies

Minimum requirements
• An MS degree (or BS with 5+ years experience) in science / engineering with extensive experience in laboratory automation and drug discovery processes
• Strong communications and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team
• Minimum 4-6 years of demonstrated experience in capital project management, including contract management and project controlling
• Automation background preferred, PMI training a plus
• Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills required to interact effectively between scientific and technical participants, staff, customers and vendors - --- Sound knowledge of process analysis and design
• Strong computer skills, including MS Office Suite, Visio. CAD (SolidWorks) experience a plus.
• Extended interdisciplinary knowledge including Project Management, Automation, and Biology