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Program Manager, Companion Diagnostics

Agilent Technologies, Formerly Dako
Job Location
Mark Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
United States

Full benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401k and Employee Stock Purchase Plan. 

Job Description

Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life. We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise. Agilent enables customers to gain the answers and insights they seek ---- so they can do what they do best: improve the world around us. Information about Agilent is available at

Are you an experienced Program Manager?  Do you want to take your expertise farther? Take the next step. Join us in this innovative, solutions-oriented environment as a project team leader.  You will be a key player for ensuring Agilent is leading the way in companion diagnostic product development. In this position, you will be externally facing to pharmaceutical industry partners and internally facing to the Agilent CDx core project team. You will have cross-functional responsibility for planning, directing and facilitating execution of deliverables in a new product development environment. 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 Program Manager will report to the Director of CDx Program Management and may supervise other employees.

  • Responsible for leadership of complex, global, multi-site, cross-functional project teams including scoping the initial project plan, assembling the project teams, and controlling the project execution to ensure timely completion of projects
  • Serves as a direct and principle contact between pharma client teams and CDx/DGG project stakeholders
  • Utilize effective project management techniques to independently execute on project deliverables. This includes managing scope, schedule, risk and budget without sacrificing quality.
  • Analyze, plan and track project phases and activities, and communicate the timelines/milestones/goals on a regular basis to CDx/DGG management, the project team and other stakeholders
  • Create and manage resource forecast plans, and work directly with line managers to communicate and agree to project staffing requirements
  • Track estimated project revenues and costs against defined metrics; proactively communicate deviations to relevant stakeholders, internal and external
  • Obtain partner approval and create appropriate customer billing requests to achieve revenue targets and cash flow expectations for the business
  • Manage assay production requests for clinical trials or internal development activities
  • Effectively and proactively identify and communicate risks to stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion
  • Review, understand and ensure project delivers contracted scope and budgete throughout the project, together with the project's stakeholders..
  • Identify and document customer requests for work outside contracted scope.
  • Lead preparation and alignment of decision process in joint project governance bodies; including but not limited to joint project teams (JPTs) and joint steering committees (JSCs)
  • Establish and maintain project lifecycle documentation
  • Work collaboratively with external customers to insure that company and partner interests are addressed in a balanced fashion
  • Establish trust and work with integrity while motivating others to achieve the goals of the project
  • Serve as a consultant to other project teams and a mentor to other Program Managers
  • Perform lessons learned on projects and make information available to other project teams
  • All activities must be performed in compliance with the Quality System

Ability to travel up to 25 travel days a year both domestic and international 

    1. Education: Bachelor's degree in Science or Business, or similar with an understanding of the biological sciences; PMP certification a plus 
    2. Experience: 8+ years of formal project management experience managing complex new product development projects and/or programs with a Bachelor's degree


      1. 5+ years of formal project management experience managing complex new product development projects and/or programs with an Advanced degree 
      2. 5+ years in a regulated industry  (such as medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceutical or biotech industry)

 Specialized Knowledge Required:

Complete understanding and application of Project Management priniciples, concepts, practices and standards

Strong track record with task, timeline and deliverable management via gantt charts

Ability to multi-task and manage priorities accordingly amongst several competing initiative

Ability to performance manage, coach and develop others

Proven team leader with a desire to succeed under a minimum level of guidance

Ability to lead/influence internal and external stakeholders at all levels in a matrixed team environment

Excellent presentation skills

Creative problem solving skills and decision making abilities that adapt to change

Promote teamwork across geographies and cultures

Maintain team focus on quality while adhering to project timelines and goals

Strong analytical skills with emphasis on finacials and budgeting including cost/spend analysis and revenue forecasting

Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Outlook), Sharepoint and remote meeting tools such as WebEx, Live Meeting, etc.

Nice to Have:

Master's degree and/or MBA

Experience in leading development of new medical devices

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Full knowledge of industry standards: ISO13485, ISO9001, EN14971

Demonstrated Competencies:

Self-Management & Personal Accountability

Planning & Organizing

Customer Focus

Diplomacy,Tact & Conflict Management

Problem Solving Ability and Decision Making

Goal Acheivement

Resiliency, Flexibility

Agilent Technologies, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We value diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, religion or religious creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance, or regulation and will not be discriminated against on these bases.

Agilent Technologies, Inc., is committed to diversity in the workplace and strives to support candidates with disabilities. If you have a disability and need assistance with any part of the application or interview process or have questions.

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