Sr. Project Manager/Program manager

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment driving multi-disciplinary program/project teams. The Program/Project Manager (PM) will be part of the Covaris Engineering organization and will oversee new and ongoing programs/projects. The Engineering Org is comprised of mechanical, software, and electrical engineers – who are engaged in a wide variety of activities from new product development (instruments, software, and consumables) and product feature enhancements to Manufacturing & Field support (troubleshooting, production line-automation, root cause analyses, etc.). Programs/projects include major cross-functional development initiatives (e.g., the development of new instruments and system solutions) to smaller short-term companywide strategic initiatives. The PM will be responsible for determining the resources and budget required to execute a project and will generate/own project plans and schedules, as well as identifying risks and mitigation plans. He/she will work with Marketing, Sales, Applications, R&D (and other groups) to ensure user requirements are achievable, measurable, clearly articulated, documented, and prioritized. The PM will not necessarily drive all projects firsthand, but rather will work with others on the team to ensure all projects are planned, executed (following applicable processes) and reported on in a consistent manner. Another important function is communicating to stakeholders and other groups as needed to ensure there are no surprises and/or information breakdowns. This is a highly visible position that reports directly to the VP of Engineering. The longer-term goal is to build out a PMO for Covaris and put PM policies and procedures in place to ensure projects evaluated and driven consistently. This position will also have direct reports in time, starting with an Assistant Project Manager.

The employee may be required to perform all or a combination of the following essential responsibilities as determined by business necessity.
  • Lead cross-functional teams and supervise group of projects for NPD and long-term strategy implementation by overseeing collaboration, day-to day coordination, and progress
  • Determine the methodology to be used and create high-level plans to provide guidance as well as performing detailed planning of tasks from design and execution to delivery
  • Prevent scope creep and manage significant changes to the project scope/requirements during the execution phase of the project to meet the changing needs of the organization and customer(s) in a result-oriented manner
  • Identify, develop, and implement NPD and design control processes that will provide meaningful returns in terms of project outcomes
  • Set project management standards to support programs out of engineering governance to enable consistency in process and companywide documentation efforts
  • Generate project Gantt Charts for the more significant projects that clearly show milestones, task dependencies, and critical path
  • Facilitate and manage ideological aspects, relationships, and conflict resolution amongst team members involved in delivering assigned programs/projects.
  • Hire and manage additional Project Managers/Assistant Project Managers as the need arises
  • Develop high-level dashboard that conveys the status, open issues/actions, risk level (etc.) of all significant Engineering projects and provide routine updates
  • Stand up a PMO over the next 18-24 months
In addition to the essential responsibilities listed above, the employee may be required to perform other non-essential functions. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.
  • BS in engineering or scientific field, w/ 7+ years of post-college experience, or MS w/ 5+ years of experience, including 3 years (minimum) as a technical Project Manager – planning and executing integrated HW/SW (ideally instrument) development projects and driving cross-functional teams
  • PMBOK familiarity / PMP certification preferred
  • Self-starter
  • Familiar with Waterfall and Agile development methodologies
  • Able to travel up to 10% to domestic customers and vendors
  • Working knowledge of ISO9001:2015 compliant phased (stage gate) development processes
  • Familiarity with ISO 13485 and Med Device development & certification desired
  • Comprehensive understanding of mechanical, electrical, software, and firmware development and systems integration & engineering – highly desired
  • Familiarity with CE/UL/CSA/EU Regulatory Requirements and processes desired
  • Systems engineering
  • Comfortable with MS Teams
  • Experience with task and/or PM tools – Jira,, Teamwork, Asana
  • Familiar w/ structured problem solving methods, such as A3, Fishbone, Six-Step, etc..
  • Working knowledge of PERT charts, Monte Carlo Simulation/Analysis, FMEA, DOE, DFM
  • Familiarity with Scrum and Kanban development methodologies
  • Basic understanding of tooled plastic part fabrication processes
  • Experience developing complex electro-mechanical devices
  • Six Sigma certification
  • Background in biotechnology or life sciences – familiarity with common instrumentation (NGS, PCR, Rt-PCR, common DNA sequencers, etc.), workflows (end-to-end for genomics, DNA sequencing, proteomics, epigenomics, etc.), and processes (including sample prep and purification, enzymatic fragmentation, lysing, etc.)
  • Excellent People & Leadership Skills – Must be capable of leading teams of technical personnel, managing conflict resolution, and customer (internal/external) expectations
  • Exceptional Organizations Skills – able to organize and prioritize multiple concurrent tasks and projects
  • Scope/Requirements Analysis – Must be capable of working with customers (internal/external) to translate wants and needs into scope and requirements
  • Project Cost & Schedule Estimation – Must be capable able to develop estimates for task duration and cost
  • Problem Solving – able to break down and solve complex problems
  • Communication Skills – Must have excellent written, verbal, and presentations skills
  • Schedule/Budgets – Must be capable of developing a WBS and translating into project schedule, and able to develop project budgets and resource requirements
  • MS Office and Project – Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Project
  • Risk Management – Must be able to identify project risks and develop mitigation plans
Covaris is committed to the spirit and the letter of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate otherwise qualified individuals.