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Job Description

Position Summary:

The role of the Director of Product Development & Technology (R&D) is to provide vision & leadership for designing, & developing & harmonizing software products that align with the long term goals of the company to support its Digital Science strategy. This person has to be in tune with our customers & the scientific workflows we support, must have a track record of innovation, & be able to direct the planning & implementation of software solutions in order to improve efficiencies (cost effectiveness), quality & timeliness of delivery. This person should be a team builder, be able to effectively collaborate across business unit boundaries, & experienced in leading global teams who want to join us as we build on our market leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Focuses on functional, technical & implementation related aspects of the work products being produced (Development, Testing, & Documentation).
  • Possesses extensive business, technical, & procedural knowledge in order to see the workflow, budget, staff, output & overall standards & procedures of a substantial development group.
  • Directs, manages & delivers development projects through the application of comprehensive software development life cycle processes.
  • Balances area’s supply & demand by monitoring Enhancement Requests, Work Requests, Problem Reports, Resource allocations & ongoing progress towards stated goals.
  • Collaborates & partner with business in setting customer expectations & satisfaction.
  • Collaborates & partner with business to plan & execute development projects, ensure that teams have appropriate products & technical specifications, direction & resources to deliver projects on an aggressive, but achievable timeline.
  • Provides technical leadership & guidance on software development tools, technology & Agile development methodologies.
  • Provides leadership & guidance to coach, motivate, & lead team members & organization to their optimum performance.
  • Executes on continuous improvement of the existing software applications & architecture. Ensure quality deliverables without fail.
  • Deep & comprehensive understanding of the applications functional & non-functional requirements.
  • Manages a global team with personnel located in 3 continents. Manage relevant vendor relationships.
  • Builds & manages the annual Department budget working with the head of finance.
  • Excels at promoting a culture of collaboration & innovation.
  • Fosters a challenging & rewarding environment suitable for attracting & retaining top technical & domain talent.
  • Work with commercial teams on key customer accounts.
  • Manage senior members of the product development organization across the portfolio (LIMS, ELN, SDMS, & Integration).
  • Represent the business unit in cross organizational initiatives as the R&D leader.
  • Drive organizational initiatives around process improvement, quality, customer engagement, & operational effectiveness.
  • Provide functional leadership in the definition & evolution of quality processes.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • College Degree (Masters preferred)
  • 10+ years experience in managing all aspects of one or more software development teams including personnel management, project management, & technical management.
  • Experience in working on New Product Development & Sustaining Engineering.
  • Experience working with senior leaders & customers.
  • Experience setting strategic direction & priorities.
  • Experience managing multi-million dollar budgets.
  • Experience creating & managing vendor relationships.
  • Ability to formulate & present persuasive presentations, proposals, & project plans.
  • Experience working with cross functional teams including Product Management, Services, Support, QA & Commercial.
  • Organized disposition with proven experience of project management software tools (i.e. Microsoft Project).
  • Persuasive, encouraging, & motivating.
  • Flexible during times of change.
  • Ability to defuse tension among project team, should it arise.
  • Reacts to project adjustments & alterations promptly & efficiently.
  • Comfortable with & effective at expressing & exchanging ideas, concepts & designs in a group setting.
  • Comfortable working within an international team.
  • Comfortable with working in a dynamic, flexible environment.
  • The candidate should have a track record of achievement & delivering on significant responsibilities in a timely fashion.
  • Experience with software design principles & methodologies.
  • Familiarity & experience with SOA & Cloud Computing concepts including SAAS.
  • General knowledge of Microsoft & database software technologies in the desktop application, client-server, n-tier &/or networking sectors, including .NET.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing teams comprising onsite & offshore developers through the application of industry-accepted development processes.
  • 5+ years experience in an applicable business domain.
  • Familiarity with Test Driven Development & Agile software methodology. Certifications in Scrum, Project Management, & relevant technologies.
  • Experience working in a structured & audited Quality Management System.
  • Experience with web & mobile development.
  • Experience developing commercial software products.
  • Experience working within a distributed, international team.
  • Advanced degree in engineering or software development.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • Strong understanding of market needs in applicable business domain.
  • Experience with Thermo Fisher Scientific products, processes, & business drivers.

Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal & written, with technical & executive audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Highly motivated, self-confident leader with a collaborative, open management style that fosters participation & contribution by others.
  • Demonstrated experience in global personnel management.
  • Ability to connect with customer base, determines business issues, & devises innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrate Thermo Fisher Scientific values – Integrity, Intensity, Innovation & Involvement.
  • Ability to travel an average of 25%.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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