Program Office Leader

Illumina, Inc.
Job Location
San Diego, CA 92122
Job Description

All About Us

Do you want to make a difference? Illumina’s mission is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. If that inspires you, let’s talk. We’ve built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, and established ourselves as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies. Our people and our technology change lives by driving advancements in life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging markets. We are deeply passionate about what we do, because we know that our work has the power to improve lives.

We’re an established company with a track record of phenomenal growth. Our revenue grew from $10 million in 2002 to approximately $2.2 billion in 2015. Our growth isn’t just revenue, we’ve been hiring the best and the brightest. Perhaps that’s why MIT has ranked Illumina near the top of its World’s Smartest Companies list three years running, including #1 in 2014. If you thrive in a brilliant, fast-paced, and mission-driven environment, Illumina is the place for you – imagine the possibilities.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Lead a team of project managers to drive the following:

  • Develop and maintain the portfolio of key projects for the Life Cycle Management group (LCM)
    • Projects to include: Cost Savings, New Product Introductions, and Capability Improvements
  • Report on key risks across the portfolio and ensure progress to milestones
  • Influence leadership across the Operations organization and Development to ensure management commitment and focus
  • Ensure proper reporting of project costs and labor 
  • Establish key PMO competencies including
    • Project definition / scope and chartering
    • Financial models and evaluations
    • Tools and templates for managing deliverables
  • Drive the establishment of best practices for Ops NPI project execution including:
    • Standardized Timelines / Gantt charts
    • Ops deliverable checklists by NPI phase
    • Resource and dependencies fully characterized
    • Resource management
    • Visual controls
  • Manage and train a staff of Project management professionals to:
    • Accelerate business results across the portfolio
    • Ensure best practices and standards
    • Enable consistency of approach and deliverables
    • Ensure on time and within budget result
  • Ensuring successful design transfer / launch of NPI projects

Key attributes:

  • Self-directed leadership and drive
  • The ability to balance approach to political, economic, social, technological, and administrative factors
  • Demonstrated experience leading multiple complex programs from design to delivery
  • The ability to think strategically and effectively lead, influence, communicate and interact with people of all levels across the organization, including external partners as required
  • Objective decision making ability, strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Solid understanding of Project, Program and Portfolio Management methodology, tools and techniques
  • Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills
  • The ability to adjust quickly to changing situations and to drive results through ambiguous environments or unexpected obstacles
  • Demonstrated experience motivating/mentoring others and managing significant change management efforts


  • BA / BS degree in, Business or related field and / or equivalent education and experience 10+ years of project and Ops management experience, BioTech preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience in tracking, planning projects, working with large data sets and making data - driven analytical decisions
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with Excel, Visio, PowerPoint and SharePoint
  • Experience presenting to executive leadership Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely upstream and downstream
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and prioritization skills and ability to balance multiple priorities
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Preferred Qualifications: PMP Certification - or willingness to obtain a PMP
  • Ability to listen well and explain concepts, opinions, and options
  • Previous experience in a Project Management Office (PMO) Experience with MS Project

Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. 

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