Senior Program Manager (#10329) - Clinical Applications Products

Job Location
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Job Description

At Affymetrix, we are passionate about enabling our customers, scientists, and clinicians to improve human health and wellness by understanding and applying biology for a better world. Our employees bring talent, creativity, collaboration, and energy to what they do. Join us at Affymetrix and make a difference.

Position Summary:

The primary purpose of this role is to manage the activities of the Affymetrix Clinical Application Business Unit projects.   The Sr. Program Manager will be accountable for execution on project timelines and overall program goals from initial concept through successful commercialization, and project closure.  The Sr. Program Manager will also be responsible for identifying and resolving or escalating resource conflicts and gaps.

The position of Sr. Program Manager provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced, highly-motivated individual with strong program management experience and excellent communication skills.   The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate successful facilitation, organizational, and influencing skills.  This candidate must be able to demonstrate a proven track record in managing a range of complex, high-impact projects simultaneously


Project Planning

  • Collaborates with team members to develop detailed strategic project plans (scope, milestones, roles & responsibilities, timing, budget, communication and interface with any external alliance or collaborator partner organizations, etc).
  • Coordinates and contributes input to definition of scientific strategy to meet the project and business objectives of the project plan.

Project Management

  • Leads project core teams.
  • Manages projects within established scope, schedule, resources and budget.
  • Complies with company quality management systems, policies and procedures
  • Coordinates and facilitates project meetings with a structure and agenda that is specifically engineered to ensure successful execution.  Generates and disseminates meeting minutes which accurately capture key decisions, open issues and action items.  Follows up on status of task and action item execution both within and outside of meetings and updates project documentation (project timeline, meeting minutes) accordingly.
  • Proactively identifies any issues, concerns or challenges in regards to assigned project; develop action plans to address open issues, including escalation to key external stakeholders as necessary.  Facilitates tradeoff decisions and removes obstacles.
  • Conducts proactive risk management: communication of needs, mitigation plans, and requirements relevant to internal/external partners and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt to changing business needs and priorities, to be flexible with respect to job assignments and both functional and cross-functional responsibilities; specifically, shows active and timely participation in revising and refining assigned projects and responsibilities based on project or business changes.
  • Regularly reviews project team progress and uses processes, tools and other related resources to ensure effective team dynamics and decision-making, as well as effective interactions with all internal and external collaborators.
  • Builds high morale and team commitments to goals and objectives by creating a compelling sense of common purpose and direction.
  • Acts with a sense of urgency.
  • Complies with company quality management systems, policies and procedures
  • Provides mentorship, if applicable
  • Additional duties/responsibilities according to business needs


  • Has exceptional written and verbal communication skills; able to effectively articulate complex concepts and ideas to broad audiences.
  • Is confident when interacting with various levels of management, stays focused and on-point, and is able to raise problems or challenges in a productive manner.
  • Strong presentation skills; highly effective at summarizing and presenting decision points and key considerations.
  • Strong influencing skills; proven ability to get things done without formal authority.

Essential Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

  • Proficient with project management principles (e.g., resource allocation, cost estimation, risks analysis).
  • Proficient with project management tools and applications.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, Project).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record of effective decision-making; makes good business decisions and exercises sound judgment.
  • Strong negotiation skills; can effectively drive discussions and decisions toward desired results
  • Strong interpersonal skills; proven ability to develop important relationships with all key internal and external partners as well as collaborators.
  • Outstanding orientation to teamwork: works collaboratively, effectively and efficiently with others.



  • Required: BS in Molecular Biology or Genetics
  • Preferred: MS or PhD

Years of related experience

  • Required: 8+ years project management experience in life sciences assay and reagent commercial product developments
  • Preferred:

Competencies (skills, knowledge, abilities)

  • Preferred: FDA, QSRs, ISO 9001/13485, Risk Management, Product Life Cycle

Travel Requirements

  • As necessary


Level of Autonomy and Complexity:

  • Regularly contributes to the conception of new principles, theories, and concepts, to resolve complex issues
  • Employs judgment in choosing creative techniques to resolve complex issues requiring extensive analysis and evaluation of factors
  • Error in judgment or failure to achieve objectives will hinder accomplishment of business goals, and will have prolonged impact.
  • Determines own methods for new projects; acts as team leader; employs scope to determine goals for assignments
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About Our Organization

Affymetrix, Inc., (NASDAQ:AFFX) is a pioneer in creating breakthrough tools that are driving the genomic revolution. We provide leadership and support, partnering with customers in pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government, and non-profit research institutes in their quest to use biology for a better world. More than 2,300 microarray systems have been shipped around the world, and more than 65,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published citing Affymetrix technologies. Affymetrix is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio, San Diego, California, Singapore, and Vienna, Austria. We have approximately 1,100 employees worldwide and maintain sales and distribution operations across Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment and are committed to supporting their aspirations and achievements. We recognize that our strength and competitive advantage lie within providing meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking, and work-life balance. Our competitive total rewards programs (e.g., compensation, benefits, development, etc.) reflect our high regard for our employees. For more information about Affymetrix, please visit

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