Project Specialist – Canon USA – Rockville, MD


Company Overview:
Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc. is a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2015. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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Position Overview:
Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. is currently seeking a Project Specialist who will be an integral member of the Project Management team responsible for managing projects of varying size and complexity. The Project Specialist is responsible for supporting, organizing and controlling project activities, under the direction of the Projects Manager.

Responsibilities:
Manage the planning and execution of product development projects while adhering to budget, scope and schedule requirements.

Applies best practices in the development, initiation, planning, execution, control and closing of projects and ensures consistent practices throughout all phases of the project life cycle.

Leads activities such as scheduling project status update meetings with project teams and be responsible to gather information and prepare meeting minutes and schedule updates.

Responsible to take input from a cross functional project teams to develop and maintain a detailed project schedule and execute a high quality, integrated cross-functional plan for projects.

Use defined project management practices and procedures to solve problems of moderate scope and complexity.

Assists project team and project lead in strategic meetings and follow up with meeting notes.

Facilitate innovative solutions and creative problem solving between groups and individuals.

Interact effectively and appropriately with a cross functional team in R&D, Manufacturing, Facilities & Administration, Regulatory and Quality Systems, Legal and Commercial Operations

Serves as in-house project consultant for R&D projects.

Cooperate with coworkers within an organized team environment and effectively communicate project key data and updates on project status (timelines, resources, and delays) status to project shareholders.

This role has no direct reports but manages the people and other resources indirectly as part of cross-functional team delegation, required to complete the project.

Highly developed interpersonal skills with the proven ability to function effectively and tactfully with multiple departments and personnel, able to gain consensus and commitment.

Qualifications:
Bachelors’ degree in a scientific or engineering discipline is required.

2-4 years of direct Project Management experience is required. PMP Certification is a plus.

Strong experience with MS Project, Excel, Word, and Visio is required.

Experience in creating meeting agendas, meeting minutes, project correspondence, documentation, and presentations.

Understanding of biotech/ IVD development activities and of multi-project planning and coordination is preferred but not required.

Understanding of Design Control and New Product Development Activities.

Demonstrated leadership, matrix management, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.

Must be able to prioritize and multi-task, work effectively with little or no direction.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work in a team environment.

Must be able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and time-lines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities

Must be able to react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently and be flexible during times of change

Highly developed interpersonal skills with the proven ability to function effectively and tactfully with multiple departments and personnel, able to gain consensus and commitment.



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