MKS Instruments

Posted on 04-13-2017 in Jobs


Position Summary: The Project Manager successfully leads cross-functional Product Introduction Teams, responsible for bringing a new product idea from the idea stage to realization in a dynamic, fast paced, high tech team environment. These cross-functional teams will execute the development, piloting and industrialization of the product portfolio. The Project Manager implements project management best practices to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and in adherence to specification. The Project Manager is the primary interface for customer escalations and support. The Project Manager will utilize resources from other departments, as required to ensure that customer escalations are closed as quickly as possible. The Project Manager will be required to present and coordinate presentation material on a regular basis to direct customers and end users. You must be able to motivate, lead and incentivize people on your team in order to be successful in this role.

Primary Responsibilities: The Project Manager is fully responsible for the overall success of their assigned projects by:

  • Developing, tracking and updating the project schedule and escalation milestones
  • Managing projects utilizing the MKS Product Development Process
  • Ensuring 8D Closure
  • Proactively managing risks and issues including development of mitigation plans and escalation, when necessary
  • Organizing team meetings
  • Sustaining and improving team dynamics, morale and motivation
  • Building a team where all members and points of view are respected – he/she is responsible for the overall performance of the team
  • Communicating project status to the project teams, management and other stakeholders
  • Managing, facilitating, and documenting regular project status meetings
  • Clearly communicating roles, expectations, work direction to all team members on a regular basis.
  • Holding team members accountable to meet quality and timeline expectations of their deliverables
  • Assuring adherence to defined product development processes in all scoped projects
  • Regularly keeping management informed of problems, issues, and status of on-going projects
  • Providing feedback to functional managers towards the performance of project resources
  • Monitoring the project from initiation through delivery, interfacing with external customers or field-based employees, as required
  • Driving improvement by continuously identifying areas to increase efficiency and eliminate non-value-add steps/functions from the current process
  • Supporting the MKS Program Management Office (PMO) by sharing and utilizing Best Known Methods (BKM’s), following MKS product development processes, owning and updating Business Unit project performance data, supporting PMO initiatives, and managing, facilitating, and documenting Product/Project Steering Committee Meetings chaired by the Business Unit General Manager

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in engineering or a technical field, or equivalent experience. Master’s Degree is a plus and PM certification is desired
  • Minimum 9 years related experience; minimum 5 years of experience managing projects
  • Previous project management leadership required
  • Experience in the Semiconductor industry is a plus
  • Hands on management style is a plus


  • Applicants must have a track record of leading cross-functional teams to execute customer driven projects.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to drive a project to completion
  • Strong communication skills to all functional levels, from Sr. Management to peers, customers, and to all functions required to complete tasks
  • Strong ability to manage ambiguity
  • Effective planning/organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to multi-task and set priorities
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Project, Excel, Power Point, and Word are mandatory
  • VBA scripting for macros in Excel, Power Point, and Word are a plus
  • Knowledge of general quality practices and procedures preferred


MKS Instruments is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.

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