Project Life Cycle Lead- Finance

Newport Corp.

Andover, MA

A Day in Your Life at MKS: (Summary & Objectives)

MKS is hiring a Project Lifecycle Leader to oversee the conception, implementation and analysis of internal initiatives. The successful candidate will have a background in both business and IT and will have an extensive understanding of the high-tech manufacturing industry and report into our Business Technology Group. We’re looking for a responsible, articulate and motivated individual who is a critical thinker and problem solver. You will be responsible for overseeing the execution of all deliverables and resources including vendors along with internal resources and communicating progress to senior management at regular intervals.

You Will Make an Impact Through: (Responsibilities)

Project Lifecycle Leadership:

  • Leads efforts throughout project lifecycle to understand, plan, and drive IT initiatives tied to business strategies with specific business outcomes
  • Coordinates multi-disciplinary business resources in accordance with schedules
  • Works directly with IT teams (applications and infrastructure) to ensure commitments are met and initiatives are delivered reliably and predictably
  • Work closely with business systems analysts, delivery managers and end users to determine the best IT solution
  • Accountable for project deadlines/schedules, scope and budgets
  • Assesses change readiness and prepares plans for helping business stakeholders through change and adoption
  • Facilitates the change management process required to reach project goals
  • Creates project artifacts and delivers reporting (project and/or sprint plans, status reports, stakeholder analysis, issues, risks and mitigation, training documentation, etc.)
  • Owns and drives issues to resolution and works to mitigates project risks, throughout the project lifecycle
  • Ensures appropriate transition from project-mode to steady-state with business and IT teams
  • In conjunction with the project team and sponsor, conduct post-project evaluations
  • Communicates to stakeholders through various methods including but not limited to meeting minutes with action items, steering committee presentations, IT governance forums and tools
  • Manages vendor relationships associated with initiatives, assuring deliverables are met per contract specifications, and budgets are tightly managed, throughout a project lifecycle
  • Contributes to and participates in quarterly planning and roadmap maintenance for portfolio
  • Follows agile and hybrid waterfall methodologies to deliver incremental value to stakeholders

Business Engagement:

  • Engages with business stakeholders to assess initiatives that drive business outcomes related to business strategies or environments
  • Develops thorough understanding of business outcomes expected from initiatives, ensures delivery of expected outcomes
  • Develops thorough understanding of business processes, participates in initial process documentation or process modification as required with process experts and delivery teams
  • Gather relevant industry data on solutions, KPI’s and metrics
  • Facilitate request for information (RFI) and/or request for proposal (RFP) process for initiatives with business and IT teams, facilitate selection of the right solution to achieve business outcomes
  • Produce relevant metrics that highlight value delivered

Skills You Bring: (Required Skills)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or Business Administration discipline or equivalent work experience, required
  • 5+years’ experience in project management, following industry standard practices along with certification (PMI-PMP, Prince, SAFe, etc.)
  • 4+ years of progressive experience in software development and/or technical project management
  • 4+ years using project management software tools and methodologies (waterfall, agile, hybrid)
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently complete projects according to outlined scope, budget and timeline
  • Excellent communication, organization, time-management and leadership skills
  • Strong consulting skills; Customer-oriented approach in managing communications, issues and risks
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a keen attention to detail
  • Ability to efficiently manage time and keep track of multiple schedules, meetings, and initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and work well under pressure
  • High level of initiative and ownership, bold and confident attitude towards challenges; Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Proficiency in Office Productivity Tools, Microsoft Office 365 and Visio
  • High performance orientation, self-motivated and focused on continuous improvement
  • Understanding of IT Infrastructure (network, telecom, data center, end user computing, information security) and/or business applications such as ERP, CRM, HRIS
  • Understanding of Service Now, Jira or other project-specific tracking tools
  • Language required: Fluent in English

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working in a multi-national high-tech company

Supervisory Scope:

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, scanners, etc.
  • Position can be hybrid – 3 days in office, 2 days remote, or 100% remote for a candidate who has experience working 100% remotely
  • Some travel may be required


Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds. However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.” “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.

MKS Instruments, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries (“MKS”) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer: diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We win as a team and are committed to recruiting and hiring qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), religion, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability or handicap, marital status, membership in the uniformed services, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law. Hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications and business needs. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with applicable law and company policies. MKS is generally only hiring candidates who reside in states where we are registered to do business.

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