Covance Method Development Project Manager, Food Solutions in Madison, Wisconsin

Job Overview

Covance Food Solutions Method Development Project Manager

Play a pivotal role in food safety and grow your career

Are you interested in making a real impact through your everyday work? Would you enjoy working in a team-focused environment as you explore unique career opportunities?

If you are looking for a company where you can gain exposure to a wide variety of science and explore a multitude of career paths within food safety and nutrition, consider working at Covance as a Method Development Project Manager, Food Solutions.

Thrive personally and professionally at Covance

Working at Covance, you’ll continue to grow in our learning-based culture so you’ll know how to expertly respond and adapt as the industry continues to evolve. Here, you’ll put your education to work as you play a meaningful role in advancing food science and safety throughout the entire food and dietary supplement production process.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package. This includes 21 days of personal time off, 7 paid holidays, medical and dental insurance as well as tuition reimbursement, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, along with short and long-term disability and life insurance.

Why Managers choose to work at Covance

  • Make a direct impact in food safety and nutritional analysis

  • Partner with and learn from supportive colleagues and industry leaders

  • Open up new opportunities for career growth within or outside the lab

This position will manage people and projects. Duties will include the following:

  • Manage method development team and projects.

  • Work with R&D and Innovation leadership on project scope and priorities.

  • Develop project plans and collaborate on setting and delivering timelines and project deliverables.

  • Communicate project requirements, expectations, and outcomes to team members and stakeholders.

  • Manage changes in project scope and priorities.

  • Proactively identify and resolve potential issues and conflicts.

  • Monitor progress and status of assigned tasks and, if necessary, develop actions to bring assigned tasks back on schedule.

  • Provide regular updates on all method development and optimization projects to various stakeholders. Develop and maintain visualization tools (dashboards) for detailing the current status of the projects and highlighting changes.

  • Gather information from various stakeholders to build business cases for new method development.

  • Coordinate pricing of new methods with Commercial, Marketing, Finance, R&D and Operations teams.

  • Work with Finance and Operations teams to assess and implement resource allocation changes as a result of new or optimized methods.

  • Coordinate set-up and changes of methods in LIMS.

  • Manage the method review and update process to ensure timely review of new methods, periodic reviews and inclusion of method modifications.

  • Collaborate with Marketing and Commercial teams on the commercial part of the method launch process by providing all necessary inputs in a timely fashion and coordinating Commercial team training on new methods.

  • Manage the method change control process for new methods and method changes to ensure consistency of the change control assessment and client communication in collaboration with Quality and Marketing/Commercial teams.

  • Support compliance of ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

  • Assists with performance evaluations, staffing decisions and other supervisory activities.

  • Maintains client contacts and establishes new contacts for specific service or market segments.

  • Works with clients to design method development projects, method validations and testing programs that will meet client requirements.

  • Prepares protocols, reports, and other documents associated with CFS.

  • Interprets and implements policies affecting staff, fiscal and technical management for the department.

  • Discusses study problems or scope changes with appropriate personnel and suggests solutions and actions to solve problems. Manages the impact on time and cost.

  • Works with Human Resources to implement appropriate affirmative action, salary administration, and communication programs within the department.

  • Conducts and hosts client visits to CFS.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


What we’re looking for .

  • BS degree with 8-10 years of relevant experience in a food analysis or other scientific lab environment . Experience may be substituted for education.

  • Working knowledge of project management processes, PMP or other certification preferred.

  • Excellent communication, planning and organizational skills.

  • Ability to present to staff at all levels.

  • Ability to work independently and manage people and projects in a virtual environment.

  • Working knowledge of time and cost estimate development.

  • Computing skills, including word processing and use of spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Office packages and Microsoft Project).


  • BS degree plus 8-10 years of experience in a food analysis or other scientific lab environment.

  • Minimum of 3 years of management experience or supervising teams.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management, ideally in a laboratory testing environment.

Job Number 2018-17885

Job Category Nutritional Chemistry

Position Type Full-Time

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