Thermo Fisher Scientific Lead Production Worker - Day Shift in Lenexa, Kansas

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Production Lead is responsible for assigned production lines and the people assigned to the lines. Accountable for performance in safety, quality, and productivity for the lines and people assigned. Accountable for the development of operator skill base through formal training program and continuous coaching. Responsible for adherence to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations/ Quality System Regulation (QSR) guidelines, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Responsible for directing and coordinating the production associates in their area of responsibility.


  • Educate, train, and coach employees in the safe and correct performance of assigned duties.

  • Ensure the safe and proper performance of procedures associated with manufacturing.

  • Organize and control production in their assigned area with a constant goal of increasing efficiency, quality, and productivity.

  • Meet production goals by efficiently delegating tasks and providing job direction.

  • Ensure production lines are staffed with properly trained associates.

  • Assist production associates with quality assurance questions and concerns

  • Create and maintain a safe work environment by engaging the associates in reporting potential safety hazards, support of the EH&S guidelines and continual emphasis on safe work habits and working conditions

  • Ensure the performance of assigned lines is visible through pacing boards and escalate issues as required by escalation process

  • Train and coach on 5S, providing feedback using 5S audit form

  • Develop a Gemba walk and perform regularly to ensure shop floor control. Use results to develop training and coaching opportunities

  • Use Leader Standard Work to focus on Lean Management, visual controls to monitor actual versus expected, and maintain discipline of daily accountability to drive improvement activities

  • Use visual management to track, monitor, and analyze production performance indicators, establish triggers, and ensure sustainable corrective actions are in place to improve quality, reduce waste, and improve efficiencies

  • Use visual management to constantly monitor efficiency of production systems, coordinate activities to correct issues, and use an escalation process to correct issues that cannot be immediately resolved

  • Lead PPI solo teams to investigate and remedy, when possible, production failures.

  • Provide input for performance evaluations

  • Support supervisor in daily activities when required

  • Notify supervisor of personnel problems as they arise

  • Coordinate efforts to help other departments when necessary

  • Operate machinery when needed and make adjustments when necessary. Notify maintenance when equipment is not operating to standard

  • Handle packaged animal blood and, if necessary, human blood

  • Provides break assistant the employees, as needed

  • Must have ability to see in color.

In addition, other duties may be assigned as the business need warrants.

Minimum Requirements

  • Arrives on time to work, meetings and from lunch or breaks

  • Demonstrates the importance of workplace safety of self and others

  • Exhibits appropriate behavior and language at all times

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution

  • Utilizes PPI to improve business process and address production problems

  • Builds a customer based focus within the organization by ensuring that internal processes are designed with the customer in mind

  • Gets first hand customer information and uses it for improvements in services and products.

  • Meets commitments and ensures that deliverables are completed on time

  • Shows continual support to Supervisor and employees within the department, as well as within the company

  • Must have a high school diplomas or equivalent from an accredited institution

  • Must be able to listen to, write in, follow directions in, and communicate using the English language

  • Must have basic math skills

  • Previous manufacturing skills a plus

  • Must be able to stand for up to 10 hours a day

  • Must be able to stoop, bend, lean over to do position

  • Must be able to pull/push wheeled kettles/pallets of up to 600 lbs

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.