Thermo Fisher Scientific Site Leader, Manufacturing Operations - Rochester, NY in Rochester, New York

Job Description

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

The Director, Manufacturing Operations role is part of the Laboratory Products Division (LPD) which unites deep scientific expertise, a collaborative culture and rich resources to deliver the lab equipment and consumables that our customers need to achieve their scientific goals – quickly, reliably and safely. Our smart lab solutions make it faster and easier for our customers to focus on what matters most – delivering answers and innovations that save and improve lives.

How will you make an impact?

Experienced operations and business leader needed to drive the operations group for the production and supply of plastic consumables for the Laboratory Plastics Essentials business. The position will report directly to the Senior Director of Manufacturing Operations for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Life Sciences Solutions Group located in Rochester, NY. The Site Director will have 6-7 direct reports on-site.

Responsibilities include an intense focus on meeting customer needs in demanding regulatory and research environments, leading and coordinating all manufacturing operations across the site, ensuring the site functions at peak efficiency with proper communications and interfaces, developing the operations and manufacturing leadership teams while ensuring delivery of high quality products which are in compliance with all applicable customer, business and regulatory requirements.

What will you do?

  • Establish and improve mechanisms to ensure the manufacturing organization provides the required products in a timely, cost effective and quality manner to the Laboratory Products, Bioproduction and Biosciences Divisions.

  • Assess resource needs across the manufacturing organization by working with site and functional leaders to assign resources per established priorities.

  • Provide thought leadership to leaders to achieve goals and create a culture of accountability and continuous improvement.

  • Drive performance of the manufacturing organization to achieve and exceed financial targets through quality, cost efficiency and productivity.

  • Establish mechanisms to ensure high levels of collaboration across sites and global functions.

  • Establish key performance indicators that drive change and visibility to the team and leadership. Track, trend, and monitor routinely with active data analysis to target and drive results.

  • Develop a succession strategy and improve bench strength by facilitating and mentoring manufacturing organization leaders to be both exceptional players and coaches.

  • Coordinate the hiring, training, coaching and annual performance reviews of manufacturing leaders. Define and establish clear objectives and expectations, routinely provide direct feedback for performance management and development.

  • Manage budgets, schedules and key operating metrics.

  • Identify projects and recommend appropriate course of action (e.g., discontinuation, outsource, process improvement) to maximize profitability and supply.

  • Execute robust Risk Management practices to maintain high probability of project success, i.e., satisfaction of scope, schedule and budget.

  • Ensure effective transfers of new products into production that meet all requirements for the classification.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline and/or equivalent experience. Advanced degree in related field is preferred.


  • Minimum of 10-15 years of management experience in a complex manufacturing environment. Experience in plastics manufacturing desirable.

  • Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with the ability to facilitate team interactions and to partner with and influence key stakeholders including Finance, R&D, Product Management and the Commercial team.

  • Strong leadership ability with the capability to leverage and flex diverse resources, respond quickly, understand the impact of changes and decisions, facilitate agreement, build collaborative relationships and focus on customer needs.

  • Practical application experience in continuous improvement methodologies to improve processes, strengthen quality and drive efficiency including LEAN and 5S.

  • Strong analytical ability including the ability to effectively use data in problem solving and to evaluate process changes and impacts.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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.