Thermo Fisher Scientific Manager, Production (Suite 8) in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Description

Job Title: Biopharmaceutical Production Manager (Suite 8)

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 $22 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.

Location/Division Specific Information

US - Missouri - Saint Louis

How will you make an impact?

The Production Manager (Suite 8) will successfully manage departmental resources to deliver on customer commitments and maximizing the full potential of our employees. Demands are to be met in accordance with established safety, quality, efficiency and regulatory standards. This involves oversight of all resources including personnel, equipment, and capital. Collaborative interaction with peers both within and outside of department is necessary for success. Successfully driving disciplined performance management and talent development of direct and in-direct reports is critical to this role. Demonstrated proactive leadership inside of the department and strategic delivery of company goals and a continuous improvement mindset is also an expectation. As is a deep understanding and hands-on experience in Upstream mammalian production processes, within the clean room environment and associated quality systems, to make appropriate technical/tactical decisions balancing cost, quality and risk analysis.

What will you do?

The Production Manager (Suite 8) is responsible for overseeing a high-performing manufacturing team;

  • Make decisions as a subject matter expert on mammalian large scale production processes (Upstream cell culture and bioreactor unit operation).

  • Coordinate a production schedule while increasing production capacity through de-bottlenecking processes and optimizing systems.

  • Lead a growing team of 4-6 supervisors and 35+ manufacturing bioprocess technicians while managing day-to-day operations and ensuring departmental commitments and deliverables are achieved to meet company objectives. This involves resource oversight, planning, delegation, prioritization, collaboration, etc. Accountable for cost center P&Ls.

  • Establish departmental and individual expectations; provide direction and balanced performance feedback; coach, develop, and challenge direct reports; enforce company policies; and deal with personnel issues promptly.

  • Encourage and enforce a culture of compliance regarding Safety, EH&S, Quality standards as required by cGMPs, Health Authority’ regulations, government agencies, and company standards / policies. Support all site audits and inspections. A leader and champion for site compliance.

  • Personally ensure adequate resource is dedicated to correcting important or critical issues via personal involvement, delegated resources, and/or appropriate escalation. This often involves collaborative interaction with other departments.

  • Recognized as a leader on departmental and site teams to solve problems, initiate improvements, establish procedures, transfer new products or technologies, execute projects, etc. A representative for Manufacturing on site and back up / delegate for the backup for the Snr Manager of Upstream or Director of Manufacturing as required.

  • Conduct hiring, oversee training, prepare and communicate staff evaluations. Develop a team that is highly respected, engaged, and actively develop and train high potential candidates for the next generation of leaders. Serves as a mentor to develop other leaders across the site.

  • Be a role model. Exude optimism and Change leader. Support company direction and officers. Be a supporter and an asset to your peers. Live the Thermo Fisher Scientific 4Is values (of integrity, intensity, innovation & involvement) every day. Be proactive and hold peers across the site accountable as well.

  • Selects, develops and evaluates staff to ensure the efficient operation of the function. Works with and advises staff on administrative policies and procedures.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific field required. Master’s in a scientific field preferred


  • 7-10 years of pharma industry experience (preferably in a cGMP environment)

  • Experience in process unit operations (e.g. cell culturing, protein purification, bioreactors)

  • 5-10 years of proven Management experience

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Expert in oral and written communication, as well as social skills.

  • Computer literate with Microsoft Office tools.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Sound technical, hands-on process (Upstream and/or downstream) knowledge and expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. Including pharmaceutical regulations from FDA, EU, ICH and PICs guidelines.

  • Unquestionable integrity, dedication to EH&S and accountable.

  • Demonstrated success in driving quality systems and leading change with continuous improvement and a dedication to craftsmanship and putting quality first.

  • Possess a pro-active, Results-oriented attitude and display strong leadership skills to influence and build effective teams, gain agreement via collaboration, and handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.

  • Work independently or as a part of a team, distill and solve issues to deliver analytical and strategic solutions.

  • Excellent planning and organization skills and ability to efficiently handle multiple tasks, issues, projects.

  • Quality and/or Financial software (SAP, NextDocs, Trackwise ComplianceWire, etc.) skills a plus.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 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.

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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.