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Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Manufacturing Supervisor in Carlsbad, California

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Location/Division Specific Information

Location : Carlsbad, CA

Division: Biosciences (BID)

How will you make an impact?

Reporting to the Manager of Antibodies, the Manufacturing Supervisor is a critical component for influencing and motivating direct reports to take on new challenges and realize their full potential, and ultimately facilitate a positive and engaging work environment. This individual will have the ability to manage career development plans, and leverage cross-functional relationships to realize department objectives in alignment with organization goals set.

What will you do?

The successful candidate demonstrates a sense of urgency, contagious optimism and a “can do” attitude. They lead by example and hold themselves and others accountable, while maintaining productive and professional relationships within the team. The Manufacturing Supervisor is responsible for managing multiple teams with responsibility for safety, quality, cost, compliance, and human resource development. The Manufacturing Supervisor will establish and maintain a skilled manufacturing team responsible for manufacture, qualification and availability of high quality products. The primary responsibilities are as follows:

  • Promotes and facilitates the safest working environment for all employees

  • Effectively manages laboratory personnel including resolution of technical issues, and Initiates investigations into process failures, product failures, and safety incidents. Identifies and implements appropriate corrective and preventive actions

  • Ensures proper staffing and training for each manufacturing team to efficiently meet customer demand

  • Identifies and implements timely and appropriate corrective and preventive actions

  • Creates work center performance goals and leads each work center and each individual towards achieving those goals. Performs full performance evaluations for all direct reports.

  • Drives Practical Process Improvements (PPI) with a high level of team member involvement and engagement, and utilizes lean methodologies to realize process efficiencies

  • Effectively reviews metrics to benchmark and drive team performance

  • Works with team members and planning/purchasing teams to develop and execute a manufacturing schedule to meet customer demands

  • Participates in internal and external audits, responds to audit observations and identifies and implements appropriate corrective and preventive actions

  • Works with Research and Development and product realization teams to facilitate the introduction of new products into manufacturing

  • Accountable for ensuring system data integrity for manufacturing data elements (BOM, Routing, ACQ, Lead Times)

  • Recommends and coordinates measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product

  • Supports career development plans for direct reports

  • Creates and manages to an operational budget, including compensation, benefits, supplies, and equipment maintenance.

  • Effectively communicates barriers or issues and obtains needed support for resolution

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or other related discipline, 5+ years of experience in a manufacturing or research laboratory, and 1+ years of experience in a leadership role


Master’s degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or other related discipline, 3+ years of experience in a manufacturing or research laboratory, and 1+ years of experience in a leadership role


  • 1+ years of experience in ISO or cGMP regulated manufacturing environment

  • Must demonstrate strong leadership abilities with capability to leverage diverse resources, respond quickly, understand impact of changes and decisions, facilitate agreement, build collaborative relationships and understand internal and external customer needs

  • ERP system knowledge and a basic understanding of cost accounting/standard manufacturing financials

  • Experience with Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Systems and Tools (or similar Continuous Improvement and Lean Systems)

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Software

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Must be able to work with numerous departments and varying levels of employees.

  • Requires extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes and inter-departmental responsibilities.

  • Must ensure all team members work safely with chemicals and hazardous materials

  • Must be flexible to work varying schedules and hours as needed

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong collaborative skills and the ability to influence others without authority

  • Is energized working in a fast-paced environment

  • Consistent, dependable and accurate in carrying out responsibilities

  • Displays positive attitude toward job and others

  • Results oriented and data driven

  • Greets challenge and change as opportunity

  • Is curious, inquisitive, innovative, never satisfied with the status quo

  • Has strong project management skills

  • Proactive approach that anticipates needs and problems while creating solutions

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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