Thermo Fisher Scientific Materials Manager in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

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.

Job Description

This position reports to the Director of Operations and is the strategic manager for the planning and control of all Materials for this manufacturing site. The functional core competencies of this role include lean material flow, inventory controls and analytics, procurement, warehouse management, buying, and continuous improvement. This leader must make connections and network with colleagues to leverage organizational knowledge as an effective partner in the business. This leadership position is also responsible for eliminating waste through inventory control and all associated work processes. The position requires a goal-oriented individual who is a positive influence and role model leader that embraces change, possesses a continuous improvement mindset, and has a passion for exceeding company and customer expectations .


• Leadership

  • Represent the Materials function on the Site Leadership senior staff, including performance reporting, budget management, strategy contribution, decision-making and communications.

  • Provide functional strategy to guide the daily execution, performance improvement and career development of the Procurement and local Warehouse organization staff.

  • Manage the annual Performance Management and Development (PMD) and Human Resource Review (HRR) processes to maintain a robust staff that evolves into future leaders and is resilient to unexpected events.

  • Participate in Divisional and Corporate Operations and Materials councils or forums to drive best practice sharing, benchmarking and talent development..


  • Categorize site suppliers to assure proper oversight and daily management, leverage with Global Sourcing and alignment with Supplier Quality.

  • Organize site Buyers to assure proper alignment with daily value stream activities, supplier management responsibilities and appropriate career development based on complexity, volume, risk and innovation.

  • Understand and enforce execution of our Supplier Quality requirements and best practices, such that the Supply Chain Manager can represent Supplier Quality performance during a regulatory audit.

Inventory Management.

  • Operation’s management of all warehouses to ensure transactional discipline is in place as well as meeting productivity targets.

  • Responsible for execution of a successful cycle count program such that yearly physical inventories are not required.

  • Timely and accurate receipt of material through oversight of (1) receiver as part of team

  • Using the Plan for Every Part methodology, establish optimized inventory targets, replenishment processes and materials flows at the site to achieve our service level, efficiency and productivity goals.

  • Develop, manage and deliver the Site’s Inventory Days of Supply (DOS) and Excess & Obsolete (E&O) Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for raw materials, work-in-process and finished goods (onsite), including annual DOS and E&O improvements by using the Process Improvement (PPI) business system.

  • Responsible for management of (1) kitting personnel as part of team. Ensure timely and accurate processing of instruments to meet new and service instrument due dates.

  • Work with necessary personnel to put in place accurate work instruments and/or standard work.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent work experience: Supply Chain Management, Materials Management, or related field preferred. Master’s Degree is preferred.

• Experience

  • Ten or more years of experience being responsible for a materials management function with exposure to low volume/high mix consumables, preferably in a manufacturing and/or distribution operations environment; with 5 or more years of strong leadership experience managing others.

  • Familiar with international distribution and procurement requirements, including packaging labeling, export documentation, duties, regulatory approvals.

  • Demonstrated experience and success using Lean Manufacturing business practices, preferably in materials management.

  • Hands on experience with planning, MRP, inventory controls, replenishment, warehouse management and procurement functionality in ERP and best-of-breed software solutions.

• Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Developed reasoning and decision-making skills to drive projects to completion through individual and team accountability.

  • A strong balance of analytical skills and action orientation to drive sustaining results with intensity, demonstrating the confidence, conviction and collaboration to innovate new strategies and methodologies.

  • Excellent technical skills, including demonstrated project management, organization, and planning.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply problem solving methodology to understand root cause and implement solutions.

  • Proven strong oral and written communication skills with both senior management and subordinate staff, including direct labor.

  • Broad knowledge of P&L, Balance Sheet, NPV/ROI, and foreign exchange, preferred.

  • Supply Chain certification (CPIM, CSCMP or comparable), preferred.

This position does NOT have relocation assistance.

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