Packaging Supervisor

Thermo Fisher Scientific - Allentown, PA

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 Specific Information

Fisher Clinical Services, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is a leading provider of the global clinical supply chain. With an unwavering commitment to service, science and process engineering, Fisher Clinical Services is powered by people with an exceptional commitment to quality, deeply instilled ethics of personal responsibility and unrivaled expertise. We are exclusively focused on serving the packaging and distribution requirements of clinical trials across the world. Whether planning, packaging, labeling, storing, or distributing the important supplies needed to perform clinical research, for more than 27 years Fisher Clinical Services has been committed to delivering the highest possible value while ensuring adherence to the highest level of quality, performance, reliability and sustainability standards.

How will you get here?

A four year, Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in Business/Management, Engineering or scientific discipline
Consideration may be given to those who hold 6+ years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience. This would include 3 years of supervisory and pharmaceutical packaging and/or pharmaceutical industry or FDA regulated industry experience.
What will you do?

As the Operations Team Leader, you will oversee 20-25 employees working on multiple production lines in a clinical pharmaceutical manufacturing/packaging environment. You will apply Good Manufacturing Principles in all areas of responsibility.
You will be expected to lead the operation using the following skills:
Lead - Coach and mentor your employee. Act in a professional and approachable manner. Possess strong interpersonal, listening and communication skills.
Own – Be the technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) for each process within your area.
Be able to speak confidently to all internal and external stakeholders about the processes.
Drive – Innovate. Independently and proactively identify problems /improvement opportunities. Implement solutions to solve problems and to eliminate reoccurrences.
Manage- Measure team, individual, and process performance. Set goals and hold team, individuals, and self-accountable for all actions.
Develop – Foster your employees’ education and personal development. Provide opportunities for growth and exposure. Train, motivate, encourage and grow the workforce.
Applies Good Manufacturing Principles in all areas of responsibility.
Demonstrates and promotes the company vision of the 4 I’s: Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and involvement.
Conducts all activities in a safe and efficient manner.
Lead: Direct, lead, supervise and provide support to personnel. Coach, listen and advise all personnel.
Own: Learn, understand and become the Subject Matter Expert (SME) on all packaging processes. Investigate process deviations, identify root causes and implement corrective actions. Communicate and train employees on their duties, responsibilities and company policies and procedures.
Drive: Challenge the status-quo. Continuously identify and lead improvements in all processes. Eliminate waste, increase effectiveness and maximize efficiency of the operations. Improve safety, quality delivery and cost.
Manage: Oversee daily scheduling of all packaging operations and provide work direction across multiple production areas. Ensure employees work safely and in accordance with all internal and external regulations, procedures and standards. Identify, measure and improve critical metrics. Communicate performance expectations and hold employees accountable through application of the Performance Management and Development process. Consistently apply all company and site policies and procedures.
Develop: Ensure that the Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) are current and accurately portray what is being performed on the packaging floor. Ensure that the technicians know, understand and follow these instructions. Develop career path plans for employees to foster personnel growth and fulfillment. Motivate employees to achieve work goals.
Act as a role model leader.
This position is primarily working in a production environment. Long periods of standing to monitor room activities and assist in production requirements as needed
Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Strong Role Model Leader Skills
Well-developed communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
Sound judgment and good decision making skills
Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills
Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma knowledge
Experience in all aspects of the packaging process
Experience with the implementation of Lean Manufacturing techniques including, but not limited to, line balancing, Takt Time, 5S, SMED, TPM, etc
3+ years of supervisory experience desired
Clinical or pharmaceutical packaging experience preferred
Industrial engineering background/training
Experience leading teams of >10 employees
Any certification for manufacturing, management or pharmaceuticals preferred
Lean or Six Sigma Certification (Green or Black Belt) preferred
Project Management Certification (PMP) or project management experience preferred
Mastery of skills required to read, understand, and adhere to the SOPs and policies of a GMP environment.
Can manage personnel in a cGMP environment
Physical Requirements

Must be able to stand continuously (95%-100%)
Must be able to walk frequently (50% - 79%)
Must be able to sit (up to 49%)
Must be able to lift and or carry the max of 50 pounds frequently (50%-79%)
Must be able to bend frequently (50%-79%)
Must be able to squat (up to 49%)
Must be able to reach above shoulder level essentially (80%-94%)
Must be able to use both right and left hand for repetitive action, simple grasping, pushing and pulling and fine manipulation essentially (80%-94%)
Must be able to use both the right and left foot for repetitive action occasionally (up to 49%)
Vision requirements for this position: close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision, peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth perception (three dimensional vision) and the ability to adjust focus.
Position is responsible for inspection of pharmaceutical products, components and labels. Incumbent must meet applicable visual acuity/color blindness standards to perform visual inspections in a cGMP environment.
Personal Protective Equipment Certification (PPE) including but not limited to filtering face masks, PAPR, N- 95 masks, half face masks and safety glasses is required to perform this position
Must be able to work in both heat/cold environments (up to 79%)
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.

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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.