Director of Operations

Sunnyvale, CA

The Director of Operations is a leadership role within the Ion Chromatography and Sample Preparation business unit. The position has a dual reporting line to the VP of Operations and the VP/GM ISCP. In this role, you will lead the operations of the Sunnyvale consumables manufacturing site and its global operations strategy, from budgeting to asset management. Operational excellence, using Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain management concepts, is another critical focus area of the position. This leader will establish management systems, key performance indicators, and processes that improve the production of high-quality products. This role is a great opportunity to lead a growing manufacturing business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a global manufacturing and order fulfillment strategy to meet the changing needs of the business and customers.
  • Establish a Compliance and Customer First approach throughout the operations function and serve as the chief Customer Advocate in resolving prioritization issues.
  • Build a culture committed to quality, ensuring accordance with applicable regulatory requirements, internal quality standards, and customer needs.
  • Lead the global sourcing team, in partnership with the central procurement organization, to maintain cost-efficient availability of materials and supplies, and achievement of inventory objectives.
  • Accountable for the overall financial performance of the operations team, focusing on revenue recognition, cost management, working capital management, cash flow objectives, inventory management, and site-level P&L performance.
  • Ensure outstanding EH&S Safety program for the business unit.
  • Drive continuous improvement, detailed process documentation, and standard work across the Enterprise.
  • Role Model leader who encourages employee engagement, and employee recognition and meets the Company’s goal of being a phenomenal place to work while creating a culture of accountability.
  • Collaborate with the Commercial, Marketing, and R&D teams to drive unit output, and revenue production by meeting or exceeding quarterly targets.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related area of study. MBA desired.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive global manufacturing operations/business experience with direct responsibility for manufacturing operations including international facilities
  • Successful working in a matrix and public company setting with reporting requirements and cadences
  • Ability to travel 20-30%. Monthly travel to operational sites, customer/supplier facilities when appropriate, and select Thermo Fisher Scientific events and corporate functional meetings
  • Ability to mentor, lead and develop a manufacturing and operations organization
  • Excellent communication, time management, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills

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We offer competitive pay, annual incentive plan bonus scheme, healthcare, company pension, and a range of employee benefits!

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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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