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Thermo Fisher Scientific Director, North American Distribution in Lenexa, Kansas


Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our global team of more than 75,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com .


The Director of North American Distribution is part of our Microbiology Division (MBD). As a trusted supplier of a broad range of high quality media and diagnostic products used in clinical, industrial, research, and academic laboratories, and backed by a team of service experts, we are dedicated to microbiology. For over 30 years, we have provided superior product performance and expert, responsive customer support to laboratories nationwide.


The Director of Distribution provides the functional leadership for the Division's North American Logistics Network to ensure it has the capabilities to meet the needs of the Division as well as guide the daily execution, performance improvement and career development of the Distribution and Transportation departments and their staff. In addition to the tactical execution of strategy element of the role, the role will ensure that all performance metrics are met utilizing world class distribution and transportation processes and systems that ensure we meet regulatory, customer and stakeholder requirements.

This position will be site-based at our facility in Lenexa, KS. Travel expectation will be up to 20%.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure delivery of all safety, customer service, quality, productivity, inventory and other financial metrics.

  • Accurately project and manage all costs including warehousing, freight, inventory and expired and obsolete inventory.

  • Ensure tight integration between Planning and Logistics and other Operations areas to optimize performance in schedule attainment, adherence and on time delivery.

  • Provide leadership to ensure accurate and timely input into the AOP and forecasting process as it pertains to inventory, expiry plans and cost projections.

  • Contribute to and execute the Supply Chain Operations Strategic plan.

  • Manage the distribution objectives to ensure high quality, low cost and on-time delivery.

  • Manage staffing levels, IT solutions and outsourcing to support customer requirements while maintaining efficient operations

  • Identify risks and mitigate via implementation of process improvements or strategic decisions while improving efficiencies, quality, and service.

  • Collaborate with Supply Planning Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Sales, Purchasing and Customer Service, and others to plan and route shipments in an efficient, cost effective manner and in accordance with company requirements.

  • Respond to internal customer feedback using continuous improvement strategies. Conduct root cause analysis develop solutions to prevent recurrence and ensure implementation.

  • Support a work environment characterized by employee involvement and participative management to encourage the highest level of employee engagement. Identify key talent and develop with a vision for future state needs.

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

  • Guide Information System's strategy and development for Supply Chain Operations, including Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Forecasting and Transportation Management.

  • Require routine, disciplined operational reviews that cascade through the organization to all levels enabling rapid escalation of issues for resolution and improved performance.

  • Ensure seamless integration of new products into the base replenishment process.

  • Manage the department expense budgets and financial performance.

  • Provide for the continuous procedural improvement and staff adherence in order to comply with all GMP/QSR, and ISO requirements related to area of responsibility. Comply with all FDA, ISO, DOT and other regulations as communicated by Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.

  • Evaluate spend and operating performance of intercompany and finished goods outbound transportation lanes on a regular basis to assure performance is achieving stated goals and control thresholds.

  • Implement strategic programs to address evolving business requirements or issues, collaborating with our divisions, regions, carriers, freight forwarders, the Thermo Transportation Group (TTG) and other supply chain partners.

  • Participate in periodic bidding processes to re-quote contracts with carriers and other external transportation service providers, to achieve annual cost reduction targets.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, manufacturing, logistics or related field. Advanced degree such as MBA or Master's in Supply Chain Management is preferred.

  • 10+ years management experience in a multi-faceted Manufacturing and Distribution high volume, high mix, consumables, and large equipment environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to increase operational throughput in a mixed model environment

  • Experience running a complex supply chain.

  • Exposure to international distribution, including packaging labeling, export documentation, duties, regulatory approvals.

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

  • Demonstrated experience and success using Lean business practices

  • Hands on experience using and specifying planning, DRP, inventory controls, replenishment, and warehouse management in ERP and best-of-breed software solutions is strongly preferred, with specific emphasis on SAP.

  • Experience dealing with customer service, internal/external customer communication, and ability to balance customer needs while driving corporate success.

  • Experience in employee involvement principles, business and budget planning, execution, productivity and quality improvement methods.

  • Experience with project management concepts, needs assessment and cost modeling.

  • Experience in the optimal design and layout of a warehouse.

  • Additional Desired Requirements:

  • Knowledge of SPC, JIT, TQM, TPM, and TQC.

  • Knowledge of Six Sigma and Lean techniques and concepts.

  • Membership of CSCMP and/or WERC.

  • APICS certification.

  • Familiarity with medical device manufacturing preferred, but not required.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 75,000 extraordinary minds have a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission-enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

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.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.