Thermo Fisher Scientific Production Team Lead - APR (Nights) in Lenexa, Kansas

Job Description

Hours - Monday- Thursday 5:00 PM to 3:30 AM

Reports To: Shift Supervisor

The Production Team Leader oversees the day–to–day manufacturing operations including, but not limited to, the safety and well being of all associates in the manufacturing center. The Team Leader must monitor all processes and personnel and ensure that they have the training and equipment to safely and efficiently meet customer needs. Assists production management in the development and implementation of new operations practices, processes and technologies to improve safety, quality, delivery and cost. Manage conflict effectively to resolve issues effectively. Use Lean tools to reduce scrap and improve operational efficiencies, product quality and regulatory compliance.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Staff Hiring – Maintain appropriate staffing, interview applicants, and make recommendations for qualified candidates. Staff Training – Ensure proper training in safety, core competencies, and continuous improvement for new and existing employees.

  • Staff Motivation – Create a team environment through motivation and positive feedback, counseling and corrective action as necessary up to and including dismissal for nonqualified or nonproductive employees (with HR assistance).

  • Create and maintain a safe work environment by engaging the associates in reporting potential safety hazards, support of the EH&S guidelines and continual emphasis on safe work habits and working conditions. Investigate safety problems, develop corrective actions with EH&S and implement and communicate changes.

  • Continuously assess the physical condition of the workplace regarding safety and ergonomic correctness. Implement 5S and maintain through audit process.

  • Review and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), Standard Work, and Device History Records (DHRs) to ensure consistent and reliable processes and procedures that comply with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations/ Quality System Regulation (QSR) guidelines, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirements and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).

  • Process employee time records, absences, overtime, paid time off, etc while maintaining proper staffing.

  • Manage daily operations to include being responsible for all incident reporting and immediate action steps.

  • Communicate effectively with other company departments to achieve operational goals.

  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations, make informed decisions and communicate these decisions up and down the chain.

  • Ensure production schedules, quality initiatives, safety targets, efficiency metrics, and other operational measurements are met for the functions.

  • Implement and maintain work areas within the spirit and guidelines of 5S in accordance with Lean manufacturing and company guidelines.

  • Comply with all Local, State and Federal regulations regarding employees.

  • Comply with and ensure associate compliance with all applicable SOPs.

  • Evaluate job performance of employees through performance reviews making appropriate recommendations for improvement in productivity and efficiency and administering a developmental plan for all associates.

  • Emergency contact for after hour’s incidents. May be contacted by local law enforcement, fire department, and Thermo Fisher Scientific upper management.

  • Other duties as assigned based on business need.

  • Conduct employee coaching and counseling for attendance, performance, and adherence to company policies and procedures.

  • Use the PPI business system tools for continuous improvement of processes.

  • Performance EvaluationThe Assistant Production Supervisor’s performance will be evaluated on the performance of their assigned duties and people, their project management, as well as the following expectations:

Embraces PPI (Practical process improvement)

  • Utilizes PPI to improve business process and address production problems.

  • Recognizes and celebrates PPI successes

  • Actively supports the implementation of PPI recommendations.

  • Looks for opportunities to constantly improve processes.

Focus on Growth

  • Works to meet departmental goals.

  • Works towards implicit standards of excellence.

  • Shows passion and commitment.

Job Knowledge

  • Comprehends all aspects of required work.

  • Understands and is clearly able to describe work processes to others.

  • Familiarity with how other department functions relate to the job.


  • Consistently sees change as a positive opportunity.

  • Maintains a professional manner when problems/conflicts arise

  • Willing to do whatever it takes to meet customer expectations

  • Exhibits flexibility and selflessness

Interpersonal Skills

  • Shows proper respect for customers and all employee's

  • Exhibits appropriate behavior and language at all times.

  • Maintains confidentiality of company or personal information of others


  • Arrives on time to work, meetings and from lunch or breaks

  • Has minimal number of unplanned absences. Informs supervisor in a timely manner

  • Able to be relied upon for thoroughness and accuracy on assignments


  • Demonstrates the importance of workplace safety of self and others

  • Identifies potential hazards and pursues corrective actions

  • Maintains a clean and organized work area and environment

  • Follows established safety policies and procedures.

Required :

  • Bachelor or Associate Degree (either obtained or in process)

  • 2-4 years of equivalent experience in a related field

This position has not been approved for Relocation Assistance.

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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.