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Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. Manager Operations in Germantown, Maryland


Senior Manager, Operations

Site: Germantown, MD

The Sr. Manager is responsible for administering federal, state, local and company policies related to biological and chemical safety, technology transfer, and animal and human use of contract materials. S/he is responsible for managing the contract budget to stay within funded budgets and to maximize value provided to each client. The Sr. Manager must manage the operations staff and management team to be responsive to the scientists who depend on the contract for their research needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the Biosample Repository daily operations, staff and facility management. Respond to all contract

deliverables and statements of work.

  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual reports according to contract requirements. Meets the requirements of the

small-business subcontracting plan (where applicable), control costs to meet contract budgetary restriction. Serves

as the primary contact for all technical aspects of the contract interacting with the Contracting Officer's

Representative, other government personnel as appropriate, and Project Managers of university contracts.

  • Develop annual operating budget and capital budget for the repository and meets budgetary goals. Monitors and

approves all repository expenses. Reviews and approves monthly vouchers to ensure accurate expense reporting

to meet targets.

  • Provides oversight to ensure all personnel issues are addressed including performance management and

development of employees, writing job descriptions, establishing and enforcing employee work and leave

schedules; interviewing prospective employees and providing recommendations to HR for hiring, firing and

promotion of employees; and resolving employee conflicts and issues.

  • Directly supervise and mentor Assist Project Director and Operations Supervisor.

  • Review and approve all controlled documents supporting contract operations. Work with repository managers in

the development and refinement of procedures. Ensure alignment of project Quality Plan with BioServices Quality


  • Responsible for development and presentation of site-specific occupational safety and health training in

accordance with federal, state and local regulations and company policy.

  • Ensure that all employees adhere to Corporate and BioServices policies and procedures. Must demonstrate and

promote our core values, communicate new policies and serve as a Role Model Leader to employees.

  • Applies Good Manufacturing Principles in all areas of responsibility.

  • Supervises, trains and reviews repository and lab technicians.

  • Schedules shipping, receiving, storage, and pulling of biological specimens.

  • Assures correct documentation and sample count/integrity.

  • Interfaces with project clients for the receipt and shipping of specimens.

  • QCs the repository database to assure correct inventories and troubleshoot problems.

  • Updates and ensure compliance with SOPs, and develops new ones as needed.

  • Develops new procedures for the efficient maintenance and security of the biospecimens.

  • Helps to generate monthly reports.

  • Works on-call and available past working hours to respond to any facility emergencies that may arise.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Minimum Qualifications: The qualifications listed below are representative of knowledge, skill and/or ability to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to complete each essential duty.

  • Requires working with biological materials.

  • Requires working with temperature sensitive materials.

  • Requires ability to prepare reports using Excel.

  • Requires knowledge of Windows, Word and Access.

  • Requires knowledge of methods to handle, process, and store specimens using a computerized storage and

retrieval system.

Education/ Experience:

  • Requires 5+ years of experience in Operations management.

  • Prefer a degree in Life Sciences and previous laboratory experience.

Certificates and/ or Licenses:


Supervisory Responsibility:

Manages Operations staff.

Work Schedule:

8:30AM to 5:00PM core hours, additional hours as required.

Work Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a cold environment with exposure to dry ice, liquid nitrogen cryogenics, hazardous

and infectious agents, marked changes in temperature.

  • Must use personal protective equipment and adhere to safety protocols.

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs

  • Must be able to process and handle materials frozen on dry ice (-78°C) or liquid nitrogen (-196°C).

  • Must be able to work in walk-in freezers or refrigerators periodically, up to 5 hours per day.

  • Must be able to use a computer up to 6 hours per day.

  • Must be able to work in a laboratory and warehouse/repository environment.

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.