Thermo Fisher Scientific Senior Manager, Complexity Reduction in Asheville, North Carolina

Job Description

Job Title: Sr Staff Project Manager

Requisition ID: 85813BR

When you join us at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll be part of a smart, driven team that shares your passion for exploration and discovery. With revenues of $22 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

How will you make an impact?

This role will act as the Lead Project Manager, working with Product Management of all LE business units, Operations, Supply Chain, R&D and Finance to create and drive this strategy. This role is critical in analyzing and presenting the data for the entire value chain from data collection, analysis, reduction scenarios, business unit recommendations and managing the plan through acceptance, implementation and final impact & results.

What will you do?

  • Responsible for building and executing a strategy for product rationalization.

  • Partner with product management, operations, R&D, commercial, engineering and finance to assess business needs and define strategy.

  • Prepare project plan for pricing, discounting, SKU discontinuation, and other complexity reduction related projects; work across the business units and functions to execute.

  • Project Manage the entire value chain from data collection to final impact & results.

  • Develop analytics to ensure the tools for the global LPD system serve the needs of all functions.

  • Create predictive models to estimate future revenue impact and timing for recommendations.

  • Create reviews and tracking routines to evaluate effectiveness of complexity improvements from customer’s feedback through the data collection system.

  • Actively lead/manage SKU reduction projects across sites.

  • Track and reporting of actions and savings.

  • Calculate operational hard and soft savings resulting from SKU rationalization, and be able to attribute savings to specific manufacturing locations.

  • Define data collection requirements and, in conjunction with Supply Chain Analytics, institute effective data collection systems and user interfaces (ie, SAP, BAAN, Sales Data Warehouse, COGNOS, CRM).

  • Create and execute training modules to enable the various functions to update and access product portfolio information.

  • Analyze data to identify product / manufacturing process complexity and/or improvements by recommending solutions that improve gross margin and satisfy customer requirements.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business / Engineering / Science required; Master’s Degree is preferred.


  • 4+ years of progressive Project Management and Business Analytics experience with a focus on a diverse global manufacturer (previous experience supporting a multi-facility and multi-business unit commercial organization strongly preferred).

  • Experience in Operations Engineering.

  • Product design and marketing familiarity (a plus), as role will require to interface with business unit experts.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Financial literacy sufficient to understand Financial Statements and Budgets.

  • Excellent critical thinking, project management, analytical, communication, presentation skills.

  • Ability to move beyond the data to understand the operational and strategic implications of business decisions while maintaining a strong grasp of the details (leads and manages systemic change efforts).

  • Effective communicator (oral and written) that can influence a matrix organization at varying leadership levels (provides information clearly and concisely).

  • Capable of developing high levels of credibility and forging solid and positive professional relationships (subordinates, peers, and upper management); strong interpersonal skills.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite, advanced Excel and Access skills, and understanding of ERP systems.

  • Demonstrated passion for knowing and meeting customer requirements. Roll-up sleeves approach.

  • Proven record of partnering with cross-functional management to drive cost and productivity/efficiency improvements.

  • Strong analytical, mathematical, and statistical skill set.

  • Strong business and strategic acumen.

  • Ability to correlate results from data analysis to services processes and to suggest improvements.

  • Strong process orientation, with the ability to create scalable numerical models.

  • Ability to travel 25%-50%, including international.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Apply today!

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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.