Executive Director, Operations - GMP Lab


On Site
Full Time


Research and Development
Lean Six Sigma
Mergers & acquisitions
Clinical trials
Clinical research
Strategic management
Customer satisfaction
Supply chain management
Product management
Computational finance
Information Technology
Human resources
Talent management
Business development
Quality assurance
Continuous improvement
Business systems
Cost reduction
Resource allocation
Training and development
Facility management
Quality control
Business management
Data processing
Fiscal management
Strategic planning
Problem solving
Office equipment
Job boards
Analytical skill
Regulatory Compliance
Health care

Job Details

Work Schedule


Environmental Conditions


Job Description

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll discover meaningful work that makes a positive impact on a global scale. Join our colleagues in bringing our Mission to life - enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We provide our teams with the resources needed to achieve individual career goals while taking science a step beyond through research, development and delivery of life-changing therapies. With clinical trials conducted in 100+ countries and ongoing development of novel frameworks for clinical research through our PPD clinical research portfolio, our work spans laboratory, digital and decentralized clinical trial services. Your determination to deliver quality and accuracy will improve health outcomes that people and communities depend on - now and in the future.

Location/Division Specific Information

Analytical Services Division, GMP Laboratories

Our PPD® Laboratory Services team has a direct impact on improving patient health through the expertise of scientists, industry thought-leaders and therapeutic experts. As the world leader in serving science, our laboratory professionals bring their commitment to accuracy and quality to deliver groundbreaking innovations.

Discover Impactful Work
The Executive Director, Biopharma leads a state-of-the-art biopharmaceutical laboratory organization, providing strategic direction, leadership, and management to the biopharma GMP business.

The Executive Director will own the Biopharma Sales and Operating Plan working in a global, matrixed environment and aligned to the GMP business unit goals and objectives. Responsible for improving revenue, managing margin, and delivering best-in-class quality data that exceeds client satisfaction by on-time delivery and execution. The executive director partners with internal teams ranging from Operations, Supply Chain, Product Management, Finance, Engineering, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Commercial to meet business objectives and metrics.

As a key member of the senior leadership team, the executive director leads BU STRAP planning, space allocation, managing capital equipment, scientific instrumentation, talent development, and leverages advanced technology to address global business challenges.

A day in the Life:
  • Provides operational leadership to laboratory services. Integrates operational processes, business development, research & development and quality assurance functions for optimal performance within the labs.
  • Drives a culture of continuous improvement through PPI business systems and partners.
  • Supports Business Development in obtaining new customers and maintaining relationships. Advises the development of new programs for revenue enhancement/cost expense reduction, including post-evaluation of new implementations for effectiveness.
  • Performs financial reviews, establishes operating budget and develops forecasts improving operating profit. Provides business updates to senior leadership.
  • Sets operational standards/goals and directs the implementation of laboratory goals and policies. Oversees resource allocation including space, capital equipment, scientific instrumentation and staff.
  • Performs administrative responsibilities including HR functions, personnel development, facilities management, writing SOPs and PDs.
  • Oversees the quality assurance and quality control aspects of the lab to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. Build project and business management bench strength (locally and globally), attracting, engaging, and developing an impactful team.

Matrix Effectiveness
  • Expertise in achieving planned results in a matrixed environment.
  • Strong driver and influencer who can motivate and drive results through direct/indirect reports and internal and external cross-functional teams across a highly matrixed global organization.

Keys to Success:


Bachelors' Degree in Science/Technical/Business required, advanced degree preferred.

  • Proficiency in analytical, bioanalytical or clinical chemistry platforms and methodologies
  • Expert business knowledge with comprehensive understanding of the organization and functional area(s) interfacing with varied audiences including executive/corporate leadership and across a large number of functional areas (product management, R&D, finance, commercial, operations, HR, etc.)
  • 10+ yeas of advanced leadership of team members across multiple departments, regions, and countries
  • 15+ years of leading multi-departmental clinical or analytical laboratories
  • Relevant experience with Lean / Six Sigma experience in an industrial environment is beneficial

In some cases an equivalency, consisting of a combination of appropriate education, training and/or directly related experience, will be considered sufficient for an individual to meet the requirements of the role.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • In-depth knowledge of laboratory operations for pharmaceutical and biotech industries
  • Proficient in analytical, bioanalytical or clinical chemistry platforms and methodologies
  • In-depth knowledge of laboratory science, GxP, FDA and European regulations concerning relevant lab processes in drug development, method development, method validation, R&D, sample testing and data processing
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to participate in business development activities, present capabilities and solutions to clients, respond to regulatory audits, prepare and present budgets/forecasts to senior management
  • Expertise in budgeting, forecasting and fiscal management
  • Demonstrated strategic planning skills
  • In-depth global and cultural awareness
  • Knowledgeable in mergers & acquisitions and integrating business units contributing to the overall portfolio
  • Strong organizational agility and demonstrated drive for results
  • Track record of building peer relationships and developing effective teams
  • Detailed and process oriented, logical, but creative approach to problem solving
  • Excellent marketing and negotiation skills

Physical Requirements / Work Environment

Thermo Fisher Scientific values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.
  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.
  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.
  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.
  • May require travel. (Recruiter will provide more details.)


We offer competitive remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus, healthcare, and a range of employee benefits. Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects. We offer an exciting company culture that stands for integrity, intensity, involvement, and innovation!

Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain 5 reasons to work with us. As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, solve complex scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory with PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

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