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Supervisor Packaging Set-up Operations

Whitby, ON
  • Number of positions available : 1

  • To be discussed
  • Starting date : 1 position to fill as soon as possible

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Job Description

As part of the Thermo Fisher Scientific team, you’ll discover meaningful work that makes a positive impact on a global scale. Join our colleagues in bringing our Mission to life every single day to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We provide our global teams with the resources needed to achieve individual career goals while helping to take science a step beyond by developing solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges, like protecting the environment, making sure our food is safe or helping find cures for cancer.

How will you make an impact?

The Supervisor Packaging Set-up Operations will be reporting directly to the Manager, Equipment & Facility Maintenance. Responsible for supervising a team of set-up technicians operating through 24/5 operations and at times even 24/7. Implement, drive, sustain and evolve with industry best practices to optimize packaging set-up durations to achieve operational Right-First-Time (RFT) and On-Time Delivery (OTD).

What will you do:

  • Maintain a safe working environment and report potential hazards.
  • Promote a safe working environment, report potential hazards, and ensure all direct reports follow Environmental Health and Safety procedures.
  • Direct and supervise activities of Set Up Technicians. Ensure compliance with Safety Standards GMPs and SOPs, maintaining high standard of housekeeping.
  • Select, develop, and evaluate staff to ensure the efficient operation of the function. Work with and advise staff on administrative policies and procedures.
  • Develop and establish a development program for skills enhancement.
  • Evaluate individual and team performance and provide feedback; coach and develop others.
  • Review, assess and streamline set-up operations.
  • Establish and create poka-yoke philosophy for repeatable and consistent set-up procedures.
  • Create and maintain an effective onboarding and ongoing training (cross training) program to align with today’s industrial technological advancements and best practices.
  • Reduce and/or eliminate waste (i.e. time, materials, rework) through focus on RFT and support on-time schedule.
  • Establish and sustain effective structure to support packaging operations for immediate attention on the line.
  • Determine best push-pull system to have efficient set-ups completed early or on-schedule.
  • Report applicable KPIs back to manager.
  • Achieve and sustain EHS and Quality compliance score cards - i.e. assessments, training, deviations, corrective actions, etc..
  • Work collaboratively with Packaging team members - daily interactions with packaging leaders would be key.
  • Suggest and produce improvement opportunities; align with packaging operations and planning to address accordingly.

How will you get here:


College/Technical School diploma in related technical field.

Bachelor of Engineering or Science or equivalent would be an asset.

Licensed tradesperson in either of the following fields: Mechanical, Electrical would be an asset.

Certification in related field (i.e. CET) would be an asset.


Minimum 5 years in packaging mechanic/technician role within pharmaceutical, food or cosmetic industry - pharmaceutical preferred.

Leadership and people management experience preferred.

Understanding of automation and controls associated with industry packaging equipment would be an asset.

Experience in operating a 24/7 operation would be an asset.


Equivalent combinations of education, training, and relevant work experience may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Sound knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, SOPs and safety regulations.

Demonstrated computer proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and familiarization with CMMS applications. Proficiency with the English Language.

Solid supervisory and teambuilding skills.

Shows initiative and is self-motivated.

Strong ideas, decision making abilities, troubleshooting and thinking-out-of-the-box skills.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to build and drive cross-functional teams. Strong customer focus and commitment to results with strong problem-solving abilities. Capable of setting clear priorities, organizing work, and making quality decisions in a fast-paced business setting.

Detail oriented and organized, with a high degree of accuracy and thoroughness.

Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Works well and efficiently with limited supervision.

Physical Requirements:

Position requires ordinary ambulatory skills and physical coordination sufficient to move about manufacturing/office locations; ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch periodically for prolonged periods of time; manipulation (lift, carry, move) of light to medium weights of up to 40 pounds; arm, hand and finger dexterity; visual acuity to operate equipment, and read materials for prolonged periods of time; ability to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear for prolonged periods of time. Usually in a comfortable environment but with regular exposure to factors causing moderate physical discomfort from such things as dust, loud noise, bright lights, fumes or odour. Use of Personal Protective equipment is required and may include any of the following: safety glasses, safety shoes, lab coat, gloves, hair net, beard cover, safety apron, respirator.

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 global 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 at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

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