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Thermo Fisher Scientific Manufacturing Associate III, Upstream in Plainville, Massachusetts

Manufacturing Associate III, Upstream

When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Location / Division / Shift

Thermo Fisher Scientific Viral Vector Services (VVS), is a rapidly growing, dynamic gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization. Our employees are committed to making a difference in our organization, for our client partners and the patients we serve. We are looking for top talent with proven competencies and strong character to join our team and help lead our organization into the future.

Location: 5 Commerce Boulevard Plainville, MA

Shift: Night Shift Schedule: 12-Hour Rotating Shift (2/2/3 format)

How will you make an impact?

The Manufacturing Associate III, Upstream will report to a shift supervisor and work with peers to conduct manufacturing operations in Upstream per cGMP in a viral vector production environment. The successful candidate will ensure to maintain proper training and compliance to cGMP standards as well as to abide by Thermo Fisher Scientific corporate standards. A typical work week will be rotating 12 hours night shift structure for support of GMP manufacturing operations.

What you will do...

  • Demonstrates safe work habits and adheres to safety procedures and guidelines

  • Participate in Tier 1 meetings

  • Supports team preparedness and room preparation activities

  • Supports maintenance of GMP Kanban in support of manufacturing operations

  • Support continuous improvement m process operations and systems.

  • Support tech transfer activities.

  • Seeks and welcomes feedback and responds to coaching

  • Expected to spend at least 80 - 90% of time on the manufacturing floor

  • Support deviations, CAPAs, and support development and writing of operational SOP’s, and Production Batch Records.

  • Other responsibilities include: working closely with related functional areas to achieve production goals and timelines.

  • Assist with batch record review, SOP’s, and associated documentation in support of campaign start up.

  • Find opportunities and implement efficiency improvements.

  • Manage inventory supplies.

How you will get there...


  • High School Diploma/GED is the minimum requirement. Bachelor’s Degree preferred (Science Technology Engineering, or Math).

  • 2+ years’ industry experience in aseptic processing, Upstream operations, Cell Banking.

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate non-exempt employees and demonstrated management skills, (i.e., business knowledge, leadership, communication, ability to analyze technical issues, conflict resolution).

  • Thorough knowledge of cGMP.

  • Ability to function in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with multiple priorities simultaneously


  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail.

  • Able to read and follow procedures.

  • Ability to maintain aseptic qualification.

  • Ability to maintain qualification to work in a cleanroom environment.

  • Ability to work closely and effectively in a team environment.

  • Demonstrate initiative and drive to accomplish the job timely accurately and safely the first time is required.

  • Gown aseptically and/or sterile gown as needed

  • Able to lift push or pull up to 50lbs (as needed)

  • Required to sit and stand for extended periods

  • Occasionally required to lift stand walk use hands to finger handle or feel reach with hands and arms, and stoop kneel or crouch

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 120,000+ 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.

“We offer competitive remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus scheme, healthcare, company pension, 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.”

“Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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.