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Thermo Fisher Scientific Manager, Facilities and Maintenance in Rockford, Illinois

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 Specific Information: Rockford IL, USA, Life Sciences Solutions Group (LSG)

How will you make an impact?

This position is accountable for maintaining and developing buildings, grounds, necessary equipment and services involved in the care, safety, security and efficient operation of all Rockford site facilities.

What will you do?

  • Oversee the safe operations of all facilities, performing maintenance duties and coordinating smooth operations with various departments involved in physical plant functions.

  • Coordinate and direct daily activities, tasks and projects for the Facilities and Maintenance team.

  • Drive performance and continual improvement as measured by Key Performance Indicators and other metrics.

  • Support staff career development including training and coaching.

  • Foster an environment of accountability, alignment, and strong employee engagement.

  • Act as general contractor for smaller building projects.

  • Act as liaison with general contractor for larger projects.

  • Supervise, hire and train staff involved in maintaining buildings, facilities and grounds.

  • Monitor and control energy consumption through various manual and computerized procedures.

  • Purchase necessary materials and equipment for effective facility operations, including maintaining adequate parts and supplies inventory.

  • Participate in long-range plant expansion, conversion and equipment planning.

  • Develop departmental budget and maintain conformance to the approved budget.

  • Oversee and maintain site security including perimeter fencing, interior and exterior camera systems, door locks/building access controls, and related security services.

  • Provide vendor management and oversite including utilities, maintenance contracts, cleaning/janitorial staff, equipment and supply rental, and cafĂ©/food service.

  • Initiate analysis and justification for capital improvement projects and appropriation requests

  • Establish and maintain after hours 'call in' coverage for items needing urgent response (e.g. freezer alarms, power outages or other utility issues, HVAC problems, etc).

How will you get here?


High school diploma required; BA/BS degree strongly preferred in engineering, facilities management or related field.


  • Minimum of 5 years hands-on experience in facilities and maintenance, preferably at a location with an employee population of over 200 (laboratory, pharma/biotech, medical facility experience a plus).

  • People leadership experience, including staff and contractor supervision.

  • Building and grounds experience with solid understanding of blueprints, electrical, HVAC, fluid piping, plumbing, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Must have training and experience in the areas of electrical repair, carpentry, plumbing and/or grounds maintenance.

  • Strong mechanical aptitude.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 65,000 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.

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.