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As the world’s leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher Scientific is a driving force in the research, healthcare, industrial and applied markets, generating more than USD 17 billion in annual revenue. No other company can match our range of customer touch points – technologically, geographically or commercially. We help our customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment, making sure our food is safe and moving forward with thousands of important projects that improve millions of lives.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 50,000 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.

As part of a team, a manufacturing assistant works in an assigned operating area on the shift to help deliver organisational and production results in line with the site strategy and specific objectives for the department/team including:

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Output
  • Schedule adherence
  • Engagement
  • Attendance
  • Training and Development

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Complete training and competence assessment to acquire all skills necessary to operate, maintain, changeover and troubleshoot the equipment autonomously in your operating area in a safe and quality manner.

  • Role-model the Thermo Fisher 4I Values and Operations Competencies and use as a day-to-day guide in decision making on your shift team and in your operating area.

  • Utilise all available resources to achieve your operating area goals.

  • Take accountability for the results, and responsibility for the decisions made in your operating area on your shift. Hence, you must ensure that you are clear on your role and responsibilities, operating principles, and that the operating systems are followed and maintained at all times.

  • Establish and maintain the standards on your shift in your operating area for safety, quality, appearance, attendance/cover, and other operating systems. Personally role model implementation and execution of the systems and standards in your area to ensure full implementation of the daily cycle with all associated operating systems.

  • Setting daily direction for in your operating area by effective use of tier meetings and handovers, while personally leading part of shift review concerning your operating area. This will include, but is not limited to:

    • Review previous shift results to establish gaps and priorities
    • Develop and execute plan to execute maintenance, close-out gaps/problems, and execute systems to deliver shift goals
    • Lead troubleshooting of open barriers to the root-cause.
    • Support your team in resolution of barriers as requested by your manager.
    • Review and learn from daily activities.
    • Ensure effective communication and relay teamwork within and between shifts.

  • Most importantly, support your manager and your team as requested to develop into a strong, autonomous and engaged team:
    • Create an environment that encourages openness and team growth.
    • Follow your manager’s expectations, set an example, provide meaningful, timely feedback about issues, review and learn to continuously improve your individual performance and business results.
    • Learn by doing and teach by example, and promote ‘Review and Learn’ approach by setting personal example.

      Daily Responsibilities:

      Manufacturing of Product

  • Preparation of workstation and equipment for preparation, sterilization and filling
  • Operating of preparation equipment, filling machines, pumps and other equipment used for manufacturing
  • Automated or manual filling of Petri dishes or glassware with prepared culture media
  • Adding of blood/ supplements to products or feeding lines
  • Handling and maintenance of tubes sets and filling attachments
  • Daily maintenance and cleaning of equipment and workstation

    Packing of Product

  • Packing of poured products
  • Labeling of products
  • Capping /sealing of products

    Quality Control

  • Following Standard Operating Instructions
  • Completing of Quality Records
  • Selecting QC samples for testing


  • Comply with Safety Procedures
  • Comply with Hand wash procedures and Dress code stipulations to ensure safety of products


  • Daily cleaning and disinfection of workstation, associated equipment, packing area and floor area


  • Acknowledgement of Procedures
  • Executing all other reasonable requests and instructions from management

Minimum Attributes/ Qualifications:

  • Reliable and dependable.
  • Communicates Openly - able to communicate effectively within and between teams and is effective in giving and receiving/acting upon feedback.
  • Drive for Results - Ability and willingness to learn technical and manufacturing skills.
  • Decision Quality - Attention to detail and a systematic approach.
  • Problem Solving -Effective in technical and assisting with troubleshooting to find root cause.
  • The ideal candidate for this position will need to be self-starting, focused on developing their personal and technical skills and should also be able to demonstrate the following skills/capabilities:
    • Creating collaborative relationships by developing strong work relationships, displaying integrity and building credibility
    • Delivering consistent results by being action oriented and demonstrating follow-through.
    • Personally understanding/troubleshooting issues, setting clear priorities
  • At least National Senior Certificate (or equivalent)

    Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:

  • Reliable and dependable
  • Communication Openly - able to communicate effectively within and between teams.
  • Ability and willingness to learn technical skills
  • Attention to detail and a systematic approach
  • Effective in technical and assisting with troubleshooting to find root cause.
  • Basic computer literacy (Word, Excel, Outlook)
    • Standard Grade Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • Standard grade Science (or equivalent)

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