International Women's Day
Thermo Fisher Scientific celebrates our women in leadership.
Joanne joined the company 7.5 years ago as part of the Supply Chain team. “I work closely with operations and supply chain planning to ensure we have the warehouse infrastructure to meet our growing business demands. I have supported a wide number of initiatives across our European distribution network supporting development of our facilities in France, Germany, Spain, UK, Ireland, Germany & Sweden. This year I was awarded the Leadership award for Involvement by Marc Casper at the ALM in Boston. This was for the 'Nobel' project in Sweden where I led the program to construct and relocate to a new distribution center and office facility. After obtaining a degree in Combined Engineering in the ‘90’s I was able to secure and role in Quality Management in an organization designing and manufacturing domestic irrigation systems. I made the role my own and worked extensively improving systems. A move to the automotive industry involved a fast moving production environment and supporting the design & introduction of new products and manufacturing processes. Looking to develop further I moved into the tire industry, designing, manufacturing and testing aircraft tires. During this time I was also working on my Masters Degree in Engineering Business Management. All of my work involved project management skills, planning and control. In each role I kept leaning either about the role, the industry or new technologies. I have been lucky to meet many inspirational people in this time and continue to build my network of colleagues, suppliers and educators.”
"I have always had the ability to change and be flexible. This does not mean that I don't plan in detail, it does mean that when unexpected issues or new opportunities arrive I am able to adapt quickly and look to what that means for my current objectives.”
“Working as a woman in a male dominated role I have had many challenges to overcome. I have frequently had to prove myself and my skills over and above that of my colleagues. My energy and determination to succeed has carried me forward. I have had to learned to ask for and accept support from my manager, my colleagues or from other functions such as Human Resources.”
“I have been very committed to my career throughout my working life. This has often required frequent travel, which is a great way of broadening your experience of the world but can have impacts on your personal or family life. Maintaining a healthy work life balance can still be a challenge today.”
“Believe in yourself; no one else has more influence on your achievements. A mentor can be a valuable asset. Talking through your issues and objectives with an experienced and neutral advisor can often give a whole new perspective to explore. Finally, I would say never stop learning...there is always something more to know.”
Effective Negotiator, Persistent, Tenacity, Belief in Yourself, Embrace Change
As the world leader in serving science, we empower our people to advance innovative technologies, develop meaningful solutions, and build rewarding careers. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our 65,000 extraordinary minds the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.
We are honored to have been recognized by the Women's Choice Award on their lists for "Best Companies for Millennial Women" and "Best Companies to Work for Women" for our commitment to helping women grow professionally and advance their career, while also catering to their lifestyle.
We’d like to thank our Women’s Employee Resource Group for providing the content for this year’s #IWD2018 campaign, and for continuing to build a corporate culture that supports the development of women. #PressForProgress