Careers at ThermoFisher Scientific


International Women's Day

Thermo Fisher Scientific celebrates our women in leadership.

Kara Faford

Vice President Commercial Finance
Franklin, MA


Kara has been growing the Thermo Fisher for 12 years. “I joined ‘Thermo Electron’ in 2006 as a Sr. Financial Analyst. I have had seven roles in 12 years before being promoted to my current role. Sr. Financial Analyst, Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller, Finance Director- BU, Finance Director- BU, Sr. Finance Director- Division FP&A, Sr. Finance Director - Integration Management Office. Having a variety of roles within the Finance Function in various Divisions, Business Units, and Corporate has been instrumental in gaining a wide breadth of experience and building out a network of colleagues. I had to learn how to ramp up quickly, to start adding value as soon as possible. I have had several key mentors including former managers and peers who have been instrumental in my advancement. I proactively developed and nurtured these relationships, and continue to do so today.


“I approach problems with a ‘fix-it’ mentality. I am not afraid of problems or areas that need to be improved; in fact I am excited by the possibilities and share this excitement with my teams. I am naturally goal-oriented with a bias for action, so I bring focus and intensity to work with me everyday.”


“Communication is an area that has been a strength and challenge for me at the same time. I have relied on my communication skills throughout my career, but development has come in the form of learning to flex how I communicate, to whom, and how often. Building relationships is another area that has helped and also hurt me in my career. A key area I focus on today is to build the network before you need it, so when problems arise I can act fast and resolve issues with the right people in the organization.”


“I have made many sacrifices to get to where I am today. I have spent time traveling away from my family, I have endured stress with many new roles and ramp-up periods, and I have purposely chosen not to do certain things in my life (be a good cook comes to mind!) While I have sacrificed time and energy to fulfill my leadership and career potential, I also made decisions about what I would not sacrifice. For example, I have not relocated. I have requested flexibility at various times in my career regarding where I work and time I need with my family.”


“Determine your priorities and allow yourself the freedom to change your mind or re-prioritize throughout your journey. Stay true to your values, but be sure they are YOUR values, not society norms or what you think someone else thinks they should be. To earn flexibility in your work-life or schedule, you have to model that it works and prove why someone should let you do it differently. If you decide to start a family don't give up on life as a working mother. It WILL get easier and like everything else, it will become your new normal, but it takes 3-4 years to get the hang of it.”


Persistent, Embrace Change, Know when to ask for help

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

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

Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 65,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands - Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services - we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services.

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