Global Head Technical Functions Strategy

Switzerland, Basel

Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. We are more than 15,000 employees in more than 100 locations around the world. While we work in science, there is no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

In this pivotal and strategic role, you will lead the strategy development for major technology platform innovation and global process standardization within Operations. You will own the process to define road maps for the TechOps Functions and ensure related global standards for disciplines like Process Development, Manufacturing Science & Technology, Analytical Testing and Maintenance Excellence are developed, communicated and implemented. Your main purpose will be to strengthen the strategy and execution of the Global Technical Functions.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and align the 3-5 year strategic roadmap for the major technology platforms (with focus on Biologics) and in close collaboration with R&D, Operations and the Business  to leverage best practices and drive technology innovation to maintain Lonza`s competitive position in the CDMO environment
  • Establish the deployment plans including governance and resourcing
  • Coordinate the implementation of resulting plans across sites and monitor progress against defined objectives and key performance indicators (for defined programs)
  • Lead/facilitate initiation of key programs and work streams and hand-over to teams for execution or mentor/coach project leads through the process as agreed
  • Ensure that programs are in place to drive company-wide best practice implementation and standardization/harmonization to increase efficiency across the global technical functions, adding significant value in the execution of the Global Ops and site performance
  • Define performance parameters and ensures that these are sustainable in place to understand progress in transforming those functions
  • Embrace a culture of mutual accountability and full collaboration with the internal key stakeholders, Functions and SMEs to enable successful deployment and continuous improvement. Sustain a culture based on safety, quality, efficiency and operational excellence
  • Attract and develop top functional talent and build a high performing and agile team in a matrix organization

Key requirements:

  • B.S / M.S / MBA Ph.D. degree in life sciences / science / engineering / or other relevant discipline
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, strategy development, planning and execution with a strong manufacturing, operational background in a multi-site life science field
  • Demonstrated expertise in chosen discipline such as Ops Management, MSAT, Engineering, Operational Excellence, etc.
  • Demonstrated capability/potential of moving to a Site Operations or global TechOps Management role within Lonza in the future
  • Exceptional conceptual, analytical and abstract thinking with ability to make and support decisions that require in-depth evaluation of extremely complex factors
  • Capability of imagining and creating a future-oriented business designs and convincingly communicating ideas to all levels of the business
  • Proven ability to manage ambiguity and interactions with multiple Stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively work in a multi-matrix environment, cross-functionally, cross-site, cross- BU

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R23574