Senior Manufacturing Quality Operations Manager (m/f/d)

Switzerland, Visp

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’s 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.

We have recently been confirmed as the global manufacturing partner for Moderna’s vaccine against the novel coronavirus, providing a tenfold manufacturing capacity increase. As other businesses face increasing economic uncertainty, we are fortunate to have opportunities for expansion. Through this new collaboration, our work will have a significant, direct and long-term impact on the management of this global pandemic. Become part of this exciting opportunity and join our team by applying for the position as Senior Manufacturing Quality Operations Manager.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the team with full responsibility for all aspects of human resource management such as qualification, development, coaching, hiring, pay decisions and discipline issues

  • Responsible for resource and vacation planning of the assigned team members with regard to the fulfillment of all production orders

  • Direct responsibility for review and approval of GMP documentation including Deviations, Comments, Change Controls, Standard Operating Procedures, Process Descriptions and Validation documentation

  • Provide oversight to day-to-day Quality Assurance activities in accordance with approved SOPs / Plan / Policies for a cGMP facility

  • Responsible for implementation of the relevant GMP documents for the respective area

  • Direct responsibility for fostering cooperation between Lonza QA and customer QA representatives

  • Responsible for regular quality performance control such as weekly report or dashboard and other reporting tools incl. definition of appropriate actions for performance enhancing

  • Representing the operational area in customer meetings, audits and regulatory inspections

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor, Master or related degrees, preferred area of study:  Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Bioengineering or related disciplines

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in biotechnical manufacturing preferably in leadership positions and/or quality position (e.g. QA Manager, Manufacturing QA Manager, etc.)

  • Broad biotechnology expertise and/or knowledge in biotechnical engineering; deep GMP knowledge

  • Fluent in English

  • Understanding of business and financial processes

  • Strong leadership skills; very good communication skills and interaction with all kinds of interfaces within the organization

  • Structured, focused and well-organized working attitude; solution-oriented

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.

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Reference: R25060