Lead Capital Expenditures Project Manager

United States, Houston (Texas)

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.

The Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) Lead is assigned to CAPEX projects and is responsible for planning, managing and executing projects within the Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) network in Houston.  This includes the co-ordination of assigned project(s)/activities at the CGT Houston sites and involving multiple parties, while providing leadership to the project team. This role is at a Senior Project Manager level and has operative leadership of CAPEX projects.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for delivery of project goals in terms of cost, time, functionality, regulations,  Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), safety and according to expectations.

  • Establish project charter including scope of work, goals and deliverables together with the relevant project champion and project lead to support business objectives in collaboration with Site level senior management and stakeholders.

  • Identify and recommend the internal and / or external resources to reach the project goals and manage day-to-day operational aspects of projects.

  • Establish the project team/structure necessary to reach the project goals and ensures appropriate coaching/development/performance feedback to all direct reports in order to develop a strong and competent team.

  • Ensure that project construction, schedule and cost risks are, identified, documented, and communicated ahead of project impact. Develop mitigation options as needed for elevation and approval.

  • Utilize best practices and tools for project management and execution in a fast-paced generic product development environment.

  • Ensuring compliance with all pertinent safety policies, rules and regulations.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Engineering (chemical, mechanical, process, pharmaceutical, biochemical engineering or equivalent) or long time and in-depth project management or operational experience in multiple international environments.

  • Extensive experience in project engineering and project management for biochemical, CGT, pharmaceutical industries or facility layout and optimization.

  • Vast experience and expertise in the field of site/facility/process and utility functionality, setup and layout, knowledge of current technology in the field of CGT, building, building technology, Aseptic processes, Fill/Finish, automation and utility technologies.

  • Experienced in cGMP regulatory requirements, facility design and master planning.

  • Familiar with project management software and tools.

  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.

  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.

  • Capable of imagining and creating a future-oriented design of the business and able to convincingly communicate this at all levels of the business.

  • Able to constructively challenge the status quo and bring new ideas and ways of working.

  • Ability to travel at least 25% and overnight.

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R25411