Head of Downstream Processing

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.

The site in Visp is growing and for Ibex™ Solutions, our recently launched unique biological manufacturing and development concept in Visp, Switzerland, we are currently looking for a Head Downstream Processing (DSP). In this role, you will act as functional lead for an interdisciplinary team of process engineers, specialists, shift team leads, manufacturing specialists and biotechnologists and manage/support the operational activities of a manufacturing DSP unit and be accountable for the execution of all production campaigns in the DSP manufacturing unit with regard to safety, quality and on-time-in full delivery. Become part of this exciting opportunity and apply now!

Key responsibilities:

  • Driver of solving production issues in the DSP manufacturing unit according to the common escalation guidelines; good collaboration with the support functions MSAT, Production Support, QA and the USP production teams with expertise in solution finding and trouble shooting

  • Supervise and validate risk analysis and manufacturing work place inspections

  • Responsible for the approval of technical change request for the DSP manufacturing unit

  • Responsible for setting up the training activities and implement new technology in the DSP operations unit

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

  • Deputies the Head of Ibex Operations

  • Working as production expert in Capital investment projects for building and commissioning of the manufacturing units

  • As a member of the Manufacturing Leadership Team responsible for all aspect of general production management such as housekeeping, staff behaviour and control of general processes and installations

  • Executes innovation and improvement projects comprising general manufacturing aspects for the production plant

Key requirements:

  • Master or Bachelor degree in Biotechnology or other relevant areas (with equivalent experience)

  • Significant experience in a leading position in Biopharma manufacturing

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to communicate internally and externally at higher levels

  • Very good understanding of business and financial processes

  • Fluent in English and German

  • Green Belt certification preferred

  • Detail oriented with exceptional organizational skills and a structured and proactive working attitude

  • Open-minded for new ideas with a highly collaborative and strong team oriented attitude

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: R25474