CIO Office Chief of Staff and Strategic Initiatives

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’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.

Reporting to the Group CIO, this role will act as “right hand” for the group CIO for all matters related to the IT functions priorities and agenda. This includes special analytics, planning and reporting of the function and orchestrating strategic planning and organizational development. The role also encompasses the management of the IT Leadership Team (GILT) from the agenda, content as well as administrative point of view and ensuring coordination of the entire IT function at a high level of excellence. The role further oversees the coordination and orchestration of strategic initiatives and projects within the IT department on a global level. Actively engages with various stakeholders to ensure appropriate business engagement and governance throughout the projects actively managed.

Key responsibilities:

  • Act as the “right hand” for the Group CIO on all matters related to the IT functions priorities and agenda. Develop presentation for critical meetings and manage agenda for CIO meetings and IT Leadership Meetings.
  • General support of the IT department, development and rollout of management reporting and preparation of special analysis for the CIO (ad hoc)
  • Development and implementation of standards for operating processes  as well as supporting the budgeting and cost controlling for the IT Function
  • Implementation and updating of management reporting. In this connection, oversee key project implementations across all IT sub-functions
  • Being accountable for leading specific projects within the IT department e.g. overseeing the IT Workstream in M&A projects or Lead the IT Strategy development
  • Ensure that the portfolio of IT projects and initiatives within the IT department is appropriate and sufficient to deliver the function’s strategic goals
  • Work with cross-functional partners and vendors to improve to implement and execute strategic initiatives

Key requirements:

  • Strong educational background, Master’s degree or higher
  • First commercial experience in a high paced, dynamic environment, consultancy experience highly beneficial
  • Proven ability to drive toward a goal and manage work streams within complex, cross-functional team
  • Strategic problem-solving skills ideally with previous experience working on strategic initiatives
  • Can-do attitude and resilience with strong ability to execute on projects where all the information is not always available and priorities can change
  • Affinity for Information Technology, experience or educational background in IT field is beneficial
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to communicate in a clear and concise manner
  • Demonstrated ability to complete quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work cross-functionally
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Think critically about all angles of a problem, digging in deeper where needed, and make long-term decisions
  • Ability to work with remote teams and across time zones to develop strategies and foster a cohesive and creative work environment
  • Strong formal and informal leadership skills to effectively define and implement a functional agenda and foster a high performance team
  • Ability to be a "Business Partner" with commercial mind-set to help define Corporate Functions strategy and plans
  • A hands-on, flexible and highly analytical mind-set
Reference: R29628