Head of Contracts and Claims Management

Switzerland, Basel
Switzerland, Visp

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. 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.

This role will lead a team of contracts and claims specialists supporting CAPEX projects across Europe working with lead and Project Buyers and other engineering Project Manager to manage commercial risk across a portfolio of projects.  This is a hands-on role hence the candidate will also manage a portfolio of projects along with managing a team of circa 4 contracts and claims specialists.

He/she is in position to mitigate risk related to the contract creation / execution, identify cost benefit solutions to complex Contractual matters (including regular delivery and close out of complex negotiations with extremal Stakeholders and Consultants.

The individual must have the ability to operate and manage at the C executive level of the Project structure typically in a Fast track Project environment

Key responsibilities:

  • Involve Cost Control Group and ensure the implementation of cost control system e.g. progress measurement, bank guarantees, additional items, claims, cash flow and back-charges;

  • Support the negotiation of major contracts, subcontracts and own the final review and document preparation with Strategic Supplier;

  • Lead the execution of contracts to secure our Lonza contractual rights and entitlements;

  • Coordinate activities such as change orders. delay management, conflict management, preparation for potential litigation / arbitration in terms of proper documentation, timely responses to the contractor as per contract;

  • Manage the Warranty and performance guarantees of the project assets;

  • Support in Arbitration and in Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures project management as well as Legal department;

  • Identifying opportunities for outgoing claims, development of claim strategies, supporting/preparing notifications/correspondence and claims as well as negotiation and settlement;

  • Analysis of incoming claims, development of defense strategies, supporting/preparing response/correspondence, claim negotiation and settlement: partial ;

Key requirements:

  • Strong negotiation skills; exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Experience with commercial contracts and agreements

  • Skills in all procurement processes including, supplier management, negotiations, contract management and e-procurement systems.

  • Experience managing relationships, both internal and external.

  • Demonstrated Project management skills

Ability to build business relationships and to work in multifunctional teams

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: R32382