Head of mRNA/LNP Early Development

Switzerland, Basel

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.

Management of a lab for lipid nanoparticle (LNP) manufacturing process development in Basel. Builds a  team that is responsible for (i) the successful development, implementation, and optimization of LNP manufacturing processes and analytical methods for clients (ii) transfer of processes and analytical methods for LNP manufacturing to small scale cGMP manufacturing facility. Accountable for the team’s performance and delivery of results. Responsible for planning and cost control and significant contributions to budgeting process and policy development.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the set-up, organization, technical assessment and prioritization of the process development and analytical development lab activities

  • Coordinates the various early LNP projects, allocates resources to the projects based on project lifecycle, evaluated resource and agreed upon priorities

  • Ensures that all activities are following the phase-adequate regulatory requirements

  • Ensures the compliance with safety requirements maintaining a safe working environment

  • Ensures that the personnel and assets deliver high quality development services to customers within the agreed timelines and costs

Key requirements:

  • Extensive experience with development of LNP manufacturing processes and the corresponding analytical method development and their transfer into routine small scale cGMP environment

  • Previous technical competency in the areas of the Pharma Industry e.g. process development, cGMP manufacturing, process registration, analytical science, Quality assurance etc.

  • Operational and technical project management experience.

  • Proven business awareness and commercial acumen.

  • Record of accomplishment of successfully managed projects.

  • Motivational skills to maintain naturally high moral within the matrix team.

  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels across the organization. Excellent written, oral and presentation skills.

  • Effective use of hard and soft skills in all aspects of Program Management including conflict resolution, team building, decisions making.

  • Pragmatic, organized and results oriented and with ability to manage multiple priorities.

  • Excellent planning, organization and controlling skills.

  • Problem solving skills - ability to analyze and solve complex issues that do not have routine solutions.

  • Ability and willingness to convey proficiency in project management to others.

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: R34756