Senior Manager, Upstream Process Bio R&D

United Kingdom, Slough

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.

Within the company Lonza Bio R&D leads the discovery, design and development of innovative biologics platforms, processes and technologies that form the basis of our products.

We are currently looking to recruit a Senior Manager, Upstream Process Bio R&D to join our team. As a Senior Manager, you will be responsible for the management of three separate teams within our upstream area, whilst also driving to support the development of the execution of Lonza’s innovation strategy, whist leveraging strong networks of expertise. You will also act as a subject matter expert (SME), and provide cross-discipline scientific leadership to R&D teams, to expand Lonza’s presence and research profile externally.

In this role, and using your knowledge of the industry, you will have the opportunity to play an active role in defining Lonza’s future strategy within R&D, leading the way through innovative projects.

Key responsibilities:

  • Proactively contributes to the strategy development of the CoE, and translates it in executable plans for the team

  • Managing resource within the upstream function, which includes mentoring, coaching and ensure teams are achieving deliverables

  • Designing and successful delivery of cross functional innovation projects or programs (incl. collaborations)

  • Proactively identifies innovation opportunities and proprietary solutions that expand or significantly improve and differentiate Lonza's offerings

  • Leveraging a strong and reliable network of external experts that can multiply/enhance Lonza's R&D efforts in area of expertise

  • Maintaining accurate and timely records to appropriate quality standard for self and team, prepares high quality technical analyses, plans and reports for internal or external use

  • Presenting projects to internal stakeholders and at external conferences, and ensures the team publishes in peer-reviewed journals

  • Proactively drives project decision making through timely delivery and appropriate communication across levels.

Key requirements:

  • PhD Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Life Sciences or comparable scientific discipline or equivalent industry experience

  • Strong understanding of a biologics manufacturing process

  • Demonstrable experience working within cell culture, cell biology R&D, preferably with different product types within a biopharma industry

  • An understanding of trends/opportunities within the industry, and ability to identify possible innovation opportunities

  • Proven experience working within a leadership/management type role with responsibility for strategic direction/change, with strong people management skills

  • Experienced people manager, able to coach and develop team to maximize efficiency, and deliver goals

  • Proven track record f operating in a matrix environment

  • Experience working within a GRP, and understanding of cGMP Quality Management Systems

  • Excellent communication skills, ability to work and influence internal and external stakeholders

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: R36855