Strategic Growth Project Lead (f/m/d)

Switzerland, Basel
Switzerland, Stein

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.

The Project Champion (PC) is responsible for achieving the business goals of the Growth Project. The PC acts as the “General Manager” of the Growth Project, provides strategic leadership and leads the governance across key functions, and ensures the project goals are aligned with market needs, Lonza/DPS strategy, and profitability targets. The Growth Project for this role is the build-up of the commercial scale drug product manufacturing capacities in Stein, Switzerland.

Key responsibilities:

  • Champions the DP expansion program in Stein and leads governance across key functions, Operations, Engineering, Finance, Commercial, Sales, HR, Supply Chain, Procurement.

  • Mandate to oversee and guide delivery of the outcome of the project on behalf of a Steering Committee.

  • Responsible for achieving the business goals of the growth project including long term revenue.

  • Ensures the conformity of the project to the major goals (market, strategy, profitability) and provides its justification from a market, strategy and economics point of view.

  • Establishes the project charter and works with Ops and Strategy to define the business requirements and validate business feasibility and technical approach together with the Project Director.

  • Manages scope changes and impacts in alignment with Project Director.

  • Provides the CAR together with key functions and to present it to the approval bodies.

  • Serves as the main contact person to (external) clients by securing an expedited flow of information.

  • Ensures the clarity of the contracts with customers to avoid misunderstandings.

  • Drives alignment with the Project Director to secure project business goal achievement.

As a general rule, the Project Champion is 100% assigned to the project and this is expected to be a multi-year commitment given the size of the project.

Context for and importance of the Project Champion Role:

  • A growth project is a critical enabler for our success. Growth investments must be independent and executed without impacting the base business, whilst recognizing interdependencies (e.g. delays to one project may require rescheduling into existing assets)

  • Division and Group Functions have a joint ownership and accountability throughout the project to make it successful. The Project Champion is responsible for achieving the business goals. The Project Director is responsible for delivering the project goals in terms of cost, time and scope.

  • Business requirements and scope must be jointly agreed between Division and Group Functions. A rigorous scope management approach is established to manage any changes and impacts in line with commercial commitments.

  • Key positions are allocated as full-time project assignments. The Functional Leads report into the Project and into their Function. All project team members assigned >50% will jointly share the project goals.

  • A robust Stage Gate Review will provide a clear picture on readiness to move into the next phase. The decision on readiness and related risks/ impacts is owned jointly by Division & Group Functions.

Key requirements:

  • 10-15+ years Operations, Finance and Commercial background in the biotech or pharma sector and expert knowledge of biological manufacturing

  • 2+ years of CMO experience, in particular with drug product (DP)

  • 5-10+ years of pharma industry experience (ideally both drug substance and drug product)

  • Experience in  demand and supply planning

  • Able to operate effectively in a matrix organization

  • Executive level presence, ability to present at Executive Committee and board level

  • Experience leading large CAPEX projects


  • Pharmaceutical/CMO industry knowledge

  • Ability to work in a complex and fast paced matrix environment

  • Solid and in-depth expertise in creating and developing novel business models and approaches that leverage existing and new assets to meet future on-demand needs and custom solutions

  • High level of industry knowledge and a good understanding of future trends in Biopharma and the CMO market

  • Has good judgment about how potential ideas may play out in the marketplace; is good at bringing the creative ideas of others to the market

  • Exhibits strong business acumen, knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, and information affecting his or her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace; knows how businesses perform

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: R38647
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