Associate Director

United States, Portsmouth (New Hampshire)

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 Associate Director is responsible to manage the production of therapeutic proteins (API) under cGMP conditions, managing commercial production manufacturing operations in cell culture, purification and supporting operations; responsible for managing safety, quality, compliance and efficient, product delivery and financial execution. Serving as a member of the Manufacturing Leadership Team, the incumbent will be responsible for leading the establishment and technical transfer of all operations associated within areas of responsibility. Incumbent will be responsible for partnering with customers in delivering a safe and compliant operation both internally and externally. Drive continuous improvement activities, strategy development and delivery, as well as supporting organizational development and cultural leadership. Partner with Quality Assurance to develop, modify, implement and operate quality systems aligned with Lonza standards. Responsible for attracting and retaining skilled talent; training and encouraging a team-centric environment that improves business performance. Must be capable of motivating others, creating a positive work climate where inter-departmental collaboration, coaching and performance feedback are continuous. Capable of clearly assigning objectives, clearly setting and measuring and monitoring progress, marshaling resources and handling competing priorities. Experienced at establishing clear directions, leading others and bringing out their best.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Direct Ready, Run, Release priorities through management team and deliver per production plan. Lead the department, managing safety, quality, cGMP compliance and efficiency, product delivery, batch release, and financial execution.
  • Participate in manufacturing strategy decisions as a part of the manufacturing leadership team for Portsmouth. Lead cross-functionally with management, support departments, and customers to achieve site vision and strategy, meet business KPIs.
  • Primary point of contact for customers. Lead department through supervisors and run managers, and manage cross-functionally with support departments and customers to achieve site vision and strategy.
  • Ensure that the department is in a continuous state of readiness for production and GMP audits.
  • Supervise, train and mentor the manufacturing leadership team. Create a high-performance that emphasizes strengths-based execution, accountability, open communication, people development and continuous improvement.


BS in Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, or equivalent in a Science related discipline

Advanced 5-10 years experience in Leadership/management in pharmaceutical manufacturing with experience in aseptic processing or biologic bulk drug substance delivery.


Master’s Degree

Experience with 6S and Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma Green belt or black belt preferred

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R39166