Head of Operations, Process Development (f/m/d)

Netherlands, Geleen

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.

As a member of the Site Leadership Team we are looking for Head of Operations, Process Development who will be responsible for all aspects representing the assets and mRNA small-scale operations production unit which will include Process and Analytical Development. This is a new built facility so you will have the opportunity to implement and influence the correct working methods and processes, as well as developing a positive working culture on site with your team. You will ensure products and/or services are delivered safely with the expected quality and compliance of cGMP standards. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Managing the production and development units and giving leadership to multi-disciplinary teams (Process Development, Manufacturing, MSAT) of senior production leaders, managers, supervisors and operators.

  • Build up and sustain a successful, high performing team. Maintain a culture of empowerment and innovation, trust, high performance and change readiness, with full responsibility for all aspects of human resource management such as qualification, development, coaching, hiring, pay decisions and discipline issues.

  • Working as operations lead in the Capital investment project for building and commissioning of the manufacturing unit and associated laboratories, responsible for preparing the budget of the unit and preparing lump-sums, CARs and upon approval ensuring their execution accordingly to plan and budget.

  • Responsible for developing continuous improvement programs  to reduce cost and increase productivity through Operational Excellence and Innovation initiatives

  • Developing department goals and strategy and prioritize with respect to overall goals of Lonza, mRNA BU and the LNL site.

  • Representing the facility during regulatory inspections and customer audits as Operations Head, ensuring the technical availability of the plant also with respect to regulatory requirements (Safety, cGMP)

Key requirements:

  • Recognized expert in the area of GMP and biopharma production of large molecules.

  • Depth understanding of bioprocesses and operational excellence to solve problems; very good understanding of business and financial process

  • Previous experience in new production implementation would be very desirable

  • Excellent understanding of business and financial processes

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Ability to communicate internally and externally at higher levels

  • Willingness to travel to Visp on regular business trips

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: R43947