Head of Capex Project Procurement US/Americas

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 Head of Procurement Execution Capex – North America is responsible for a procurement portfolio across North American sites of approx. 500 million CHF and in managing project procurement resources to support Lonza’s strategic growth and investments to deliver new manufacturing capacity. They will manage a team of Lonza staff and contingent workers of between 10 to 20. They will be key business partners to SGIE to ensure procurement supports Capex project procurement for manufacturing locations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of project purchasing strategy and coordination of procurement activities for assigned investment projects. Responsibility for project procurement portfolio of 500 million CHF across North American sites.
  • Ensure project sourcing objectives, actions and priorities are aligned both within Global Capex Procurement, Global Engineering and other key business partners.
  • Procurement of all capex and supplies needed to bring manufacturing capacity online (systems, sub-systems, equipment and spare parts) and services (consulting, engineering and planning) for the assigned specialist areas or investment projects.
  • Working closely with Global Category Management colleagues to execute agreed strategies locally in manufacturing sites.
  • Plays a key role in drafting the capital approval plan from a procurement execution strategy workstream that will ultimately be approved the Lonza Executive Committee.
  • Plan, lead and execute negotiations of commercial terms and contracting for supply agreements.
  • Manage relationships with suppliers acting as the primary point of contact within the project team
  • Drive awareness of supply issues within the project, clarifying business impact and lead resolution plans.
  • Develop project risk management strategies and drive development and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation plans.
  • Work closely with Project Management to monitor supplier performance metrics and actively participate in the tracking and reporting of said metrics to drive supplier accountability.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop cost reduction strategies and implementation plans that meet project / business needs.
  • Report project related savings monthly as well as maintain the project savings pipeline.
  • Review and negotiate supplier change orders.

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of Business,  Engineering, or Construction
  • CIPS Certificate or SixSigma
  • Experience in Capital and Construction Procurement
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to craft commercial contracts and agreements
  • Project and procurement management skills
  • Team player with ability to work efficiently in a matrix organization & interdisciplinary teams
  • MS Office, SAP, Oracle Unifier
  • Excellent business mindset, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

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: R46344