Head of Automation Biologics Visp (f/m/d)

Switzerland, Visp

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 member of Biologics Operations Leadership Team in Visp, Switzerland | Lonza, the Head of Automation Biologics Visp (Open) has primary responsibility to deliver a robust and sustainable DCS/MES platform for an optimal operational electronic batch record. Main objective is to harmonize and simplify the electronic batch records to support a review by exception and allow a fast cycle time for batch record review leading to an improvement batch release cycle time. This role will also support the Value Streams across the Biologics business in Visp and will be responsible for creating a community of practice and repository.

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Key responsibilities:

  • Translate operational strategic needs linked to above responsibilities into project execution timelines or base business cycle times building synergies, harmonization and standardization between projects or base business crossfunctionally when needed in collaboration with Visp Biologics extended leadership teams

  • Harmonize and standardize DCS/MES platform for Visp Biologics to ensure common platform for all technologies using eBR

  • Responsible for creating Functional Requirement Specifications (FRS) in collaboration with Operations Value Streams and centralizing code to validation testing based on Lonza standards (Quality & Engineering) and GMPs

  • Establish the associated governance and decision-making process to ensure quality, speed and efficiency of deliveries.

  • Build very strong stakeholder management with Bio Visp Ops extended leadership team and Value Stream heads, program managers (PMs) within the commercial business units (BU) and project champions, as well as Growth Project leads o Supporting regulatory inspection as needed to ensure licensing of facilities and/or products

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor or Master degree (preferred) in a Science / Engineering related field such as Pharmaceutical Technology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering or equivalent

  • 10 year experience in automation for related manufacturing activities

  • In depth knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing, GMP and safe work environment leadership, delivery of RFT, and leadership and development of leadership teams delivering to targets in a multi-layered organization.

  • Lean practitioner and Master/Black Belt Certification will be an advantage

  • Ability to inspire a large organization by articulating a vision in an exciting manner, develop leaders, and translate strategies developed in to executable and actionable plans. Strong business understanding.

  • Strong Leadership and Stakeholder management skills

  • Excellent communication skills and interaction with all kinds of internal and external interfaces

  • Fluency in English, German will be an asset

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: R49776
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