End to End (E2E) Program Lead (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.

This role will initially serve as the End to End Program Leader, responsible for planning, managing and executing the design, construction, commissioning and validation of a new, dedicated facility. The E2E Program Leader has the full ownership of the cost, scope and schedule of the entire program  responsible for achieving the business goals of the project including the ramp up and initial revenue generation.  While in this role the incumbent will have direct supervision of the Engineering Project Lead,  the Quality lead, Manufacturing lead and the MSAT Lead.

Upon completion of the facility and initial ramp up, end to end program leader will assume responsibility as a site head for directing the entire  production and production support processes  under cGMP conditions; ensuring the safety, quality, compliance and efficiency, product delivery and financial execution. Leading a dedicated management team with full accountability for asset profitability and success.  Clear accountability for performance improvements and delivery.  Direct responsibility for the operations team and leading via a matrixed organization for functions providing support to execution including PM, QA/ QC, MSAT, SCM/ Logistics and Engineering.

Key accountabilities and duties

  • Establish project charter/business requirement including scope of work, goals and deliverables together with the relevant SGIE Project Leader to support business objectives in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders.

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

  • Provide the CAR together with key functions and present it to the approval bodies (BULT, GOLT, EC, BoD).

  • Ensure the business case and CAR can be delivered from a cross-functional perspective (including capex, operations, process, procurement, QA, HR, etc).

  • Establishing the project team/ structure necessary to reach the project goals and ensures appropriate coaching/development/performance feedback to all direct reports in order to develop a strong and competent team.

  • Responsible for the delivery of project goals in terms of cost, time, functionality and according to client expectations.  Develop the project plan and execution strategy and to set-up the contractual framework

  • Ensure optimal flow of information within project organization and at interfaces with SGIE project leader/project steering committee, and mediating in case of problems. Ensure that the adequate project control/governance systems needed to manage the risk, change control, cost and schedule are timely in place & conduct regular engineering and project control reviews in order to ensure that the project execution is on track or escalated to the steering committee as necessary

  • Manage scope changes and impacts in alignment with SGIE Project Leader.

  • Single point of accountability with authority to execute activities and manage all resources (equal to site head) necessary for the production plan achievement.  Lead the department, managing safety, quality, compliance and efficient, product delivery, batch release, and financial execution.  Empowered to reach across functional areas and across phases of execution.

  • Upon completion of the facility and initial ramp up, end to end program leader will assume responsibility as a site head for directing the entire  production and production support processes  under cGMP conditions

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor or Master degree (preferred) in a Science / Engineering related field such as Biology, Cell biology; Biotechnology, chemical engineering or related discipline

  • More than 10 years of experience in the area of biopharma manufacturing and / or process development preferable in 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.

  • Recognized expert in the area of biopharma manufacturing or process development; broad and Deep understanding of Bioprocess technology, especially in the area of mammalian cell culture; very good understanding of business and financial processes

  • Strong leadership skills; excellent communication skills in speaking, writing, and presenting often at higher levels (German & English); strong networking skills; ability to engage customers to develop positive relationships.; strong team orientation

  • Structured, focused and well-organized working attitude; open-minded for new ideas and suggestions; agile, highly motivated and dynamic drive; solution-oriented

  • 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.

  • Fluency in English, German will be an advantage

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: R52537