Associate Director, Project Lead SGIE

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.

The Associate Director (m/f/d) Project Lead is assigned to one or multiple specific growth investment projects and is responsible for planning, managing and executing  investment projects through the complete project pathway (on time, within budget, meeting required quality standards). The role provides leadership to the project team(s), builds and maintains relationships with vendors and contractors. This is an engineering discipline role. You will have cross interaction with validation engineers, facility management, and operations; mitigate risks and ensure compliance with regulations and legal requirements

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for delivery of project goals in terms of cost, time, functionality and according to client expectations.

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

  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities within the project organization and developing full-scale project plans and associated communication documents.

  • Securing optimal flow of information within project organization and at interfaces with project champion/project steering committee, and mediating in case of problems.

  • Creating, executing and updating project work plans as appropriate to meet the changing needs and requirements.

  • Reporting regularly in writing, including project progress reports. Includes both internal to Lonza stakeholders as well as ensuring external partners if needed are informed/aligned.

  • 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.

Key requirements:

  • Degree in engineering (process, pharmaceutical, biochemical engineering or equivalent) or long time and in-depth project management or operational experience in multiple international environments.

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in project engineering and project management for chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical industries or facility layout and optimization or equivalent, with vast experience and expertise in the field of site/facility/process and utility functionality, setup and layout, knowledge of current technology in the field of building, building technology, automation and utility technologies

  • Very strong project delivery experience and volume of 50+ Mio. CHF managed

  • High agility, flexibility and dynamic personality

  • Fluency in English and German is required

  • International experience is strongly desired

  • Strong leader, motivating team player, drives results, excellent communication skills and experience in managing matrix-based cross-functional teams

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: R56160
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