Manager, R&D Hard Capsules

France, Colmar

Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. 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.

Lonza’s Capsules & Health Ingredients business is the trusted partner for innovative products, including capsules and health ingredients, customization services and end-to-end dosage form solutions for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies.

Colmar, France | Lonza is currently looking for a Manager R&D.

This position of R&D Manager is a member of our global Hard Capsules R&D team in charge of developing new and optimizing existing products. It is based at our site in Colmar, France, specialized at manufacturing various types of empty hard capsules intended for use in pharmaceutical or supplements industry. The post offers a very multidisciplinary, cross-functional and dynamic working environment and requires proven expertise in one or more of the following areas: Polymer Science, Chemical engineering, Food Science/Technology, Paints and Coatings, Dip-molding processes and similar

key responsibilities:

  • Defining, setting and justifying strategy for the development and manufacturing of new  or optimization of the existing hard empty capsules within foreseen timelines
  • Following up scientific literature and industry articles to ensure latest trends are included in defining and executing the strategy
  • Prioritizing, challenging and driving projects progress
  • Exploring and implementing novel approaches to current product development problems
  • Identifying and driving continuous improvement opportunities for the technical organization
  • Acting as a subject matter expert in internally and in highly cross-functional environment
  • Providing technical assessments and content for use by R&D leadership team
  • Using the network of internal and external experts to increase Company’s unique know how in capsules development
  • Team managing, coaching, developing’.

key requirements:

  • PhD or Master Degree with extensive experience in the area of  Polymer Science, Chemical engineering, Soft materials, Food Science/Technology or similar
  • Planning and organization, monitoring and project management skills
  • Structured, data-based rational thinker with problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and lead cross-functional programs/groups
  • Strong communication skills with a diverse group of internal and/or external stakeholders, both written and verbal


  • Direct leadership of teams for at least 3 years
  • Experience with Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Acquainted with Lean Six Sigma
  • Experience in Food/Pharma sector

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: R56407