Associate Director, Project Lead (m/f/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.

The Associate Director, Project Lead (m/f/d) is leading the technical project team to achieve project goals and milestones and is responsible for the development of the Basis of design and subsequently execute it until end of OQ. Role also acts as the SME of the design phase of the project, working with MSAT and Operations. Overall, the role supports the development of a  project plan and schedule technical activities and works with the project controls team to manage the project budget and costs by helping to evaluate and mitigate project risks.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the selection of Design Engineering strategy and partner selection including the development of a design deliverables list

  • Responsible for the management of the Construction and Engineering Team from Detail Design till handover to Operations.

  • Ensure that Lonza technical standards are effectively communicated and understood through the development of a project technical standard.

  • The Technical Project Manager is supporting the development of  the project plan, including scheduling of all technical activities such as equipment design, installation, commissioning, and qualification. This will require a detailed understanding of project timelines, budgets, and resource availability.

  • The Technical Project Manager must support the identification, evaluation, and mitigation of  risks throughout the project lifecycle. They must have a clear understanding of the potential risks associated with the project and develop contingency plans to address them.

  • Supporting the management of the project budget and control costs to ensure that the project stays within its financial constraints. This includes monitoring expenses, identifying cost-saving opportunities, and reporting on financial performance to stakeholders.

  • The Technical Project Manager must be able to solve complex technical problems that arise during the project.

  • Ensuring that all technical aspects of the project meet regulatory requirements, including Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and other industry standards.

  • The Technical Project Manager must effectively communicate project status, risks, and issues to the project team, stakeholders, and senior management. This includes regular progress updates, technical reports, and presentations.

  • Support Change management: In any project, changes will inevitably occur. The Technical Project Manager must manage change requests and assess the impact of proposed changes on the project schedule, budget, and technical scope.

  • The Technical Project Manager is responsible for ensuring that all technical deliverables are completed

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor/Master degree (Engineering or similar)

  • 10+   years   in   project   engineering   and   project   management   for   chemical,   biochemical, pharmaceutical industries with international experience.

  • Broad technical knowledge of the Various Engineering Disciplines in the Pharmaceutical environment, both on clean and black utilities, process, automation, Instrumentation and Civil Engineering

  • Task orientated  person who is very comfortable working towards set objectives and has a track record of achieving results in this regard.

  • Proven experience in cost control and scheduling related to investment projects .

  • Experience in engineering aspects of facility design to build a compliant but cost effective plant.

  • Knowledge of modern CQV approaches to minimize the time from construction completion to routine production while maintaining compliance.

  • Excellent knowledge of computer systems (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio).

  • Good understanding of how the CDMO industry/business works.

  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.

  • English fluent, German a strong advantage

  • Effective influencing skills. Ability to communicate to varying levels and functions of the organization.

  • Strong collaborative mindset.

  • Proven ability to lead, mentor and coach direct reports and teams with or without direct line responsibility

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: R58645