Director Media R&D
United Kingdom, Slough

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.

Role Purpose:

We have a newly created opportunity for an experienced bioprocess media development and optimization scientist with managerial experience to join our team of experts in Cell Culture Media Development as a Director of Media R&D. This is a fast-growing team that is purely focused on innovation and a unique opportunity to help define cell culture media strategy and build a team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working closely with business development, manufacturing, operations and technical leaders from R&D to develop and execute on a bioprocess media development strategy which addresses the needs for the business units for both internal and external customers
  • Lead the development and drive the implementation of the technical approach to media development and optimization
  • Provide scientific and technical guidance for new bioprocess media development and optimization projects
  • Manage the portfolio of bioprocess media development and optimization projects
  • Provide leadership to direct reports through pro-active performance management, mentoring and coaching
  • Organizing the Media R&D team in Slough UK and ensuring that it functions independently but cohesively within the Bioprocess R&D organization at Slough, UK, and engaging in cross-site collaborations with the Media R&D team in Rockville, MD, USA

Key requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in designing, developing and optimizing bioprocess cell culture media for biologically active proteins, monoclonal antibodies and biosimilars
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of cell biology and the current best practices for developing bioprocess cell culture media including metabolomics and media chemistry
  • Demonstrated innovative skills, experience leading complex technology projects and proven track record of successful project completion and product launches
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated managerial experience
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, presentation, time management, organizational and written/ oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-matrixed/functional teams and ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a matrixed environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with program management and phase/stage-gate processes to evaluate, monitor and report on progress on projects to senior leadership
  • An understanding of business and financial fundamentals with a strong focus on customer-oriented solutions


  • PhD Degree in Science (preferably in life science, biology or chemistry) with at least 10 years of experience in life sciences product development

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: R59866