Head of Facilities and Engineering
United States, Houston (Texas)

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 Head of Facilities and Engineering will support Site Head and will serve as a full member of the Site Leadership Team at our Houston, TX USA | Lonza . He/She will be responsible for site strategy, execution and results, of all engineering and maintenance activities. He/She will have overall responsibility for providing Engineering and Facilities Services to the site through management of engineering staff and leadership of the entire department.  While also, ensure that issues in these areas are prioritized, delegated and followed through to resolution. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensures all activities are performed under the highest standards of Safety, Health and the Environment.

  • Ensures that the concepts of Operational Excellence are deployed throughout the department and continuous improvement and elimination of waste are ingrained into all activities

  • Supports Manufacturing Engineering; including Project Engineering, Plant Engineering and Suite Maintenance

  • Instrumentation and Controls (Controls Engineering, MES Support, Infrastructure and Networks, and Calibration)

  • Utilities and HVAC Operation and Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds Maintenance, Electrical Maintenance, and Security

  • Maintenance Management and Planning Systems, develops operating budgets with staff, monitors and reports on cost center budgets.

  • Responsible for implementation of multiple capital projects, develops capital budgets, and tracks against those budgets. Capex Manager for site.

  • Monitor and track all capital projects (including lump sum) for budget, scope, and schedule

  • Author Capital Authorization Requests (CARs), especially larger, more complex requests

  • Ensure that engineering work takes place in a manner consistent with Lonza policy and procedure and consistent with other LCM and Group facilities and standards.  Ensure that all engineering solutions are designed and implemented in accordance with accepted standards of cGMP and Good Engineering Practice.

  • Develops and implements systems to ensure that the Engineering/Facilities support infrastructure supports site goals.  This includes maintenance systems, automation programs, drawing systems, project engineering etc.

  • Provides utilities (including HVAC) of high quality and reliability to support manufacturing operations

  • Ensure that we have an engineering and facilities programs that are efficient and defendable during inspections and audits. 

  • Establish and maintain long term and short term space plans and facilities strategic plans

  • Oversee energy procurement and budgeting

  • Interfaces with Community (City, PDA, State, etc) over various issues.

  • Allocate resources appropriate to meet plant objectives and priorities.  Where necessary, make use of external resources to augment internal capabilities.

  • Responsible for establishing objectives for all assigned staff.  Provide direction during the year as to the priority of these objectives and provide feedback on results.  Make recommendations for development of skills and performance, and counsel employees on career options and alternatives.  

  • Responsible for the timely and quality execution of all projects and other assigned responsibilities.  Ensure that all project proposals are of a sound technical basis, are a sensible allocation of company funds, and in short offer the best solution.

  • Full member of the Houston Site Leadership Team

  •  Assist in looking at the long term objectives for growth and change within the company and anticipate engineering activities that will be required to meet these objectives. Provide input to senior management of both the cost and schedule implications of engineering alternatives.

  • Interface with customers potential processes and products from the standpoint of fit into current systems or definitions of modifications to ensure fit.  Interface with customers to resolve issues or make improvements to current operations.

  • Ensure engineering and facilities support for tech transfer activities

  • Maintain succession plans and development plans for key positions

Key requirements:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering, MS Degree in Engineering preferred or MBA

  • 10 Years of experience in the field of technical project/process engineering support to bio/pharm facilities.      Track record in implementation of systems to improve efficiency and adherence to GMP.

  • 8 Years or experience in  management of professional and technical  staff with accountability for objectives and subsequent evaluation

  • 5 Years of experience in managing managers with accountability for objectives and subsequent evaluation

  • 2 Years of experience with company financial systems and an understanding of accounting practices and financials

  • 5 Years of experience with Regulatory and GMP requirements for operating a licensed bio/pharm mfg. facility

  • 5 Years of experience in working with external design and construction contractors in executing work within facilities

  • 5 Years of experience with customers in a CMO business plan.

  • Demonstrated skill in managing a diverse population of professional and technical employees as well as external resources. 

  • Experience or demonstrated ability to manage other managers.

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Reference: R59884