Director, Head of Global OpEx & GMN Performance – Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – Saint-Prex, VD

Job Title:

Director, Head of Global OpEx & GMN Performance

Job Description:

The context:

Global Technical Operations (TechOps) has embarked on a journey as a new organisation, embracing the opportunity ‘to do things differently’ keeping the patient in mind at all times, acting as a unified and integrated TechOps organization with end-to-end focus & accountability. Delivering high-quality medicines and solutions on time to our patients worldwide is both our highest priority and a strong motivation for us.

We will collaborate end-to-end; with a clear product focus; creating connections within our network and with our customers; and removing cross-functional barriers to ultimately achieve key results.

In short: Integrate, Simplify, Focus.

Your mission:

Reporting to the Senior Vice President Global Manufacturing Network (GMN) and as a member of the GMN Leadership Team, you will ensure the TechOps network of sites (including third-party manufacturers) is functioning as a world-class manufacturing and supply organization, driving related initiatives and ensuring execution/implementation via an efficient and aligned Governance and Performance management infrastructure.

Main responsibilities:

  • Network strategy definition and execution facilitating the definition of the network’s long & mid-term vision, as well as the strategy to achieve it.

  • Site network governance development and execution covering both the management of the day-to-day of the business operations (Quality Council, EHS, S&OP, Network Performance, Site business reviews, etc…) as well as more strategic aspects (Portfolio Review Boards, Investment committees, CAPEX review meetings, Network capacity review). Provide the network with the adequate digital tools for easing information sharing and decisions tracking

  • Network Capacity Management & planning providing standard capacity available visibility across the network. Along with the supply chain teams, regularly review the network capacity utilization triggering reallocation of volumes from site-to-site and generating inputs for CAPEX investment plans, activation of CMOs and composition of project portfolio to deliver the site network strategy and ambition

  • Network key capabilities building facilitating the definition of the common key capabilities to be developed in the network to achieve its vision and ambition. Liaising with the relevant function to create capability building plans (training materials, coaching structure, deployment strategy), executing and following-up the expected impact on the network’s performance

  • Portfolio & Program Management of cross-sites strategic initiatives directly managing and leading both portfolio and programs (Engineering, Digital, Efficiency, etc…)

  • Support to the sites for issues affecting the network centralizing the manufacturing issues (through the escalation process), ensures proper definition and decomposition, facilitates their prioritization and liaises with support functions to allocate adequate resources to their resolution in a timely manner

  • Driving the Global Operational Excellence strategy definition, yearly roadmaps definition in alignment with global, and following-up on its execution. As a matrix manager of the site OpEx Leads, providing the overall functional direction of the Global OpEx roadmap on the 3 following pillars:

  • Increasing TechOps Lean maturity

  • Building relevant Lean Six Sigma capability

  • Delivering value for the business

Required Experience & Competences:

  • Minimum of 15-year experience in leadership of Operations/Operational Excellence in Chemical/Life science/Biotech industry/Pharma

  • Master degree in Life Science or Engineering, Biotechnology, Pharmacy

  • O utstanding Project Management

  • Excellent Technical knowledge with demonstrated ability to deliver safe, effective and fully compliant projects

  • Lean expertise – Black Belt Certified

  • Change management

  • Fluent English

  • Ability to travel up to 30%

Personal characteristics and abilities:

  • Able to build relationships, to negotiate & influence, and manage change in matrix environment

  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills

  • Experienced problem solver on large complex problems within Pharmaceuticals industry

  • Ability to build capabilities across a network of sites

  • Team player, proactive, results oriented and keen on working in cross cultural environment

  • Proven ability to understand, influence without authority, ability to interact al all levels of the organization and motivate people

  • Demonstrated successful Portfolio, Program, project management experience

  • Outstanding communication skills

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity


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