Head Process Development – Vifor Pharma – Meyrin, GE

To strengthen the growth of OM Pharma, we are currently looking for a Head of Process Development for our manufacturing plant in Geneva. In this function, you report to the Head of Product and Industrial Development and manage a team of approximately 7 people. At this position you will successfully provide technical and strategic input for bio and pharmaceutical processes to ensure the maintenance, development, and optimization of high quality processes with emphasis on automation and up-to-date technologies, while actively collaborating with other departments such as Manufacturing, Quality Management, or Regulatory affairs in different strategic projects.

Your main missions are:

  • Manage teams of bio and pharmaceutical processes development: develop the team, develop people, ensure reliability, meet deadlines, make decision in a timely manner, promote team cohesion and ownership, ensure operational effectiveness
  • Closely manage budget of the team (OPEX, CAPEX, FTE): budget establishment, follow-up, accrual management, forecast
  • Act as Project Manager or Project member for technical and pipeline projects of the site
  • Lead process development for technical projects activities: development of biotech manufacturing processes (UpStream to DownStream), pharmaceutical manufacturing processes (bulk lyophilization, mixing, encapsulation and packaging) and development of cleaning processes (biotech and pharma)
  • Coordinate and lead activities for investigations on process deviations i.e. Root Cause Analysis, and the implementation of corrective/preventive actions (CAPA) in collaboration with Manufacturing QA, RA-CMC and beyond
  • Ensure optimization and evolution of existing processes to meet Manufacturing Operational Effectiveness and Quality requirements
  • Supervise staff, define development designs, review and approve protocol, study data and reports generated by the teams to ensure scientific validity and regulatory requirements
  • Identify and collaborate with external service providers and a network of relevant expert to support development
  • Contribute to prepare and review documents in support of CMC regulatory filings and addressing queries from HA’s related to manufacturing process development
  • Manage HA’s inspections and audits for process development activities

For this role, we are looking for a reliable, solution-oriented and business-driven experienced leader, bringing the following profile:

  • PhD, Master, Engineer’s Degree in pharmaceutical sciences

  • 10 years of experience in product / process biotech development in the pharmaceutical industry in GMP environment

  • Extensive experience in biotechnology manufacturing process development, from pilot to industrial scale, scale-down, scale-up, in

  • Proven experience in Team Management,

  • Highly developed Leadership & Decision making skills

  • Cross functional skills (Manufacturing, QM, RA)

  • Project management

  • Proven experience in a GMP environment

  • Fluent in French and English both in oral and written conversation.

To be successful in this role, we are looking for an experienced leader and mature process development professional. You hold extensive people management experience and truly enjoy coaching your teams and help them reaching success. You describe yourself as solution oriented, flexible and able to take initiative to move things forward. Thanks to your communication skills, you easily develop new relationships and feel comfortable in a situation where you need to influence and convince others, internal and external stakeholders. Furthermore, your strategic thinking enable you to examine and understand issues from multiple points of view and propose corrective actions with a pragmatic and proactive approach.

The Vifor Pharma Group is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is the partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care); and OM Pharma.

Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland, and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348).

Location: Switzerland – Meyrin/Geneva

Function: Technical Operations

Company: Vifor Pharma

Seniority Level: Senior Manager

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