Head of Manufacturing - Fribourg

Vifor Pharma — Fribourg
07.05. | Employé | 100%

Head of Manufacturing - Fribourg

We are currently looking for our new Head of Manufacturing for our production site in Villars-sur-Glâne / Fribourg. In this function, you report directly to the Site Head and are in charge of the Manufacturing Department of about 120 people. You are responsible for organizing and managing the production department, the optimization of industrial processes and the management of various industrial projects. Your main missions are:
  • Lead and motivate the Manufacturing teams (bulk manufacturing and packaging) by ensuring the development of individual and collective skills, translated into objectives and goals for team members
  • Build, train, sustain and motivate a multi-technology operations team capable of achieving all productivity targets and output requirements with product on time, in full and right first time
  • Maximize the success rate for production operations by instituting programs to minimize human error, mechanical failure, and procedural error.
  • Maintain the operational facility in the highest level of cGMP compliance in accordance with FDA, Swissmedic and customer expectations
  • Ensure up to date quality documentation, deviation management, Root cause analysis if applicable, CAPA Management and Inspection readiness
  • Develop and implement metrics to track and manage successful, timely accomplishment of assigned goals, objectives and projects
  • Support project governance, operational excellence activities as well as the identification and introduction of new technologies
  • Ensure that Operational Excellence standards are well established, particularly 5S, Visual Management, and waste management mindset
  • Establish budget for OPEX / CAPEX and take appropriate measures if needed
  • Realize Health Authorities inspections, partners audits and coordinate CAPA realization
  • Collaborate with other departments such as Supply Chain, Quality Management, Pharmaceutical Development or Engineering to realize production plans and respect schedules, defined Technical Projects and Maintenance Programs
For this role, we are looking for a reliable, assertive and business-driven person with the following profile:
  • University degree in Sciences or Engineering area
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a Manufacturing or Maintenance Manager role ideally within the pharmaceutical, Biotech, Food or Medical Device industry
  • Proven leadership experience in Line Management
  • (more than 20 subordinates)
    Experience with GMP and FDA requirements are an asset
  • Proven experience in Operational Excellence (Black Belt) and Project Management is expected
  • Financial skills for OPEX and CAPEX Management
  • Fluent in French and English both in oral and written conversation
  • Proficiency with IT tools
You have the ability to communicate and integrate well across organizational functions and teams. You know how to implement new ideas and to federate people around them. You have a solid expertise in production’s field and in the use of project management and Operational Excellence tools. You are someone who takes initiative to move things really forward. You are able to motivate people towards a common goal and to create strong trust-based relationships. Furthermore, your negotiation ability and strategic thinking enable you to examine and understand issues from multiple points of view and to easily influence others.
You are currently looking for a new challenge in a dynamic and agile company, where you can make the difference and leave your footprint.