Head of Metabolism (IES, Witterswil, CH)

Innovative Environmental Services (IES) Ltd

  • Publication date:

    26 March 2024
  • Workload:

  • Contract type:

    Permanent position
  • Place of work:


Head of Metabolism (IES, Witterswil, CH)

Head of Metabolism

: Benkenstrasse 260 4108 Witterswil – Schweiz

: 100%

: Immediate Start

: MSc or PhD level in plant physiology, animal metabolism or any related biological or life science study.

IES Ltd and the Research Division:
Our objective is to deliver dependable scientific research to our clients, while ensuring that all safety standards are upheld for our environment. We strive to lead the way in implementing our cutting-edge research knowledge for all of our clients’ projects.

As a IES-group, we aim at delivering exceptional quality to our customers. We want to understand their needs and deliver accordingly. Science is at the core of our business, and our highly skilled professionals ensure that our studies are conducted according to the latest technology breakthroughs. Within our group we believe in collaboration to achieve these targets. This requires a strong foundation built upon teamwork.

Our mission is to provide our clients with solid and reliable data, to ensure the safety of their substances within our shared environment.  Our vision is to be at the forefront of scientific research in our field, delivering a premium service through highly personalised studies and operational excellence.

The Research Division and its business units are part of Ensign-Bickford Industries:

Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI), founded in 1836, is a privately-owned high technology conglomerate focused in space & defense, pet food science, and biotechnology.  We participate in businesses that are relevant to the future of the world and have multigenerational growth prospects.  EBI companies are unified by a common shared operating system and a common set of values.

The Position:

We are seeking theHead of Metabolism who will lead the department within this global CRO organisation.

We are looking for someone with well-developed scientific and operational skills in plant metabolism and a good knowledge of animal and in vitro metabolism studies. The head of metabolism is responsible that the department delivers exceptional customer results. This person requires the ability to identify opportunities for commercial growth, and the ability to manage a high-performing team.

The Head of Metabolism will help IES in creating and maintaining a real cohesion within the group and across different departments and sites. This position is suitable for somebody with scientific and operational experience in metabolism work within the CRO environment. However, this role could be also for a team-player who gained metabolism and leadership experience in a multi-national or academic organisation. The position is for an individual who wishes to progress their own career and make a significant impact on the organisation they would be joining.

The Role:

  • To have full responsibility for leading a highly functional department of metabolism
  • To oversee, train and mentor other study directors and technical staff during the planning and conduction of studies.
  • To plan and conduct, technical and scientific support of studies in the Metabolism area as well as for the interpretation, evaluation, documentation and reporting.
  • To have responsibility for compliance of safety within the team.

To ensure consistent delivery of high quality work, timely and within the financial goals..

To build and maintain a strong pipeline of work through acquiring projects from both existing and new clients.

To achieve the financial & budgetary targets across the Metabolism function.

To attend meetings and workshops to keep up-to-date with scientific & industry trends, also to represent the organization as a leading scientific employer of choice.

To effectively set-up and develop a scientific network to establish a robust network of interested stakeholders.

To train & develop department employees in both technical, scientific & commercial skills.

To always provide excellent service to the customer in terms of quality and quantity of work, delivering the projects on time and on budget.

To regularly update stakeholders regarding the project status.

To identify and expand existing accounts by offering follow on studies (projects), working with, and supporting, where necessary, the Business Development team.

To assume responsibility for the maintenance and compliance of equipment across the Metabolism department.

To keep informed the reporting line manager regarding activities, achievements, projects' status, issues and any other key points related to the projects, business or human resources.

The Person:

  • Educated to MSc or PhD level as a minimum in plant physiology, animal metabolism, or any related biological or life science study.
  • Proven experience within a CRO environment, the agrochemical industry or plant research organisation is essential.
  • Proven experience of working under GLP (Good Laboratory Practice).
  • Proven leadership experience preferably in an international organisation.
  • Strong business acumen and client focus.
  • Experience of working with and managing a budget, commercial drive.
  • Fluent English speaker, any additional European language is a plus 
  • High quality communicator with exceptional stakeholder management capabilities with the ability to deliver clients a high quality and tailored service.
  • Ability to work alongside a management team, under sometimes conflicting time-lines. 
  • Approachable with the ability to deal with situations pragmatically.
  • Strong attention to detail; intermediate analytical, problem-solving, project management and process improvement skills to coordinate multiple competing priorities.
  • Approachable with the ability to deal with situations pragmatically.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications, influencing, organisational and prioritization skills.
  • Proven ability to take initiative. Must be able to work under strict deadlines.
  • Some international travel of 5-10%.