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Head of Manufacturing, Microbial Large Scale - Biotech CdMO

Business Type: Pharmaceutical Company, Biotechnology Company, Contract Manufacturing
Job Type: Biotechnology, Manufacturing - Production
Job Level: Senior Executive
Position: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Italy
Reference: PC.344431.1
Closing Date: 07/12/21
Job Details:

On behalf of one of largest biopharmaceutical CdMO I am currently looking for a Head of Manufacturing, Microbial Large Scale for microbial products, to be based in their largest production site in Switzerland.

I personally think this would be an incredible opportunity for an experienced candidate with extensive experience in leading a large Biopharma / Microbial manufacturing organisation, to join and play a key role in a top tier company, which is growing and expanding in every continent.

The company have a good reputation, are multicultural and have put in place attractive packages to bring in top talent across Europe. The location of their site offers a vibrant expat feel where you can practice your skiing skills or any other outdoor activities, while being surrounded by nature and incredible landscapes.

The successfull candidate will ensure the delivery of the manufactured products according to the plan with quality, quantity and time and, as a member of the Microbial Operations Leadership Team, will be responsible for all aspects representing the Microbial facility, managing the interfaces between Manufacturing, MSAT, Plant Engineering, Support, QA and QC and leading multi-disciplinary teams of senior production leaders, managers, supervisors and operators to drive continuously efficiency and innovation.

Role''s Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Microbial manufacturing Large Scale units, ensuring timely delivery of GMP manufactured batches in a safe environment, meeting the required quantity, quality and timing (on time in full) in order to deliver value to the customers and the company. Ensure effective use of resources (people, assets) across units.
  • Responsible to the financial performance of Microbial units objectives by controlling the manufacturing and operating costs, managing headcount and OPEX budgets.
  • Coaching and development of Microbial Team, ensuring both alignment and growth as a high-performing team and individuals, delivering successfully as a business and as professionals. Maintain a culture of empowerment and innovation, trust, high performance and change readiness.
  • Act as operational Leader in Capital investment project for building and commissioning of the manufacturing unit.


  • Master or PhD degree in Biotechnology or other relevant areas
  • Extensive experience in a leading a large Biopharma / Microbial manufacturing organization, minimum 10 years in leadership role
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • In depth knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of large molecules, recognized expert in the area of GMP, safe work environment leadership, delivery of RFT, and leadership and development of leadership teams delivering progressive continuous improvement in a multi-layered organization

What they offer:

  • Competitive salary (above average)
  • Opportunity of unparalleled growth
  • Relocation package (strong benefits for families)
  • Canton privileges for families and children
  • Visa sponsorship
  • Strategic ownership within the company
  • Rewarding bonus structure
  • Learn cross-functionally from other departments
  • International and cosmopolitan environment
  • Global experience

Company Statistics:

  • 3000 employees hired in the last 12 months
  • 100 employees on-boarding each month
  • Global expansion (currently in Asia and Switzerland)
  • Switzerland being the main hub, has grown from 5 senior scientists to over 375 senior scientists in 3,6 years

Position is based in Switzerland, this role requires relocation within the European continent.

Please note, only candidates eligible to work in EU will be considered.

For a confidential discussion about this role, or to apply, then send your CV to or call me, Patrick Carignano, Senior Recruitment Consultant - Life Sciences - Switzerland, at +41 435 080 817 (intern 3382). Please feel free to visit my Linked-in profile to see my references/recommendations.

NonStop is one of the largest and fastest growing specialised life sciences recruitment companies in Europe. We are proud members of the APSCo life sciences group who ensure we meet the highest quality standards within the recruitment industry. Our offices are located in the UK, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Romania, the US and the Czech Republic and we hold labour leasing licences across Europe. Please visit our website for a full list of the niche markets we cover.

Posted: 30/11/2021 | NPJ Ref: 292082
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