Head of Microbiology QC
30d ago

At Lonza, we invest in great people. We encourage our employees to challenge themselves and we offer an environment that fosters creativity and success.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, we operate production, R&D, and business sites around the world, including Europe, North America, and Asia.

Our vision :

We strive to be the leading supplier using science and technology to improve the quality of life.

Our mission :

We work with passion, using advanced technologies, to transform life science into new possibilities for our customers.

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Job Description Summary

An excellent opportunity exists for a Head of Microbiology QC to join our QA Opperations Team. This is a permanent position which will be based out of our Slough facility.

As Head of Microbiology - QC you will provide strong leadership and support to the QC microbiology teams through pro-active performance management, mentoring and coaching.

This will enable the teams to provide microbiology support for the site and our external customers. Your teams will deliver through flawless execution and with the highest standards of science and quality with adherence to all relevant GMP and Lonza Quality Standards.

Key responsibilities :

  • Lead, manage and develop the QC Microbiology teams to ensure Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People compliance through :
  • Line management responsibility for QC Microbiology teams which includes Microbiology Group Leaders and relevant SMEs
  • Management and deployment of team resources to maintain agreed testing schedules, control bottleneck processes and resolve operational constraints to improve productivity and flexibility within QC
  • Review and sign off completed Drug Substance and Drug Product CofAs and SoTs for batch release
  • Actively leading the daily governance of departmental safety and GMP compliance to deliver a safe and GMP compliant workplace
  • Maintaining effective end-to-end process control mechanisms and performance metrics to deliver breakthrough performance in process control, EHS, GMP compliance, quality, cost, people management and customer service
  • Executing the QC strategy to deliver strategic business objectives
  • Operating as a key member of the QC management team to establish collective priorities and remove barriers to progress
  • Engaging with customers as the face of the QC management team to align customer needs with operational execution and when required, host facility GMP compliance audits for the QC laboratories
  • Coaching, mentoring and training to increase the capability of the team to respond to problems and improve processes
  • Managing communication channels and mechanisms to maintain open dialogue and closed loop feedback to the team
  • Controlling departmental costs in line with agreed budgetary constraints
  • Utilise knowledge of GMP and QC processes to advise non-QC functions on compliance issues via interaction with the relevant personnel
  • To ensure excellent relationships and delivery with customers in support of their business with Lonza
  • Completion of all core GMP and relevant training and maintaining own training status
  • Participation in external conferences and forums to ensure Lonza are represented in the wider scientific community
  • Maintain a general awareness of current literature and patents
  • Interested?

    What we need you to have :

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or equivalent experience
  • Significant relevant microbiology experience gained in a GMP environment
  • Proven ability to discuss microbiology topics with customers and regulators
  • Proven ability to lead, coach and inspire individuals and teams to set and achieve breakthrough performance goals
  • Proven track record of planning and delivering projects and programmes to agreed timescales
  • Demonstrated ability to recognise critical problems, manage ambiguity and balance multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal skills and be a persuasive communicator written, oral and active listening
  • Ability to develop and mentor individuals for future management roles and provide succession planning
  • Ability to build good relationships with customers, understand their needs, and challenge when necessary
  • Desirable :

  • Strong business skills and experience with managing a department budget
  • Ability to discuss microbiology topics at external conferences and forums.
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