plant operation director in Lugano

Francesca Albini, Lugano
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lugano, ticino
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francesca albini, lugano
+41 91 922 21 50

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On behalf of our estimated Client, an important company in the Pharmaceutical sector, based in the Lugano area, we are currently looking for a Plant Operation Director.


  • Lead manufacturing management activities, including business and manufacturing support, issue resolution, and performance management. Lead weekly cross-functional site leadership team meetings to ensure production activities are conducted successfully on-time.

  • Responsible for ongoing management of overall production activities.

  • Manage, coach and develop all members of the Manufacturing team by conducting and actively managing Performance Reviews, Individual Development Plans, Succession Planning, 1:1s, and training.

  • Drive implementation of cGMP Management Program across all Departments' CMO.

  • Understand CMO internal structure and processes and work with team to ensure successful production, issue resolution and communication takes place to meet production requirements.

  • Lead site issue management and resolution during routine production and escalate issues, when appropriate. Drive risk management activities, including the identification of risks and creation of mitigation plans.

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key CMO stakeholders to ensure successful manufacture and issue resolution across the internal manufacturing network.

  • Ensures the safe, GMP-compliant, data integrity compliance, quality efficient and cost-effective manufacturing of our client's drug substance/ -product production.

  • Maintain a high level of customer satisfaction through attendance and active participation in stakeholder meetings, ensuring timely delivery of agreed departmental actions and objectives.

  • Serves as an active member of Executive Committee beyond the site and reports to the General Manager



  • +15 or more years related professional experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry (manufacturing, quality, supply chain, engineering, project management, facilities management, operational excellence, etc.). Multidisciplinary experience strongly preferred

  • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing management experience at a senior level is strongly preferred

  • Has successfully led process and other continuous improvements

  • Considerable previous experience successfully interacting with management at all levels, across the enterprise.

  • Clear and concise communicator, willing to take a stand and intelligent informed risks.

  • Demonstrates a track record of consistently appropriate business judgement and decisions

  • Direct experience in Drug-Substance/ -Product manufacturing, Solid knowledge in process technologies.

  • Experience working with International Pharma Organizations/ companies.

Good knowledge in technical infrastructures (HVAC, utilities...)

Solid knowledge in the validation of procedures and systems.

Solid knowledge of risk analysis tools required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Italian; Very good knowledge of English language.

  • Swiss residential or willing to relocate

  • Master's degree (Chemical Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineer, or similar)

  • Promotes employee engagement, diversity and an open two-way feedback culture

  • Is attentive to the needs of internal and external customers

  • Recruits the best possible people for the site, retains them and develops them by leveraging the company's leadership commitments

  • Continuously seeks opportunities for improving the site's operating efficiency

  • Solid knowledge of GMP and FDA regulatory requirements.

If in line with the requisites and interested to delve into this opportunity, we will be glad to receive your application with your up-to-date and detailed CV.