Head of Sterile Operations Mannheim Site (m/f/d)

Head of Sterile Operations Mannheim Site (m/f/d)

Who we are

At Roche, 94,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research- focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Pharma Global Technical Operations is the organization that manufactures and delivers Roche’s groundbreaking therapies to 127 million patients around the world. PT is involved in producing every Roche medicine – from the development process through clinical trials – and continuing to product maturity. Our organization coordinates all aspects of production of Roche medicines in all disease areas and dosage forms at 15 plants and 11 sites around the world.

The Position

Are you a leader who can create and share an inspiring vision, who can coach leaders and teams to be better, who is a catalyst for change and world class performance, and who knows how to create the architecture that enables their network to be the best in the industry?

The Sterile Drug Product Manufacturing Mannheim (SDPM) with its 800 employees works towards providing patients with the uninterrupted supply of quality medication. SDPM stands for the highest standards in pharmaceutical manufacturing and distributions to more than 120 countries.

As Site Head for the Sterile Drug Product Manufacturing Mannheim Site , you will be responsible for ensuring the safe, efficient, cost-effective, compliant and quality manufacturing of Roche/Genentech commercial drug product. You will oversee all site activities.

You are responsible for leading and overseeing the plant’s operations, management and staff, with direct and indirect reports of about 800 employees, annual expense and capital budget management of about CHF 250 million, with total annual product manufacturing responsibilities in the multi-billion potential product sales. You are responsible for all plant operations: including staffing of the plant, manufacturing, engineering, validation, facilities, technology, supply chain, warehousing, Safety, Health, Environment (SHE) and operational excellence. You are accountable for meeting the site’s production plans, on-time, on-target and within-budget, and in accordance with all safety, quality, compliance, regulatory, productivity and other performance metrics and targets. You are a member of the Global Drug Product Leadership Team; and as such, you play a key role in defining, setting and implementing the long range vision, strategy and objectives of the overall network.

Reporting to the Global Head of Drug Products Manufacturing, you will be a member of the Drug Products Network Leadership team. By leading an agile organization with a mindset and culture that engages our employees to bring our medicines and services to more patients faster, you will be able to impact how as a company we ensure long term sustainability in manufacturing excellence. Your ability to inspire people to do their best work and be committed to continuing our cultural evolution, in addition to the ability to transparently share your own personal transformation, learnings and vision will enable a high performing organization where the value of manufacturing is optimized.

You will even be a member of the RDG management team within Roche Diagnostics GmbH (RDG).

You will collaborate with peer Site Heads to create a supply network that:

  • Embodies Right First Time Behaviors
  • Ensures agility
  • Facilitates bulk network optimization and workforce planning
  • Facilitates bulk capacity utilization
  • Creates a clear charter and performance measures

Your main responsibilities will include

  • Drive and deliver business results; focusing on manufacturing processes that improve reliability, increase efficiencies, reduce cost, and enable sustainable and scalable growth
  • Drive and champion continuous improvement by utilizing the LEAN Production System to effectively and efficiently deliver against its vision, strategy, and objectives
  • Ensure an environment of consistent quality and compliance in all activities across the Site
  • Set high standards of performance and ensure compliance across your team. Including ensuring team compliance with safety requirements, current Good Manufacturing (cGMP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other documentation
  • Ensure that the Site is global health authority inspection-ready at all times
  • Define cross-functional PT Site annual and longer-range business strategies, objectives, plans, timelines and metrics and determine budgets, human resources matters and allocation of resources; ensuring agreement with internal customers, partners and other stakeholders. Including multi-year strategies for the Site
  • Manage operations at the Site in close coordination and collaboration with Pharma Global Technical Operations (PT) Network partners in Quality, Compliance, Regulatory, Supply Chain, Engineering, etc. and support functions such as Human Resources, Information Technology (IT), and Finance to develop appropriate policies, procedures, goals, and metrics
  • Ensure that all applicable environmental, health and safety requirements are fulfilled to comply with corporate group policy and local legal requirements
  • Provide ongoing coaching and training to your team in addition to identifying their development needs in areas such as cGMP training, technical skills, safety and best practices is responsible for all manufacturing relevant and related commercial activities at the Site, and you will also have the legal responsibility as ‘Center Manager’ for the functional units Quality & Compliance and Technical Regulatory Affairs

Who you are

You have a Master Degree or PhD (life sciences, engineering or business disciplines preferred), with 15 or more years for related professional experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry (manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, project management, facilities management, operational excellence etc.). Multidisciplinary experience is strongly preferred.

To be successful in this role, you bring along the following skills and qualifications:
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing management experience at a senior level is strongly preferred
  • New product launch experience is an advantage
  • 10+ years of leadership and people management experience, experience managing cross-functional operations and staff
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 10%)
  • Experience planning, leading and overseeing large capital projects (ideally within the biotech, pharmaceutical or related industry).
  • You have successfully led large-scale business planning processes, to include development and implementation of such plans, goals and metrics; and you led process and other continuous improvements
  • You are a clear and concise communicator, willing to take a stand and intelligent, informed risks
  • You are fluent in English and ideally in German, or you have a strong willingness to learn German

Application documents

For complete applications documents, we kindly ask you to send an updated CV and relevant references. Further documents are requested when required. Please note before you post your application, that it is not possible to add documents afterwards.

Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Whom to contact

For questions, you can use our FAQ.
If the FAQ does not answer your questions, please contact our AskHR team +49 621 759 3372 for technical questions .
Should you have recruiting specific questions on your application or the specific job posting, please contact the responsible recruiter Selina Ballhaus ( selina.ballhaus@roche.com ).

Roche is an equal opportunity employer.


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