Head of Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMO) - St. Gallen

Location: Switzerland - St Gallen

Division: Technical Operations

Carolina Ponchione

Head Executive Search & Employer Branding

+41 58 851 82 97

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About You

At Vifor Pharma we are looking to establish a new organisational model to manage important Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) partnernships. In this context, we have an exciting opportunity as Head of Contract Manufacturing, in St. Gallen. In this newly created role, you will be reporting into the Head of Manufacturing & CMO and you will be responsible for the definition, standardisation, implementation, measuring and continuous improvement of the CMO Management process & governance for the relationship with selected CMO’s in collaboration with other key functions. You will act as the internal owner of these CMO’s and be the primary contact for external and internal stakeholders guaranteeing a mutual understanding. Furthermore, you will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Manage a CMO with defined and agreed KPI’s with respect delivery, costs, quality, compliance, etc
  • Problem solving, root cause analysis & continuous improvement activities with internal and external parties
  • Internal and external stakeholders engagement and alignment, working cross functionally with various teams in the organisation 
  • Ensure timely and functional communication 
  • Lead and coordinate business review meetings 
  • Budgeting and oversight of CMO relevant investments 
  • Coordinate and follow-up CMO contract maintenance with concerned parties as Procurement, Supply Chain, Quality 
  • Capacity planning in agreement with Supply Chain
  • Assist and facilitate audits & compliance re Quality, Safety, Environment, Legal, etc
  • Coordinate and initiate IT-activities between external CMO and Vifor Pharma

For this role, we are looking for an experienced candidate with excellent communication skills, who will be acting as a role model, displaying a positive and can-do attitude with a focus on the customers’ needs. Following requirements complete the ideal candidates’ profile: 
  • University degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management. Master degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering or Manufacturing (or equivalent) would be an asset 
  • Experience in successfully working cross functionally and engaging with key stakeholders in a matrix organization
  • Minimum 3 years  overall experience within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device or food industry 
  • Proven track record in 3rd party management/CMO management 
  • Strong Operational Excellence/Lean Six Sigma expertise with proven track record in implementing process optimization
  • Understanding of GxP & other relevant regulations
  • Fluent in English and  German, an additional language (e.g. Spanish) would be an asset 

About Us

The Vifor Pharma Group is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is the partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care); and OM Pharma.

Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland, and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348).

For more information, please visit www.viforpharma.com/career

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