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External Manufacturing Operations Lead


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Business Development
Job ID:  71955

Help us transform patients' lives.


At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?


To strengthen our External Manufacturing Drug Substance Team, based in our External Manufacturing Department in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, we are looking to fill the position of: External Manufacturing Operations Lead.

As an External Manufacturing Operations Lead you like to work in an environment where you can:


  • Deliver technical expertise to support UCB CMO's in order to ensure effective processes, optimize capacity utilization and quality.
  • Lead multifunctional teams to ensure tech transfers, validation, investigation and business support activities to/from CMO's for existing and new products.
  • Maintain and share technology knowledge, CMO market intelligence, Drug Substance manufacturing and product knowledge of outsourced manufacturing processes.

You will more precisely contribute by:


  • Leading the operational management of UCB's selected global Contract Manufacturers / Strategic Vendors. In this context, the position leads UCB Vendor Teams with members of Supply Chain, Quality Assurance, and global support functions in the pro-active monitoring of the performance of selected partners in order to assure a continuous supply of compliant products and services.
  • Leading projects such as technology transfers, new product introductions, process improvements
  • Participating in the development and implementation of the UCB industrial manufacturing strategy (eg. evaluation of external manufacturing capabilities and capacities, input in preparation and evaluation of business cases, prepare and recommend outsourcing and network footprint decisions).


Interested? For this position you’ll need the following education, experience and skills:


  • Master’s Degree.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a similar role. 
  • Experience in managing Asian External Partners is required
  • Fluent in English (Written & Spoken).


        Soft skills: 

  • Strong leadership in order to influence External Partners to deliver. 
  • Fully autonomous. 
  • Able to drive multi-functional Teams and effective at Networking.
  • Results oriented. 


Why you should apply 

At UCB, we strive to attract passionate and outstanding talents who thrive on change and are ready to bring real value to patients. Working for us you’ll discover a place where you can grow and express your full potential. We place an emphasis on innovation, collaboration and impact. Through meaningful recognition and a motivating work atmosphere, we aim to provide an optimal experience by caring about and valuing our employees – just as we do for the patients we serve. 

If you believe you are the perfect match to join us on our pioneering adventure, then we invite you to apply and tell us more about your profile and motivation.


About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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