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Global Development Supply Lead


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Clinical Development
Job ID:  66478

Global Development Supply Lead


Location: Braine l’Alleud, Belgium


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 Global Supply Chain department, based in Braine l’Alleud, Belgium, we are looking to fill the position of: Global Development Supply Lead.


As a UCB Global Development Supply Lead you like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Orchestrate the end to end global strategic supply for the assigned product(s) part of the development and/or during commercial phases supporting the entire lifecycle management strategies.


Scope: All development supply (tox, stability, reference standards…) from candidate selection (CS) including clinical trials (phase 1-4), Compassionate Use Programs (EAP/NPP/MAP), Investigator Initiated Trials/Studies (IIT/IIS).

Out of the Scope: Supply activities before candidate selection and commercial supply

Products: All UCB products + Alliance programs


As a UCB Global Development Supply Lead, you will contribute by:

  • Providing an end to end knowledge of:
    • the product (product characteristics)
    • supply chain network: sourcing strategies, physical flows, budget, manufacturing strategies and inventories
  • Acting as CTS interface for the Technical Lead, Clinical Program Director and Program Delivery Lead, fostering a close collaboration to:
    • Ensuring constant visibility on Clinical Development Plans, compound information and key study decisions to the CTS, GDL and QA departments (i.e. indications, formulation types, manufacturing sites, shelf life, clinical and technical challenges, etc)
    • Defining/optimizing packaging design and lead times; influence study design and protocol content; inform about supply chain risks and costs ; influence clinical, regulatory and technical aspects of upcoming trials while including patient value considerations ; ensure CTS requirements and expectations are met, solving complex issues which may occur (i.e. development of formulation, drug product shelf life, CTS related timelines, bulk availability, stability programs, shelf life extensions, IRT and country selection, etc)
  • Developing and implementing optimal supply chain strategies (through modeling if appropriate) in collaboration with key stakeholders (Finance, TL, TSO, Clinical, CTSO, GDL, QA, Regulatory and CTS Supply Chain) to
    • Optimizing the costs while maximizing the value for patient, staying within the budget objectives and the inventory targets
    • Ensuring optimal forecasting of drug products, comparators and IMP's
    • Ensuring optimized supply chain management throughout the trials.
    • Staying up to date on trends in industry in order to provide relevant advices to SC strategies
  • Leading 10YP demand and supply volume conversion and executive SI&OP process with key stakeholders for development supply.
  • Leading impact assessment of new product or product changes on CTS department and activities. (new product formulation, development of new packaging)
  • Defining compound development supply budgets (DS, DP, IMP) 
  • Acting as program matrix leader: the GDSL leads and maintains structured oversight on clinical trials (forecasted, under set-up and ongoing) per compound to ensure no supply chain disruption and adequate budget, providing guidance and support to other functions from CTS, GDL and QA as needed
  • Coaching/supporting CSSM (Clinical Supply Set-Up Managers) and CSP (Clinical Supply Planners) in the selection of the appropriate supply strategy during the set-up and maintenance phases of the studies as well as in the resolution of the compound/study related issues...
  • Guaranteeing optimal handover of information/knowledge to the CSSM for the start of the study set-up activities
  • Guaranteeing an optimal handover with GPSLs from post POC for initiating commercial supply activities
  • Supporting technical teams to gather demand for development supply (stability, tox, …)
  • Coordinating the end of shelf live exposure when applicable
  • Participating in strategic partner selection for Early Phase Unit (Audit, Quality agreement) .

What does role success look like?

  • Full E2E visibility of the compound supply chain using reliable tools and lean processes  
  • Robust and stable process for budget forecast and management
  • Established handover process between Discovery team to GDSLs and GDSLs to GPSLs
  • Maintain KPIs (OTIF,…) and ensure targets are met
  • Established governance model to facilitate decision making
  • Be visible and recognized as Supply Leader across the organization
  • Act as a team player within the GDSL and GPSL community.


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

  • Master Degree in sciences and a minimum of 5 years of CTS-relevant experience (in biologics or pharmaceutical manufacturing/packaging, and/or clinical supply chain).
  • In-depth knowledge on clinical trial conduct, effective networking with both Development and Technical Operations.
  • Drive decision making, while balancing supply risks and costs
  • Proficiency in English & French


Supply Chain Competencies

    • Advanced Supply Chain Expertise: drives change by proactively optimizing the supply chain processes to deliver high patient value and reduce cost, including advanced understanding of regulatory and GxP requirements for IMP's as well as clinical trial distribution particularities
    • Augmented Analytics: is able to build queries, summarize data and compute standard KPI's, including financial skills (ability to managed study and compound budget)
    • From Patients Empathy To Making A Difference: includes patients' insights in the development of supply chain solutions
    • Planning and Orchestrating Projects: applies project management techniques in day to day activities

UCB Shared Competencies

    • Gathering & Interpreting information: obtains relevant information about stakeholders' needs, motivations and behaviors in order to contribute to the generation of insights
    • Delivering impactful results: sets priorities that contribute to value creation, adapts them when required
    • Thinking holistically: manages the impact of change and decisions on the broader organization and uses opportunities for team collaboration
    • Learning through experience: internalizes learning and drive team to think differently, test new ideas and continuously improve
    • Working together: manages collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, using influencing skills as well as effective communication, and leveraging diverse thinking
    • Championing change: handles risk and uncertainty comfortably, adapting self and team to changing circumstances and priorities
    • Leading others: can organize people into teams, using each person's strengths; helps team to learn and contribute to their full potential

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