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Design&Execution Engineering Lead BE


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Engineering
Job ID:  67093

Help us transform patients' lives.


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

Department: Global Engineering and Facilities

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 Technical Engineering team, part of Global Engineering & Facilities department, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of Head of Design & Execution Engineering.


In this position, part of the Global Technical Engineering Leadership Team, you will provide leadership in the creation and review of feasibility studies, conceptual designs and cost / schedule estimates. You will ensure that cGMPs, SOPs, Company Procedures and Good Engineering Practices (including Safety and Green aspects) are appropriately integrated in all engineering CAPEX projects through UCB worldwide. You will also be responsible for leading a team of Engineering Leads involved in all CAPEX project phases. Finally, you’ll support the deployment of partnerships with external engineering firms based on a core/non-core activity analysis.


In a nutshell, the Head of Design & Execution Engineering:

  • Reports to the Head of Global Technical Engineering
  • Leads a local team of Engineering Leads based in Braine-l’Alleud (Belgium)
  • Is the first point of contact for all new projects to be executed by Technical Engineering
  • Can understand technical aspects of all disciplines involved on his projects
  • Discusses with management and technical team
  • Is accountable for alignment with Technical Standards & Strategy
  • Is in charge with his team of making key decisions throughout the make or buy process for project design and execution


You like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Make sound decisions with agility
  • Be a key actor and participate in the transformation of our sites
  • Participate to the feasibility study and build the conceptual design for new projects incoming
  • Bring your technical expertise to ensure the best technical solution is provided to our customers
  • Ensure the technical follow-up of all projects managed by the Global Engineering



You will contribute by:

  • Providing guidance and support to all projects in the UCB network.
  • Supporting both the project teams as well as the Global Engineering Team to drive business performance consistent with the UCB’s core values of Patient Value Strategy.
  • Providing leadership with conceptual design studies to enable strategic decisions for expansions and manufacturing network efficiency improvements
  • Driving innovation by identifying and incorporating new technical solutions and technologies in the project designs
  • Developing early cost estimates for individual projects using internal and external benchmarks as well as historic data
  • Establishing partnerships with engineering firms to ensure proper support in delivering the project designs.
  • Ensuring that the needed resources to lead / support projects are available by partnering with leadership and stakeholders: Defines and develops project organizations for the Design phases
  • Working with our Business Partner to define the best solution to meet the customer needs
  • Reviewing cost estimates and planning for engineering activities
  • Making the feasibility study and elaborate the conceptual design
  • Coordinating the Basic and Detail design
  • Ensuring technical resources identified without gaps nor overlap
  • Defining the technical resources needed to ensure good execution of projects
  • Overseeing the technical project team supervision
  • Reviewing the specifications (URS & technical specification)
  • Ensuring strong communication with Business Engineering Partners, SME and Project Manager


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



  • Master’s degree in Engineering (Dipl. Ing. / M. Sc.) or equivalent



  • Preferable 10+ years of general engineering experience thereof 7+ years’ experience in investment projects in international environment
  • In-depth technical experience in a regulated environment with knowledge of chemical, pharmaceutical and/or biological engineering operations
  • Good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry not limited to technical aspects only
  • Good understanding of EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) and Quality aspects


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • An ability to take initiative and work both independently and in a team environment 
  • Dynamic person with strong value commitment   
  • Experience in large and complex projects as well as both formal and informal leadership / coordination
  • Experience with deployment of EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and EPCM (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management) contracting models
  • Manages with a matrix of reporting lines and across functional areas
  • Ability to share good practices and knowledge
  • Can identify latest trends in the industry
  • Can benchmark against peers in the industry
  • Excellent communication skills (able to present to Senior Management) and ability to prioritize multiple tasks and to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Broad Leadership experience for the management of internal and external resources in international environment
  • Strong technical skills and the ability to explain complex issues and requirements in an easily understood manner.
  • Ability to apply previous learning and ideas to new situations, projects and teams, developing creative solutions to manage risk to a reasonably practicable level.
  • Strong technical, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and make presentations with audiences that include but are not limited to management, coworkers, clients, vendors, contractors, and other stakeholders
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team-based environment. Able to both take direction and mentor other team members
  • Able to translate customers’ needs in technical requirements
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills and the ability to compose correspondence and reports
  • Full professional proficiency in French and English (both oral and written)
  • Willing to travel up to 20% (mainly across Europe)


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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