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Engineering Portfolio Manager


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Engineering
Job ID:  69161

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 the Engineering team, based in our Belgian manufacturing site of Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of: Engineering Portfolio Manager.


As Engineering Portfolio Manager., you will be the point of contact and strong link between Engineering & Facilities, Finance, Development, Manufacturing and Supply Organization, PMOs, Site LT and Business. You will Report to the Engineering Portfolio & PMO Lead.


You will work in an environment where you can:


  • Create a strong relationship with all the Development, Manufacturing and Supply Organization and Early Solutions (Research) departments across all sites worldwide.
  • Be the point of contact and strong link between Engineering Portfolio & PMO Lead, Business Engineering Partners, Resources Manager Project managers… from departments Engineering & Facilities and Manufacturing.
  • Performance tracking of our portfolio / Benchmarking.
  • Prioritization, highlight bottlenecks, risks associated with our portfolio, enable trade-off discussions.
  • Manage and reallocate CAPEX with agility while reinforcing our cost control.
  • Consolidate 10-year CAPEX investment plan for S&F.
  • Manage the current budget (finance life cycle).
  • Develop/harmonize portfolio tracking processes, methodologies, best practices and trainings.
  • Act as the guardian of good practices in collaboration with existing PMOs.
  • Manage stakeholders from associated departments like Finance & IT.
  • Be accountable for defining and implementing Engineering Planning processes and best practices for project activities, resources and budgets.
  • Be our Engineering responsible regarding UCB Project Portfolio Management System (UCB is using Planisware). Ensure it fulfills Engineering needs, and progress to a continuous improvement. Participating to the development of new user-oriented functionalities.
  • Manage long terms Capacity and Resource planning and check they are in line with the strategy and the short- and long-term plans.
  • Analyze data, create and generate dashboard, to ensure KPIs and Key Programs are set Check the compliance to Governance. Generate monthly dashboard.
  • Increase Project culture, green and mindset within Engineering & Facilities.


You will contribute by:


  • Reviewing the Engineering Portfolio focusing on prioritization, resource allocation, bottlenecks, risks, strategic plan and budget, scenario planning, performance tracking, etc.
  • Development, Manufacturing and supply organization & other areas project management gating process
  • Harmonizing processes, guardian and tools (ex: gating, business case, etc.).
  • Increasing project culture and green mindset within Engineering and Facilities.
  • Following-up on Capex & reallocation.
  • Acting as an enabler of specific strategies such as Green, Safety, Digital, etc.
  • Providing ad-hoc support on specific projects.
  • Process engineering, quality review.
  • Integrating follow up & upgrade.
  • Supporting Business Engineering Partners, Project Leaders  and Facilities.


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



  • Master’s degree required.
  • Project Management certification required.
  • A certification in Portfolio management PMP, PRINCE2, Agile, Lean or equivalent will be seen as an asset.



  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in portfolio management/other experiences relevant to the role, and associated tools.
  • Knowledge of Pharma industry is a strong asset.
  • Strong experience in enterprise planning/resource capability and systems. Knowledge of Planisware is a strong asset.
  • Fundamentals in people management (including change, decisions, conflicts, coaching, leading, etc.).
  • Fluent in English and French, Dutch is an asset.
  • Background and experience with 'critical thinking & problem solving' tools.
  • Ability to lead and work in cross-functional teams, including remotely.
  • Good communicator and listener in an international environment.
  • Robust knowledge of change management.
  • Agile to gain commitment, creative, good team-player, proactive, accountable, resilient, with a positive mindset
  • Knowledge of process optimization is a plus.


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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