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Global SME - Civil Works & Finishes


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Engineering
Job ID:  67169

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 Global Subject Matter Expert - Civil Works & Finishes.


In this position, part of the Manufacturing Processes Center of Expertise, you will be the reference in your domain for UCB worldwide and accountable for the development of a global strategy to be applied on all engineering CAPEX projects. You will ensure that cGMPs, SOPs, Company Procedures and Good Engineering Practices (including Construction Safety and Green aspects) are appropriately integrated in all UCB standards / guidelines / best practices you’re involved in.


In a nutshell, the Global Subject Matter Expert - Civil Works & Finishes:

  • Reports to the Head of Infrastructure Center of Expertise
  • Defines, develops & deploys technical standards including Safety and Green aspects
  • Defines strategy in his domain of expertise (Civil Works and Finishes)
  • Monitors technological developments in his domain
  • Seeks opportunities to implement innovations in equipment lifecycle
  • Is part of feasibility studies and conceptual designs
  • Leads and Connects a Global Network of Experts (in & out UCB)


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:

  • Working with our Design Engineering Leads to define the best solution to meet the customer needs
    • Design and dimension of Clean Rooms
    • Review of different studies made by external parties (stability, soil, asbest, …)
    • Strong knowledge of all technical aspects of tertiary building
    • Support permitting aspects (specific legal requirements)
    • Make our buildings Green by Design (using BREEAM and/or LEED certifications)
  • Ensuring the adherence to cGxP and EHS regulations and guidelines corresponding to related systems
  • Developing and lead a professional network (internal and external to UCB) constantly assessing and seeking best practices for use at the site and for the broader UCB network (active participation at ISPE or similar networks is encouraged)
  • Developing a Competency Matrix at a global level
  • Defining, Developing & Deploying Technical Engineering Standards taking accounts regulations, business constraints, safety & green aspects
  • Seeking opportunities to implement innovations in equipment lifecycle
  • Promoting digitalization tools in your own discipline


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



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



  • 10+ years of relevant experience in projects of different scale and complexity in the pharmaceutical industry or equivalent
  • 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

  • Strong knowledge of cGMP/GLP regulations, ICH, FDA CMC, ISPE and PDA Guidance Documents is preferred.
  • Recognized as an expert or leader in their specific field.
  • Experience in Engineering Technologies supporting product development and/or manufacturing (both highly preferred)
  • Knowledge of Bio Safety Levels requirements (up to BSL2) and its impact on own discipline
  • Knowledge of BREEAM and/or LEED certifications in an asset
  • 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 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)


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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