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Head of Biotech Manufacturing


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Business Development
Job ID:  65077


Help us transform patients’ lives.


At UCB, we recently announced the construction of an innovative and environmentally sustainable multi-product biological manufacturing facility on our site in Braine l’Alleud.  This new biotechnology plant is being constructed to accompany the company’s growth strategy and to prepare for the launch and for the long-term supply of future medicines that are currently in clinical development. This aims to contribute directly to drive our global ambition of improving the life of patients suffering from rare diseases.


The new facility, representing an investment of more than 300 million euros over the coming years, is expected to be operational in 2024. Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2020. The biotechnology plant will be one of the largest and most modern in Belgium. 


We are now looking for talented, inspired, daring and engaged individuals who share our ambition to create value for patients and who want to be part of our journey to prepare for the next biopharmaceutical product launches. 


To strengthen our Braine Technical Operations Department, based in our hub in Braine l’Alleud, Belgium, we are looking to fill the position of: Head of Biotech Manufacturing.


Energetic? Organised? Then at UCB you are known as an ‘energanized’ person. This specific blend of talent means you are dynamic and methodical in the quest to improve patients' lives.


As a UCB 'energanized' person and Head of Biotech Manufacturing Braine you like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Develop and lead the biological Drug Substance (DS) manufacturing operations in line with the UCB strategies
  • Lead the establishement of efficient and robust manufacturing operations to supply compliant biological DS for the late clinical, launch and commercial phases


As a UCB 'energanized' person and Head of Biotech Manufacturing - Inflexio you will contribute by:

  • Being accountable for operations, quality, supply and safety of staff in Drug Substance manufacturing
  • Ensuring that all production activities are performed cGMP and othe applicable regulations
  • Determining the required operational budget and CAPEX and assessing capacity allocation in line with supply plans
  • Developing the adequate organization to support the manufacturing activities
  • Developing and empowering the staff to reinforce agility, flexibility and autonomy
  • Creating a culture of continuous improvement and entrepreneuship
  • Promoting the safety culture and ensuring safety procedures application through the organization
  • Integrating the bio DS manufacturing to the process development, Braine and other UCB site operations


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

  • 12+ year experiences in a management role in biological Drug Substance manufacturing 
  • Demonstrated experiences in biotech manufacturing/quality/engineering and projects execution at large scale
  • Demontrated experiences in development of effective and sustainable manufacturing organisation
  • Ability to define and implement a vision
  • Very strong expertise in GMP and regulatory environment
  • Focus on building effective relationships across functions


To apply please go to www.ucb.com/careers.

Discover more about the remarkable UCB Talent Blends and how you can contribute to the mix at www.ucb.com/careers.

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