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Head of Biotech Sciences Smart Labs


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Information Technology
Job ID:  67442

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 Biotech Digital Sciences team, based in our hub in Braine, Belgium, we are looking for a talented individual to fill the position of: Head of Biotech Sciences Smart Labs.



As a Head of Biotech Sciences Smart Labs, you will lead the digital business transformation initiatives of the Biotech Sciences organization aiming at improving the way we capture, exchange and access experimental data, while enabling a proper traceability across development activities (e.g. batch / sample identification & tracking).


You like to work in an environment where you can:

  • Partner with world class scientific teams and together refine and implement the concept of truly smart laboratories seamlessly integrating digitalization, automation and miniaturization.
  • Establish a strong network with the different Biotech Sciences development groups, but also with other UCB laboratories, learning from each other and making sure that our practices are aligned.


You will contribute by:

  • Engaging with key stakeholders from the various Biotech Sciences groups (upstream, downstream, formulation, analytical, characterization and clinical manufacturing) across Belgium and the UK to define our common target laboratory system and data architecture.
  • Driving simplified equipment data acquisition and experiment data capture (e.g. barcoding, RFID) initiatives across the Biotech Sciences organization and shaping/refining our future roadmap (e.g. laboratory workflow management, high-throughput system integration).
  • Taking the business ownership of laboratory systems used by the Biotech Sciences organization (incl. ELN, LIMS), making sure they remain up-to-date and evolve in line with our digital transformation needs.
  • Leading and managing the team responsible for designing, delivering and ensuring the consistency of the electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) templates supporting the activities of the Biotech Sciences groups (incl. underlying data catalog).
  • Defining the approach and guideline to meet data integrity requirements in collaboration with key stakeholders (incl. quality assurance, IT, validation and other development groups) and making sure these principles are adhered to.
  • Collaborating with the Biologics Pilot Plant to shape the technology and project roadmap allowing to move towards paperless clinical manufacturing operations.
  • Staying on top of the latest technology trends in your area of responsibility.
  • Working across boundaries, maintaining a proper level alignment with similar UCB departments such as Pharma Sciences (process development for small molecules), but also with partner departments like Early Solutions, Manufacturing & Engineering and Regulatory Affairs.


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

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Information Science, Computer Science or a similar discipline, or alternatively in Biotechnology / Biology with a strong affinity for computerized systems.
  • At least 10 years of experience, amongst which 5 years in the biopharmaceutical industry or related. Experience in the field of process development, discovery or GMP production of biologics is a plus.
  • Experience in leading and managing a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong experience in computerized system deployment is a must; knowledge of laboratory & manufacturing applications (ELN, LIMS, MES, …) and scientific data management systems is a significant asset.
  • Strong interest in digitalization, automation and miniaturization, and belief in their potential to transform the way laboratory work is organized.
  • Participation in data integrity related programs and/or in the implementation of GxP relevant systems is an additional asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze stakeholders needs and derive a strategy followed by execution.
  • Demonstrated skills in business process re-engineering and change management.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills. English is mandatory, French is an asset. 


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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