Senior Project Manager

St.-Prex, Switzerland

Posted: 13-Nov-2018

Ref#: CH-FER-0101 / R0008054

Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about Ferring or its products please visit

In our Headquarter in St-Prex/Lausanne (Switzerland), we are looking for a:

                               Senior Project Manager

Your Mission:

The Senior Project Engineering Manager will be responsible for planning, leading and managing the engineering, EHS, construction, commissioning and qualification of the different projects within Ferring’s Global Engineering Department in close collaboration with other involved departments and stake holders (Country General Manager, Site Head, Production, QA, Finance, legal, procurement, CIS …) in a matrix organization. He will be the representative of Ferring Global Engineering for the day to day management of the projects, coordination with local Engineering Contractors, Control of the Budget & Schedule, Monitor the Engineering, Construction, Commissioning and Qualification Activities. The Senior Project Engineering Manager will report to Ferring Global Engineering for the Technical and financial parts of the Project.
Your Responsibilities:

  • Plan and lead projects through the Engineering, Design, Construction, Commissioning and Qualification phases with the help of Local & Global Engineering, Contractors and Ferring involved departments
  • When relevant, build up the local Engineering and Maintenance Organisation for the new facility by hiring engineers / technicians for the various disciplines: Mechanical, HVAC, Electrical, Control Systems etc.
  • Provide Engineering Expertise and be the interface between Ferring Global Engineering and local Engineering / Maintenance, Contractors, other Ferring departments according to the project organisation set-up
  • EHS responsible for the duration of the project, provide technical support for the installation checks during the construction of the facility, provide support for the commissioning and star-up of the facility, provide qualification support for the new facility
  • Manage all contacts with local authorities for permitting, environmental, waste disposal, construction zone and facility cleaning etc.
  • Coordinate activities with the Engineering & Maintenance Department of the existing sites or neighbouring Production site
  • When needed (i.e. green field), provide support for all future maintenance activities and prepare maintenance schedule; Spare parts: support for the purchase and management
  • Prepare for the Maintenance Management System implementation in line with Ferring standards 
  • Schedule and plan all future calibration activities – calibration schedule
  • Organise preparation of Maintenance and Calibration SOP’s for the new Facility 
  • Coordinate the training of Engineering & Maintenance Personnel for the new Facility
  • Ensure good coordination between all Ferring’s involved departments (R&D, LQA & GQA, Legal, procurement, Production, LSC & GSC, organisation where required)

Required Experience & Competences:

  • Degree in Engineering, Pharmacy, Chemistry or Chemistry Engineering
  • Have around 10 years’ experience in engineering related roles in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Broad technical knowledge of the Various Engineering Disciplines in the Pharmaceutical environment, both on clean and black utilities, process and packaging equipment, , automation, Instrumentation and Civil Engineering
  • Using software such as MS-Word, Excel, Autocad, Product Design Specification (PDS) and should have extensively used Project IT Tools like MS- Projects, etc.
  • This person shall also have knowledge of quality assurance and cGMP and good working knowledge of DS and DP manufacturing, GMPs, and FDA
  • A task orientated, analytical person who is very comfortable working towards set objectives and has a track record of achieving results in this regard
  • This is a team player happy to be in an international and multicultural environment
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and able to communicate with stakeholders at all levels
  • Minimum five years’ experience in manufacturing industry (preferably in API manufacturing) with demonstrated project execution experience. Some formal training in the project management process
  • Good knowledge of various types of pharmaceutical dosage form, in particular sterile products
  • Good command of English, French and any other language (verbal & written)
  • Good influencing and negotiation skills 
  • Ability to represent the business to the customer/external stakeholders
  • Experience with project management tools e.g. MS Project
  • Good knowledge of software such as MS-Word, Excel, Autocad, Product Design Specification (PDS), etc.
  • Ability to work well as an integral part of a large Project Team, a team player, task oriented and keen on working in a cross-cultural working environment towards set objectives

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