Global Projects Director - Drug Substance

Employer: GSK
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This is a key leadership position in the Global Capital Projects group, responsible for heading a team of Project Managers who deliver a vital capital investment portfolio to support business growth and the needs of our existing manufacturing. You will lead, develop and nurture your international team, empowering them to deliver projects globally – on time, on budget and to the quality required by the business. Success in the role requires development of an excellent internal network across Site Directors, Supply Chain Leadership, Engineering and more, and you will support these teams in defining their ongoing capital needs and support the delivery of required projects. You will provide visible leadership, advocacy, coaching and mentorship, demonstrating commitment to key practices and behaviours to drive a positive and exemplary Projects team culture. This position also requires considerable engagement with our contractors and other external partners such as suppliers and design houses.

The global scope of this position will offer the successful candidate considerable international exposure, and the opportunity to work with colleagues all over the world! You’ll develop a brilliant, high level network across the business and will lead a team delivering on a range of engineering projects that are consistently varied and exciting. We want to empower someone to build and deliver global strategies within the Biopharmaceutical space and are looking for a leader who is enthused by this challenge. There is also an international travel requirement for this position which will likely be between 30-50%.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Full accountability for delivery of the capital plan for area of responsibility, which may flex over time, in line with the business strategy
  • Management of the project management group, directing multiple project teams, managers and associated project delivery staff, leading in a collaborative and supportive way and exhibiting all the expected behaviours of a senior GSK leader
  • Direction of the delivery strategy for the projects, ensuring strategies deliver appropriate, safe and secure service relevant to each geography
  • Development and delivery of an annual business and improvement plan to meet the business demands whilst improving safety, reliability and cost efficiency of delivery
  • Acting as a subject matter expert and point of escalation for project related concerns
  • Representing the project on key strategy and steering teams and in Exec level meetings on strategy and delivery
  • Ensuring compliant delivery and direct assurance processes to ensure all requirements for safe, secure and ethical practice are in place and in operation
  • Representing GSK and the project with external bodies at the highest level
  • To research, seek and drive the latest Design and Construction Technology (Modularisation, Componentisation, Engineering Data Management, Digital delivery) – exploiting them to maximise the short- and long-term quality, safety and financial benefit
  • Understanding the impact of cGMP on the design & delivery of projects, ensuring alignment with all regulatory requirements and the QMS
  • Act as a visible advocate for diversity in engineering and project delivery.
  • To advocate for GSK Safety Life Saving Rules.

About You:

We need a true leader; someone who is passionate about building a team, improving their capability and supporting them to do their best work on behalf of the wider business. You’ll be someone driven by results, a “completer-finisher” with the tenacity, rigour and thorough approach required to ensure sophisticated, process intensive and potentially difficult projects are consistently completed to a high standard. It will be particularly helpful in this position to have prior knowledge of how construction contractors work, allowing you to understand the daily concerns and working priorities of your third part contract partners, using this to build highly successful and engaged relationships with these teams.

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Why You?

Required Qualifications and experience:

  • Degree qualified in a technical subject area, such as an Engineering specialism
  • Significant experience in the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience of large molecule drug substance projects
  • Experience in delivering complicated construction projects
  • Proven knowledge of the economics and commercial realities of construction and contracting
  • Direct experience leading projects in global and diverse cultures
  • Deep and broad understanding of the capital project lifecycle from Design to Operation
  • Experience leading a project group, including multiple project managers

Preferred Qualifications and experience:

  • Holds Chartered Engineering status (or international equivalent, eg PE)
  • Member of an Engineering Institution or Project Management Body
  • Hands on experience working for an EPCM
  • Additional language skills are beneficial
  • Experience working in a sophisticated, matrixed environment

Why GSK?

At GSK, we're a company with a special purpose, to help people do more feel better and live longer. Realising our purpose starts with us. When we feel at our best, we perform at our best.

When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it’s about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

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