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QC NCE Team Leader Raw Materials

QC NCE Team Leader Raw Materials

Date: Apr 11, 2018

Location: Braine L'alleud, BE

Help us transform patients' lives

At UCB , we put 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 Raw Material and QC NCE Lab team, based in Braine, we are looking, to join our main production site, for a (m/f) QC NCE Team leader Raw Materials (Permanent position)

Nature & Scope


-Release, STD and project support for Raw Materials related activities (NCE and NBE)

-Physical-chemical analytical activities supporting Raw Materials (NCE and NBE)


-Manage the techician team encompassing RM projects.

-The function will consist in managing the technician team to ensure optimal phys-chem analyses and double check on due time

-This function will be the QC representative for RM products.

-The function will build strong analytical knowledge from Phase I to commercial Raw Materials products.

-The function will participate to the implementation and follow-up of new lab process flows

-The function includes the management of regulatory aspect linked to activities, ensure the interface between the RM lab and Regulatory Affairs, and insure RM testing lab being compliant to regulation requirement updates.



- Motivate, recognise team members performance, maintain discipline and compliance to rules whilst firmly supporting team work and spirit. Manage conflicts.

- Increase team's competency by ensuring adequat training, coaching and development of technicians in function of the team and people potentials.

- Define and communicate openly the objectives of individuals and of the team in accordance with the company's strategy and formally assess the results with the adequate KPI (Key Performance Indicators) covering HSE, quality and overall performance both for the individuals and the team.

- Ensure interim review and end year performance review ofeach team member as well as their contribution to the team in time in full.

- Ensure job descriptions & training plan of people are in lign with the RM & NCE Lab organisation

- Be back-up of the API TL, DP TL or RM & NCE head when needed


- Ensure the day-to-day operational planning and coordination in order to satisfy the client needs based on a monthly forecast.

- Organise daily meetings with team to follow-up on the planning and collect and give informations. Ensure that each one contribution is done in due time

- Ensure required corrective actions are taken and put in force.

- Implement, follow-up and communicate on KPI with its related corrective actions

- Inform customers and/or RM & NCE head if deviations from the day-to day-planning occur.

- Be prepared and participate actively to weekly/monthly planning meetings, propose solutions, demonstrate creativity and pro-activity in order to ensure adherence to plan and performance.

- Ensure that continuous improvement is part of day-to-day activities of the laboratory

- Ensure the implementation of the continuous improvement strategy within the team.

- Ensure the lab infrastructure is maintained.

- Maximize the utilisation of departements budget within given budget limits.

- Be accountable for a pro-active collaboration with Pharmaceutical and Packaging Plants, QA/RA (validation), Metrology (calibration), BPS, HSE (Security and Environment), DEV and bio-pilot plant, HR (Human Resources), CoE (Centers of expertise), QC from other sites.

- Ensure update of procedures and instructions.

- Ensure follow-up of corrective actions and preventive actions. Ensure audit readiness, participate to the preparation, the follow-up and the realization of audits.

- Ensure the follow-up of OOS and take actions to reduce the number of laboratories OOS.

- Ensure adequate training/coaching of technicians linked to the analytical activities requested and performed


- Personally promote an effective EHS culture and lead by example

- Ensure a safe working environment to meet site safety objectives.

Job profile

Experience (list the type and length of experience)

Bachelor / Master +5yrs in a GMP lab, 3+ years of management experience

Experience in commercial areas of the pharmaceutical industry required (NCE).

Must have experience in a GMP regulated laboratory.

Specific skills (include specific skills and knowledge necessary to meet the objectives of the position)

- A very good management background is imperative. Capacity to cope with change management, high sense of empathy, capacity to motivate and make people grow through proper training and delegations.

- Ability to evaluate staffing and means versus project workload and translate into a clear action plan with an appropriates follow-up is essential. Must be able to manage multiple projects at the same time.

- HSE, Operational excellence and compliance should be the 'must' reference of any operational decisions.

- Capable to make one's proper decisions by utilizing strong analytical skills, troubleshooting and problem solving approach.

- Masterise interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

- Key technical backgrounds: HPLC / UPLC, GC, CHN, atomic absorption, pharmacopea testing, particule size, spectroscopy, potentiometry, RMN

- Investigation skills in order to carry out investigation with proper details and outcome.

Problem solving (describe the level of "self-starting" thinking required in the for recognizing, analyzing and solving problems)

- Scientific and buisiness driven problem solving:

- Good level of analytical troubleshooting needed for support to Manufacturing and laboratory issues (including outsourcing lab).


Internal :

BPS, NCE and NBE Manufacturing, Process optimization, QA, RA, HR, Technical Leaders, API and DP CoE, DEV and Bio-pilot Plant, QC from other sites

External :

- FDA, European and Japanese investigators and reviewing scientists, USP, EP delegates and pharmaceutical industry interest groups.

- Materials suppliers.

- Consultants.

- Interact with CRO/CMO for outsourced projects.

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QC NCE Team Leader Raw Materials

UCB, Braine-l'Alleud
Temporary fixed-term contract