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Head Oligonucleotide Manufacturing

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides. With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services. Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. For further information, see

Bachem is a leading CDMO for TIDES, peptides and oligonucleotides. Together with our colleagues and customers we transform lives with innovative medicines. We are seeking a highly motivated leader to join us as Head Oligonucleotide Manufacturing. This individual will lead all oligonucleotide manufacturing units at Bachem, Switzerland. The oligonucleotide manufacturing organization is fast-growing and currently consists of three departments (pilot scale, production scale, and large scale) and is involved in a new greenfield project for a new site including one of the world’s largest oligonucleotide production facilities.


Head Oligonucleotide Manufacturing

  • Manages and controls the activities of the oligonucleotide manufacturing organization through direct reports (i.e., directors, department heads, senior group leaders)
  • Responsible for planning, budgeting, output, profitability, and attracting and developing talents.
  • Decides on critical production matters and ensures that best in class synthetic oligonucleotide-related services and products are delivered by the oligonucleotide manufacturing organization to customers and stakeholders.
  • Full financial accountability for functional area, owns and implements strategies

for long-range capacity planning, as well as upgrading of capital investments into existing or new sites in line with strategic planning for the oligonucleotide business unit.

  • Drives continous improvement and efficiency.
  • Responsible for digitalization and automation efforts in the oligonucleotide manufacturing organization
  • Represents the function internally and towards external Stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities

· Provides senior leadership for fast-growing oligonucleotide manufacturing organization in Switzerland

· Shapes the future of the oligonucleotide business as part of the management team.

· Build and grow the newly established large-scale production team, and prepare the oligonucleotide organization for further growth including ramp up of a new site

  • Together with Head Oligonucleotides, MSAT and Engineering, implement a technology roadmap to increase levels of automation and digitalization
  • Ensure the implementation of strategic capacity adjustments and innovation projects to enable future growth, in line with HSE and sustainability targets.
  • Ensure continuous world leading CDMO services and products for our customers: cost-efficient, fast, and reliable delivery in line with regulatory requirements (i.e., cGMP) for synthetic oligonucleotides and related services
  • Optimize financial performance, increase revenue per head, increase gross profit, increase asset and resource utilization

· Proven track record to build and grow high-performing teams

  • Drives a culture of growth, development, diversity, and performance
  • Implements changes through role modelling, and coaching.
  • Fosters continuous improvement and innovation
  • Ability to inspire an organization
  • Passion for people development and people management


Experience & Expertise Minimum qualifications:

· Master in Life Sciences or related field

· Minimum of 8 years experience in manufacturing (Biotech/Life Science CDMO or pharma/biotech) industry

· Minimum of 3 years experience at a senior level leading a big size life science, organization  GMP/FDA regulated industry such as pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical or CDMO

 Language skills: English, excellent skills  (oral, written) and German basic skills required

Preferred qualifications:

· PhD in Life Science or related field

· Experience with regulated products or services, excellent working knowledge of GMP regulations, and direct experience in communicating with quality auditors and inspectors

· Experience with common continuous improvement tools (e.g., lean/six sigma) · Leadership skills in managing change, influencing others in matrix organizations, attracting/developing talent