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Digital Lead

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Job Description

Umanova is a Swiss professional services company with an innovative and future oriented approach to consulting providing outstanding conditions.

For our international customer in Zürich we are looking to hire a Digital Lead.

General information:

Drive global digital initiatives for different plants
Understand digital possibilities and evaluate, conduct and execute them
Put digital possibilities in a roadmap
This role is strategic, executing and driving at the same time
3-5 deliverables: first delivery of digital pilot, then detailed execution of roadmap, overall keep complete landscape picture (23 sites); knowing where to focus, identify digital talent

  • Experience of implementing digital projects

  • Experience of delivering digital projects in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment would be ideal; but not essential

  • It is more important that the person understands digital and is curious and willing to apply their knowledge in the manufacturing and supply environment.

  • Strong Project Management Skills

  • Hands-on, able to implement and execute initiatives.  Not a PMO person, with just a focus on reporting and follow-up

  • Ability to achieve tangible results and business impact

  • Ability to interface with multiple (and diverse) stakeholders

Key deliverables:

  • Deliver Big Data pilots in 3 manufacturing sites within 3 continents

  • Review the digital initiatives already in progress across the manufacturing and supply network (23 sites globally) and advise on where the short and medium term focus should be

  • Following on from the review and the pilot, develop a detailed scale-up and delivery execution roadmap for digital in the Manufacturing and Supply network

  • Provide an overview of where digital talent exists in the organization and what is required to enhance the available talent to deliver the roadmap

Why should someone take this role:

  • This is a greenfield opportunity.  The digital strategy for manufacturing and supply is just being established for our customer

  • Many manufacturing and supply organisations talk about Industry 4.0 and the role digital can play in enabling predictive performance, process reliability, process improvement, increased efficiency, but very few have successfully executed on this agenda

  • Successful delivery of this project will provide the individual with an opportunity to be a front-runner with tangible results in Industry 4.0, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector.

  • This role provides an opportunity to demonstrate results in a global setting as the first three pilots are in Europe, Asia, and Latin America 


  • Flexible

  • Significant amounts of time will be spent in Zurich (Head office for Manufacturing and Supply) 

What are we not looking for:

  • A PMO who has dealt with reporting and stakeholder management/ customer relation management only, no IT project management or digital content management

Job description:

  • To lead a Digital transformation in operations and teams across the customers Network.

  • As a leader of a new group within the Agile program, your main responsibilities are to put in place from the concept the Digital factory of the future relating to “Industry 4.0” with cutting edge technologies (e.g. IIoT, Machine Learning, Advanced robotics, Augmented Reality…), to build an approach business driven, evaluate business benefits, to pilot and to drive the implementation across the business units of the group.

What You'll Do:

  • As an Agile digital Lead, you will lead and organize a new group under Agile program.

  • The main objective is to improve end-to-end operations, from product development to manufacturing and across supply chain.

  • You will be part of an international network, developing world-class knowledge throughout the digital manufacturing space. In addition, you will develop a governance to execute the strategies and technology road maps leveraging digital.

  • In this position, you will advise senior individuals at GMS&Q organizations on driving transformational change regarding digital manufacturing theory and processes.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop, with a team of experts from GMS&Q and ISIT, the clients Digital factory, including the design of the Digital Manufacturing flows, the identification/assessment of the Digital technologies and the creation of the Ecosystem to build solution

  • Evaluate the new Digital factory design in terms of ROI and impact on the clients Operations

  • Drive the piloting of the new Digital manufacturing concepts in selected area

  • Animate and create the environment for welcoming new technical subject matter expert for Digital technologies in Manufacturing and Supply chain, and continuously explore future trends in this area (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain…) in collaboration with GMS innovation

  • Support the Digital transformation in Agile program, in building an ecosystem of external partners with suppliers, start-ups and academia

  • Education and experience

  • Senior project management experience in an international environment

  • Strong leadership and communication skills

  • Exposure to Digital technologies application, to be hands on in some case

  • 5 years’ experience of Pharmaceutical Industrial environment at least

  • Capabilities to translate business needs into technical concept and the other way

  • Ability to learn fast and courage to explore unknown technical areas

  • Fluent spoken & written in English