Fermentation Production Unit Lead

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Date: 29 Jan 2024

Location: Gava, B, ES, 8850

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a specialty chemical company whose science delivers sustainable solutions to advance mobility, improve wellbeing and enhance modern life. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales, and technical offices around the world and has about 8,000 employees. For more information, visit www.Lubrizol.com.


We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life.



Job Location: Gavà (Barcelona, Spain)


Join Our Thriving Team at Lubrizol as Fermentation Production Unit Lead

Unleash Your Potential. At Lubrizol we're transforming the cosmetic industry and looking for exceptional talent to join us on this journey. If you are ready to join an international company with talent around the world, and want to make a real impact, we want you on our team.


What You'll Do:

As Fermentation Production Unit Lead, you'll be at the forefront of our innovation, driving overall leadership of production of actives ingredients linked to the fermentation platform, both internally produced at the Gava facility or abroad through tollers. You’ll lead the successful implementation of new capital investments with focus on Safety, Quality & Operational Excellence to support the business growth.


What We're Looking For:

The purpose of this role is to be part of a dynamic team providing leadership to the Fermentation Team on the daily tasks, being accountable for the safe, compliant, and cost-effective large-scale manufacturing processes. The main accountabilities are:


  • Be accountable for the direction, management, mentorship, and development of the fermentation team.
  • Oversee 1-2 shifts within the Gava facility and tolling activities to fulfill product line demand.
  • Ensure full compliance against all appropriate manufacturing and safety regulations such as local policy and procedures, cGMP, HSES standards, and all applicable regulations.
  • Define and plan the production objectives, with the aim of improving the model and establishing operational methodologies in a rational way.
  • Ensure good documentation practices, by overseeing and approving improvements to standard operating procedures, batch document instructions, and records.
  • Ensure the appropriate accountability of cross-functional activities, such as engineering studies, validation studies and Tech Transfer studies.
  • Coordinate the processes with other department heads of the company, with the aim of designing and implementing policies for the batch release.
  • Collaborate with Procurement on commercial negotiations with vendors and tollers.
  • Together with HSES, coordinate the actions of the machinery, work equipment and facilities to avoid accidents.
  • Actively participate in the design, implementation and execution of the capital investments that pertain to the area. 
  • Lead the technical aspects of the capital projects, ensuring they are designed and installed safely and in accordance with applicable regulatory, corporate, and local standards.
  • Manage relationships with engineering and construction & industrial firms.
  • Manage projects on scope, on time, on budget and in accordance with Lubrizol Advanced Materials stage gate process.
  • Participate in the development of the annual capital plan and budget for the site.
  • In charge of the continuous improvement of methods and procedures.
  • Monitor and control expenses and manufacturing costs against budget.
  • Be the referent person for Fermentation processes across the organization globally (share expertise, help detect potential synergies across businesses, etc).
  • Availability for occasional travels (3 times a year approx.) mostly nationally and EU

Knowledge and qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science related field like biological science or biochemical engineering.
  • Fluency in English/Spanish is a must (C1).
  • Proficient with Microsoft office products including Microsoft Project and ERP systems.
  • Knowledge of building codes and standards

Work Experience:

  • 5+ years of production in biotech or similar technology-based industry and managing direct and indirect reports. Proven experience in Project Management and managing budget.
  • Expertise on ISO22716:2008, local HSES standards, Risk assessment tools and Industrial safety

Skills That Make a Difference

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal communications, team building and motivational skills.
  • Deal with divergent interests.
  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Analysis and solving of complex and broad problems with multiple implications (Technical, Environmental, Safety & Security, Quality and Costs)
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, a sense of urgency, attention to detail, commitment and follow-through while maintaining confidentiality and meeting deadlines.

Perks And Rewards That Inspire

  • Develop your professional career with a highly respected, industry-leading, multinational company that is part of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
  • Become part of a culture that is based on accountability and empowerment and which values diversity and inclusivity.
  • A competitive remuneration and benefits package.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Lubrizol we embrace diversity and foster an inclusive environment where everyone's voice is heard. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.


Ready for your next career step? Apply today and let's shape the future together



If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.




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