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GMT Site Lead Senior Manager

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GMT Site Lead Senior Manager

Exciting opportunities in a pharmaceutical company dedicated to fish health and welfare.

Innovation – Aquaculture – Pharmaceutical production

Who are we looking for?

When hiring new employees, we look for individuals who are inspired by PHARMAQ part of Zoetis' dynamic and innovative spirit to create the next generation of solutions and services to support the evolving aquaculture industry.

We are now seeking an experienced Site Lead Senior Manager to head our Global Manufacturing Technology (GMT) department.

GMT Site Lead Senior Manager

The candidate should have excellent leadership qualities and be able to communicate a vision and a roadmap and inspire colleagues. We are searching for someone who can see the big picture across the whole organisation, and preferably have experience from working in a global organization. The right candidate has a good understanding of business and enjoys being part of and leading change processes.

The GMT Site Lead Senior Manager provides leadership for the Scientists and Project Managers who have responsibility for the technology transfer of commercial products between internal and external sites and the transfer of new products from R&D into the production sites. The department also provide production and QC support for the manufacturing sites, and run projects related to supply risk and continuous improvement.

You will be expected to build close relationships with the site manufacturing, QC and QA teams, as well as the R&D teams and other sites in the Zoetis network, to ensure the projects get completed on time and within budget. This position will be responsible for managing a team of 8 to 12 colleagues located at 3 sites in Norway.

If you are curious about what we do and are looking for new and exciting challenges in a dynamic and innovative industry – then PHARMAQ is a great choice!

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead and develop the GMT team within PHARMAQ part of Zoetis. Manage budget and spending and manage the administrative aspects of leading a functional group on site.
  • Ownership of supporting the performance of the manufacturing processes at the production sites. Manage improvement processes and identify new technologies which may be used in manufacturing or quality control.
  • Engage with stakeholders in the organization to ensure transfer of products and processes to the production sites, secure scale-up and robustness of processes, and sharing of technical knowledge.
  • Responsible for establishing team goals that align with R&D, GMT, and production sites’ goals and objectives, and ensure that the team is held accountable for achieving these.


  • Master's degree in a relevant science or engineering field.
  • More than 10 years of experience, preferably from pharmaceutical manufacturing and/or packaging’s preferred.
  • Team/personnel leader experience. A successful track record of leading complex teams, as well as building strong teams and relationships.
  • Track record of continuous improvement and development, implementation and sharing of Best Practices in engineering and manufacturing.
  • Certified Six Sigma green belt and/or lean manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Understanding of GMP and regulatory requirements for veterinary biologics manufacturing and development preferred.
  • Experience with risk-based decision-making.
  • Fluent in Norwegian and English.


  • Excellent leadership, analysis, judgment, and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, creativity, practical problem solving, flexibility.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and meet timelines, structured mindset with focus on quality.
  • Proven ability to lead, collaborate and communicate effectively across different scientific disciplines, functions, and levels.

 The main workplace for the right candidate at any of our sites in Norway: Overhalla, Kløfta or Oslo. The position will involve some business travel.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits, flexible schedule, and opportunities for personal and professional development.


Additional information about this position is available from:

Global Manufacturing Technology Director

Francois Adam


+32 479847230



Sissel Hansen


+47 91714677



We are looking forward to receiving your written application in English, to be submitted with your CV via email to hr@pharmaq.no by 17th of June 2024. We are a pharmaceutical company, and we will require police testimonial upon appointment.

PHARMAQ is the world's leading vaccine and innovation company focused on the aquaculture industry and part of Zoetis, the world's leading animal health company. The company develops safe and effective medicines for the aquaculture industry with a good environmental profile through targeted research and dedicated staff. Production, administration, research and development is located in Norway and the group's products are marketed in Europe, North and South America and in Asia. PHARMAQ has around 375 employees. For more information, see the company's website: www.pharmaq.com

By submitting an application and CV, you agree that the information you provide will be stored in our database to be able to assess you in our recruitment processes. The information will not be stored longer than necessary and maximum for 6 months. Should you have any questions about the safety of our recruitment processes, please contact us at e-mail hr@pharmaq.no. The applicant is entitled to withdraw the application at any time.