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Director of Operations – Pharmaceutical Operations (Full Time)

Dublin, Ireland


Director of Operations – Pharmaceutical Operations

APC Ltd is an award-winning and rapidly growing science and technology-driven pharmaceutical process research company.  In the space of 5 years, we have pioneered innovation in the sector and we now partner with 8 of the top-10 pharma and 5 of the top-10 biotech firms in the world.

From our world-class facility, we offer specialised chemical and process engineering solutions.  Powered by novel technology and world-class scientific research, we help companies accelerate the development & launch of their medicines. Our rapid growth has come from a commitment to excellence, a drive to innovate and the desire to develop a challenging, creative and rewarding environment for our team. 

APC is currently looking to appoint a Director of Operations to lead the Business Operations in the areas of Quality, Health & Safety, Facilities, IT and Laboratory Management.


Role Purpose

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Operations has the responsibility of leading and managing the execution of APC’s business operations strategy to ensure effective planning and overall efficiency. The responsibility concerning overall efficiency will encompass the capital expenditure of laboratory operations and general facilities budgets. The role will lead, motivate and inspire the Health & Safety, Quality and IT sections to ensure both compliance and the introduction of best practices as appropriate for this fast growing business and environment.


Key Responsibilities

Business Operations Strategy

  • Provide leadership of the organisation’s operational management system and ensure the successful implementation of APC’s operations.

  • Lead the delivery and implementation of high quality operational services to the organisation.

  • Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities.

  • Quality: Strategic responsibility for implementing Quality strategy and strategic operational goals which support operational excellence; create and implement best practice quality vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve business performance.

  • Health & Safety: Directs the organisation’s health and safety programmes and ensures that health, safety and environmental issues are prioritised; drives continuous improvement across all health and safety related areas of the business in line with strategy.

  • Facilities: Leads the integration of processes to maintain and develop the agreed services which support and improve the effectiveness of the organisation; overall responsibility and accountability for APC’s facility to ensure that it is safe and well-functioning.

  • Laboratory Management: Overall responsibility and accountability for all of APC’s laboratories ensuring that they are utilised in a safe and effective manner; leads the evaluation of laboratory strategic needs and identifying opportunities to improve strategic capability.

  • IT: Oversees all technology operations and evaluates them according to established goals; analyses business requirements to determine technological needs; devise IT policies and systems to support implementation strategies.


Collaboration & Engagement

  • Engaging with the Financial Director, develop the organisation’s financial and information management systems to ensure proactive oversight and management of general operations.

  • Work with APC’s Technical and Commercial Operations to enable the effective proactive procurement of key technologies and staff.

  • In collaboration with Technical Operations, ensure laboratory management systems are developed which efficiently utilise and service all of APC’s research facilities.


Leadership of Operations Team

  • Lead, motivate and inspire a team of experienced technical professionals by promoting continuous improvement and best in class strategies.

  • Continue to develop the Operations team through the deployment of effective roles and responsibilities and career development pathways

  • Promote an agile and passionate environment which drives a standard of excellence in everything the team does.

Key Competencies

  •  Strong organisational skills with a natural ability manage risk versus development opportunities with each of the key areas
  • Natural leader of people with excellent managerial and motivational skills.

  • Enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, where integrity and teamwork highly valued.

Required Experience

  •  Minimum of 5/10 years’ experience in operations management and leadership
  • BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field. MSc/MA desirable

  • Proven track record in the development, deployment and management of a company’s general operations.

  • Track record in the development of company focused financial and information based systems.

  • Experience in financial administration / budgetary control within a research organisation.

  • Financial accountancy / Lean Six Sigma experience desirable.

  • Pharmaceutical/biotechnical and/or lab management experience would be an advantage.


Skills & Knowledge

  •  Working knowledge of operational and legislative guidelines and regulations.
  • In depth knowledge of diverse business functions and principles.

How to apply

If you believe you have the capability required and the interest in leading this dynamic pharmaceutical operation, we would love to talk to you.

Suitable candidates should submit a CV and a Cover Letter by close of business, June 6th, 2017

The salary is negotiable and dependent on the experience of the successful candidate.