We are mandated to seek a dynamic and entrepreneurial engineer to head the engineering department of our client in the Basel area

Business Unit Leader / General Manager (Life Science Engineering)

Position Summary:

Our client is looking for an energetic, self-motivated, and dynamic team-oriented individual that has a desire to help the company continue to develop its local
expertise within the life science marketplace, fulfilling the role of Business Unit Leader within the Basel office. In addition to the qualifications
listed above, a successful candidate shall possess the skills required to:

  • Align with our client's culture and vision
  • Successfully develop and execute a multi-discipline professional services based business plan in the life sciences industry
  • Identify, develop and sell project work to clients
  • Identify, recruit, hire and manage staff
  • Lead project tasks and deliverables
  • Lead and mentor an overall project team
  • Provide leadership for the office
The candidate should be a collaborative team player with the experience of running a team. The candidate should have a strong drive to deliver to
customers with a focus on high quality individually and for the team. Project sizes will vary, and will consist primarily of pharmaceutical and
biotechnology process projects including both existing renovations / retrofits and new construction. The successful candidate will be expected to
represent our client in a professional manner.

Responsibilities likely to include:
  • Overall responsibility for profitable growth of the team and business unit success:
    • P&L responsibility for the business unit, meeting revenue and profitability targets, identifying business and winning clients, delivering projects to meet project goals, meeting or exceeding client expectations, technical competence in the field of experience, quality compliance, hiring and mentoring key staff, management of the office/team, meeting business plan budgets
  • Developing scope, fee, team and approach from proposal phase through completion of final project deliverables.
  • Managing client expectations, aligning team to overall project goals, leading and motivating engineering design team
  • Leading, coordinating, managing, delegating and supporting the team as required to successfully implement the business plan
  • Developing project execution plans appropriate for the size and type of project
  • Defining the team needs and approach for General Planning or EPCM opportunities


  • Diplom-Ingenieur in Process, Mechanical, Electrical or comparable Engineering
  • Minimum 10 years Engineering experience, including ~5 years of experience with technical project management / project leader / team
  • leader in the field of Pharma or Biotech design/ engineering
  • Language: Fluent in German (C2+technical language), ability to communicate in English (B2+), French (B2+) is a plus
  • Valid Work Permit for Basel, Switzerland, or able to obtain a permit
  • Excellent project leadership, team leadership, organization and international communication skills
  • Project realization experience in Switzerland including SIA, General Planning and EPCM
  • Experience with project management tools (MS Project, MS Excel, CRM systems)

Have we raised your interest and your technical experience is completed by a strong business acumen? Then we are looking forward to receiving your application via our online portal or directly to Dr. Stefanie Malki (stefanie.malki@swisselect.ch)

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