Head of Global IT Office - Zurich

Location: Switzerland - Glattbrugg/Zurich

Function: Information Technology

Company: Vifor Pharma

Georgia Izzat

International Talent Acquisition Specialist

+41 58 851 83 78

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Our Global IT team is evolving and in this newly created central function, we are seeking a Head of the Global IT Office who will be responsible for a consistent and strategic approach to the use of IT across the enterprise. The Global IT office implements and manages the IT strategy, planning, governance, IT mode of operation and performance management. This includes functions, such as portfolio management, knowledge management, IT marketing and communications, financial management, strategic supplier management, risk management and workforce management. In this key position, you will report directly to the Head of Global IT. Your tasks and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Actively drive the IT strategy process with the Global Head of IT in full alignment with business.
  • Actively manage the strategic and tactical plans, ensuring execution and oversight.
  • Manage the whole financial lifecycle, including budget adherence, of the Global IT Organisation in close collaboration with the demand managers and Finance.
  • Drive Operational Excellence throughout the IT organisation.
  • Proactively seek for sustainable productivity gains by using the right sourcing models and by effectively managing the vendors.
  • Perform complex negotiations (eg Enterprise agreements) in close collaboration with IT, Business, Purchasing.
  • Manage Project Portfolio Activities in close collaboration with demand managers.
  • Deliver IT Project Management methodology and ensure effective execution of all projects through adequate methods and oversight.
  • Develop a Project Manager pool and assign Project Managers to projects.
  • Deliver and interpret KPIs, Reports and Dashboards to seek continuous improvement. Establish regular and ad hoc reports including key data reports.
  • Actively manage and improve knowledge management, ITIL process improvements (eg CMDB, Service Catalogue), governance processes and the related tools, such as Service Now and SAP.
  • Manage and coach direct reports.
  • Conduct feasibility studies, reviews, audits, workshops.
  • Drive and facilitate the creation of relevant SOPs.

The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in IT or Business Administration, in addition to the following experience:

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in the IT industry in similar roles e.g. CIO Office
  • Excellent communication, conceptual and strategic skills, as well as sound business judgment
  • Very good skills with Financials, Project Portfolio and Project Management and IT sourcing
  • Very good process management and ITIL skills
  • Broad IT know-how with applications, infrastructure and other related areas
  • Good business and IT understanding in the Pharmaceutical Industry, including GxP/CSV regulations, is preferred
  • Sound technical know-how with ERP, CRM, Quality Management Systems and related technologies, such as Databases is preferred

You demonstrate excellent leadership, organisation and time management skills. You have a very proactive attitude and effective influencing skills, while maintaining assertiveness. You apply entrepreneurial thinking and acting, with the ability to anticipate future IT trends and opportunities. You are able to maintain a high level of confidentiality. You are a team player and work in a responsible, structured way. You work with a positive attitude and act as a role model for others, in line with the Vifor Pharma Values.

About Us

Vifor Pharma Group, formerly Galenica Group, is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company that researches, develops, produces and markets its own pharmaceutical products and is the partner of choice for innovative, patient-focused solutions. The company’s goal is to be a global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies and strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases to lead better, healthier lives. Vifor Pharma Group has production sites in Switzerland and Portugal as well as a dynamic network of affiliates and partners offering broad market coverage all over the world. The company has an ever-growing global presence while at the same time remaining firmly rooted in its home market, Switzerland.

Vifor Pharma Group consists of Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma, its joint company with Fresenius Medical Care; Relypsa; and OM Pharma.

For more information, please visit: http://www.viforpharma.com/en/about-vifor-pharma/who-we-are.

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