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Evolva ... bringing sustainably sourced, next-generation health, wellness, and nutrition ingredients to the world.

Our lead ingredients are resveratrol for healthy aging products, a great-tasting zero-calorie stevia sweetener to help food and beverage producers replace sugar, and a novel prevention approach to help protect people and pets against the biting pests that transmit diseases like Lyme disease and Zika virus. Further, we are active in the flavors & fragrances market with two ingredients.

More information on our approach to work life can be found on our website: http://www.evolva.com/about-evolva/


Job description:

As Head of Manufacturing you will be working together with the Head of Operations in a cross-functional team including other Operations functions, R&D, Commercial and Finance and be responsible for the direction, managing and the coordination of our manufacturing operations at our various CMO sites.

You will be in charge to build out efficient and effective production processes to support our growing business. You will be responsible to further develop our CMO network and to ensure that production schedules meet forecasted market demands. You will also manage the tech transfer activities to various manufacturing sites and work with internal staff to design and coordinate further the development and improvement of our production processes. In these early stages of growing the company, we expect you to roll up your sleeves.



  •       Lead and manage all our manufacturing operations
  •       Establish appropriate manufacturing operations systems and processes
  •       Provide oversight of tech transfer and scale up of our production processes
  •       Resolve production issues quickly and effectively
  •       Implementing continuous improvement processes and techniques
  •       Ensure production output meets the needs of the business i.e. timely delivery to meet commercial and quality targets
  •       Develop, monitor and control budgets, resources and capital expenditures
  •       Provide strategic planning and leadership to ensure a sustainable cost-effective manufacturing and supply chain is in place
  •       Develop a strong working relationship and manage the interaction with our CMOs by providing assistance and guidance
  •       Further develop our network of CMOs, always led by improvements in efficiency and cost savings
  •       Actively contribute in the managing, negotiation and closing of commercial agreements with our CMOs, including pricing and quality agreements
  •       Travel as required to manufacturing sites located in the US and Europe


Ideal Candidate Possesses:

  •       MS degree in Chemical / Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent, with at least 10 years of relevant manufacturing experience
  •       Experience managing outside contract manufacturing groups and production activities
  •       In-depth technical knowledge of biotechnology plant operations
  •       Extensive knowledge of taking products from R&D through the upscaling process
  •       Broad knowledge of industrialisation principles and technical risks during process scale-up/technical transfer
  •       Experience in decreasing the cost of manufacture and arriving at profitable COGS for the commercial product
  •       Strong organisational and communication skills
  •       Strong business orientation and financial skills
  •       Excellent negotiation and contracting skills
  •       Hands-on mentality
  •       Experience in working in international teams
  •       Ability to travel international


As a person, you are resourceful, professional, and skilled in the art of teamwork and clear/concise communication. You are conscientious, considerate, and believe in innovation that benefits consumers, partners, and the planet. You want to play a role in the commercial success of our novel products. You are a problem solver with good interpersonal and English communication skills.


Location: Reinach (BL), Switzerland

Workload: 100%

What Evolva Offers: Competitive compensation & benefits


To apply submit your application online at http://www.evolva.com/join-us/

Application deadline: November 4, 2019


Please provide your CV and cover letter in English.


Please note:

Applications received from recruiters and other consultants will only be accepted and evaluated if upon the time of submission the recruiter/consultant has entered into a specific agreement with Evolva concerning such submissions.



Ms Elodie Feller-Zimmermann

Website https://www.evolva.com/

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