Principal Investigator

United States, Portsmouth (New Hampshire)


Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. We are more than 15,000 employees in more than 100 locations around the world. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Principal Investigator is responsible for the initiation, investigation of process deviations aimed at identification of root cause, and implementation of correct actions to prevent recurrence. The  investigator is seen as an investigatory technical expert.  Investigator / Initiators are expected to work in a Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) environment, have an expert level working knowledge of mammalian manufacturing processes, the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects concurrently as well as mentor and train others within the group, have excellent meeting facilitation and conflict resolution skills, a professional and expert technical writing capability, be action oriented, and be compliant minded while performing investigations.

Key responsibilities:

Technical writing for the educated but uninformed reader, translating very complex and challenging scientific events into a brief and cohesive report as a finished product.

Gathering Data from various sources across the site, lead and perform Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to determine the most likely cause of the deviation investigation, Assessment of event for impact to Safety, Identity, Strength, Quality & Purity (SISQP), Identification of Corrective and Preventative Actions to reduce deviation recurrence, performance and leading of Risk Assessments, Causing Mapping, Interviewing.

Management of multiple projects and timelines concurrently. Ability to adhere to standard timeline, and escalate actions appropriately for resolution in a timely manner. Participation in the Daily Management meetings to update leadership on current deviation statuses

Routine interaction with the customer, including compilation of Power Points to communicate investigatory current status, Alignment meetings, facilitated reviews, Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA) discussions, Comments resolution

Work on the manufacturing floor for data gathering, observing of processes for investigations, and performance of associate interview

Meeting Facilitation and participation, aligning internal review team and area subject matter experts on an agreed to investigational path forward. Complex Conflict resolution, problem solving in a cross functional setting, and ability to keep the meeting on track to achieve objectives of varying difficulty, inclusive of complex technical topics.

Mentoring and training of Deviation Investigator / Initiators Levels 1, 2, and 3. Provide investigation guidance and expertise for complex deviation investigations to the team, as well as to associated cross functional teams in order to drive to root cause of the events

Key requirements:

Bachelor of Arts/Science or equivalent combination of education minimum.- Preferred area of study: Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology or other relevant science discipline

Advanced years’ experience with investigations / equivalent. Advanced experience in the industry. Prior experience working in a manufacturing environment, or troubleshooting manufacturing related issues and technical writing experience required

Must have the ability to work in a fast paced, high workload environment, and be able to manage multiple projects and objectives for on-time event closure. Must work well on a team, and be able to trouble shoot and problem solve in a cross functional team setting. Must be proactive, action oriented, and have the ability to adapt to a change.  Must be able to identify and flag risks in a timely manner to keep deliverables on track.  Must have strong communication skills both verbally and written.  Must be able to support other members of the team through mentoring and training.

Proven logic and decision making abilities, critical thinking skills

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Reference: R20454