Head of Engineering Systems and Risk Management, Open to flexible working

Brentford, Maidenhead
19 Dec 2020
15 Jan 2021
Contract Type

In this position, ready access to GSK House is preferred. However, we are able to consider candidates at other UK and Ireland locations.

We need someone to provide leadership and critical oversight of Engineering Systems, Standards, Risk Management and Governance across the Consumer Healthcare Supply Chain. You'll lead a team of technical specialists, continuously improving standards and performance in our fundamentals, including critical utilities, process, machinery and construction safety. By taking a multifaceted and progressive approach to improving our competitive position, this role will bring innovation to our automation platforms, taking us to the forefront of digital technologies!

We are building a robust team, capable of unlocking talent across the CH network and positively impacting capability throughout. Your strategic judgement, and eye for an opportunity, will also empower the deployment of joined-up initiatives and accelerated cycles of improvement in all areas.

We need an enabler of technological advancement - someone able to make an impact across central functions, to ensure Engineering services align with critical EHS and Quality standards, and to work closely with the regions to deliver benefits to sites and customers.

The Global Engineering team is being set up from zero base. As such, we are looking for someone with a novel, fast-paced approach, someone energised by the considerable task ahead - to build the best performing Consumer Health company in the world! You will play a meaningful role in the development of the business strategy through safeguarding fundamental safety, quality and network security standards, as well as the continuous drive to improve performance and to introduce new digital platforms and technologies. You will raise the brand of Engineering, developing a credible, confident and capable organisation, looked to not only for solutions, but also relied upon to drive success from the front.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading Engineering Compliance & Governance within CH SC ensuring EHS and GMP requirements and expectations are fulfilled
  • Accountability for the SC Engineering Governance and audit programme, and compliance
  • Leading and supporting investigations of adverse events to identify root cause and develop robust actions to prevent repeat.
  • Leading all aspects of the £180m pa Capital and Construction Programme for CH. Working with Finance, the sites and regions to align with strategy and deliver business benefit.
  • Ensuring capital programmes are correctly planned, reported and governed and project and construction hazards are correctly handled to minimise EHS and business risk.
  • Engaging proactively to develop corporate standards and optimise Supply Chain Engineering systems and practices so that they remain current, compliant, effective and readily deployed.
  • Supporting network changes, ensuring compliant exits for existing sites, gap analysis and closure for acquisitions and additions.
  • Drive technological advancement with automation and digitisation.
  • Engaging and deploying the Loss Prevention Programme in conjunction with Corporate Insurance and Risk Management, to prevent property loss and supply chain interruption.
  • Identifying strategic engineering solutions that challenge existing practices and on-board of new engineering solutions
  • Providing guidance and support for standardised Engineering organisation design & talent development processes.
  • Ensure capability and processes are in place, so Engineering areas of EHS Duty Holding for high severity risks are effectively deployed through the business.
  • Champion the product contamination reduction program, building site expertise & reducing the cost & frequency of contamination events.

About You:

In this position, you will lead the Central Engineering team in the new Consumer Health business. Therefore, will require not only considerable technical knowledge, but the high level leadership, influencing and engagement skills required to make changes successfully and to build new organisational and interpersonal structures. Using highly refined business and financial skill, you'll understand conflicting priorities and deftly balance expectations, whilst delivering significant results in a highly sophisticated environment. Though compelling and clear communication, engineering initiatives will be presented in a way which is understood, and appreciated, by partners throughout the company.

You will excel in developing understanding and capability, taking a strategic approach to developing people - both directly through your own team, but also through wider communication of the purpose and goals of engineering. You'll act as a mentor and a coach, capable of leading leaders, and working across boundaries, both functional and geographical. This is a highly demanding and exciting business transformation, so you will need resilience, confidence and the courage to make difficult but impactful decisions.

CLOSING DATE for applications: Friday 15th January (COB)

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Why You?

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Hold Chartered Engineer status
  • Engineering Degree qualified, ideally in a Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical specialism
  • A consistent record of delivering change in highly regulated manufacturing industries, such as food, consumer health, FMCG or similar.
  • Experience, at a business Supply Chain level, of: Governance of Engineering Risk, Engineering Compliance standards and tools, and Audit Universe and Schedule
  • Significant Portfolio and Project Management experience
  • Practical knowledge of Construction safety
  • Demonstrated aptitude for technology, such as automation, cyber security and Digital Factory
  • Proven experience in capability development, both for individuals and teams

Additional Skills:

  • Masters, or other higher level, degree qualified in an engineering subject area
  • Additional Project Management qualifications, such as a Prince 2
  • Additional Lean/Six Sigma qualifications/formal training
  • Broader business experience, offering insight outside engineering operations
  • Demonstrated financial and business skill
  • Sector experience ideally across both Pharma and FMCG

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Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

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