Senior Director, Global Technical Services – Respiratory

At VIATRIS, we see healthcare not as it is but as it should be. We act courageously and are uniquely positioned to be a source of stability in a world of evolving healthcare needs.

Viatris empowers people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life.

We do so via:

Access – Providing high quality trusted medicines regardless of geography or circumstance;
Leadership – Advancing sustainable operations and innovative solutions to improve patient health; and
Partnership – Leveraging our collective expertise to connect people to products and services.
Our global portfolio includes best-in-class, iconic brand-name products as well as global key brands; generics, including branded and complex generics; and other offerings across a wide range of therapeutic areas. We are committed to helping create healthier communities worldwide through education, outreach and better access to treatment.


For those driven to live their lives with purpose, Viatris helps employees realise their full potential by creating a collaborative culture that fosters courage and resilience. Viatris is more than just a place to work. This is a place to make a difference in the world.


The Role & What You Will Be Doing

The Senior Director, Global Technical Services – Respiratory (Anywhere in Europe) is responsible for leading technical aspects of externally manufactured products for the Complex Products vertical, including developing and executing tech transfer projects in alignment with projected commercial launch targets; improving robustness and efficiency of manufacturing processes resulting in optimal right first time (“RFT”) and cost competitiveness; providing and developing technical expertise to support the overall performance of vendors; meeting or exceeding safety, quality, customer service and cost targets.


Every day, we rise to the challenge to make a difference and here’s how the Senior Director, Global Technical Services – Respiratory (Anywhere in Europe) role will make an impact:


  • Lead technical aspects of externally manufactured products for the Respiratory vertical, including developing and executing tech transfer projects in alignment with projected commercial launch targets.
  • Partner with Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, Sourcing, R&D and other departments to wholistically manage external manufacturing capability and reliability.
  • Manage Vendors, CMOs and partners to meet timelines for required projects to support timely supply to markets around the world.
  • Lead and/or participate in negotiations representing Viatris’ best interests with Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMO’s) on a wide range of technical and operational issues.
  • Develop and execute tech transfer project plans in collaboration with R&D and regional functional teams as well as CMO’s. Provide the interface support between Process Development and Manufacturing Operations in order to ensure proper implementation of new processes/technologies into GMP manufacturing operation.
  • Lead support for GMP manufacturing Operations internal and external to Viatris by participating and/or leading investigations and determination of Root Cause.  Drive CAPA closure where appropriate.  Support topics include, but are not limited to, production process, QC testing, stability results, and raw materials.
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities to improve quality, safety, productivity, and reliability of manufacturing processes.  Utilize sound science and optimal technical solutions to improve plant performance.  Develop technical proficiency of Viatris colleagues through mechanism to capture product/process knowledge.
  • Provide leadership and direction for planning, organizing, developing and integrating the technical efforts, including establishment, execution and reporting of external manufacturing systems, goals, schedules and budgets.
  • Drive the continuous improvement of the company’s existing technologies while also supporting the development of new technological and/or product innovations and introduction in conjunction with quality, engineering, manufacturing, process development.
  • Manage or oversee all technical product issues and lead experimental design related to process improvement, scale-up, introduction of new technology with a focus on improving quality and cost.
  • Develop programs to gather and maintain plant operations information in order to establish a corporate data base that will be used to set up process improvement programs, provide troubleshooting information, and continually improve Viatris customer care.
  • Manage the technical personnel to support the needs of a specific project.  Leverage the various departments to execute projects and partner with R&D to ensure new initiatives are aligned and fit into the existing operational platform.  Manage execution of key project by project basis at the discretion and mutual agreement of both parties as long as the DTS upholds the primary responsibility of ensuring the technical integrity of all work and that company resources are utilized productively and efficiently.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


About Your Skills & Experience

For this role, we’re looking for a candidate who has an effective combination of the following qualifications, skills and experiences:


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) with a specialization in Engineering or related science field required and 15 years of relevant experience preferred. Master’s Degree is desired.  Related experience and/or education may be considered.
  • Must be knowledgeable in many aspects of pharmaceutical development and GMP manufacturing.  Must possess a unique combination of technical skills, administrative management skills, teamwork orientation and the inter-personal skills to effectively service and communicate with all stakeholders interacting with the technical department.
  • Experience required in at least one of the following product categories: pulmonary, parenteral, blow-fill-seal, or drug/device combinations.
  • Must possess the ability to plan, coordinate, and execute experimental plans, especially in commercial plants.
  • Statistical analysis and reporting of results in a professional and technically responsible manner are key components of a successful incumbent.
  • Personal skills and the confidence to lead, direct and motivate the technical staff as a strong functional leader, while also exhibiting the steady reliability and teamwork attitude needed to effectively interface with the other functional areas of the company on a matrix basis.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written are required.
  • This role has flexibility to be based in the United States or Europe.
  • Proficiency in speaking, comprehending, reading and writing English is required.


At Viatris, we are dedicated to building a truly diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t fully align with every requirement, we still encourage you to apply. You may just be the right candidate for this or other roles.


Benefits at Viatris

At Viatris, we offer competitive salaries, benefits and an inclusive environment where you can use your experiences, perspectives and skills to help make an impact on the lives of others.


Diversity & Inclusion at Viatris

At Viatris, diversity and inclusion are essential to our mission. The diversity we foster in all aspects of our business can be one of our greatest strengths in redefining healthcare not as it is, but as it should be. If you would like to know more about what diversity, equity and inclusion means to us, please visit


Sustainability at Viatris

Corporate social responsibility is fundamental to the Viatris mission. We work to advance responsible and sustainable operations and leverage our collective expertise to empower people to live healthier at every stage of life, recognizing that our actions affect the stakeholders and communities we serve. To learn more about our efforts, please visit


At Viatris, we offer competitive salaries, benefits and an inclusive environment where you can use your experiences, perspectives and skills to help make an impact on the lives of others.

Viatris is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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