Contract Manufacturing Lead



Technologiepark 94 Zwijnaarde Belgium

Function type

Contract Manufacturing Lead


Company profile

Biotalys was established in January 2013 as a spin-off of VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology), and is backed by a syndicate of renowned life sciences investors. A highly experienced and dedicated team warrants the successful development of the company.

The growing demand for healthy, safe and sustainable food has increasingly imposed restrictions on agricultural practices. Therefore, improving food production efficiency in a sustainable way, while safeguarding the environment and its natural resources, is essential.

Job description/tasks

You coordinate all external manufacturing activities related to the field of fermentation, recovery and dry/liquid formulation. You are involved in the selection of the appropriate contract manufacturing organization (CMO) and act as the primary contact between the selected CMOs and Biotalys. You closely partner with the Biotalys process development team and global project teams to ensure a proper scale up from lab, over pilot to commercial scale production (>100m³). With the “begin with the end in mind” principle, focusing on “Cost of Good Sold” is of major importance.

Candidate profile


  • Hold a PhD or MSc in Biology, Biotechnology, (Bio)Chemistry, or Bio-engineering; with at least 3 years relevant industry experience;

  • Knowledgeable in the large-scale production of heterologous protein-based products, and more specifically familiar with proteins and technologies for their recombinant production, analysis and characterization;


  • Experience in (Agro)biological product development technology, and translating this into commercial manufacturing processes, with focus on continuous process optimization;

  • Previous experience with large-scale commercial bio-manufacturing is an advantage;

  • Previous experience in Ag-biotech and/or white biotech is an advantage;

Technical, professional and personal capabilities:

  • Be a team player, enthusiastic and flexible, able to build bridges between groups;

  • Ability to inspire and motivate others;

  • Able to collaborate effectively across organizational and functional boundaries (matrix organization), and complement internal expertise with external technologies;

  • Ability to build strong networks;

  • Proven sense for initiative, detail and scientific rigor;

  • Ability to manage different work-streams simultaneously with strict timelines for delivery;

  • Excellent reporting and communication skills (fluent in English, written and spoken).

Terms of employment

Teamwork, innovation, passion, well-being and accountability are the Biotalys’ values that guide our business and that we prize when we recruit new talent and reward our employees. We strive to create an exciting and dynamic working environment in which you will be challenged to take initiative, contributing to the success of the company. You will work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team of top innovators in the AgFood Biotech industry who will support you to further develop and grow your personal skills. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package


Nele Geusens, PhD, Recruitment Consultant
T: +32 497 57 08 94

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