Head Information Technology

About Synthon

Synthon Biopharmaceuticals focuses on development of innovative medicines, including antibody-drug conjugates, in two key therapeutic areas: oncology and autoimmune diseases. In the
coming years, we aim to deliver on our promise to introduce new medicines for diseases with high unmet medical need.

We are inquisitive, entrepreneurial and independent. We make creative choices, and are building a promising portfolio of next-generation medicines.

Synthon Biopharmaceuticals is based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where over 250 staff work at our state-of-the art biotech campus.

We are interested in result-oriented people with a sharp mind and entrepreneurial spirit, who can contribute to our ambition to provide solutions to the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.

Job Profile

As head Information Technology (IT) you will be responsible for setting up and managing a stand-alone IT department for Synthon Biopharmaceuticals. You will lead a group of approximately 9 people who work on supporting the IT operations, in strong alignment with the business needs. You will act as a proactive advisor and sparring partner for business executives, to define infrastructure support initiatives and solutions for improving business process efficiency and effectiveness. Continuous development and improvement of the provided IT services is one of your key tasks, and you will keep IT knowledge throughout the whole department at the highest standard. You will report to the Site director.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of infrastructure strategy, service delivery and support, standards and procedures
  • The set-up of IT strategy planning activities, bringing knowledge and vision on infrastructure technology and systems, and best practices as related to the needs of the business
  • Development, implementation and management of IT metrics reporting and service level agreements that effectively measure team and vendor performance and are in line with the needs of the business
  • Collaboration and negotiation with external partners to support system operations/development/integration, ensuring reliability, competence, flexibility and cost effectiveness
  • Working closely with business groups to manage customer satisfaction, direct investigation and remediation of service level breakdowns
  • Initiating, leading and supporting projects and their delivery in accordance with project goals, time scales and costs in alignment with the business needs.

Your Profile

Your motivation letter and CV should show that you have:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science or related field
  • More than 10 years of working experience, preferably in highly regulated environment such as life sciences or similar
  • Strong people management and communication skills
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Perfect command of the English language


In interviews you will be able to demonstrate that you have strong leadership and management skills, a participative management style, and a no-nonsense, result-oriented and pragmatic approach. You also have the ability to manage change, both in structure and in attitude, and to formulate a clear vision on information technology.

Important dates

Please send you application before 9 September.

Information and application

Contract hours: fulltime, 40 hours.
Salary: depending on experience.
Home base will be Nijmegen.

For further information, you can contact Bram de Kruijff, Site director at tel. +31 (0)24 - 372 77 00. If you are interested in this challenging position, we look forward to your application. You can apply via our website https://www.synthon.com/careers. 

Recruitment by commercial agencies in relation to this or other vacancies is not appreciated.

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