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Director, BioLife Transformation Lead

Bannockburn, Illinois


Takeda fosters a collaborative and stimulating work environment filled with opportunity and the chance to make a difference in people's lives. It is a workplace driven by integrity, one of Takeda’s long-held values that extends to both the patients we serve and our employees who develop and deliver medicines. Across our company, Takeda employees bring together diverse strengths that together create a stronger whole.

As one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, Takeda is committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter future to people worldwide. We aspire to bring our leadership in translating science into life-changing medicines to the next level, in our core focus areas; oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies, and vaccines.

We are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients’ lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!

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  • Collaborative
  • Strategic
  • Results Driven
  • Self-starter
  • Versatile
  • Team player

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  • Since 1781, the values of Takeda-ism (Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance) have guided everything we do—from decision-making to interacting with patients.

  • Our people-first mission extends beyond patients to include their families, communities, and our own Takeda family.

  • A strong, borderless team, we strive together towards our priorities and inspiring mission.

  • Recognized for our culture and way of working, we’re one of only 13 companies to receive Top Global Employer® status for 2018.

  • Our people-first mission extends beyond patients to include their families, communities, and our own Takeda family.

  • Our vision is of a world with accessible healthcare for all, where prevention measures are exponentially advanced and billions are freed of disease. Our approach is rooted in our patient-centricity and the creation of outstanding treatments that change people's lives. Building upon a foundation of sustainability, we are committed to contributing to the long-term health of people through disease prevention.

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Director, BioLife Transformation Lead

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Job ID SR0045362 Date posted 01/06/2020 Location Bannockburn, Illinois

Takeda is an industry-leading, global pharmaceutical company with an unwavering dedication to putting patients at the center of everything we do. We live our values of Takeda-ism – Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance – and are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

Here, everyone matters, and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.

A subsidiary of Takeda, BioLife is an industry leader in operating high quality plasmapheresis centers throughout the United States. At BioLife Plasma Services, we excel at caring. Caring for the quality of our lifesaving services, caring for the donors who help make it happen, and caring for the communities we call home. Improving Lives. Improving life for everyone.

BioLife’s employment opportunities are among the best, offering competitive pay, immediate benefits, paid time off, on the job training, advancement potential AND an environment full of fast-paced fun all while working to save lives.


  • Leads the BioLife Transformation office responsible to meet plasma collections growth and cost improvement objectives in support of PDT aspirations to serve more patients (75%)
  • Ensures transformation sprint activities are prioritized and completed to achieve near-term and longer-term results projected in 2020 MRP and LRF.
  • Oversees the day-to-day priorities and focus of the Transformation Office and Workstream Leads to support People, Process, and Value objectives
    • People – Change Management, Communications, HR
    • Process – Project Management, Regulatory, Quality/Legal/Tech
    • Value – Finance
  • Identifies cross-team interdependencies and drives to resolution
  • Surfaces risks, facilitates the development of mitigation strategies, and oversees their implementation
  • Ensures strong governance and communication to support desired results
    • Ensures a constantly up to date view of an integrated roadmap across all workstreams
    • Facilitates cross-team communication
    • Manages all updates and follow-ups to the BioLife and PDT SteerCo
  • Oversight and Support of Agile and Digital Product Teams (25%)
  • Ensure initiatives and Agile Teams are consistent with overall strategy and ambition
  • Provides strategic guidance and pressure tests Agile Teams’ business cases and pilot assumptions


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • A bold, unconstrained thinker and doer who demonstrates a clear understanding of the objectives and tactics needed to achieve transformational results
  • Must demonstrate excellent leadership, change management, customer sensitivity, analytical, interpersonal, planning, communication, and collaboration skills necessary. Must also have the ability to manage strategically and think innovatively.
  • Ability to manage in a fast paced, challenging environment while remaining focused on obtaining objectives.
  • Successful leadership across varied projects and teams.
  • On occasion the incumbent may work in/ visit a plasma collection center or test laboratory where potential exists for exposure to biohazardous blood or plasma.


  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance
  • Putting the patient at the center
  • Building trust with society
  • Reinforcing our reputation
  • Developing the business

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Provide direction on when projects move forward, when to escalate issues, and when to close out open actions.
  • Determine needs for analysis of data and drive overall recommendations for decisions that need to be made across the network


  • Coordination and ability to drive results across other functions
  • Has a reputation for delivery that reinforces the required sense of urgency


  • Displays a strong ability to prioritize
  • Able to spot patterns/trends across teams that enables the identification of the root causes of problems
  • Has a strong attention to detail and an organized approach to work


  • Has skills in disciplines beyond project management in order to develop an integrated approach, accounting for value and people factors


Essential:  Bachelor’s Degree. 10+ years in a healthcare/medical related capacity


  • Past history of successful project management, continuous improvement management and or leadership experience is highly desirable.
  • Project management, Supply Chain Operating Systems, and Financial management skills are necessary. Lean and or Six Sigma Green/ Black Belt skills desired, certification preferred

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Add any information legally required for your country here)

  • FLSA Classification (US) – Exempt
  • Domestic Travel – up to 40%
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

Employment / Recruitment agents may only submit candidates for vacancies only if they have written authorization to do so from Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda’s Talent Acquisition department. Any agency candidate submission may only be submitted to positions opened to the agency through the specific Agency Portal. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda will only pay a fee for candidates submitted or presented where there is a fully executed contract in place between the Employment / Recruitment agents and Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda and only if the candidate is submitted via the Agency Portal. Candidates submitted or presented by Employment / Recruitment Agents without a fully executed contract or submitted through this site shall not be deemed to form part of any Engagement for which the Agency may claim remuneration.

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Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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