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Material Qualification Specialist

Boston, Massachusetts


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Material Qualification Specialist

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Job ID R0021818 Date posted 07/31/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description


  • Support a patient-focused global Material lifecycle management program for internal and external Material Qualification efforts, which is innovative, scalable and consistent. 
  • Oversight for global Material Qualification strategy and knowledge management.
  • Support the Global Supplier Notification of Change, Material Change Management and Excipient Risk Assessment Programs
  • Identify and implement Material Qualification continuous improvement enterprise solutions across the global network.


  • Support global MQ network (internal and external) as SME, providing training, inspection support, change assessment support and overall project technical and strategy expertise as required.
  • Support cross-functional MQ initiatives to enable optimization of working capital within the commercial portfolio.
  • Lead analysis (such a SWOT) of publicly available business intelligence (10-Ks, journals, etc.) to identify business trends, opportunities and requirements in material selection, implementation and qualification.  Communicate results to senior leadership on a routine basis.
  • Collaborate with other GMS leadership functions such as Strategy & Business Excellence on developing an end to end product manufacturing network strategy.
  • Lead and coordinate MQ global knowledge management activities throughout MQ network.
  • Deliver patient-focused lifecycle management priorities


  • Analyze unstructured problems, identify root causes and align team objectives to drive divisional goals
  • Use agile principles to reduce process complexity and increase organizational capacity
  • Knowledge of Project Management and Process Improvement methodologies (Agile, Lean, DMAIC, Waterfall, and/or PMBOK)
  • Knowledge of essential CMC activities
  • Develop and apply custom strategies for processing and visualizing multidimensional data
  • Experience capturing and translating business requirements into technical solutions


  • Experience managing projects in a matrix environment
  • Ability to inspire others to share their vision and support them to reach a common goal
  • A firm grasp of organizational development and cross-functional group alignment

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
  • Work in a dynamic environment, be able to set, balance and communicate priorities, and serve as a change agent.
  • Create functional strategies and goals that are closely aligned with Takeda’s objectives and develops metrics to track and assess performance.
  • Develops concise, strategic plans based on a clear understanding of the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.


  • Exerts influence on the overall objectives and long-range goals of the organization.
  • Represents organization as a prime contact on contracts or projects. Interacts with senior internal and external personnel on significant matters often requiring coordination between organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal and active problem-solving skills
  • Engage partners to deliver agile and predictive results within a complex and evolving business landscape
  • Interface with each Operating Unit and Region supporting lifecycle management of development and commercially approved products
  • Build productive working relationships internally and externally.  


  • Leverage business analytics (such as SWOT) to identify emerging opportunities and capability needs for GMSci.
  • Ability to apply first principles in chemistry, physics, and engineering to manufacturing problems and create new solution paths to manufacturing challenges.
  • Translate prior knowledge into new understanding of the development pipeline and expand the working knowledge of the essential activities for all key functional areas
  • Identifies opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.


  • Understands differences in practices across organizations or countries, and balances local demands and perspectives with global strategies.
  • Creates an environment that promotes information exchange and the open and honest expression of opinions, thoughts and beliefs.


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