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Product Sciences, Product Scientist (Lead)

Boston, Massachusetts


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Product Sciences, Product Scientist (Lead)

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Job ID R0023009 Date posted 10/06/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Senior Manager (Lead), Product Scientist in our Cambridge, MA office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


  • Provides technical expertise within the GMSci Drug Product organizations responsible for product knowledge for Takeda's small molecules, biologics and plasma derived therapy portfolio
  • Serves as the subject matter expert (SME) across multiple products
  • Provides leadership for regulatory interactions including CMC content for dossiers
  • Ensures product knowledge is shared and leveraged across sites and functions


  • Provides strong understanding of product quality, impurities, stability, and characterization as well as structure-function relationships
  • Responsible for providing rationale for the justification of specifications considering history of the method and the manufacturing process
  • Reviews and approves non GMP reference standard and reference material qualification protocols and reports
  • Accountable for non GMP analytical methods
    Accountable for one or more products in the portfolio
  • Accountable for continuity of these aspects across time and sites
  • Responsible for CMC sections in dossiers related to these aspects
  • Provides strong leadership and alignment for initiatives and investigations related to these aspects which are complex
  • Works with Small Molecules Drug Product Process Sciences to conduct Design of Experiment (DoE) studies and implement Quality by Design (QbD) to improve robustness of analytical methods. Analyze statistical data and its impact on manufacturing process


Education / Experience

  • Degree in engineering or life sciences
  • BS with a minimum of 10 years experience, MS with a minimum of 8 years experience with deep expertise in analytical methods for biologics characterization and commercial release
  • Experience operating globally in a matrixed organization highly preferred

Highly desired skill

  • Experience working with pharmaceutical stability studies, analytics and quality control.


  • Must be self-motivated, have good interpersonal skills, capable of analyzing and solving complex problems through innovative thought and experience.
  • Communicates effectively and frequently with supervisor, line function and peers.
  • Successfully and succinctly conveys complex information in both written and oral forms.


  • Focusing on the few priorities and provide superior results
  • Elevating capabilities for now and the future
  • Being able to work cohesively with different teams
  • Eagerness to learn and grow


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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