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SAP Manufacturing Product Specialist

Job ID R0038033 Date posted Jun. 15, 2021 Location Bratislava, Slovakia

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Job Description

 Takeda is taking a giant step forward to create a future-ready organization that evolves at the speed of science and technology, to meet the needs of patients by seeking and incorporating novel digital capabilities, data, and agile methodologies. Our aim is to provide digital solutions that are personalized to each patient’s unique needs and health circumstances. With individual care at the center, we can support patients in actively managing their personal care journey – from the moment they are diagnosed through treatment and beyond.

Our IT team plays an integral role in accelerating this exciting journey and our Technical Capability Center (TCC) is the future home of 250-300 new Takeda employees who will work to create and deliver the products and technologies that will enable these foundational aspirations.


  • Supportthedevelopmentanddefinitionofthe strategy for the productline ManufacturingExecutioncapabilitiesbyproactivelyidentifyingchangesin business and thetechnologylandscape,thatwouldimpact the ERP portfolio anddevelopmentsthroughthe lifecycle.

  • Activeparticipantinthe Product LineTeamensuringintegrateddesign, build and deploymentandoperationsofresponsibleproduct line.Ensurethatdependenciesareunderstood,managedandcommunicated

  • Partner with business and countries,possessstrong knowledge ofbothbusiness andtechnology, to drive ERPsolutionstoharmonization,optimizationandoperationalexcellenceof the ERP Services.

  • Ensurebusinesscontinuitythroughoperationaland serviceexcellenceofresponsibleproduct lines.


  • Contribute tothevision andstrategy for product linecapabilities, in accordance with business and technology priorities. 

  • Contribute to the design ofroadmapsfor product line, ensuring integration into the overall product management roadmap and release plans.

  • Oversee/Support the productive and ongoing exchanges of information between the SME, user community, demand & releasemanagement,country deployment and Product Services.

  • Ensure alignment with Business Process Owners and IT Business Partners to drive engagement, process design, prioritization and deployment support across the respective areas

  • Partner with countries and key business stakeholders to lead the identification of changes in business and the initial drafting of enduserstoriesand provide continued support and training.

  • Center design and operations around improving user experience for ERP Product Line.

  • Provides leadership in identifying and solving complex problem impacting global disciplines on a global level and oversees implementations and implications to be solved.

  • Contribute tothe final definition of user requirements, user stories,specifications and the update/review of Design Papers and process flowsand IT Validation related documentation.Working closely with the key businessand ITstakeholders and third-party providers to deliver new application solutions and enhancements to existing applications.

  • Support as required key business stakeholders, third party software, service providers and IT management in design, planning, integration, expansion, problem determination and resolution.

  • Act as the ‘go to’ person for stakeholders and liaison/driver for business community. Possess strong knowledge of both business and technology regarding ERP solutions and developments.

  • Challenge existing best practices, drive and lead the development of business cases - included ROI/KPI frameworks - to support, improve and/or transform business operations, processes and strategies.

  • Actively engage with the release and engagement teams, major programs ensuring active adoption and deployment of product line capabilities.   Support active engagements and continuous improvement as required.

  • Drive“research”, gain support, and implement emerging technologies that can provide business value to Takeda.

  • Ensure compliancewith Takeda Policies and Guidelines.

  • Ensure ongoing operations and run for Product Line areas in collaboration with the product delivery services and other ERP Product groups


  • Ability to translate business requirementsinto appropriate solution

  • Partnerwith countriesand stakeholderto collect end user stories and requirements

  • Subject matter expertise

  • Project participation and product line capabilities adoption 

  • Innovation and continuous improvement

  • Note:Key stakeholders are business process owners, country leads, leads within the ERP Product Management Group and IT Business Leaders.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise(Breadth and depth of knowledge, application and complexity of technical knowledge) 

  • Possessstrong knowledge ofbothbusiness andtechnology, to drive ERPsolutionstoharmonization,optimizationandoperationalexcellenceof the ERP Services.

  • High levelof ERP System Knowledge, inparticular core ERPPP/QMmodules and touch points /interfacestootherERPModulesandExternalSystems

  • ExcellentERP ManufacturingExecutionand QualityProcess Knowledge

  • SubjectMatter Expertise infunctionalareasof ERPManufacturing

  • Understandingoflegal,regulatory andlocalcountryrequirementsthataffectthe ERPManufacturingExecutionsolution

  • Manage and configure new SAP capabilities and proto-typesolutions to determinefit for meeting stated business requirements

  • Own and design EPMManufacturing Execution interfaces with other applicationsincluding an understandingofTakeda’s middleware solutionsthatprovidethese capabilities 

  • Expertise in Integration Projects / SAP implementations.

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry

Leadership(Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change) 

  • Adherence to all applicable performance review cycle requirements and HR policies

  • Responsible for identification and communication of required skills and training opportunities to Product Line Lead

  • Contribute to Knowledge Sharing initiatives to other team members across the EPMManufacturing Execution and Qualityteam

  • Drive future ERP strategy in relation to ERP Manufacturing and Qualitysolutions

  • Ability to lead others

  • Leading the individual projects

Decision-making and Autonomy(The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)

  • Solution Design / Change Request Approval

  • Provide recommendations to EPM leadership in relation to future state technological solutions and deployment options

Interaction(The span and nature of one’s engagement with others when performing one’s job, internal and external relationships)

  • ERP Project Teams / ERP Support Teams / ERP Leadership

  • Liaise with all additional applicable stakeholders including ERP Vendors, TakedaGMSLeadership and local in-countryManufacturing and Quality Teams

Innovation(The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)

  • Improve business processes and efficiency through the implementation of new technological solutions

  • Keep informed on developments in the ERP technology space and identify relevant use-cases for deployment at Takeda

  • Align system developments/enhancement with future ERP roadmap, ensuring that solutions are future-proofed and compatible with future ERP state

Complexity(Products managed, mix of businesses, internal and/or external business environment, cultural considerations)

  • SAP and other ERPand non-ERPsystems(i.e. MES)where applicable includingotherSAP bolt-on applications

  • Manage activities in concordance with objectives of EPMManufacturing and Quality team, respecting local HR processes, cultural aspects, time zone and languages etc

  • Manage relationships with multiple stakeholders (EPM Team, Takeda Business Solutions, Support Teams, ERP Vendors, External Consultants, TakedaGMSCommunity and local countryGMSrepresentatives)

  • Responsible for both Projects and Business as Usual issues that impact on the EPMManufacturing Execution and Qualityteam.



  • Minimum 6 years of SAPPP-PIfunctional and technical experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Experience in support of business functions and in collaboration with other functional areas of SAP

  • Strong technical /analyticalskills.

  • Project management experience, including management of full lifecycle implementations for major application implementation.

  • Ability to communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner.

  • Patient and User Centricity at the core.

  • Ability to analyze a wide variety of data and make appropriate decisions.

  • Ability to set priorities, develop workflow processes and manage business and provider relationships.

  • Experience with implementing major third-party systems.

  • Extensive experience with SDLC methodology and the validation process, including writing deliverables for validated systems.

  • Experience with working with multiple teams across a matrixed organization to implement solutions.

  • Excellent oraland written communications skillsin English.


  • Pharmaceutical industry and drug development experience.

  • Takeda Operations – comprehensive understanding of Takeda’s operating structure and methods, including a thorough knowledge of the foreign-owned parent company a plus.

  • SAP certification within module and/or technology desired

Salaries start from : 41'400 EUR gross/year

Our offer to you may be higher based on your skills and experience and will include additional rewards.


Bratislava, Slovakia

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