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Team Lead Quality Assurance - First Shift

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Takeda’s Brooklyn Park manufacturing facility provides long-term strategic benefits by enhancing Takeda’s capacity to manufacture additional commercial products and investigational drugs under clinical development. This plant allows Takeda to establish and develop direct commercial bio-manufacturing expertise, and is poised to be a world-class biologics drug substance production facility. When fully constructed, it will be a 215,000 square-foot facility manufacturing multiple antibody products, including Entyvio.

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Team Lead Quality Assurance - First Shift

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Job ID R0015510 Date posted 01/17/2020 Location Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a  Lead Quality Assurance Specialist in our Brooklyn Park, Minnesota office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Lead QA Specialist working on the Quality Assurance team, you will be empowered to supervise QA Specialists as well as batch record review. A typical day will include:

OBJECTIVE: 

  • Supervise Quality Assurance Specialists involved in activities associated with commercial cGMP biologics drug substance manufactured at the Brooklyn Park site of Takeda.
  • Responsible for supervising the batch record review and product disposition function in support of timely commercial drug substance batch disposition.
  • Provides expertise and guidance in interpreting governmental regulations, agency guidelines and internal policies related to quality assurance operations and may support and/or represent the Quality Assurance functional area as a subject matter expert (SME) during regulatory and third-party inspections.
  • Focused primarily on providing support, guidance, and training on complex and non-routine quality-related issues.
  • This is a first shift position, with periodic on-call work required for off-shift coverage to support a 24-7 manufacturing department.

ACCOUNTABILITIES: 

This position is focused primarily on providing support, guidance, and training on complex and non-routine quality-related issues and for supervision of the QA Specialists.

This individual:

  • Performs batch and supporting documentation review thoroughly, with a high attention to detail, using extensive working knowledge of quality concepts and internal procedures and controls.
  • Interprets and executes operating policies, procedures, and directives for the department.
  • Provides leadership to the group. Assures quality and compliance of department work product. Maintains system for reporting department performance metrics.
  • Coordinates with manufacturing and facility support staff to proactively engage in issue resolution.
  • Analyzes and interprets projects, studies, or investigations to determine next steps. Makes decisions independently and notifies management of action taken.
  • Identifies, investigates, and resolves complex technical issues using problem-solving skills. Notifies management of actions taken.
  • Leads investigation teams and ensures proper close out and follow up.
  • Reviews deviations, investigations, and CAPAs associated with cGMP compliance. Supports change controls related to Quality topics.
  • Represents QA on cross-functional project teams such as tech transfer, process validation, and process improvements.
  • Writes new documents and revises existing documents, independently.
  • Performs QA review/approval of controlled documents.
  • Receives minimal supervision on work assignments. Receives overall project direction from management but completes most work independently.
  • Develop and provide training on department-specific procedures/systems and quality-related topics from industry. Trains and mentors peers. Ensures staff is adequately trained prior to executing work.
  • Identifies and proposes Quality Process and system improvements.
  • Participates in internal or supplier audits as needed.
  • Complete mandatory training within required timeframe.
  • Performs additional duties, as assigned. 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: 

BA/BS (or Master's) in any Life Science discipline preferred, and/or 8+ years experience in Regulated (food, medical device, or pharma/biotech) industry. 

  • Must have direct experience with Quality Assurance within the Life Science industry.
  • Understands and applies comprehensive knowledge of quality and GMP principles. Maintains current understanding of global GMP regulations.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently and in a timely fashion. 
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment to accomplish goals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with site personnel, peers and management.
  • Must be able to read, write and converse in English.
  • Must display eagerness to learn and continuously improve.
  • Positive work attitude that supports teamwork and continuous improvement.
  • Must have the following personal attributes:  integrity and trust, work ethic, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, pragmatism, courage and conviction.
  • Must be experienced in Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

Must have Supervisory Experience

  • Delegates responsibility and projects to Quality Assurance Specialists based on their level of judgment and experience.
  • Assists the Quality Manager with development of vision and goals for the Quality Assurance Specialists that are aligned with Takeda quality and global Takeda goals.
  • Communicate and advocate Takeda and department goals and objectives.
  • Meets with individual employees on a regular basis to discuss, prioritize, and assign work and projects.
  • Independently manages personnel development, annual performance reviews and performance issues with minimal guidance.
  • Structure, lead and train staff. Proactively looks for ways to challenge staff and create career opportunities to enhance job satisfaction and improve the department as a whole.
  • Develops and maintains strong internal relationships both within the Quality organization and cross-functionally.

WHAT TAKEDA CAN OFFER YOU:

  • 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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Locations

Brooklyn Park, MN

Worker Type

Employee

Worker Sub-Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

Job ID R0015510

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