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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Audit Lead

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Zug, Switzerland


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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Audit Lead

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Job ID SR0038963 Date posted 08/08/2019 Location Cambridge, Massachusetts; Zug, Switzerland

Join us as a EHS Audit Lead in either Zürich, Switzerland orBoston, United States.


The Key Accountabilities of the EHS Audit Leadinclude, but are not limited to:

  • Execute EHS Audit Program as designed
  • Transform Audit into Learning
  • Develop Competence, Drive Performance
  • Assure Compliance and Risk Management
  • Drive Continuous Improvement
  • Perform Annual Risk Assessment
  • Provide input on audit schedule
  • Plan, develop and deliver audits as assigned
  • Support and drive continuous improvement of the audit and Third-Party Certification management
  • Lead / Manage Post-audit trending and CAPA tracking
  • Support the process development and execution of Third-Party Supplier / Contract Manufacturing audit process
  • Manage the regulated waste audit program
  • Responsible for stakeholder management


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Certified auditor or 10+ years of experience auditing in a multi-national organization
  • Must be very knowledgeable in EHS and DOT regulations.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing or other high hazard industry (oil & gas, pulp & paper, chemical manufacturing, steel, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills are required
  • Must be action oriented and self-driven 
  • Demonstrated ability of simplifying the complex and placing resources on what is critical.
  • Have the courage and conviction to speak-up when needed
  • Demonstrate intellectual honesty
  • Strong conflict management skills
  • Strong change management skills


  • Ability to lead, inspire, and direct audit team of EHS and technical professionals. Must have experience leading managers.
  • Ability to lead by influence.
  • Must have the ability to efficiently and effectively interact with, lead, participate and facilitate multi-functional teams, as well as outside consultants.  

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to make decisions about complex EHS situations and topics when the solution is not clear
  • Builds relationships. Initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others’ needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments.


  • Work with various teams across sites and functions. Leading cross functional work to align on Takeda’s position on various EHS programs and initiatives.
  • Partner with internal colleagues and external industry groups to drive continuous improvement
  • Interact and develop positive working relationships during audits.


  • Incorporate continuous improvement methodologies and tools into existing EHS audit and supplier risk programs where appropriate.


  • Responsible for communications with senior leadership;
  • Ability to identify resources for audits;
  • Ability to take initiative and lead others;
  • Ability to proactively identify and resolve issues.


  • Typically requires a bachelors' degree, preferably in technical / environmental sciences, engineering or related field. 10+ years of related experience
  • Effective listener, clear communicator and coach
  • Demonstrated technical advanced skills and varied EHS experience including: environmental or safety management systems, waste management, clean air, water, industrial health, occupational safety, etc.
  • Ability to understand global context/responsibilities of the audit function.
  • English fluent in speaking and writing; command of additional languages advantageous
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately using oral and written communications with different levels of management.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to reason logically analyze and evaluate data and information and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Ability to assess and determine risk impacts.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Holds or is working towards relevant certification including BEAC / IIA.
  • Management systems experience (e.g. ISO 14001, 45001, etc.)


  • Travel required (approximately 30-50%)
  • The position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in facilities, including controlled environments requiring gowning and personal protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.  
  • Flexibility to engage in work activities outside of the normal 8-hour workday.

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. Discover more at

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To further support and inspire our employees, our benefits include: Competitive basic salary, Annual Bonus, Long Term Incentive Plan, Contributory Pension Scheme, Private Health Cover and Life Assurance.

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