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AGILE Champion (チェンジエージェント)

Hikari, Japan


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AGILE Champion (チェンジエージェント)

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Job ID R0017470 Date posted 03/03/2020 Location Hikari, Japan

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Job Description

Takeda is unwavering in our commitment to patients. With the patient at the center of everything we do, we continue to innovate and drive changes that will better their lives - we’re looking for like-minded professionals to join us.

Takeda is the number one pharmaceutical company in Japan and a global industry leader –we are united by our four priorities (Patients, Trust, Reputation, and Business) and our shared values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. Takeda-ism is more than just a word. It’s a belief and a mindset which guides our decisions, behaviors, and interactions. It’s how we strive to work and live, every day.

Department introduction

Our department leads the Business Excellence function comprised of AGILE, project management office and learning, and responsible for deployment of the site strategy.

AGILE is a key initiative to realize agility and a change to continuous improvement culture across the site, with impact on performance financial and non-financial parameters, people and quality.


A. Deploy AGILE program across sites:

  • As a member of the Business Excellence site team, become an AGILE expert.
  • Drive and actively implement AGILE initiatives.
  • Deliver the AGILE program at site realizing business improvements and engaging all employees.
  • Collaborate with workstream leads and owners to understand key programs for deployment and applicability to site.
  • Participate in the strategy deployment process at site to understand strategy and support translation into AGILE activities in roadmap.
  • Actively support the delivery of the AGILE roadmap and wave initiatives, developing skills through co-leading initiatives and eventually lead AGILE projects.
  • Develop own capabilities in AGILE as detailed in AGILE Champion certification document.

    B. Collaboration:

  • Visit other sites occasionally to learn, share, and replicate good practices.
  • Be a “new pair of eyes”; provide feedback and receive feedback.
  • Support and assist other AGILE Champions for the sites and functions in their AGILE journey
  • Actively share best practices through AGILE sharing tools and Community of Practice.              

    C. Site AGILE roadmap:

  • Support creation of site roadmap detailing AGILE activities which will be executed in the fiscal year in collaboration with the Site Leadership Team.
  • Ensure roadmap initiatives are present on SPOT reporting tool.
  • Lead elements of the AGILE roadmap and AGILE 4.0 Wave initiatives under the guidance of the site BE Lead.

    D. Coaching:

  • Coach AGILE concepts and mindsets and behaviors across the organization, including Senior Leadership.
  • Participate in site workshops to improve coaching capabilities.


    Technical/Functional Expertise

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical operations
  • Logical thinker


  • Excellent communication abilities
  • Influences change and supports others in the change management process

    Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Inform decision making, all significant AGILE decisions at site will be taken by Business excellence.
  • Develop business acumen during their tenure in AGILE to understand business impact and develop decision making capabilities.
  • Responsible for developing their problem-solving capabilities.


  • Interacts with all levels of the organization and collaborates strongly with other AGILE Champions
  • Develops strong relationships with key stakeholders across the Takeda network.


  • Inquisitive disposition
  • Capable of connecting workstream activities to maximize AGILE impact
  • Passionate about digital technology
  • Shares openly and learns from others.


  • Capable of operating across company culture


  • Demonstrated passion for not accepting the status quo and self-driven to improve the business
  • Courage of conviction and open to critical feedback
  • Recognized as individual that demonstrated consistently strong performance over time and an aptitude for learning agility
  • A natural leader, comfortable networking and connecting people.
  • Agile learner with proven abilities to put theory into practice
  • Project management capabilities
  • Strong facilitation and organization abilities
  • Excellent listening capabilities
  • Language: Business English capability
  • Fluent Japanese writing and verbal communication skill required

Allowances: Commutation, Housing, Overtime Work etc.

Salary Increase: Annually

Bonus Payment: Twice a year
Working Hours: Headquarters (Osaka/ Tokyo) 9:00-17:30, Production Sites (Osaka/ Yamaguchi) 8:00-16:45, Research Site (Kanagawa) 9:00-17:45
Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, May Day, Year-End Holidays etc. (approx. 123 days in a year)
Paid Leaves: Annual Paid Leave, Special Paid Leave, Refresh Leave, Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, Family Nursing Leave, Philanthropy Leave.

Flexible Work Styles: Flextime, Telework

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