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Associate Director, OE deployment Leader

Jūsō-honmachi, Japan


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Associate Director, OE deployment Leader

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Job ID R0021400 Date posted 07/27/2020 Location Jūsō-honmachi, Japan

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Job Description

Please note that this job requires native level Japanese language command not only in speaking, but also in business writing and reading.

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.


OE deployment Leader is a lean or Six Sigma experienced practitioner responsible for development of lean and/or Six Sigma capability across the Takeda network as part of the Agile programme.  The incumbent also supports business improvement through coaching of leaders and practitioners and through workshop deployment.  Through strong business knowledge, they support the development and delivery of site Agile master plans developing local capabilities in the Agile Champion team in the process. 


Scope includes development of OE and Agile master plans, development of OE capabilities and management of OE interventions associated with the OE strategy to support the GMS Value Proposition.


  • Provide guidance and support to site teams to Coach leaders on all aspects of Agile Operating system   5%
  • Aid plants in identification of highest value areas for improvement and support delivery of improvement of plant performance with site teams      15%
  • Work with the Six Sigma Leader/Lean Leader to deliver OE strategy to support business goals with the Operating units and regions as part of Agile programme 10%
  • Ensure accurate and timely KPI reporting for GMS in particular the Agile related metrics    5%
  • Support Agile champions in working across Agile work streams through coaching and connecting SMEs across the network.  10%
  • Liaise and collaborate with other regional team members to ensure alignment of the global program best practices.  Actively support the best  practice sharing across GMS 10%
  • Support  Takeda Transformation and product End to End projects to identify improvement opportunities including projects at each individual site. Work with sites to identify waste and robustness issues within their value stream.  Develop roadmap on how to achieve goals for the site value stream.  5%
  • Execute high impact Lean/Six Sigma projects as requested and as a Rapid response investigation leader as necessary.  5%
  • Deliver Lean/Six Sigma training periodically for regional employees to develop required capabilities, this includes but is not limited to Agile bootcamps.  15%
  • Impart Lean/Six Sigma coaching to employees to deliver improvement results using the Agile Operating system.  15%
  • Participate in local Agile fora to support the GMS network.5%


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Fluent in English and Japanese
  • Multiple Language skills desirable but not essential
  • Execute strategies with minimum guidance.
  • Influence people at all levels in the business
  • Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Flexibility and ability to assimilate new knowledge and standards quickly

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

Takeda expects all employees to embody the following:

  • Values – Integrity, Honesty, Fairness, Perseverance
  • Priorities – Patient Trust, Reputation, Business
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach and develop site or center OE team.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Adapt to work priorities in response to complex or rapidly changing environment. Has the context of global, regional & site OE needs


  • Operate in a multicultural environment
  • Support cross-functional teams and collaborate effectively with key stakeholders in GMS.
  • Coordinate with the Six Sigma Leader/Lean Deployment Leader and OE global team to deliver the expectations of the GMS OE strategy. They will also partner with site Business Excellence Leads, and Learning partners.
  • The incumbent may be in contact with Takeda customers, CMOs, vendors and consultants and external benchmarking bodies.  External industry contacts as it relates to staying current on OE methodologies and tools.


  • Deliver results to project timelines with limited resources, operating in a complex matrix environment, ensuring all stakeholders have the required information to support the OE Strategy
  • Excellent working knowledge and SME on Lean Operating systems and their application in a GxP environment


  • The incumbent will be involved in complex problem resolution and will work with minimal direction.  Appropriate structured problem solving techniques will be used to resolve business problems with focus on compliance and business risk in all solutions. 



  • BS degree in a technical discipline.
  • Minimum 10 years experience in the bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a manufacturing and / or quality/technical services role.
  • Demonstrated teaching and coaching skills.
  • Experience in a Leadership role
  • Proven negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Minimum certified Six Sigma Black Belt preferred


  • Lean Master/ Six Sigma Master Black belt certified

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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