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Associate Director, Operations Technology - MES

Job ID R0045816 Date posted Aug. 24, 2021 Location Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Primary Duties

This person will be a key leader and contributor in the conceptual design, detailed design, specification, implementation, qualification, trouble-shooting, and continuous improvement of manufacturing IT/OT systems for biopharmaceutical production and development facilities. Also, they will be a primary liaison between Manufacturing, IT and Facility clients, global partners, and external vendor resources.

Responsibilities: Job Function and Description         

  • Architects and leads the implementation of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) projects for MA Biologics Operations
  • Architects and leads the implementation of various system integration projects for MA Biologics Operations
  • Independently leads multi-discipline teams on mega-projects or programs of high complexity
  • Conducts customer/project workshops, utilizing Takeda’s MES deployment framework, to analyze user requirements and to define functional requirements for MES solutions through client interviews and documentation analysis
  • Develops detailed designs, implements, troubleshoots and tests MES and associated system integration solutions that meet client requirements
  • Provides functional and project execution leadership and mentors direct reports and project members
  • Acts internally and externally as an industry-wide expert in manufacturing execution and information systems
  • Accountable for the successful application of technology in the organization and for developing customer relationships. Capable of directing the activities of multiple Lead Engineers, Technical Consultants, or Senior Technical Consultants
  • Directs discussions determining strategic operating policies or technical direction, devising ways of reaching objectives in the most economical manner and of solving unusual complex technical problems involving several disciplines
  • Develops and improves processes, procedures and tools used in the execution of projects
  • Works with manufacturing, facilities, science & technology groups to influence long-term manufacturing plans and strategies

Education and Experience Requirements


  • BS degree with minimum of 12 years overall experience, including a minimum of 10+ years project experience, and at least 8 years’ experience working on MES projects in the Life Sciences industry
  • Deployment experience with plant floor/Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solutions (e.g. Syncade, Rockwell, ProPack Data, Werum PAS-X)
  • Knowledgeable in FDA validation requirements preferred, including: User Requirement and Design Specs, Business Process Procedures, Design Reviews, Requirements gathering
  • Experience with SDLC (Waterfall/Agile)
  • Experience developing user requirements, functional specification documents and test scripts for MES projects.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Windows OS, Networking & System Security Fundamentals as well as knowledge of S88, S95, OPC, Data Historian, System Interfaces, Distributed Control Systems, etc.  

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Strong understanding of Data Integrity (per FDA and EMA)
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to effectively manage the system lifecycle of assets and components
  • Ability to effectively document and specify system specifications; both new from the ground up, and changes to existing systems
  • Experience with current trends in automation and manufacturing IT to be able to select and implement modern architectures and design solutions
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required
  • Adherence to domestic and international GMP regulations
  • Strong organizational and teamwork skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic environment with changing priorities
  • Proficiency with Microsoft products; ability to learn additional software applications, as the need arises – TrackWise and Maximo experience a plus.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Individual must be capable of performing assignments that have loosely defined objectives that require investigation of a large number of variables.
  • Can function as a technical expert to equipment and systems regarding troubleshooting and operations.
  • Ability to apply diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments and related fields.
  • Work with cross-functional groups in developing requirements and recommendations for highly complex automation system modifications.
  • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards.
  • Full knowledge of industry practices.
  • Work is performed under general direction.
  • Participates in determining objectives of assignment.
  • Plan schedules and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives.
  • Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Exerts some influence on the overall objectives and long-range goals of the organization
  • Internal and External Contacts:
  • In addition to working closely with members of the Engineering Technical Support (ETS) Group and external Engineering resources, this individual will have regular contact with Manufacturing, IT and Facility clients.
  • The candidate must be able to integrate the Validation and Quality department requirements into all aspects of the daily routine.
  • Networks with key contacts outside own area of expertise.
  • Serves as consultant to management and special external spokesperson for the organization on major matters pertaining to its policies, plans, and objectives.

Other Job Requirements

  • Ability to work at all Takeda MA locations (Cambridge, N Reading, Belmont and Lexington)

This job posting excludes CO applicants




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