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Director Global Process Engineering Biologics

Lexington, Massachusetts, Zurich, Switzerland


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Director Global Process Engineering Biologics

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Job ID SR0039011 Date posted 07/08/2020 Location Lexington, Massachusetts; Zurich, Switzerland


Provide specialist process engineering expertise to ensure reliable, cost-effective, and standard technical solutions to manufacturing plants.


  • Own and develop manufacturing process design and selection criteria to support all capital investments with specific emphasis on design, standards, and cost.
  • Lead evaluation of existing manufacturing processes and provide expertise on how to improve yield and efficiency while maintaining acceptable quality.
  • Deliver technology solutions designed for reliable operations, in line with throughput, OEE, and product quality.
  • Lead relevant site process engineers to evaluate the need for process standards understanding, network usage, business case, compliance, and complexity of implementation.
  • Drive and lead subject matter experts through working groups to deliver technology strategy, commonality in solution selection, standards, and troubleshooting.
  • Establish efficient, constant, and collaborative communication with the process engineering community to understand the Site needs, the best practices, and the installed standards, including the rationales and local specifics.
  • Develop & nurture core competencies of the process SMEs at sites to ensure technical capabilities are built and that knowledge and experience are maintained.
  • Be aware of technology process trends and benchmarks in the industry. Benchmark against peers so that Takeda is in-line with industry.
  • Ensure compliance to all regulatory GMP, Safety and Environmental requirements.
  • To be recognized as an SME across multiple sites.
  • Manage contractors and external vendors to deliver robust technical solutions.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Must be able to display in-depth knowledge and expertise in Biologics process engineering including such technologies as Upstream Cell Culture, Down Stream Purification, Filling & Packaging, as well as Cell Therapy Technology.
  • Displays strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Can display analytical and conceptual thinking
  • Has a deep and broad understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing process, regulatory environment, trends in process innovation, and financial acumen


  • An enterprise leader balancing and aligning goals and priorities to meet company objectives
  • Ability to influence within the organization to drive decisions, alignment, and conflict resolution for complex cross-functional issues
  • Being a mentor developing future leaders
  • Displays and drives Takeda culture of Takeda-ism, PTRB, safety, and quality into the organization

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Full accountability for complex decisions regarding process engineering solutions, organization capability, and delivery of value to the business.


  • Is able to easily engage with both internal and external stakeholders to drive performance and rollout process engineering solutions.
  • Collaborate across all technologies, including Plasma, Biologics, API, and Small Molecule within GMS to align on possible process standards like CIP and COP equipment.
  • Works across Site teams to align and implement process engineering best practices.


  • Is capable of identifying the latest trends in the industry like an automated inspection for a complex portfolio.
  • Is able to benchmark against peers in the industry
  • Provides inputs for defining the innovation roadmap in GMS process engineering strategies
  • Ensures process knowledge sharing across sites and GE functions for effective development of organizational capabilities.


  • Manages with a matrix of reporting lines and across functional areas
  • Provides leadership to drive highly complex process solutions that span multiple sites across different demographics.



  • Degree in engineering (Dipl. Ing. / M. Sc. / B. Sc.) or equivalent (mechanical / process / chemical or equivalent
  • Languages: Business fluent proficiency in English & Local Language (written and verbal),
  • Experience: More than 12 years of experience in GMP manufacturing relevant to the specialist area of expertise.
  • Minimum of 8 years of leadership experience
  • Broad knowledge of Biologics process solutions and best practice in the field of expertise.
  • High communication skills, analytical mindset, ability to work under pressure
  • GxP/QA knowledge
  • Innovative thinking
  • Building relationships and teamwork
  • Used to working in a complex global / matrix organization.
  • Can establish and coordinate service contracts with external service providers

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Experience with data analysis
  • Good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry not limited to technical aspects only

Travel requirements

  • Regular travels to Takeda sites within the region and to equipment and service providers. (Approx 25% travel)

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