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Head of Maintenance

Neuchâtel, Switzerland


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Head of Maintenance

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Job ID SR0040838 Date posted 09/04/2019 Location Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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

Your Mission

The Head of Maintenance  leads  the site Engineering team providing maintenance, calibration and reliability engineering services and is responsible for managing day to day operations of internal and external workforces executing maintenance, metrology/calibration, and reliability services at cGMP biotech site with 24/7.

The Head of Maintenance  is responsible for executing local planning and reliability program as well as for safety, compliance, and financial performance of site organization while meeting customer KPI’s and production goals.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage day to day operations of internal and external workforces executing maintenance, metrology/calibration, and reliability services at site with 24/7 operations, in compliance with EHS and QA standards.
  • Lead and develop a team of 4 supervisors and approx. 50 indirects reports in their respective fields through consistent and effective coaching, communication and training.
  • Execute local planning, scheduling and reliability program to pursue the goals to increase operational efficiency, reduce downtime, and achieve industry leading performance in maintenance, calibration and reliability management.
  • Develop and implement of site procedures and service level agreements to ensure safety and compliance of operation.
  • Identify and lead continuous improvement projects at site with the objective of achieving quality, reliability and cost.
  • Develop and Report on key metrics used to monitor progress and develop strategic and tactical plans to advance overall performance.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the site budget for Maintenance, Calibration, Planning Sechduling and Reliability services.
  • Responsible to respect and exceed the site budget objectives
  • Guide, Counsel and Support plant shutdown processes at site to accomplish the intended purpose while minimizing the downtime.
  • Takes part into the Site Operating mechanisms with the goal be fully integrated in the plant routine operations.
  • Responsible to define the spare part plant policy and to guarantee availability of the spare parts to support the plant maintenance and calibration strategy.
  • Responsible to guarantee the execution of department task associated with CAPA, calibration, deviations.
  • Responsible for the development program of the site team with the purpose to determine and develop strategic competencies.
  • Owner of the local maintenance and calibration system and responsible for application of all relevant SOPs.
  • Responsible for definition, approval of main maintenance and calibration external contracts.
  • As well responsible through his organization for the service provided from external contractors to the plant


  • Excellent communication & listening skills, can adapt style to the audience
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, self-motivated
  • Capable of analyzing and solving complex problems through innovative thought and experience
  • Able to convince on courses of action with minimal assistance using both written and verbal methods
  • Team player prepared to work in and embrace a team-based culture within the manufacturing teams
  • Structured/Systems thinking with good technical understanding
  • Ability to think and act cross-functionally
  • Able to work in a fast and dynamic environment with a high emphasis on achieving results
  • Must be able to provide solutions that reflect an understanding of business objectives and cost implications
  • Demonstrated ability in technical writing, describing complex processes and qualifications and to translate it into clear, precise reports
  • Fluent in English and French

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Project and people management experience is a must
  • Bachelor/Masters in Engineering and more than 10 years of experience within a biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing environment (Process Operations or Quality)
  • Strong stakeholder management abilities, always being professional, business and goal oriented and eager to take decisions
  • Strong awareness of safety and quality for all activities
  • Expertise in Quality/Compliance within an FDA regulated/GMP manufacturing setting
  • Experience with Six Sigma DMAIC tools (e.g. FMEA, Is/Is Not, Cause & Effect Diagram, Contradiction Matrix, etc.)

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