Skip to main content

Search Our Jobs

Lean Lead AGILE Lead

Round Lake Beach, Illinois


Every day, employees working in Takeda’s Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain, and Global Quality business unit are shaping the future of healthcare. They are breaking down barriers and ensuring our life-changing medicines are available, accessible, and affordable to patients. Life-changing for you. Life-changing for patients.

Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain, and Global Quality is the backbone of Takeda, and our employees are the guardians for our patients, our products, and our reputation. As a member of our team, we can offer you the opportunity to grow in a meaningful career, develop your skills, and come to work every day knowing that what you do makes a genuine difference.

Back to Job Navigation (Overview)


What makes a successful member of our team? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Agile
  • Ambitious
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Entrepreneurial

Back to Job Navigation (Success)

Back to Job Navigation (Life at Takeda)


  • Bold initiatives, continuous improvement, and creativity are at the heart of how we bring scientific breakthroughs from the lab to patients.

  • Here, you will feel welcomed, respected, and valued as a vital contributor our global team.

  • Through trust and respect, you will have genuine support from leaders, managers, and colleagues to do your best work.

  • A strong, borderless team, we strive together towards our priorities and inspiring mission.

  • Recognized for our culture and way of working, we’re one of only 13 companies to receive Top Global Employer® status for 2021.

  • Our people-first mission extends beyond patients to include their families, communities, and our own Takeda family.

Back to Job Navigation (Rewards)

Lean Lead AGILE Lead

Apply Now
Job ID R0035771 Date posted 04/22/2021 Location Round Lake Beach, Illinois

By clicking the “Apply” button, I understand that my employment application process with Takeda will commence and that the information I provide in my application will be processed in line with Takeda’sPrivacy Noticeand Terms of Use. I further attest that all information I submit in my employment application is true to the best of my knowledge.

Job Description

Takeda's Round Lake, IL site is now positioned to take advantage of some key opportunities to better serve patients with plasma-derived therapies. We are looking to change the way we run our operations, internalizing the right behaviors and mindsets. This role is the site's guide, someone who has worked in a lean organization, who knows what good looks and feels like, has the commitment, drive, and persistence to get us there.

You will lead and coach a team of bright, energetic people whose capabilities you'll develop to benefit them through the rest of their careers. You have experience working at an organization that is recognized for its deeply lean environment. Ideally, most of your time will have been in line management. You are influential, able to build robust, honest relationships with people, respectfully challenge, and change how they do things. You enjoy guiding people who have not experienced a truly lean environment, particularly coaching people-leaders in what it means to lead with people at the center. While your experience may be in other industries, you must be capable of learning about our process to translate and add value appropriately. You must be comfortable guiding root cause problem-solving as a coach in the method, without being a subject matter expert. You know the lean terminology and can use plain language to explain to those who don't.

Operational Responsibilities:

  • Coach and mentor functional group leaders in the workplace to drive consistent lean principles and behaviors.
  • Coach and mentor AGILE champions who report to you to build their capabilities.
  • Utilize Takeda's operating system tools and mechanisms to ensure an effective, coherent system that drives continuous improvement.
  • Collaborate with other sites and global teams to enhance standard tools.
  • Focus on valuable outcomes for our patients and, consequently, trust of our people, reputation in society, and business value.
  • Make performance visible, ensure root-cause problem solving, and drive effective, needs-driven improvement through and with people.
  • Collaboratively develop plans with operational leaders to progress on the continuous improvement journey, monitor and course correct, escalating promptly where necessary.
  • Support the site policy deployment process to ensure focus on the critical few, alignment of our people, and help translate site goals into daily actions
  • Work with senior site leaders to adopt people-centered leadership and frequent, purposeful Gemba walks


  • Have demonstrated a passion for challenging the status quo and relentlessly try to improve operations.
  • Knowledge of regulatory governed manufacturing or FDA regulated operations an advantage
  • Proven record of delivery of results
  • Deep understanding of lean fundamentals, approaches, techniques, and systems
  • Strong negotiation, influence, consultation, and facilitation skills. 
  • Clearly demonstrate structured, logical, critical, and analytical thinking.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills.  A positive and resilient leader. Ability to lead and motivate teams to achieve business goals.   
  • Must have strong organizational and project management abilities
  • Must be able to train others and work with employees on all levels. 
  • Must be able to work extended hours and various shifts
  • Excellent coaching, teaching, and communication skills
  • Courage/experience to provide coaching/feedback to all levels of the organization, including senior site leaders
  • Excellent listening skills and emotional intelligence
  • Flexible and agile learning ability, demonstrating an ability to assimilate new knowledge and standards quickly

Education/ Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in science, engineering, or related technical field.
  • 5+ years of related experience with 3+ in a management role
  • Experience coaching lean in an early-stage-lean organization an advantage
  • Qualifications/expertise in industrial engineering, coaching, and/or learning & development an advantage
  • Experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing or FDA regulated operations an advantage


  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 10 lbs.
  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in the facility.
  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet, and body.
  • No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish, or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.
  • Occasionally, will work in a cold, wet environment
  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends if needed.
  • Must be able to work overtime as required. (only for non-exempt positions)
  • May be required to work in a confined area.
  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions.

Location and Salary Information: This job posting excludes CO applicants.


USA - IL - Round Lake - Drug Delivery

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type


Time Type

Full time

Job ID R0035771
Apply NowEmail Me

Back to Job Navigation (Responsibilities)

Explore the Area

Check out where you could be
working if you apply.

View Map