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Associate Director or Manager, Distribution & Logistics, Supply Chain Management Department

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Associate Director or Manager, Distribution & Logistics, Supply Chain Management Department

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Job ID R0022002 Date posted 08/07/2020 Location Tokyo, Japan

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Job Description

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.

Department introduction:

Supply Chain Management Department is playing a key role in the supply planning for a stable supply positioning between the manufacturing sites and the sales function.

DL&CS(Distribution, Logistics & Customer Services) is responsible for providing our products to Wholesalers nationwide in the efficient ways with excellent GDP management in cooperation with related stakeholders.


  • Stabilize Japan product supply to the customers by supporting Distribution, Logistics & Customer Services Lead
  • Report and share serious issue regarding Logistics and Customer Services to upper management of Distribution, Logistics and Customer Services and Supply Chain Management
  • Provide excellent supply chain service to customers


  • Provide strategic vision and definition for short and long term logistics initiatives to align with corporate business objectives
  • Manage the 3PL company to establish End to End (from raw material to Wholesaler/ hospital) supply chain
  • Manage supply chain key performance metrics,  such as CSL (E) for Japan, inventory amount (or DIO) at Japan DCs and logistics KPI
  • Continuously evaluate environmental, legislative, compliance, customs and internal factors, which will potentially impact Takeda’s supply chain
  • Create and implement Supply Chain Management Department annual & mid-range plan (MRP) and mid-year commitment (MYC) with Head of Supply Chain Management

  • Ensure alignment between other Supply Chain, Commercial and cross functional stakeholders
  • Support the global Carbon Footprint reduction programs


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • In-depth knowledge of Transportation, Warehousing and shipping solutions
  • Experience for managing 3PL in the pharmaceutical industry is a must
  • Understanding of GDP regulations
  • Supply Chain Certifications preferred, CSCP, CPIM or other
  • Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated through successful work with others in high-pressure situations to accomplish important results
  • Ability to effectively communicate and persuade others at every level to accomplish challenging tasks
  • Highly proficient both in business level English and Japanese

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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