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Director Global Capital Project and Portfolio

Zurich, Switzerland


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Director Global Capital Project and Portfolio

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Job ID SR0039550 Date posted 08/13/2019 Location Zurich, 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

We are currently looking for a Director Global Capital Project and Portfolio for our Zurich site. This is an exciting opportunity having for main purpose :

  • Project Portfolio Management and Oversight on Capital Execution across manufacturing sites
  • Subject matter expert/coach in Project Management
  • Site support in Capital planning
  • Leadership of assigned major projects and programs as required


  • Lead and drive the overall Annual CAPEX budget planning process (LRP, MRP & short term) and LV target setting process.
  • Lead the Site Capex approval processes to ensure timely submission, review and approval of investments.
  • Coordinate capital review steering committee meeting.
  • Evaluate the proposed investments together with Subject Matter Experts and other functional personnel including finance and strategy to ensure the content is well presented and correct.
  • Evaluate the investment costs presented to ensure they are in line with industry benchmarks and other similar investments that have previously been made.
  • Lead and guide Site project teams in project evaluation and execution as required.
  • Drive & track project execution at the site level and provide guidance as needed.
  • Provide support, guidance and training to the site project managers and teams.
  • Lead engineering collaboration between the OpU, Regions, and GE to deliver optimal and standardized CAPEX planning processes in Takeda.
  • Oversee the Capital KPIs through the SPOT process.
  • Lead and support other Engineering initiatives as requested by OpU head on an adhoc basis.


  • Must be able to display in-depth knowledge and expertise in project portfolio management.
  • Displays strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Can display analytical and conceptual thinking
  • Has a deep and broad understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing, regulatory environment, project management methodology 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 decisions regarding capital portfolio management, organization capability and delivery of value to the business.


  • Is able to easily engage with both internal and external stakeholders to drive performance and help deliver projects to cost and schedule.
  • Collaborate across all technologies including Plasma, Biologics, API and Small Molecule within GMS to align on project management standard operating procedures.
  • Works across Site teams to align and implement project development and execution of best practices.


  • Is capable of identifying the latest trends in the industry.
  • Is able to benchmark against peers in the industry
  • Provides inputs for defining the innovation roadmap in GMS CQV strategies
  • Ensures project management 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 project management methodology that spans 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 oral),
  • 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 project management methodology and capital portfolio mgt.
  • 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 equipment and service providers. (Approx. 25% travel)

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