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Global Lead automation

Zurich, Switzerland


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Global Lead automation

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Job ID R0014426 Date posted 12/03/2019 Location Zurich, Switzerland

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda.


  • As member of Manufacturing Systems, part of Global Engineering, the Global Lead Automation Engineer provides guidance and leadership to all automation global programs. He/She will be accountable for design and execution model definition for all automation scope of work of global engineering projects, in collaboration with stakeholders, global and regional functions. The global lead reports to the Head of Manufacturing systems and support regional automation leads as well as the Global Engineering Team to drive business performance consistent with the TAKEDA´s core values of Patient – Trust – Reputation – Business.
  • The Global Automation Lead is responsible for the definition of the GMS Global Automation strategy and for the associated Roadmap in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • The Global Lead support the global engineering team during specification, design, execution and start-up of Automation, Digitalization & Robotics global Projects.


  • Drive Best in Class Safety through safe maintenance working practices at global level
  • Based on Global Manufacturing Systems guidance, develop, drive and improve a best in class global automation strategy.
  • Define GMS automation strategy and implementation roadmap for automation solutions and for operational technology systems (Example Batch, Data Historian,DCS, BMS, EMS, Scada ..)
  • Develop, together with regional automation leads, the appropriate projects for successfully execution of the overall strategy and work with them to incorporate projects into site master plan
  • Develop and maintain global engineering guidelines for automation
  • On strategic global engineering CAPEX projects lead design from concept/feasibility design phase to basic and detailed design in collaboration with regional/BU/site automation and manage proper hand-over with regional execution team, local team or selected engineering office.
  • Lead global transversal, cross-site automation projects or program (Example Historian)
  • Lead automation projects required by engineering alerts or regulatory inspections inputs
  • Support data integrity plan for automation/OT systems
  • Define and manage life cycle of global automation assets for process automation, packaging and building management
  • Provide central life cycle management leadership for automation systems and solutions (Technology scouting, escalation model, vendor’s technical management)
  • Define qualification and validation strategy for automation systems
  • Develop training packages for operation support
  • Provide support model definition for automation assets and ensure support for global solution
  • Act as automation expert/SME for standard automation solutions deployed at site level in collaboration with regional automation lead
  • Provide center of excellence and expertise for obsolescence management
  • Develop and promote global automation community of practices/SME network per engineering discipline in collaboration with regions/site automation leads
  • Assess and monitor performance of automation asset management
  • Work with Head of Manufacturing sytems and procurement to develop strategy for harmonyzed way to ensure compliance, flawless execution, cost savings and high standard of service level with identification of standard vendors and definition of performance KPIs
  • Support OT cyber security program
  • Support data integrity program definition and execution with regards to automation systems
  • Ensure the adherence to cGxP and EHS regulations and guidelines corresponding to automation systems.
  • Close collaboration with regional automation and global engineering teams as well as IS/IT and other global, regional and local interest groups.
  • Foster a professional network (internal and external to Takeda) constantly assessing and seeking best practices for use at the site and for the broader Takeda network. Active participation at ISPE or similar networks is encouraged.  

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To further support and inspire our employees, our benefits include: Competitive basic salary, Annual Bonus, Contributory Pension Scheme, Private Health Cover and Life Assurance.

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