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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Head, Global Lab Operations - Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

About the role:

Join Takeda as Head, Global Lab Operations - Pharmaceutical Sciences where you will be responsible for identifying and executing opportunities to centrally scale and optimize laboratory activities within Pharmaceutical Sciences and thus enabling increased productivity.

In this role you will report to the Head, Pharmaceutical Sciences Operations and Partnerships.

Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmSci) organization is an integral part of global R&D at Takeda translating science into therapeutic products for patients. When you join PharmSci, you become a part of a team dedicated to bringing our products to life for our patients through innovation, dedication, and talent. We work as a member of Takeda's Global Program Team (GPT) and with partners such as Regulatory-CMC, Quality and Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS), we take full ownership of Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) activities, driving product development from bench to bedside.

How you will contribute:

  • As a member of the Operations & Partnerships (O&P) leadership team, you will be responsible for Pharm Sci laboratory operations across 3 Pharm Sci regions and associated sites: US, Austria, and Japan.

  • You will identify and execute opportunities to centrally scale and optimize laboratory activities within Pharm Sci, enabling increased productivity from the technical functions/scientists instead of time spent on administrative tasks.

  • Provide global leadership and oversight of all Pharm Sci laboratory operations. Ensure a clear understanding of technical function’s lab needs and seamless operational execution against requirements.

  • Lead and develop strategy for achieving laboratory operations long-term goals

  • Ensure all laboratories globally have the most effective support for their equipment, space, utilities, purchasing, maintenance, and calibration to ensure technical roles focus on technical execution rather than operational or administrative tasks.

  • Oversee a lab operations organization structured regionally for the US, Austria, and Japan and define with technical functions and regional needs what is run along 3 dimensions of global/local/functional.

  • Clearly define global and local processes, responsibilities, and accountabilities, and establish processes for best practice sharing and implementation of global frameworks attentive to regional and local needs.

  • Responsible as a point of contact for laboratory operational initiatives and groups/forums within and outside of PharmSci and be the PharmSci lead for cross-R&D initiatives (e.g., safety/EHS, laboratory-related procurement)

  • Accountable for a clear escalation and resolution process for any lab-related issues

  • Lead global space planning for Pharm Sci, including both laboratory and office-related space, as the primary point of contact or delegate responsibility as appropriate within the regions and according to local needs

  • Oversight of CAPEX and OPEX within the scope of laboratory operations globally

  • The leadership of the technical writing team for PharmSci

  • You will be accountable as the primary point of contact for Pharm Sci and other R&D/Takeda laboratory interfaces to partner and maximize efficiencies where possible.

  • Responsible for global space planning for Pharm Sci

  • You will have 3-5 direct reports and 3-6 indirect reports. You will also have 13-15 technical indirect reports as well.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, Engineering, Operations, Pharmacy, Business Management, or related discipline. Advanced degree in Science or Business preferred.

  • 15+ years’ experience in pharmaceutical research and development, with a preference for PS development, Clinical Operations or related discipline, lab operations management & leadership, deep experience working with Research and Development including ‘chief of staff’ or business operations experience and/or CMC teams and managing relationships with senior level internal and external stakeholders.

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant business experience required; Pharmaceutical experience preferred

  • Minimum 7 years project management and leadership experience

  • Strong project management and process improvement (lean/six sigma/agile) skills preferred

  • General Process Development, Research, and Technical Operations experience including clinical development, commercialization supply operations, and regulatory and compliance experience.

  • Direct experience in Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) R&D in the pharmaceutical industry or related field

  • Creative thinker who drives overall direction, even when the initial path forward may not be clear, and establishes alignment to enable efficient and effective execution toward the direction

  • Experience working within a complex organization and demonstrated ability to work across functions and regions, at all levels where the incumbent may not have direct authority

  • Certifications in areas of Operational Expertise, Vendor Development & Management, and Process Improvement Programs a plus

  • Requires approximately 10-15 % travel, which may include overnight and international travel to attend meetings, other Takeda sites, external manufacturers, and other related travel.

  • Flexibility to attend an early meeting or late meeting due to timezone differences

  • Comfort with ambiguity

  • Self-driven and clear track record of delivery

  • Strong proven ability to manage large and global change agendas

  • Ability to influence and work effectively with various business partnerships, regions, and cultures.

  • Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal presentation skills

  • A Proven track record of leading and driving global scale laboratory operations management and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables is a plus.

  • Track record of successful leadership & management (either direct or through influence) of multi-disciplinary globally dispersed teams is required.

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Flexible Ways of Working

  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

Base Salary Range: $165,200.00 to $236,000.00, based on candidate professional experience level. Employees may also be eligible for Short-term and Long-Term Incentive benefits as well. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off. The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.


EEO Statement

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Lexington, MA

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