Posted to MedZilla on 3/25/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-IL, Associate Director, Operational Excellence 1700291-MZ



To support our continuous improvement efforts in Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) and Global Quality (GQ), including the deployment of a the best practice and lean management systems utilizing Lean and Six Sigma process improvement methodologies as the primary tool for driving continuous improvement. This position reports to the Head of OPEX in SPINE and will have a key role in the roll out of the GMS/GQ Transformation/Continuous Improvement Program, Program AGILE.


  • Proactively strive to instill a CI culture within GMS/GQ to ensure the timely supply of quality products to Takeda markets and ultimately, to our patients. Is a role model with a continuous improvement mindset, impact driven with a strong commitment to deliver.
  • Proactively drives the AGILE Program in the region. Develops and implements Continuous Improvement (CI) within the region, and in alignment with the Global AGILE Team, leading to significant improvements in Safety, Quality, Compliance, Delivery, Cost and overall patient/customer satisfaction.
  • Supports Regional Leaders in establishing and aligning Lean/Six Sigma improvement and execution/monitoring methodologies to business strategic plans for the region, including growth, quality, cost out and cultural change plans.
  • Has the ability to perform detailed stakeholder analysis and develop change management models that maximize outcomes, executing improvement workshops in a manner that promotes OE and drives for optimum solutions.
  • Providing support to the regional Management and functional leaders in the development and deployment of AGILE Program, utilizing continuous improvement methodology across all sectors. Helps to create the future state as it relates to shortened value streams, manufacturing strategies, cross-functional processes, and the establishment of uniform policies and procedures
  • Provides leadership, coaching and training as appropriate to local Continuous Improvement teams. This includes selection, mentoring and development of local Change Leader and Change Agent talent throughout the organization.
  • Team player and a key member of the core OPEX Team


  • Black Belt Certification in Six Sigma and Lean disciplines preferred.
  • A proven track record of delivering results in a high-performance continuous improvement environment through implementation of and expertise with Operational Excellence methods.
  • Strong background in Training and mentoring of Six Sigma/Lean concepts at multiple levels
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and ability to lead in a cross functional team environment
  • A technical or management undergraduate degree is required and 10 years experience. An advance technical or management degree (MBA) is strongly preferred.
  • A strategic mindset, business acumen and change leadership experience
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skill set to influence the direction and attainment of objectives without having the formal leadership role.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and relationships at multiple locations and cross functionally
  • A strong team player able to operate in a multicultural and very diverse environment
  • Knowledge of financial concepts and techniques utilized to establish value propositions of operational changes
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English

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