Posted to MedZilla on 9/20/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director Global Automation Engineering Biologics SR0039012-MZ



  • To develop and roll out the GE automation strategies to the OpU that will standardize global processes and infrastructure.
  • SME in Automation, Digitalization and Manufacturing Systems
  • Support Site Automation & Digitalization projects.


  • Own and develop automation solutions that are consistent with the specific needs of the manufacturing environment.
  • Lead Site automation teams to develop long term automation strategy for sites in key areas of building & process, data historian, Delta-V, recipe manager, Industry 4.0, and MES.
  • Drive the Automation roll-out process at the Site level, ensuring cost, schedule, and technical solution are achieved.
  • Develop & nurture core competencies of the automation personnel at the sites to ensure technical capabilities are built, and the knowledge and experience are maintained.
  • Take an ownership role in preparing adequate and cost-effective solutions for all automation investment-related projects. Leverage best practices and expertise across the Engineering network.
  • Lead and drive Site working groups to ensure clear action plans with delivery milestones.
  • Own and Lead harmonization across the network to ensure consistent core solutions are being implemented.
  • Be aware of technology trends and benchmarks in the industry. Benchmark against peers so that Takeda is in line with the industry.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Must be able to display in-depth knowledge and expertise in Automation solutions including Delta-V, PLC, SCADA, I-Fix, Wonderware, and OSI Pi.
  • Displays strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Can display analytical and conceptual thinking
  • Has a deep and broad understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing process, regulatory environment, trends in automation innovation, 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 complex decisions regarding Automation, organization capability, and delivery of value to the business.


  • Is able to easily engage with both internal and external stakeholders to drive performance and rollout Automation solutions.
  • Collaborate across all technologies, including Plasma, Biologics, API, and Small Molecule within GMS to align on vision and priorities for Automation excellence.
  • Works across Site teams to align and implement Automation best practices.


  • Is capable of identifying new trends in the industry like cloud computing.
  • Is able to benchmark against peers in the industry
  • Provides inputs for defining the innovation roadmap in GMS Automation strategies
  • Ensures process 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 highly complex Automation solutions that span 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 experiences
  • Broad knowledge of Automation solutions and best practice in the field of expertise.
  • 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 to equipment and service providers. (Approx 25% travel)

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