Posted to MedZilla on 9/20/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Head of Injection Systems SR0039588-MZ


Primary Role

The Head of Device Development for injection Systems will lead Takeda s cross functional Combination Device Development efforts specific to prefilled syringes and auto-injectors.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced Manager that can guide a team of technical engineers. The candidate is considered a device subject matter expert (SME), and will provide project and engineering leadership in device and/or system identification, feasibility, development, qualification and launch readiness for prefilled syringe and auto-injector systems.

Area of focus will be on leading a team and where needed providing guidance regarding identification of user needs, product requirements and specification development, feasibility test development, design verification and validation testing, risk assessments, DHF creation, general project team technical support, and extensive collaboration with both internal stakeholders and external development partners.


30%: Provide functional leadership for the injection device team (about 10 people)

20%: Oversee the project execution in compliance with design control SOP. Oversee all technical aspects of the development process including pertinent DHF deliverables, statistically ound design verification protocols/reports, design validation activities, and support with Human Factors studies.

15%: Provide project and technical leadership to cross functional teams for projects through clinical development, product registration and launch-readiness.

15%: Ensure team meets current standards on Design Control and DHF expectations, in accordance with regulations.

15%: Establish and foster strong collaborative relationships with external design/development, manufacturing partners and service providers.

5%: Support the optimization of design control elements to comply with medical device regulations. Lead or assist in deviation, complaint and failure investigations.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • More than 15 years experience in the field of medical device or combination product development and commercialization is required. Prefilled-syringe and or auto-injector experience is preferred.
  • A Bachelor s of Science Degree in Engineering required, a Master s of Science Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years cross functional leading teams and projects.
  • Experience in developing and commercializing regulated devices / combination products under Design Control (21 CFR 820), ISO13485, and ISO14791 requirements.
  • Proven track record of developing and gaining regulatory approval of drug delivery systems a plus.
  • Knowledge of global industry standards (ex: ISO, AAMI, ANSI, etc..).
  • Strong hands on technical leadership skills with a track record of delivering products to market.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), including experience presenting in front of multidisciplinary audiences is expected.
  • DFSS certification is desirable.
  • Prior experience leading projects that include managing external design, development, and manufacturing partners.

Other Requirements

Some domestic and international travel may be necessary

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