Posted to MedZilla on 11/11/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-GA, Lead Investigator SR0039625-MZ



  • The Lead Investigator, part of the Global Manufacturing Sciences organization, provides technical and methodological leadership for complex and/or high impact process/product investigations, following Advanced Problem Solving and 6-sigma methodology.
  • In addition, he/she provides methodological and technical support to the internal and external sites/network for large cross-products/cross-sites process improvements, and operational efficiency initiatives related to robustness/yield/efficiency increase across the network.
  • Key to this function is to efficiently coach, drive and leverage the dedicated local technical support and global product support teams to achieve their goals.


  • Provide technical and methodological leadership for complex and/or high impact process/product investigations.
  • Define, deploy and continuously improve a standard problem solving methodology for process investigations. Own the business process and establish the operating mechanisms.
  • Drive alignment of best manufacturing practices across Global Manufacturing Sciences and the Operating units taken from investigations or process improvements.
  • Stay current with and share across Takeda the industry/academia best practices relevant to biologics, plasma, and small molecules manufacturing
  • Implement and maintain a knowledge database for investigation root causes, and pro-actively address vulnerabilities and common causes of issues.
  • Designs and analyzes efficient experiments to optimize use of resources to collect information for investigations, validations, and process improvements.
  • Support identification and execution of cross-products/cross-sites process improvements
  • Drive harmonization, implementation of best practices and knowledge sharing through a community of practice/center of excellence (local PKC coordinators, QbD team)
  • Provide technical training to site Manufacturing Sciences organization and other functions (e.g. QC) to ensure high quality of local manufacturing troubleshooting


Education / Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree in technical / scientific education, preferably biochemistry, biotechnology or pharma - process engineering is essential .
  • With a Bachelor s degree, at least 7 years professional experience in a similar role in the field of Technical Operations, Process Management or Development, Manufacturing within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • 6-sigma certified (Green or Black-Belt) preferred with demonstrated experience in Technical Problem Solving.
  • Prior experience of managing global teams in a matrix is preferred


  • Project management, Operational Excellence experience/certification desirable
  • Familiarity with data analytics tools
  • Strong knowledge of the relevant cGMP, ICH and global Regulatory CMC guidance documents applicable to the function.


  • Drives continuous improvement in products and processes
  • Strategic enterprise thinking, finding innovative ways to serve patients build reputation and trust
  • Creating the environment that inspires and enables people
  • Focusing on the few priorities and provide superior results
  • Elevating capabilities for now and the future

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