Posted to MedZilla on 9/23/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, AGILE and Network Excellence Lead SR0039980-MZ



The AGILE and Network Excellence Lead in the Biologics Operating Unit is a dynamic operations leader with demonstrated ability to understand, evaluate, and drive initiatives across a diverse technology portfolio. In partnership with the Head of Business Excellence, will develop and deploy AGILE methodologies and practices across the Biologics OpU.

  • Responsible for AGILE program facilitation across the Bio OpU, acting as a change champion within the framework of Takeda s global AGILE program and GMS/GQ strategy
  • Collation, curation, and reporting of key business intelligence (e.g. Strategic Project Performance)
  • Assist in network strategy development/deployment
  • Lead/support key initiatives


OpU Operational Strategy/Performance

  • Leads and coaches to develop individual and organizational capabilities within Business Excellence team and the broader Bio OpU
  • Assist in network strategy development/deployment
  • Lead/support key initiatives
  • Facilitate diligence and integration activities
  • Collaborate with product teams for alignment and support of product strategy execution
  • Lead/Support value stream analysis and optimization
  • Facilitate network benchmark/POBOS/site assessments


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Solid understanding of the role of the OpU and how it contributes to achieving the broader business objectives. Balances strategic awareness and direction setting with a focus on achieving consistent tactical results.
  • Familier with a broad range of operational exellence methodologies and their applications
  • Knowledge and experience in biopharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Strong technical operations (manufacturing, engineering, quality) experience and understanding of diverse technologies.
  • Demonstrated abilities in project/program management associated with cross-functional, global teams
  • Experience in developing and/or evaluating feasibility assessments of projects/technologies/assets - taking into account technical and business aspects.
  • Knowledge of Takeda strategy and key performance indicators with the ability to use information to monitor business performance, assess risks and recommend strategies to resolve issues and maintain performance.


  • Coordinates and works closely with sites and functional business partners
  • Interfaces with all areas of leadership to ensure aligned progress and path forward. Aligns and leverages experience across OpUs.
  • Must possess strong program leadership, team building and problem solving skills. Acts as a positive, resilient and collaborative leader.
  • Change champion
  • Ability to distill complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms
  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Develops and implements strategies, policies, and tactics. Coordinates multiple and changing priorities effectively with a continued focus on achieving outcomes.


  • Day to day engagement with OpU & GMS network colleagues to include but not limited to Manufacturing Plants, External Supply, Quality, Manufacturing Sciences, Procurement, IT, Engineering, Finance, Strategy & Business Excellence, Supply Chain, EHS, Operational Excellence, Product Operations Teams, CMC Teams, Plasma and ES Oncology Small Molecule Operating Units.


  • Visionary and forward thinking with the ability to influence and effectively drive organizational change and continuous innovation
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions
  • Contribution of thought, experience, background, and skills in the areas of business excellence, leveraging technology to drive process excellence and improve overall organizational performance.


  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity
  • Drives coordination and execution of Bio OpU processes, projects and governance. Facilitates, monitors, and aligns activities across teams / sites to ensure optimal performance delivery across the Bio OpU.
  • Determines appropriate mechanisms to achieve goals and objectives.



  • B.S. degree in a Technical Discipline
  • 10+ years relevant pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Strong technical operations (process development, manufacturing, engineering, quality) experience and understanding of diverse technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience and capabilities in AGILE or related operational excellence methodologies
  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • Experienced in interfacing with and managing cross-functional teams globally in a matrix environment
  • Demonstrated abilities in project/program management associated with cross-functional, global teams
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence at all levels of the organization
  • Strong business acumen
  • Experienced in risk management processes
  • Strong project management, problem solving, decision-making, collaboration, and facilitation skills.


  • Master s Degree, MBA, or related business degree
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Change Agent (Black Belt Certification Desirable)


Travel required up to 20% (domestic and international)

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