Posted to MedZilla on 12/11/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Head, Development Device Engineering SR0040538-MZ


Primary Duties

The Head of Development Devices Engineering is responsible for all engineering aspects of device development from early concept (exploratory) to formal development (Design Control) of devices and combination products through tech transfer / launch. The function is heading a team of about 35 engineers and technicians.

This position aims to develop new devices and combination products to support the innovative pipeline of Takeda with a priority on speed-to-patient, product quality, and cost. It involves directing the internal development and external development activities including the qualification and implementation of original IP or the implementation of off-the shelf solutions when adequate.

This role works very close with the other device functions, including human factors, device strategy and program stewardship, commercial device engineering, supplier relationship management, quality, regulatory affairs, packaging engineers and drug product groups (e.g. in use testing) to coordinate all aspects needed to ensure best in class development that meets current regulatory requirements and patient needs.

This role will be involved in development, submission and launch activities; activities include: assessments & due diligence, design, development, risk assessment, testing, specifications, supplier interactions and others. Additional responsibilities include support for complaint investigations or manufacturing issues.


Primary (60%)

  • Growth and development of a team of about 35+ people in the area of device development and testing. Strong, proven communication and leadership capabilities are required
  • Oversight on all engineering development activities for devices and combination products including submission activities
  • Support of Takeda pipeline activities by developing innovative new devices and combination products following a multi-generation product approach
  • Technology Development and early concept development
  • Leveraging existing off the shelf solutions where appropriate
  • Accountable for following Design Control in accordance with current regulatory expectations for development activities
  • Ensure creation of robust DHF and smooth Design Transfers
  • Testing support for all device related functions.
    • Ensure that test lab and other design & development activities are in compliance with GLP, GDP.
  • Ensure test methods are validated when used for Design Control related activities
  • Ensure proper and compliant tech transfer of developed device projects to Commercial Device Engineering products

Secondary (25%)

  • Active Stakeholder management, partner with other device functions
  • Support continuous improvement activities
  • 2nd line of support for Complaints and resolution of technical challenges for commercial product
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external partner organizations including but not limited to; Component Suppliers, CMOs, Product Strategy Leads, Quality, Procurement, Regulatory Business Development, Research & Development and Manufacturing Teams.
  • Mentoring Engineers within Medical Devices as needed

Tertiary (15%)

  • Recruitment and management of external resources, such as, Consultants and Contractors, as needed to deliver projects.
  • Remain current with standards and regulatory guidelines
  • Self-driven, independent work style
  • Support due diligence activities as needed.
  • Advance procedures and processes (e.g. SOPs) and participate in continuous improvement activities
  • Advance internal capabilities as required

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Requires a master s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in an engineering, scientific/technical discipline with a minimum of 15 years related experience. Applies expert knowledge of engineering, scientific/technical principles and concepts in managing technical programs
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Experience managing large teams (30+) within a matrixed organization
  • Ability to engage with all relevant stakeholders
  • Solid understanding of mechanical and electromechanical devices
  • Understanding of software devices and connectivity is a plus.
  • Strong expertise in design control for devices and combination products
  • Strong experience in all stages of product development including global product launches and the associated CMC regulatory requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge of cGMP/GLP regulations, ICH, FDA CMC Guidance Documents and DEA Regulations is preferred.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects of variable complexity.
  • Understanding of Pharmaceutical landscape; pharmaceutical drug delivery device experience highly preferred.

Other Job Requirements

Travel of up to 25% may be required

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Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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