Posted to MedZilla on 11/11/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Research QA Project Lead - Associate Director SR0041936-MZ



  • Drives strategic Quality activities to ensure that non-clinical GLP study activities conducted in-house and outsourced are in compliance with GLP or applicable regulations
  • Fosters relationships with R&D staff to encourage discussion and evaluation of best practices for continuous improvement of quality and compliance across programs
  • Provides professional expertise, guidance and strong leadership in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and other applicable regulatory requirements (e.g. CAP, CLIA, BA Guidance) to proactively identify compliance issues/risks in all Nonclinical, analytical and Bioanalytical studies within the organization and its external partners (as applicable)
  • Provides regulatory / compliance expectations related to GLP and regulated laboratory activities to our stakeholders as subject matter experts (SMEs) and advise on quality related issues
  • Provides oversight and leads QA professionals responsible for Research Quality Assurance supporting regulated laboratories and GLP activities (as applicable)
  • Lead and assess (directly or via management of contract auditors) external service providers conducting GLP study activities and external analytical regulated laboratory activities
  • Lead internal, external and supplier quality audits to assess quality management systems, adherence to applicable regulations/procedures and appropriateness for use by quality standards
  • Assist in the development of key performance indicators (KPIs) and quality metrics for quality to drive process improvements


  • Provides professional expertise, guidance and leadership in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and other applicable regulatory requirements (e.g. BA Guidance Document, ISO, OECD, CLIA) to proactively identify compliance issues/risks in all Nonclinical, Analytical and Bioanalytical studies within the organization and external suppliers (as applicable)
  • Liaise with various internal groups and external groups including Contract Research Organizations (CROs), regulatory bodies, expert consultants and vendors, to maintain a high level of quality and consistency across the programs / projects in Research
  • Accountable for identifying quality risks to non-clinical programs and developing mitigation strategies in partnership with the business
  • Leads and implements appropriate audit programs to ensure that regulated non-clinical studies are in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Participate in regulatory inspections and ensures GLP inspection readiness (as applicable)
  • Keeps up with the up-to-date applicable regulations and ensures that Research Quality staff is trained on the interpretation and application of applicable regulations.
  • Independently perform qualification audits of suppliers
  • Maintain GLP training program to ensure that personnel are appropriately trained to carry out GLP responsibilities
  • Review and audit compliance documents, SOPs, and protocols in support of GLP regulated activities

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of domestic and international GLP regulations, Bioanalytical Guidance Document and good documentation practices.
  • Thorough understanding of analytical assays, method development and laboratory operations
  • Independent broad range QA Auditing skills and ability to articulate quality related risk and potential impact
  • Technical writing skills
  • Firm understanding of the drug development processes, nonclinical operations, regulatory compliance and GLP auditing


  • Develop and maintain audit plans on an annual and ongoing basis
  • Apply strategic thinking to the oversight and management and development of supplier audit planning & scheduling
  • Update and maintain required Research Quality Assurance audit program (internal and external) related documentation
  • Ensure alignment with Global Quality approach
  • Ensure compliance with change management processes and communicate to stakeholders regulatory compliance changes and updates (as applicable)
  • Decision-making and Autonomy
  • Independently perform issue analyse assessments and determine impact
  • Apply problem solving skill to achieve a compliant resolution
  • Able to formulate an strategic approach for difficult complex issues


  • Talent to communicate and persuade others to entertain a more compliant approach
  • Skills to defuse volatile/emotional situations to facilitate a cooperative conservation and build relationships


  • Strong judgment, project management and decision-making skills; demonstrated ability to take a big-picture approach to decision-making while taking account of the broad interests of Takeda
  • Supports a culture of innovation, while recognizing the need for an appropriate culture of compliance


  • Mature, problem solving attitude, exhibits judgment and realistic understanding of the issues; able to use reason even dealing with emotional topics and have the interpersonal skills to deliver tough messages
  • Requires a high degree of problem-solving ability; understanding objectives and processes across R&D and corporate functions and when escalation is necessary


  • Bachelor s degree required (or equivalent combination of education and experience). Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 9 years of increasing responsibility and experience in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Minimum 6 years GLP QA experience.
  • In depth knowledge of international regulatory requirements and industry guidelines on GLP
  • Ability to influence and work effectively with various business partners.
  • Advanced knowledge of the drug development process.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrates excellent business skills such as critical thinking, strategic planning, and time management

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