Posted to MedZilla on 3/23/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, Technical Operations R0006339-MZ


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Job Description


  • The Associate Director, Technical Operations is responsible for managing technical issues relating to the global external manufacturing of commercial Drug Substance. The focus for this position is to provide technical leadership within Technical Operations, Drug Substance group for the management of oncology therapies, specialty small molecules, and other key therapeutics drug substance.
  • The individual will be directly responsible for commercial manufacturing of drug substance, process design, optimization, scale-up, technology transfer, validation and maintaining the Life-Cycle of the product.
  • The individual will lead to resolve technical issues relating to a product line or major technical projects within Technical Operation. The individual will lead a small group (internal and external) of Technical Operations staff to manage technical programs and contract manufacturing organizations.
  • Additionally, the candidate will provide technical leadership on individual key technical projects in support of Takeda products.


  • Provide direct leadership for day-to-day technical activities for Takeda s oncology commercial drug substance manufacturing i.e., trouble shooting, process changes and improvements, new manufacturing technology implementation, process analytical tools, statistical analysis using software such as JMP etc.
  • Must have working knowledge of phase appropriate CMC development throughout the drug development which includes understanding and implementation of Process Performance Qualification (PPQ)/Validation strategies and protocol development and implementations.
  • Lead and act as the primary interface on technical issues between Technical Operations and third-party drug substance manufacturers and with Takeda s quality (QA and QC), compliance, and supply chain group.
  • Lead the exercise in the compilation and analysis of production data, such as IPC, release, DoE, and manufacturing process information relating to Takeda s oncology product portfolio to improve the quality and ROIs on the projects.
  • Lead discussions on the presentation in multi-disciplinary meetings (QA, QC, Drug Product, compliance) of manufacturing data summary to improve manufacturing efficiency.
  • Must have the knowledge and phase appropriate implementation strategies of QbD during Life-cycle management of the product.
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of current ICH guidelines and related industry practices such as ISO.
  • Author pertinent SOP s and manufacturing process instructions.
  • Direct and provide technical leadership on Change Controls, investigations, and CAPAs. This would include writing the appropriate justifications to close out any investigation(s) and CAPAs implementation both internally and externally.
  • Lead critical technical projects relating to the manufacturing of Takeda commercial oncology drug substance.
  • Author and review relevant dossier sections related to commercial manufacturing submissions and relevant process knowledge documentations.
  • Identify, and test, strategies to reduce manufacturing risks and maintain the product Life-cycle management.
  • Manage/Supervise interns, contractors and FTE s, as appropriate.


  • The candidate should have a BS in chemistry, chemical engineering or other scientific discipline and 10-15 years of experience or MS with 5-10 years of experience or PhD with 5+ year s experience working in commercial pharmaceutical/chemical industry.
  • The ideal candidate should have had direct management experience with external Contract Manufacturing Organizations.
  • The candidate should have a good working knowledge of cGMP manufacturing operations, and/or drug substance manufacturing with experience with small molecule, preferred.
  • The preferred candidate will also have a background in QA or other industry relevant background. The candidate needs to have working knowledge of CMC regulations, cGMP, and ICH guidance s.
  • The candidate should have working knowledge of process qualification for Accelerated and Breakthrough designation programs.
  • The candidate should have an advanced knowledge in Excel as well as other Microsoft Office suite software. Other analytical software usage such as JMP or MATLAB is also preferred.
  • The candidate should have working knowledge and understanding of DoE and QbD etc.
  • The candidate should have demonstrated written and oral communication skills and ability to work in a cross functional team environment.


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  • Office work
  • Computer use
  • Airline travel


  • Ability to travel to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel may be required
  • Position requires up to 20% domestic and international travel.

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