Posted to MedZilla on 4/20/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-GA, Inspection and Packaging Supervisor - 2nd shift SR0033132-MZ


Takeda is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmic.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

The IG Inspection and Packaging department has responsibilities for the 100% visual inspection of empty vials and product filled vials as well as the final product labeling and packaging into serialized secondary packaging. As the department is responsible for the final visual inspection of the product before being sent to the patients, attention to detail and compliance to procedures is critical to ensure the manufacture of a sterile product for our patients.

Each shift will be comprised of 8-18 manufacturing technicians that will have responsibilities on the inspection and packaging operations. In the Supervisor Role, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of 8-18 manufacturing technicians. Hold 1:1s with employees and create plans to support their career development. Perform all supervisory duties (hiring, onboarding, team building, absences, recognition, discipline). Ensure team is appropriately trained and develop plans for cross-training and development such that manufacturing goals can be obtained.
  • Coach the manufacturing lead to provide seamless continuity during absences.
  • Supervise all activities (manufacturing operations, maintenance activities, and validation activities) in the IG Inspection and Packaging production area by spending > 70% of shift on the shop floor. Accountable to ensure the team meets the daily goals (safety, quality, supply, value, and people). Properly communicate all issues and delays appropriately.
  • Throughout the shift, monitor the execution of production tasks to ensure all EHS guidelines and policies are followed, procedures (job aids/SOPs) are being compliantly adhered to, the production schedule is met and delays are minimized. Escalate to manager as needed.
  • Support the development of KPI s (safety, quality, supply, value, and people) for the IG Inspection and Packaging manufacturing area and capture relevant data to determine shifts or trends that require investigation.
  • Become fully trained as an SME in all manufacturing operations to provide hands-on execution to support the team as well as troubleshooting as issues arise.
  • Independently operate automation systems (EBM, DeltaV, PLC) at supervisor level, including creating EBM WOs, having understanding to amend or force tags or syncs, complete manufacturing review of alerts, fully understand equipment dashboard.
  • Develop strong relationships with support functions (quality, maintenance, engineering, PCS, EBM, Utility operations) to ensure support when required. Lead the coordination of all activities with EHS, engineering, validation, and maintenance to ensure proper communication, equipment turnover, support, and equipment return to service activities are completed and documented to meet the production and maintenance schedule.
  • Drive cross-functional decisions related to quality systems and yield efficiencies. Escalate as applicable for support.
  • Create a continuous improvement mindset on the shop floor. Constantly work with the team members to develop and communicate process improvement ideas. Lead / support the implementation of process improvement ideas (5S, materials, job aids, tools, etc.) to support the team.
  • Be proactive (work orders, equipment preparation, materials, communication, etc.) to ensure the team does not encounter avoidable roadblocks during the shift.
  • Create new or update existing job aids based on process improvements or corrective actions to events. Lead document update through manufacturing management and quality assurance approval and submittal to the document control system.
  • Represent the dept. in cross functional teams as necessary.
  • May perform other duties as assigned


  • Thorough knowledge of aseptic manufacturing processes and equipment including but not limited to: 100% Visual Inspection, Vial Packaging Equipment.
  • Ability to lead a team in a fast paced manufacturing area and manage multiple priorities.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with cross-functional teams and management on recommended course of action with minimal assistance
  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing and in-depth process knowledge of related manufacturing techniques/specialties.
  • Must be able to apply quantitative analysis to analyze process performance.
  • Incumbent must be proficient in a variety of mathematical disciplines and be able to work with both the metric and USA standards of measurement.
  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills. Good procedural writing skills.
  • Knowledge of chemical and biological safety procedures.
  • Good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must have demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills and be able to lead a work team effectively and efficiently in a team environment.
  • This position requires shift, weekend and holiday work. Overtime may be required at times.
  • The incumbent must work in a clean room environment wearing special garments. Additionally, personal protective equipment must be worn due to safety requirements.
  • May require immunization before performing work within the manufacturing area.Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills with ability to interface well with other departments, and lead effectively and efficiently in a team environment.
  • No make-up, jewelry, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the work environment.
  • May be working in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.
  • Will work around chemicals such as alcohol that may require respiratory protection.


High School Diploma required; BS degree in a scientific or engineering discipline strongly preferred. Minimum 3+ years of related experience with 1+ years in a supervisor role. Leadership experience in a regulated production environment is desirable.

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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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