Posted to MedZilla on 5/19/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-CA, Utilities Technician SR0034139-MZ



Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 230 years of distinguished history in Japan.
Every vial has a name is a core value at our Thousand Oaks CA campus, a multiproduct facility with over 20 years of operational expertise has an excellent opportunity for a high performing Utilities Technician.

Under general to minimal supervision, the Utilities Technician will be a skilled craftsperson responsible for performing installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, testing, monitoring and documentation/logs of a wide variety of office, utility and facility equipment/systems used in manufacturing plants, utility plants, analytical labs, and office areas. The Utility Technician will be responsible for completing various quality system and safety documentation. All work must be completed in a safe (in accordance to HRA, JHA, etc), timely manner according to planning and predefined schedules with minimal impact to production while complying with GMP, SOP, CFR and company regulations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Under general to minimal supervision, performs breakdown and preventive maintenance of critical utility plant equipment on a regular basis to include, but not limited to WFI generators, RO systems, pure gas systems (O2, N2, CO2, AIR), HVAC, chillers, cooling towers boilers, waste systems. Provides secondary support to the operation and maintenance of manufacturing and production equipment, pumps, industrial control systems as responsibility assigned to Facilities Manufacturing Maintenance in both cGMP and non-cGMP areas.
  • May assist in the generation and complete of critical systems change control.
  • Must be familiar with plant and divisional SOPs as related to positional and department responsibilities.
  • Will provide troubleshooting, diagnostic, and repair of equipment and equipment components related to positional responsibilities which includes but not limited to: pumps, piping, and plumbing components, vacuum pumps, sanitary piping, blowers, and facility equipment.
  • Requires familiarity with generally accepted building, plumbing, piping, electrical, and fire protection practices and codes to include NFPA, NEC, UBC, UMC and UPC in compliance with Company EH&S and Factory Mutual requirements.
  • Must follow safety rules and ensure compliance with CA state and federal EPA regulation and laws. Specific responsible system repairs, upkeep, maintenance and operations managed within regulating agencies such as CAL OSHA and OSHA.
  • Ensures personal Training Plan execution and compliance. Attends required training, meetings, and QWTs. Interact with and oversee contractor/vendor work
  • Produce maintenance reports, forms, and records.
  • Provides feedback on equipment, maintenance or other related procedures.
  • Provide regulatory and partner audit support.
  • Interpret and revises electrical schematics, I/O wiring and panel drawings, Utility, process system/equipment, plumbing, ductwork, and HVAC P&ID's.
  • Must constructively interact with peers and clients in manufacturing, maintenance, utility plants, analytical labs and contracted services.
  • May perform general labor duties as needed and may be required to work in awkward locations.
  • Will participate in On-Call rotations for after-hours facility and manufacturing support and may work outside of established shift hours upon short notice.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Basic level of knowledge of cGMP manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of basic industry safety procedures related to job description.
  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment. Good customer service skills
  • Beginning knowledge of basic laboratory and pharmaceutical production equipment including but not limited to: Filling machines, process tanks, support equipment, analytical equipment, and CIP/SIP systems.
  • Knowledge of basic chemical and biological safety procedures.
  • Must have the ability to correctly complete high school-level mathematics and be able to work with both the metric and USA standards of measurement.
  • Must be able to read, write, and converse in English.
  • Good computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to navigate, conduct searches, and fill on line forms on Personal Computer for the purposes of training, performance management, and self-service applications.
  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills.
  • Possesses very strong verbal and written communication skills, documentation practices (cGDPs),
  • Must have the following personal attributes: Self-motivated, integrity and trust, work ethic, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, pragmatism, courage and conviction.
  • Be aware of hazardous chemicals and their disposal, OSHA and FDA requirements.
  • Must have passion to innovate and drive for solutions.
  • Must display personal accountability for results and integrity.
  • Must display eagerness to learn and continuously improve.
  • Must have uncompromising dedication to quality.
  • Must have relentless focus on rapid and disciplined action.
  • Must have respect for individuals and the diverse contributions of all.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 0-3 years experience in Biotech maintenance or Manufacturing or similar industry. Should have a broad mechanical trade knowledge and skill set. 2 year trade or AA degree/certificate preferred.

Working Environment

  • This position requires 10-12 hour shifts, overtime, weekend and holiday work. May work more than 40 hours a week, as required.
  • Must be able to work in controlled or clean room environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in these work environments.
  • May be exposed to dust, gases, and fumes.
  • Will work in a cold, wet environment and hot humid environments both inside and outside (sun) of facility.
  • May be around moving equipment and machinery.
  • May climb up and into large processing tanks for cleaning or inspection.
  • May be working in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.
  • May work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers that may require respiratory protection.
  • May be required to work in a confined area as defined by the Environmental, Health, & Safety office.
  • Will work around chemicals such as paint, flooring materials, refrigerants, alcohol, acids, buffers that may require respiratory protection.
  • May be required to work or be assigned to a different shift as needed.
  • Will have interaction with other people.
  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.
  • May be required to drive cars, trucks, forklifts and other equipment. Will be required to drive to other facilities to support manufacturing and calibrations.
  • May require work at heights above floor level.
  • May require the use of special auditory or visual protective equipment.
  • May require working with biohazards such as: blood borne pathogens, sewage or medical waste. Will be exposed to equipment that handles plasma based products.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

Employment / Recruitment agents may only submit candidates for vacancies only if they have written authorization to do so from Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda s Talent Acquisition department. Any agency candidate submission may only be submitted to positions opened to the agency through the specific Agency Portal. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda will only pay a fee for candidates submitted or presented where there is a fully executed contract in place between the Employment / Recruitment agents and Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda and only if the candidate is submitted via the Agency Portal. Candidates submitted or presented by Employment / Recruitment Agents without a fully executed contract or submitted through this site shall not be deemed to form part of any Engagement for which the Agency may claim remuneration.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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