Business Excellence Leader (f/m/x)

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Job Description

Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmSci) organization is an integral part of global R&D at Takeda translating science into therapeutic products for patients. When you join PharmSci, you become a part of a team dedicated to bringing our products to life for our patients through innovation, dedication and talent.

We work as a member of Takeda’s Global Program Team (GPT) and takes full ownership of CMC activities; driving product development from bench to bedside.

As a member of Takeda’s R&D organization, we are increasing our focus on execution and enhancement of business processes to drive forward an accelerated transformation that emphasizes partnering with stakeholders and industry leaders to boldly deliver an increasingly complex portfolio. We are embracing new ways of working, excelling in our data and digital transformation, building differentiated capabilities (CMC Acceleration), delivering on medical devices, and advancing a diverse, inclusive forward-thinking culture in our team.

It is an exciting time to be in PharmSci. Join our journey and change the lives of patients!

The Business Excellence and Transformation group drives the PharmSci focus on execution and enhancement of business processes to accelerate our transformation.  The objective is to lead a variety of cross-functional change programs across PharmSci and with our internal partners, create a sustainable culture of future thinking with a consistently growing and evolving transformative mindset all while ensuring delivery on behalf of patients world-wide the promise of a modality-smart, innovative and accelerating pipeline.

Your Opportunity:

The AD/Director of PharmSci Business Excellence & Transformation will report into the Head of PharmSci Business Excellence and Transformation and lead efforts to:

Create a culture of data driven, continuously improving and innovative business process design

  • Manage a framework by which to l
  • Tailor, promote, deploy and govern Business Excellence Framework for PharmSci and provide expertise and leadership to globally drive Continuous Improvement Mindset.
  • Support development of next generation of business excellence experts.
    • Identify internal or external training opportunities to support a continuous improvement culture.Advise on tailoring of content, if applicable.Mentor new trainees.
    • Provide process improvement (Lean, Six Sigma, Agile) mentoring, guidance and support to PharmSci technical functions and project teams

Build, improve and manage current cross-functional processes that enable effective execution:

  • Oversee PharmSci processes which provide critical input to governance and strategy meetings.Drive alignment with Therapeutic Area Units (TAUs) and other key functions within and outside of R&D
  • Develop and execute against a PharmSci model and framework that is consistent across assets and continuously evolves based on lessons learned.Create and/or support PharmSci portfolio management processes.
  • Implement business processes that support a sustainable approach to technical and execution excellence across the development continuum (R2D2C) and manage project team performance vis-a-vis the framework

Support PharmSci Transformation projects to map current state, identify improvement opportunities and define the PharmSci of the Future

  • Lead the execution of complex global work streams within the future state design effort.Includes data gathering, analysis of current state and development and execution of future state design.Will include specific accountability as a business partner in defined area(s): specific technical functions, regions and/or therapeutic areas to identify waste, robustness and process issues within their value stream.Develop roadmap on how to reach the strategic goals for the extended value stream.
  • Collaborates with cross functional teams and PharmSci technical functions, PharmSci Leadership and key internal business partners (Research, Global Manufacturing, etc) to ensure successful assessment, execution, and sustainability of such work streams.Integrates activities across project execution and transformation workstreams
  • Surfaces capacity, pacing, and resourcing issues as well as any other “red flag” considerations that require PharmSci leadership attention or intervention.
  • Ensures effective stakeholder engagement and communication (at all levels of the organization).
  • Ensures timelines are adhered to and engages senior leadership with respect to significant risks, issues or barriers.
  • Provide project management support to the Head of Business Excellence with primary focus on fully implementing the Business Excellence structure, governance and operating model.
  • Generation of metrics and summary reports to support reporting to the PharmSci Leadership Team

Contribute to creating and communicating an employment culture and values which attract, retain, and develop the most effective people.

Your Skills and Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree required; Advanced degree preferred; MS/MBA preferred. Minimum 8 years of relevant business experience required; Pharmaceutical experience preferred
  • Minimum 6 years project management and leadership experience
  • Experience in project management and process improvement (lean/six sigma/agile) preferred
  • General Process Development, Research and Technical Operations experience including clinical development, commercialization supply operations, regulatory and compliance experience.
  • Direct experience in CMC R&D in pharmaceutical industry or related field
  • Comfort with ambiguity and effective driving projects forward in ambiguous or challenging situations
  • Self-driven and clear track record of delivery
  • Strong proven ability to manage large and global change agendas
  • Experience working within a complex organization and the ability to influence and work effectively with various business partnerships, regions, and cultures.
  • Excellent communicator with superior active listening skills plus strong written and verbal presentation skills
  • Proven track record of delivering on programs with complex business deliverables is a plus.
  • Capability to mentor and develop people.
  • Visibly demonstrates positive mindset and attitude, a strong team player open to diverse teams and mindset
  • Strong English skills; verbal and in writing

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Takeda encourages and supports its employees by trainings, job rotations and mentoring. A balanced work - life ratio (recognition for work and family, company kindergarten) and numerous benefits (fitness center, cafeteria, etc.) complete our profile as a top employer.

We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world. Gender, age, skin color, background or sexual orientation play no role in this as we actively promote diversity. We equally address people with disabilities. In the course of a recruitment process which is as free of barriers as possible, we encourage you to mention all relevant information in this context in your application.

Motivated employees must be remunerated appropriately. The minimum salary for this important and responsible position is € 4.751,92 gross per month (full time, collective wage agreement for the chemical industry). The actual remuneration package will be guided by your professional experience and your qualifications, so increased payment is possible


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