Head of Innovation Lab (f/m/x)

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Job Description

We are creating a new Innovation Laboratory at our Vienna site, Takeda’s largest manufacturing site for plasma-derived therapies globally. Modern advances in diagnostics and a raising awareness for rare diseases championed by Takeda, mean that our products can reach an ever-increasing number of diagnosed patients and help them achieve a higher quality of life and a greater life-expectancy. Our group, External Supply & Plasma Innovation strives to develop new, innovative methods and technologies to expand our plasma capabilities. We elevate our manufacturing capabilities and spearhead external collaboration opportunities, drive plasma innovation management and closely collaborate with the BioLife plasma collection centers and Plasma-Derived Therapies R&D.

The scope of innovation opportunities is immense, due to process complexity; from automation opportunities to process technology to materials innovation across the entirety of the manufacturing process. You will be at the center of plasma innovation and development for Takeda’s global plasma operational unit.

The Head of Innovation Laboratory will have the following accountabilities and responsibilities:

  • Lead the innovation lab team (5 scientists) and provide them with clear prioritization, coaching, and opportunities to elevate their capabilities and skills

  • Take the lead on discovery, exploration, utilization and integration of innovations into the complex Takeda network

  • Help create the scientific and practical foundation for the implementation of new technologies in Takeda’s plasma product manufacturing

  • Lead and deliver adequate technical assessments together with R&D for global plasma product expansions

  • Lead matrixed teams including key stakeholders to implement new technologies assessed in the Innovation lab into large-scale manufacturing at Takeda or at a CMO

  • Closely collaborate and actively liaise with the R&D plasma process development team, Manufacturing Science, Quality, external suppliers and CMOs, internal manufacturing network

Your background and qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in plasma product manufacturing, plasma product development or quality including virus safety aspects

  • Excellent knowledge in plasma protein production processes and/or quality topics and/or development of plasma processes from plasma to final container as well as knowledge and understanding of emerging technologies to improve yield, efficiency and quality

  • Master of Science or a PhD degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy, chemical or process engineering, or equivalent

  • At least 10 years of experience in manufacturing, quality or development of plasma derived products

  • Leadership experience within cross-functional teams; ability to set clear priorities and recognize value-adding initiatives

  • Fluent English and German, additional languages are a bonus

  • Demonstrated experience as team member and leader

  • Advanced coaching, conflict resolution and communication skills

  • Ability to interact with highly skilled and experienced experts in a complex field of global manufacturing and supply organizations and managing complex relationships to Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMO) and suppliers

  • Ability to operate cross functionally, working with outside parties and key stakeholders like manufacturing, quality or R&D

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. For more insights into Takeda click here.

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 € 4.439,- 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.


Vienna, Austria

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