Head of Launch Management and Clinical Supply (Plasma OpU)

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Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda.

Join us in the capacity of Head of Launch Management & Clinical Supply (Plasma Operating Unit) in our office in Zurich, Switzerland or Vienna-Austria.


The purpose of this role is to build and maintain process of the launch of plasma products that ensures there is a robust and consistent approach to product launches within the Plasma OpU. The role also includes the responsibility for clinical supply within the Plasma OpU.


Launch Process Design:

  • Work with relevant stakeholder to build a new/improved process for product launch within the Plasma OpU.
  • Execute and Maintain Launch Process

Launch Visibility and Reporting:

  • Maintain real-time visibility for all product launches including the status of the launch.
  • Develop, track and report KPI’s
  • Establish Process for Clinical Supply
  • Ensure Robust Process for Input of Clinical Demand
  • Facilitate Process for Proactive Management of Clinical Product Supply
  • Reporting on Clinical Supply


  • Design strategic workforce plans with clear direction on hiring strategy, employee engagement, individual development planning, effective decision making and alignment for organization design and talent management processes.
  • Interfaces with all areas of leadership to ensure aligned progress and path forward. Aligns and leverages experience across OpUs to develop better solutions for the Plasma OpU.
  • Ability to build a patient and customer-centered best in class organization, develop diverse talent and elevate organizational performance.
  • Builds, mentors and coaches an effective team. Must possess strong leadership, team building and management skills. Acts as a positive, resilient and collaborative leader with a ‘can do’ approach.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise:

  • Knowledge and experience of Bio-Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Knowledge and experience of supply chain and supplier relationship management
  • Knowledge of LEAN and Continuous Improvement to drive Program AGILE
  • Knowledge of Takeda strategy / business performance and using that information to anticipate long range planning for products 


  • Ability to lead a global supply chain organization (including supply chain planning, launch excellence, lifecycle management, distribution and logistics in a complex and highly regulated environment including tender business, different tax models etc.)
  • Ability to build a patient and customer-centered best in class organization, develop diverse talent and elevate organizational performance.
  • Ability to operate cross functionally, working with sites and GMS functions. Key leader in managing the relationship with PDTBU.

Decision-making and Autonomy:

  • DOA limits to be defined in line with new TMAP
  • Key decisions impact availability of product supply to patients and inventory management (impacting cash flow) and a distribution of value.


  • Day to day engagement with: Plasma OpU Leadership Team, Internal Manufacturing sites, Procurement; Manufacturing Sciences, Commercial and Strategy & Business Excellence and PDTBU.


  • Unique contribution of thought, experience, background, and skills in the areas of supply chain excellence, leveraging technology to drive process excellence and improve supply chain responsiveness


  • Management of the supply of all Plasma products in the Takeda portfolio which generates >$7B of revenue annually.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science or related field along with 15 or more years Supply Chain, manufacturing and planning experience in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical or related industry.  
  • Plasma Manufacturing Leadership and management experience.
  • Experience with Multi-product manufacturing plants.
  • General Technical Operations/Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) experience including clinical development, commercialization supply operations, regulatory and compliance experience, hands on technical transfer experience, direct plant management and exposure across all Technical Operations/GMS functions.
  • Significant experience leading the planning processes for a global organization and doing so at a global and international level.
  • Strong technical operations background and a hands-on business understanding of the Supply Chain function.  
  • Previous leadership experience with matrix cross-functional experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading high priority, business critical initiatives within a matrix organization.
  • Significant experience in managing cross-functional, global teams.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills. Ability to build positive working relationships across senior leadership teams.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong business acumen.


  • Master’s degree in related Technical Discipline or MBA.

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To further support and inspire our employees, our benefits include: Competitive basic salary, Annual Bonus, Long-Term Incentive Plan, Contributory Pension Scheme, Private Health Cover and Life Assurance.

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