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Associate Director, Lean Deployment

Los Angeles, California
Start date
Sep 21, 2023

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Job Description

About the role:

Takeda's Los Angeles site processes donated plasma into many life-altering therapies that help patients live better lives.

Takeda's Los Angeles site is taking advantage of some important opportunities to better serve patients by growing our operations. To be successful we need to change the way we run our operations and internalize the right behaviors and mindsets. We need a guide, someone who understands complex manufacturing systems, who knows what good looks and feels like, someone who has the commitment, drive and persistence to help us get there.

You have over ten years' experience optimizing manufacturing value streams and have the gravitas to gain the respect of our people. You are influential, able to build robust, honest relationships with people, respectfully challenge and get people to change how they do things. You relish coaching people in

  • the tools and techniques to analyze and improve operations

  • and in leading with people at the center.

You will be an important member of the Business Excellence leadership team, partnering with its PMO, L&D and Digital & Data teams to lead the site through necessary transformations. You will lead and coach a small team of bright, energetic people whose capabilities you'll develop to benefit them through the rest of their careers.

How you will contribute:

Optimize the site's value streams, aligned with the site's important few priorities to deliver on our breakthrough objectives

  • Develop systems to measure operational performance, make opportunities visible, focus on the most important and drive business impacting outcomes.

  • Lead key projects that transform the way we operate

  • Coach, guide and educate operations leaders in industrial/manufacturing engineering tools and techniques, building on Takeda's lean management system

  • Develop your team into operations leaders of tomorrow

  • Lead and manage the site's root-cause problem solving training and qualification program

  • Collaborate with your peers across the Plasma Operating Unit and the broader Takeda organization

  • Contribute to the site's strategy deployment process

  • Proven record of delivering business-impacting results

  • Demonstrated understanding of complex manufacturing systems, improving capacity and yield

  • Solid understanding and demonstrated application of lean to deliver tangible outcomes

  • Clear structured-, logical-, analytical- and critical-thinking.

  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills.

What you bring to Takeda:

Typically requires bachelor's degree, preferably in science, engineering, or other related technical field.

8+ years of related experience with 3+ years of management experience for supervisory roles.

  • Strong preference for qualifications and experience in industrial engineering or manufacturing engineering

  • Experience as a value stream leader a distinct advantage

  • Experience training and coaching industrial engineering, operational excellence and/or lean an advantage

  • Experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing or FDA regulated operations an advantage

  • Experience in process industry an advantage

  • Experience and qualifications in lean and six sigma an advantage

  • Travel less than 10%

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Professional training and development opportunities

  • Tuition reimbursement

Important Considerations

At Takeda, our patients rely on us to deliver quality products. As a result, we must follow strict rules in our manufacturing facilities to ensure we are not endangering the quality of the product. In this role, you may:

  • Work in a controlled environment requiring special gowning and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. This may include additional hearing protection for loud areas.

  • Need to remove all make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish and/or artificial fingernails while in the manufacturing environment.

  • Work in a cold, wet environment.

  • Work multiple shifts, including weekends, or be asked to work supplemental hours, as necessary.

  • Work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and Celite that may require respiratory protection.

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This posting excludes Colorado applicants.




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Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


USA - CA - Los Angeles

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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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