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OPU Lead Automation

Lexington, MA
Start date
Feb 29, 2024

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Engineering, Automation Engineer
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

About the role:

As the OPU Automation lead you develop and roll out the GE automation strategies to the OpU that will standardize global processes and infrastructure.

You will act as the SME in Automation, Digitalization and Manufacturing Systems and support Site Automation & Digitalization projects.

How you will contribute:

  • Own and develop automation solutions that are consistent with specific needs of the manufacturing environment.

  • Lead Site automation teams to develop long term automation strategy for sites in key areas of building & process, data historian, Delta-V, recipe manager, Industry 4.0 and MES.

  • Drive the Automation roll-out process at the Site level ensuring cost, schedule and technical solution are achieved.

  • Develop & nurture core competencies of the automation personnel at the sites to ensure technical capabilities are built and the knowledge and experience are maintained.

  • Take an ownership role in preparing adequate and cost effective solutions for all automation investment related projects. Leverage best practices and expertise across the Engineering network.

  • Lead and drive Site working groups to ensure clear action plans with delivery milestones.

  • Own and Lead harmonization across the network to ensure consistent core solutions are being implemented.

  • Be aware of technology trends and benchmarks in the industry. Benchmark against peers so that Takeda is inline with industry.

What you bring to Takeda:

  • Degree in engineering (Dipl. Ing. / M. Sc. / B. Sc.) or equivalent (mechanical / process /chemical or equivalent

  • Languages: Business fluent proficiency in English & Local Language (written and oral) ,

  • Experience: More than 15 years experience in GMP manufacturing relevant to the specialist area of expertise.

  • Minimum of 8 years leadership experience

  • Broad knowledge of Automation solutions and best practice in field of expertise.

  • High communication skills, analytical mind-set, ability to work under pressure

  • GxP/QA knowledge

  • Innovative thinking

  • Building relationships and teamwork

  • Used to working in a complex global / matrix organisation.

  • Can establish and coordinate service contracts with external service providers

  • Experience with data analysis

  • Good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry not limited to technical aspects only

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.

Empowering our people to shine:

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.


CHE - Glattpark (Opfikon) - Zurich HQ

USA - MA - Lexington

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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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