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AGILE Lead (Operation Excellence)

Singapore, Singapore
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On the Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) team at Takeda, you’ll be part of a rapidly transforming industry that’s applying technology and data in new ways. Within our agile, innovative, people-centric organization, your work will matter every day as you use your skills to help us manufacture therapies for patients on our four platforms:

  • Small Molecules
  • Biologics
  • Plasma
  • Cell and Gene

As part of the GMS team, you'll have the opportunity to pursue unique experiences and build new skills, and you'll know that the work you do every day makes an impact — on our patients, our people, our planet, and on yourself.

Job ID R0123666 Date posted 05/22/2024 Location Singapore, Singapore

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Job Description

Takeda's Singapore biologics manufacturing facility focuses on manufacturing potentially life-saving medicines for patients suffering from rare blood disorders such as Hemophilia A and B. As part of the company’s Biologics Operating Unit network, the site is Takeda’s only biologics drug substance manufacturing facility in Asia.  The facility has two buildings, including manufacturing suites and laboratories, as well as Takeda’s first positive energy building certified by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark scheme in 2022.

Job Title: AGILE Lead (Operation Excellence)
Location: Woodlands, Singapore

About the role:

  • AGILEis the name of Takeda’s expanded Operational Excellence Identity. Its aim to Advance GMSGQ (Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain) to become an even more patient focused, Innovative, Lean and highly Efficient organization.

  • The AGILE Lead will be a key member of the Takeda Singapore Business Excellence Team in managing the Singapore AGILE team in the deployment and progression of the AGILE program at the site. Takeda’s global AGILE program and its workstreams leverage off Industry 4.0 and offers an exciting opportunity to harmonize traditional lean tools and concepts with those of the digital age.

  • As a member of the Business Excellence team, lead the AGILE team comprised of AGILE OE Coaches and AGILE Champions.

  • Responsible for the development of the site AGILE roadmap with the Business Excellence Lead in close collaboration with QS&I.

  • Lead AGILE Waves at site.

  • Collaborate across the Takeda network to adopt and share best practices.

  • Be a champion of change at site/function.

How you will contribute:

A. Lead site AGILE program

  • Lead implementation of AGILE waves at site.

  • Build AGILE capabilities within team and monitor progress of AGILE Champions towards certification.

  • Provide technical coaching and support for the AGILE team.

  • Select new AGILE Champions to fill new vacancies within the team.

  • Support BE Lead in building strong engagement of SLT and all site colleagues with the AGILE program through site bootcamps/workshops/coaching initiatives.

  • Actively participate in global AGILE program coordinated by the AGILE PMO.

  • Collaborate with the Technical training and PMO teams to provide an aligned AGILE support to site

  • Deliver the AGILE site roadmap through a series of waves, developing local capabilities at site through each deployment.

  • Develop own capabilities in AGILE to provide appropriate guidance to local team.

B. Collaboration

  • Lead site AGILE team to be active contributors and adopters within best practice network.

C. Site AGILE roadmap

  • Maintain balanced site roadmap detailing AGILE activities which will be executed in the fiscal year.

  • Ensure all AGILE workstreams are considered when creating roadmap and cross workstream synergies are highlighted.

  • Ensure roadmap is aligned with GMS/GQ strategy and OpU/Regional strategy.

  • Ensure all AGILE Champions and AGILE OE Coaches receive challenging assignments linked to their development within the AGILE wave deployments.

D. Coaching

  • Create appropriate AGILE capabilities at site to deliver the AGILE roadmap utilizing the support from AGILE workstream as necessary.

  • Coach AGILE concepts and mindsets and behaviors across the organization, including Senior Leadership

  • Coach the AGILE coaches to develop technical and soft skill competencies within the team.

E. Others

  • Responsibility to adhere to any applicable EHS requirements.

  • Commitment to a fair and respectful relationship to others and behavior in accordance with Takeda’s Code of Conduct.

  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  • Optional Hybrid work model. Adhering to automation group´s budget and ongoing capital requirements

  • Responsibility to adhere to any applicable EHS requirements.

  • Commitment to a fair and respectful relationship to others and behavior in accordance with Takeda’s Code of Conduct.

  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

What you bring to Takeda:

 Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Degree in Sciences / Engineering related.

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in a Quality, Supply Chain or Operations environment required including people leadership experience. Minimum 3 years of experience in bio/pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or life sciences industry is desired.

  • Minimum Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Six Sigma Black Belt certification desirable.

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Knowledge of Bio-pharmaceutical operations

  • Strong Operational Excellence/Digital and Project Management capabilities

  • Solid knowledge of Bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality, manufacturing operations, cGMPs, global regulatory or product development required.

  • Excellent coaching experience

  • Proven record of delivery of results and colleague development.


  • Excellent communication abilities

  • Drives change and supports others in the change management process.

  • Experienced people manager

  • Strong influencing skills

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Delivers AGILE roadmap for site.

  • As a member of the BE team, communicates business decisions to AGILE team.

  • Lead and participate in cross functional teams to create value for Takeda as needed.


  • Interacts with all levels of the organisation and collaborates strongly with global OE team, QS&I, AGILE PMO and other AGILE Leads.

  • Develops strong relationships with key stakeholders across the Takeda network.


  • Strong innovative mindset.

  • Passionate about digital technology and advances site digital program

  • Identifies best practices, shares and adopts equally.


  • Capable of operating across company culture

Key Skills and Competencies :

  • Demonstrated passion for not accepting the status quo and self-driven to improve the business

  • Courage of conviction and open to critical feedback

  • A positive and resilient leader

  • Program management capabilities

  • Exceptional coaching, teaching, presentation (oral and written), and facilitation skills

  • Courage/experience to provide coaching/feedback to all levels of the organization including superiors

  • Excellent listening skills and emotional intelligence

  • Flexible and learning agile, demonstrating ability to assimilate new knowledge and standards quickly

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.


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