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Equipment Engineering Lead

Wicklow, Leinster
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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 R0115117 Date posted 01/12/2024 Location Wicklow, Leinster

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Job Description

Equipment Engineering Lead

Are you looking for a patient-oriented, innovation-driven company that inspires you and promotes your career? Then take your future in your hands and become part of Takeda as a Equipment Engineering Lead.

Takeda's presence in Ireland was established in 1997 and our Irish operations have played an important role in our global leadership in rare diseases, oncology and gastroenterology. Since beginning commercial operations, Takeda Ireland has grown in strength thanks to substantial investment in our people and industry-leading technology.

How you will contribute:

  • Lead Root Cause Analysis of major equipment failures in the Plant and the implementation of corrective and preventive actions
  • Work with Manufacturing Operations to provide technical support during process investigations and CAPA implementation
  • Assist with monitoring and control of process equipment with regard to maintaining a constant, safe and reliable operation
  • Lead areas of process improvement projects to improve equipment availability and production efficiency
  • Maintain document control systems for the Equipment Engineering Team
  • Ensure that new or modified equipment are designed for Reliability, Maintainability and Accessibility by providing design requirements to the Project Team and participate in reviews and risk assessments during the design process
  • Increase equipment uptime, eliminate waste, and prolong asset life by developing optimized maintenance strategies that prevent, or predict failures
  • Develop the Preventive Maintenance (PM) plans, frequencies/intervals, and spare parts lists and maintenance bill of materials
  • Lead the program at the site to evaluate the lifecycle and health of process equipment and forecast the remaining life and plan when aging equipment need to be disposed of and replaced
  • Support internal and external Audits and inspections of the Maintenance Program
  • Engage in the community of practice for maintenance and reliability through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Experience in Oral solid dose Drug Product manufacturing processes, control systems, cleaning processes, process and packaging equipment
  • Must have and ability to analyse and build resolutions to technical problems, familiarity with auditing techniques, interpreting regulations and quality systems
  • Leadership and project management skills such as exceptional interpersonal//prioritization

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Must demonstrate effectiveness in decision-making, empowerment of others, exception management, training, and team management


  • CAPEX Project Teams, Plant/Process Engineering, Maintenance, Calibration, Spare Parts Manager, EHS, Quality, Manufacturing/Production, Equipment Vendors, Automation
  • Embrace the culture of teamwork and integration within the Engineering Department, and most importantly with both Manufacturing/Production and Quality Departments


  • Implement optimization of processes within the department or the site


  • Must have advance proficiency in problem analysis and resolution, experience analysing complex technical problems, and demonstrates good troubleshooting abilities

What you bring to Takeda:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering discipline required. 7+ years of related experience with 3+ years in a leadership role
  • Can leading a team of Engineers
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Prior experience interacting with the FDA and other regulatory agencies
  • Understanding of process improvement and reliability engineering principles, methodologies and tools such as PDCA, LEAN, Six Sigma / DMAIC, FMEA is desirable
  • Must be a natural team player, with the management team.
  • Plan workloads

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Great compensation package and performance-based bonus
  • Employer retirement plan contributions
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Revenue approved profit share scheme
  • Employer funded income protection
  • Employer funded private medical insurance with dependants' cover
  • Employer life insurance contributions
  • Electric charging points available at parking locations
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellbeing and engagement teams
  • Takeda Resource Groups
  • Family friendly policies
  • 26 vacation days plus additional days for service milestones
  • Educational programs and formal training
  • Development opportunities
  • Humanitarian volunteering leave options
  • Subsidized canteen (only for Bray and Grange Castle)
  • Flexible employee funded options like Dental Insurance, Partner Life Insurance, Serious Illness Protection, Fuel Card, Bike to Work, Commuter Ticket, and Insurance Deals

More about us:

Takeda is focused on creating better health for people and a brighter future for the world. We aim to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments in our core therapeutic and industries, including gastrointestinal and inflammation, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies, oncology, neuroscience, and vaccines.

Takeda Ireland was established in 1997. Our story in Ireland is one of substantial growth, rapid change, and new ideas. Over the past two years, Takeda Ireland has invested over €55 million in Ireland to develop our manufacturing sites. Solidifying our commitment in our people and contributing to the local economy. Takeda in Ireland has commercial operations, corporate services, and manufacturing facilities across four locations: Baggot St, Bray, Citywest, and Grange Castle. We have been certified as Top Employer for several consecutive years.

How we will support you:

Takeda is proud of its commitment to create a diverse workforce and to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ethnicity, colour, 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. If you are living with disabilities, chronic illness, or neurodiversity, please feel free to let us know so that we can provide you with appropriate support during the application process.


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