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Operational Excellence Partner

Budapest, Budapest
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As a trusted global leader and industry partner who is reimagining plasma and exploring its untapped potential, Takeda’s Plasma-Derived Therapies (PDT) Business Unit is dedicated to transforming the lives of patients worldwide who rely on these lifesaving and life-sustaining therapies.

With an 80-year legacy of developing treatments for rare and complex chronic diseases, we thrive on innovation, offering a broad, differentiated portfolio of more than 20 plasma medicines with integrated care solutions to patients in more than 80 countries.

Powered by ~ 17,000 Takeda employees, our ~230 high-quality BioLife donation centers, a dedicated R&D team, and eight world-class plasma manufacturing facilities, we are unleashing data, digital and technology to transform our end-to-end operations and set new industry standards.

This enables us to innovatively and sustainably meet the growing and changing needs of patients, our people, and our planet, today and in the future.

Job ID R0118436 Date posted 02/29/2024 Location Budapest, Budapest

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Job Description

BioLife plasma centres are part of the Takeda biopharmaceutical company. Our business is the collection and freezing of blood plasma from donors in Hungary for the production of pharmaceuticals.

We’re looking for a full time Operational Excellence Partner for the plasmapheresis centers in Hungary.

The role oversees activities occurring across the Hungarian Plasma Center network value stream to ensure alignment to strategic priorities and engagement from leadership and front line staff.

Main tasks:

  • Support and deploy continuous improvement initiatives and the Lean Management System model throughout the Hungarian Plasma Center network (10 centers)

  • Serve as the central source for Operational Excellence to the Plasma Center Network in HU

  • Identifying opportunities for improvement and optimization in the plasma centers in compliance with GMP regulations

  • Drive culture change to embed continuous improvement into daily work and create a learning organization

  • Manage the training and implementation of Lean Management System (LMS) elements (Problem Solving with DMAIC, 5S, Standard Work, Visual Systems, Tiered Accountability, etc.), including preparation of training material in Hungarian and providing training and coaching for the Hungarian BioLife Operations and Quality team

  • Support identification of improvement opportunities, facilitate improvement workshops and capture business results

  • Collaborate with Quality and Center Managers on different projects

  • Manage the implementation of strategic initiatives in the BioLife HU centers

  • Point of contact between Country Head, Quality Manager and other stakeholders as well as trusted advisor to the Operational Excellence Europe


  • University or college degree (Completed education with a business orientation)

  • Excellent Hungarian and English skills required, further languages beneficial

  • Experience in consultation and facilitation (Problem-solving, Trainings, Workshops)

  • Experience (preferably) in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry

  • Proven ability to collaborate and establish trust as well as negotiate competing priorities

  • Experience in Lean Management System deployment, Lean and/or Six Sigma tools

  • Appreciative, empathetic, and motivating team player

  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office, used to work with databases; PowerBI)

  • Long-term willingness to travel between the centers in Hungary and to the BioLife Head Office in Vienna, Austria


  • Analytical thinking/ problem solving skills/Data Analysis (PowerBI) Skills

  • Ability to work independently to develop, manage and implement project plans

  • Ability to navigate sensitive and difficult situations

  • Ability to critically think and apply lean principles

What we offer:

  • Outstanding working conditions

  • Long-term professional perspective in a stable and innovative environment

  • Competitive salary

  • Laptop, phone, company car

  • After 3 months’ probation period net 25,000 HUF OTP SZÉP card, Medicover Health Care Insurance

As a leading global biopharmaceutical company, we have one mission every day: to lastingly improve the lives of people living with rare diseases. Crucial to our mission are our employees – our biggest asset – who enjoy a range of benefits and career opportunities. For more insights into Takeda click here:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter briefly summarizing the relevant experience, a detailed CV to We are looking forward to your application at BioLife!


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