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Commissioning & Qualification (CQ) Engineer, Japan New Plasma Facility Project

Jūsō-honmachi, Ōsaka
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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 R0111747 Date posted 11/22/2023 Location Jūsō-honmachi, Ōsaka

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Job Description


  • This position will provide support to the execution of commissioning and qualification of a new Plasma manufacturing facility.

  • This position is responsible to assess and qualify equipment, critical systems (utilities), facilities, computer systems, cleaning processes, manufacturing processes, as applicable. Primary tasks include development of protocols, coordination of commissioning and qualification activities, qualification execution, preparing final reports and assembly of final commissioning and qualification packages, and generation of project plans. Responsibilities will consist of both initial commissioning and qualification efforts as well as re-commissioning and re-qualification. Additionally, investigations of manufacturing challenges are conducted and process improvements are evaluated and implemented. Final documents are archived and will be included in or support regulatory submissions, and made available as needed during internal and external regulatory/compliance audits.

  • This position will work in close cooperation with the manufacturing business units, Engineering, Regulatory, QC, and Quality Operations on a day-to-day basis.


  • Applies thorough understanding of risk-based CQ, cGXPs, GAMP5 and 21CFR Part 11 (as applicable), relevant SOP curriculums, routine project procedures, project management, and other training as appropriate.

  • Performs a variety of projects/studies in several areas at the same time to support project timelines and budgets while maintaining quality and compliance.

  • Supports projects that require team participation. Must demonstrate competent and effective coordination, and organizational skills.

  • Handles routine tasks with attention to detail, timely and accurately.

  • Participates and interfaces with cross-functional project team members (Engineering, Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Supply Chain, and other technical disciplines) representing the respective commissioning and qualification elements, as applicable, to determine commissioning and qualification strategy based on concepts of life cycle: user requirements, functional specifications, design specifications, commissioning and qualification. Emphasis is on ensuring accuracy and integrity on commissioning and qualification documentation that meets regulatory guidelines and industry standards.

  • Writes protocols and reports, executes, interprets, and evaluates commissioning and qualification documents in terms of acceptability to industry standards (GMPs, FDA Guidelines), procedures, and regulatory requirements such as but not limited to (21 CFR Parts 210, 211, 600, ISO 14644, EC-Annex1, etc.).

  • Utilizes Quality-Engineering tools to problem solve/troubleshoot and assist in risk analysis (e.g., FMEA, Design of Experiments, QbD, SPC).

  • Identifies gaps related to commissioning and qualification requirements and global procedures.  May assist in closing compliance gaps as they are identified.

  • Performs updates to element commissioning and qualification assessments and commissioning and qualification plans, as required.

  • Participates, as required, in the investigation and closure of non-conformances/events, corrective actions and preventative actions.

  • Supports internal or external assessments or audits, as required. Supports process with timely closure of observations/audit items.

  • Uses commissioning and qualification test equipment in support of commissioning and qualification activities.

  • Performs other duties as directed by supervisor.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Must have basic experience in pharmaceutical/biotech commissioning and qualification elements, as applicable, including the writing and executing of protocols and standard operating procedures.

  • Must have basic knowledge of the operating principles in a cGMP regulated environment. Hands-on Manufacturing, Engineering and/or Technical Service experience is a plus.


  • Must have exceptional organizational skills and ability to analyze and plan and implement resolutions to technical problems, familiarity with auditing techniques, interpreting regulations and quality systems.

  • Leadership and project management skills such as exceptional interpersonal/communication/influencing/negotiation skills/organization/prioritization.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Must demonstrate effectiveness in task completion, decision-making, empowerment of others, exception management, training, and problem solving


  • Must be able to work with site and global SMEs from External Partners, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory and EHS in order to design, execute and deliver to department goals and project goals.


  • Must be able to lead and implement optimization of processes within the department or the site.


  • Must have advanced experience and proficiency in problem analysis and resolution, a successful track record of analyzing complex technical problems, and demonstrates good troubleshooting and decision-making abilities.


  • Typically requires BA or BS degree preferably in the engineering or science field. Ideally 7+ years of commissioning and qualification experience for non mgr role;

  • Experience in commissioning and qualification of manufacturing processes and control systems (e.g. Allen-Bradley PLC, Delta V, BAS, Siemens), cleaning processes, process equipment, facilities and GMP critical support systems are required.

  • Experience in commissioning and qualification of a large capital project (e.g. new facility installation) is preferred. Experience in Plasma manufacturing is a plus.

  • Strong knowledge of risk-based CQ approach (i.e. ISPE Baseline Guide 5 on Commissioning and Qualification) is preferred.

  • Prior experience in validation and in the use of KNEAT (paperless validation system) is a plus.

  • Prior experience interacting with the FDA and other regulatory agencies a must.


  • Will work mostly in office environments with requirements to work in manufacturing and support areas.

  • Will work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

  • May work in a hot/cold, wet environment and climb up into large processing tanks.

  • Will work in Cleanrooms, including cold/hot storage conditions.

  • May work in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.

  • Must have the ability to work in confined spaces (e.g. attic space, engine rooms and tanks).

  • Will work around chemicals, such as alcohol, acids, buffers, and celite, that may require respiratory protection.

  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends and extended hours, as required.

  • 5% travel may be required to other Takeda facilities in order to manage projects related to these facilities or interact with other commissioning and qualification colleagues and/or as part of professional development.

What Takeda can offer you:

Allowances: Commutation, Housing, Overtime Work etc.

Salary Increase: Annually

Bonus Payment: Twice a year
Working Hours: Headquarters (Osaka/ Tokyo) 9:00-17:30, Production Sites (Osaka/Yamaguchi) 8:00-16:45, (Narita) 8:45-17:15, Research Site (Kanagawa) 9:00-17:45
Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, May Day, Year-End Holidays etc. (approx. 123 days in a year)
Paid Leaves: Annual Paid Leave, Special Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Family Support Leave, Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, Family Nursing Leave.

Flexible Work Styles: Flextime, Telework

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