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Master Data Management, Supply Chain, Associate Director or Manager

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 R0115606 Date posted 02/26/2024 Location Jūsō-honmachi, Ōsaka

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Job Description

Please note this job requires business level Japanese in speaking, writing, and reading.

About Takeda

”Better Health for People, Brighter Future for the World” is the purpose of a company. We aim to create a diverse and inclusive organization where people can thrive, grow and realize their own potential while enabling our purpose. We continue to innovate and drive changes that will transform the lives of patients. We’re looking for like-minded professionals to join us.

Takeda is a global values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader. We are guided by our values of Takeda-ism, which has been passed down since the company’s founding. Takeda-ism incorporates Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance, with Integrity at the core. They are brought to life through actions based on Patient-Trust-Reputation-Business, in this order.


  • Manage the Takeda / GMS (Global Manufacturing & Supply)-wide master data collaboration environment and rules from a Supply Chain Management point of view
  • Lead and drive Material Master Governance among Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan in collaboration with GSC (Global Supply Chain), GQ (Global Quality), Global and Local IT, OESSM (Oncology,  External Supply, Small Molecules) and all related business functions
  • Impement Material Master Data management processes with IT on MDG (Master Data Governance) along with GMS business strategy to maintain accurate material data quality


  • Contribute to the Material Master Data Management strategy for Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan through master data operation
  • Responsible for master data cleansing and maintenance on SAP MDG / IBP / APO based on current/future business process requirements
  • Review and approve master data registration on SAP MDG owned by Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan to maintain data accuracy
  • Manage material master data maintenance schemes  for Supply Chain Management and the Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan organization, including 3 maufacturing sites in Hikari / Osaka / Narita, to realize DD&T(Data Digital & Technology) commitments by fully utilizing SAP MDG
  • Define and maintain data definitions based on the alignment with Global members by attending MD Community of Practise
  • Lead thorough awareness of business data requirements and code definitions / maintenance rules
  • Align business requirements with business users based on the required business flow
  • Manage and solve business critical issues with related parties and technical issues with IT
  • Collaborate with STRIVE, eAGILE initiatives, TaskForce projects to satisfy business requirements by guiding required material master information
  • Improve Supply Chain KPI in alignment with MRP targets from data management view point


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • 8+ years' experience in supply chain, manufacturing, engineering, product development, project management, sales & marketing, quality, purchasing, finance, or legal.
  • Project management experience related to Supply Chain Management in a global manufacturing company.
  • Must have good communication skills to collaborate with mutual stakeholders.
  • Must have experience in data analysis
  • Capable of presenting, communicating and facilitation in both Japanese and English. 
  • Software skills – SAP ECC, SAP MDG, SAP BW (or equivalent DB system), MS Excel, MS PowerPoint


  • Demonstrates practical ways of thinking, finding innovative ways to serve patients, and build trust, reputation and business
  • Develop reliable material master maintenance process to keep accurate data for the business
  • Collaborate with cross functional stakeholders to achieve project targets

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • According to Takeda T-MAP, GMS T-MAP and Takada DoA, etc., as Role 3, decision making and autonomy rights have been granted for the Global Manufacturing & Supply JapanSupply Chain area and as a Master Data Management member


  • Manage and control Material Master / MDG related projects 
  • Collaborate with cross functional organizations such as Global Supply Chain, Global Distribution & Logistics, GMS E2E full business functions
  • Collaborate with Local MDG users to integrate MD maintenance processes as one Takeda
  • Collaborate with Local / Global IT members to secure master related system functionalities
  • Collaborate with other Takeda sites for maintaining shared material master data
  • Collaborate with all of supply chain members to unify Supply Chain related KPIs from a mater data view point


  • Lead change management to establish Master Data Management processes for Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan
  • Help Supply Chain Business Planning activities from a data management view point
  • Collaborate with DD&T initiatives to improve operational / financial performance


  • Cover Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan E2E process related materials registered on MDG and used in SAP modules
  • Work as a team members to establish a material management governance structure in Global Manufacturing & Supply Japan from “0”
  • Improve business data quality by collaborating with cross functional parties including overseas sites
  • Work globally within a diversified organization



  • Bachelor or master degree or equivalent in related fields
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate by PMI or equivalent preferred
  • Certified Supply Chain Professional(CSCP) certificate by APICS or equivalent preferred

Behavioral Competencies:

Demonstrate Takeda Leadership Behaviors

  • Think Strategically
  • Inspire Others
  • Deliver Priorities
  • Elevate Capabilities

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge – comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical or related industry in manufacturing & supply environments in a large multi-national prescription drug manufacturer or related organization.
  • Communication – ability to manage and monitor Master Data quality in a persuasive and appropriate manner internally and externally.
  • Strategic Implementation – ability to implement and monitor the overall supply chain strategy through knowledge of the company’s operations, procurement expertise, industry knowledge and competitive analysis.
  • Management – collaborate, project management, status tracking, conflict resolution and partnering with other departments and across cultures.
  • People Development – ability to verify Material Master data quality to provide suggestions for improvement and mentoring opportunities.
  • Analytical Skills – ability to analyze a wide variety of material data including Basic info, planning parameters, characteristics for reporting to make strategic sourcing decisions and analyze forecasted sales, historical demand, in-transit and potential stock-out figures to make daily management and production decisions.
  • Supplier Relationship Management – builds good relationship between company and 3rd party vedors if necessary, to foster strong support for Material Master management.
  • Experience – in two or more of the following areas: Engineering, Project Management, Operations/Production Manager or Materials Manager, Pharmacist/Scientist.
  • Fluent business level Japanese/English capability, writing and verbal communication skills.

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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What we believe in

Our values of Takeda-ism are Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance, with Integrity as the core. These are brought to life through actions based on Patient, Trust, Reputation and Business, in that order.

Our belief in putting people first extends beyond our patients — it includes their families and communities, as well as our Takeda colleagues and their families.

We are committed to embracing our differences, valuing different perspectives, and fostering a culture of respect, inclusiveness and empowerment.

Our embedded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy enables us to attract and retain exceptional talent, drives innovation, and helps address systemic inequalities in our communities.

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