Operations Development Program Associate

Operations Development Program Associate

Lexington, Massachusetts; Boston, Massachusetts; Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California; Thousand Oaks, California; Social Circle, Georgia; Round Lake Beach, Illinois; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Operations Development Program Associate

Job ID R0105459 Date posted Sep. 01, 2023 Location Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Takeda’s Operations Development Program (ODP) is a 27-month rotational leadership program designed for individuals looking to accelerate their careers in pharmaceutical manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, and quality. As a member of the ODP, you can expect visibility to senior leaders, accelerated growth and learning, and exposure across our manufacturing operations. The program is comprised of three, 9-month rotations across two- to three of our US facilities, including locations in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.

Program features include:

  • Developing the technical principles you need to succeed in pharmaceutical manufacturing

  • Building your skills as a values-based leader through hands-on training and executive mentorship

  • Cross-functional on-the-job and formal learning to accelerate your knowledge and career growth

Throughout the program, your rotations will be designed for your skills, growth, and ability to make an impact on our business. The assignments will challenge you to adapt, learn, and quickly find ways to add value to each rotation. You will be responsible for learning and understanding various aspects of your rotational assignment, all within a supportive environment designed to help you succeed and meet your potential as a future leader within the pharmaceutical industry.

Rotation assignments can include placement as a Process Engineer, Supply Chain Analyst, or even a Manufacturing Supervisor. The program is designed to give you the cross-functional experience and exposure you need to understand how we manufacture quality medicine for the patients who need them as effectively, efficiently, and with as little impact to our planet as possible.

Program Timeline:

  • The program start date for the next ODP cohort is Monday, July 15, 2024

  • Expected program completion date is October 2026

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Hard Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc.). The degree is to be completed before the expected program start date

  • Must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, or otherwise authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future

  • Minimum 1 relevant internship and/or co-op experience required

  • Geographic mobility and willingness to rotate through different US regions with a minimum of two unique site rotations

Mindsets & Behaviors:

  • Creates an environment that inspires an inclusive and diverse culture

  • Ability to prioritize projects and achieve exceptional outcomes

  • Comfortable working through ambiguity

  • Ability to promote change and encourage new ways of working

  • Proactively takes steps to learn and grow

  • Confidence working with data and emerging technology

Physical Demands:

  • Dependent on rotation, some roles may require the ability to lift, push, pull, and carry up to 25 lbs.

Working Environmentapplicable to manufacturing site-specific rotations:

  • Must be able to 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 controlled work environment

  • May be working in an area that requires protective equipment to be worn

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

  • May be required to work or be assigned to a different shift as needed

  • Inside working conditions

  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions

  • 5% travel

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. In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants are not Permitted to Apply. #GMSGQ #ZR1 #LI-MA1

Base Salary Range: $75,000 - $87,000. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.   The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.

EEO Statement

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, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


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Business Area Overview

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.

Working at Takeda

  • Inclusion

    Here, you will feel welcomed, respected, and valued as a vital contributor to our global team.

  • Collaboration

    A strong, borderless team, we strive together towards our priorities and inspiring mission.

  • Innovation

    Bold initiatives, continuous improvement, and creativity are at the heart of how we bring scientific breakthroughs from the lab to patients.

  • Top Workplace

    Recognized for our culture and way of working, we’re one of only 15 companies to receive Top Global Employer® status for 2023.

  • Work-Life

    Our people-first mission extends beyond patients to include their families, communities, and our own Takeda family.

  • Empowerment

    Through trust and respect, you will have genuine support from leaders, managers, and colleagues to do your best work.

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  • Create an exceptional people experience
  • Responsibly translate science into highly innovative, life-changing medicines and vaccines
  • Protect our planet
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