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Operational Excellence Champion

Round Lake Beach, Illinois
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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 R0115440 Date posted 01/18/2024 Location Round Lake Beach, Illinois

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Job Description

Job Title: Agile Champion II

Location: Round Lake, IL

About the role:

You will be a 2 to 3 year assignment to lead and promote Takeda's eAGILE (continuous improvement and transformational) program for business excellence. This involves working with assigned teams to identify operational constraints, build operational capabilities, and plan and deploy elements of the AGILE Operating System (AOS) comprised of Lean and Six Sigma elements.

How you will contribute:

  • Build expertise in the AGILE Operating Elements (Lean and Six Sigma).

  • Lead and implement continuous improvement initiatives that support business continuity and enable transformation.

  • Deliver the eAGILE program at the site and within functions providing business improvements and engaging all employees.

  • Coach colleagues across all levels of the organization in eAGILE program elements, workstreams, Lean and Six Sigma deployments

  • Participate in eAGILE Community of Practice (COP), providing best practices to the network.

  • Promote change at site and within functions.

  • Use eAGILE methods and tools to lead the site to achieve its transformational (breakthrough) objectives faster.

  • Contribute to the strategy deployment process at site/function to understand strategy and support translation into AGILE activities in roadmap.

  • Deliver the eAGILE roadmap for the site and specifically AOS roadmap by leading assigned initiatives and eAGILE projects.

  • Coach AGILE concepts and mindsets and behaviors across the organization, including Senior Leadership.

  • Facilitate in site/functional workshops to improve coaching capabilities.

  • Connect and collaborate with global, regional and OpU groups to bring best known methods to the site and to share our best practices with others.

  • Develop the ability to coach (build capabilities in others) in one or more elements of the AOS (Lean and Six Sigma).

  • Become 'approved' by Global OE to deliver workshops and lead implementations.

  • Become a role model in AGILE mindset and demonstrate main skills, in root-cause analysis, 5S, Standard Work, Visual systems and Lead Standard Work.

  • Further advance capabilities in AGILE as detailed in AGILE Champion certification document.

  • Experience with Visio, process mapping software, Minitab or other statistical tools.

  • Advance Microsoft Excel skills, Power Bi, and Power Apps are.

  • Passion for challenging the status quo and trying to improve operations.

  • Open to doing things differently and have a experience taking concepts and implementing locally.

  • Comfortable building relationships and networking with people.

  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills to motivate teams to achieve team goals.

  • Must have organizational and project management abilities along with knowledge of manufacturing processes and continuous improvement approaches.

  • Will train others and work with employees on all levels. Will work extended hours and different shifts.

What you bring to Takeda:

  • Bachelors' Degree in science, engineering or other related technical field and 3+ years of related experience. Some leadership experience. Background in continuous improvement, Lean.

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Tuition reimbursement

Important Considerations

At Takeda, our patients rely on us to deliver quality products. As a result, we must follow strict rules in our manufacturing facilities to ensure we are not endangering the quality of the product. You may:

  • In general, you will do a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions of the facility.

  • Indoor working conditions.

  • On site position.

  • General office environment with air conditioning and heating.

  • May work around moving equipment and machinery.

  • May work in confined spaces/areas.

  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions.

  • Will need to walk from building to building through outside "rain or shine."

  • May work in a controlled environment requiring special gowning and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. This may include additional hearing protection for loud areas.

  • Will need to remove all make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish and artificial fingernails while in the manufacturing environment.

  • May work in a cold, hot or wet environment.

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

  • Will work on site on multiple shifts, including weekends and holidays, to support a 24/7 manufacturing operation.

  • Will work non-traditional work hours, including weekends.

  • Requires flexibility to conduct activities to support different shifts.

  • Ability to travel up to 20%.

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and the best patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company to inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This posting excludes Colorado applicants.




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