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Operational Excellence Manager

Social Circle, Georgia
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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 R0127102 Date posted 07/01/2024 Location Social Circle, Georgia

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Job Description

About the role:

AGILE 4.0 is the transformational engine to improve GMS/GQ to become a more patient-focused, lean, and efficient organization. It is how we will bring our strategy, develop our talent, and focus our efforts. The AGILE Manager role is full-time dedicated to AGILE as a part of the Business Excellence team. It is designed to attract individuals who have demonstrated change and continuous improvements efforts. Upon two to three years of successful term in this role, AGILE Managers will be recognized as candidates for future opportunities to further progress their careers in the organization. The AGILE Manager (OE focus) will lead and Manager AGILE Operational Excellence (OE) deployment for an important area such as Fractionation, Purification or Engineering Maintenance. This involves collaboratively planning, building skills, and driving deployment of elements of the AGILE Operating System (AOS) that help the area achieve its goals. You will report to the Associate Director of Operational Excellence.

How you will contribute:

  • Represents AGILE in manufacturing as the contact for improving operations and mindset.
  • Use AGILE methods and tools to lead the site strategy to achieve its transformational (breakthrough) goals faster.
  • Identify opportunities aligned with strategy, making these visible, building the business case/burning platform to create momentum, leading and coaching teams and ensuring outcomes are achieved and visible.
  • Connect and collaborate with global, regional and OpU groups to bring Good Practices to the site and to share our Good Practices with others.
  • Develop from learning AGILE methods and tools, through leading implementations to become a coach (build capabilities in others) in one or more elements of AGILE OE
  • Become 'approved' by Global OE to deliver workshops and lead implementations
  • Become a role model in AGILE mindset, Manager change and demonstrate main skills, in root-cause problem solving, 5S, Standard Work, Visual systems (including Tier mechanisms) and Leader GEMBA
  • May be assigned work in other AGILE streams such as Digital, or People, Culture & Change
  • Have a demonstrated experience challenging the status quo and trying to improve the operation.
  • Open to doing things differently and have experience taking concepts and implementing locally.
  • Experience with process mapping software, Minitab.
  • Experience in FDA regulated environment, Good Manufacturing Practices, ISO 9001
  • Must have organizational and project management abilities along with knowledge of manufacturing processes and continuous improvement approaches.
  • Can train others and work with employees on all levels.
  • Conduct and Lead Problem Solving strategies and workshops.

What you bring to Takeda:

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience in Manufacturing, Lean and Six Sigma.
  • Background in Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Lean would be necessary; Six Sigma green belt or black training / certification.
  • 2+ years of experience desirable in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry.
  • Soft skills: Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, and People Management
  • Lean: Ability to run workshops, Gemba walks and Tools implementations.
  • Six Sigma: Ability to conduct and lead Rapid DMAIC workshops, Teach and Coach the tools.

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:

  • May wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and other clean room garments daily. This may include safety shoes, safety glasses, aprons, face shields, lab coats, full body gowns, hair nets and gloves and hearing protection.
  • Need to remove all make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish and artificial fingernails while in the manufacturing environment.
  • Work in a cold, wet environment.
  • Work multiple shifts, including weekends, or be asked to work supplemental hours,.
  • Work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and Celite that may require respiratory protection.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Lift, carry push, pull or move objects and repetitive motions.
  • Subject to inside environmental conditions.
  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • We are looking for a combination of sedentary work and walking around the facility.
  • Some clean room and cool/hot storage conditions.
  • May work in a cold and wet environment.
  • Maybe required to work in confined spaces.
  • May enter controlled environments requiring special gowning.

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.


Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

USA - GA - Social Circle - Hwy 278

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$108,500.00 - $170,500.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

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.


USA - GA - Social Circle - Hwy 278

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