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Supply Chain Manager (all genders)

Zurich, Canton of Zurich
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The Europe & Canada (EUCAN) Business unit supports Takeda's mission at a regional level and as the leader in rare diseases and specialty care, we champion better health and a brighter future for patients, healthcare providers and our people.

Across the EUCAN BU, patients come first in every decision we make. We develop strategic partnerships which deliver value for society and create a culture within which our people can thrive and reach their full potential.

Our mission is to empower and enable our people to fulfill their potential by embracing diversity and creating a high-performance, collaborative working environment. In the EUCAN region integrity is one of our key values. We put patients, trust and reputation before business and this is one of the main reasons why our people choose to work here.

Job ID R0127531 Date posted 07/08/2024 Location Zurich, Canton of Zurich

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Job Description

People First - At Takeda we are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all people and bringing them the hope of a brighter future. It is our passion that transforms every job into meaningful action. Our people are the heart of Takeda. Our team is growing and for this we need bright minds with creativity and flexibility – what talent do you have?

Are you a curious learner and passionate about people and processes? We seek a committed Supply Chain Professional to help assure supply of Takeda products for the Swiss market. Reliable execution of processes + continuous improvement mindset incl. automation projects are key to succeed in our 2 people supply team within 90 people local entity. The co-location with global supply headquarter and regional hub help assure both hands-on and inspiring work.

We are currently hiring for a Supply Chain Manager (all genders) in full-time on a permanent contract for our Swiss local office in Glattpark (Opfikon).


  • Ensure continuity, reliability, and agility for the Supply of Takeda's pharmaceutical products for the Swiss market - achieved through collaboration with commercial teams, process excellence, and continuous improvements: aiming for full stock availability while minimizing scrap.
  • Collaborate with supply planners of broad product portfolio to optimize inventory levels in the Swiss warehouse and European distribution centers.
  • Support new product launches for the Swiss market (incl. material master data, transfer prices, SAP configuration) and cross-functional cooperation to assure availability of new products on time in right quantities
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to drive system and process improvements helping to reduce cost, save time, and increase Supply Chain performance
  • Continuous learning on the power of data and digital: leverage benefit of tools like Power Automate, Power BI, Alteryx; understand potential of AI solutions


Product availability / demand / operations

  • Forecasting demand for products based on commercial inputs, historical data, market trends, and other relevant factors (through effective use of SAP, IBP and Excel tools)
  • Managing master data in order to ensure correctness of all relevant Supply Chain related transactions
  • Driving new product launches from Supply Chain perspective
  • Coordinating timely replenishments with logistic, supply and quality teams to make sure that products arrive in good conditions, are released and ready for sales on time
  • Work with global and regional supply chain related functions to ensure uninterrupted supply of products to always fulfil customers’ demand
  • Closely collaborating with local teams (CS, OM, FI, QA, RA) to minimize supply risks

Inventory management

  • Monitoring and management of local inventory coverage to ensure optimal stock levels (including stock freshness, reconciliation, etc.) in cooperation with local teams and logistic partners
  • Risk Management: Identifying potential risks such as stock shortages or overstock situations and implementing mitigation strategies.
  • Reporting: Generating reports on inventory levels vs sales, stock movements, and key performance indicators to support decision-making processes

Process and continuous improvement

  • Utilizing SAP, excel, digital tools and technologies to identify areas of improvement and to optimize supply chain operations, increase efficiency, and reduce costs
  • Collecting and interpreting data, analyzing results to report findings to internal or external stakeholders
  • Identifying opportunities to automate processes and improve effectiveness of Supply Chain department


  • Continuous Improvement Mindset: Striving for process improvements, cost reductions, and efficiency gains in the supply chain
  • Excellent technical skills and Supply Chain Software Proficiency
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Ability to leverage AI and machine learning algorithms to demand forecasting and process automation
  • Digital Supply Chain Modelling: Proficiency in using digital modelling tools to simulate different scenarios, optimize supply chain networks, and improve decision-making.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Addressing also new issues that arise in the supply chain and finding efficient solutions to keep operations running smoothly
  • Structured way of working, proactivity and agility
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze data, identify trends, and support decisions to optimize the supply chain processes
  • Project Management Skills: Managing multiple projects simultaneously, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines
  • Inventory Optimization Tools: Knowledge of inventory optimization tools and techniques to maintain optimal inventory levels, reduce carrying costs, and prevent stock outs
  • An ability to handle many tasks in parallel


  • Experience in operations, planning, supply chain (Demand planning, Supply planning, Inventory and Operations Planning)
  • BA degree in the Supply Chain field, computer science, logistics, Business, or production management
  • Experience working with digital strategy, with digital transformation, ERP Systems and advanced planning tools
  • Experience and knowledge of Microsoft Power BI or similar applications, a plus
  • High proficiency in English. Additional local languages, particularly German, are a plus.

Empowering our people to shine

At Takeda, we earn the trust of society and our customers through our values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, Perseverance. We incorporate these values in everything we do. They represent who we are and how we act. They help us make decisions that we can be proud of today and in the future. We enable our employees to develop their full potential. As a global top employer, we offer exciting career paths, promote innovation and strive for top performance in everything we do. Takeda fosters an inclusive, collaborative and international work environment where our teams are united by their relentless commitment to our goal of improving people's health and creating a better future for the world. Learn more at

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At our heart are committed colleagues. We offer interested people numerous opportunities and strongly believe in, and promote, diversity, equity and inclusion. As a company we offer roles based on merit, welcoming candidates of any gender, age, religious belief, race or ethnic origin or disability.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we look forward to receiving your application via our online tool!


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