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Head of Automation

Company: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd
Location: Thousand Oaks
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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Job Description

The Head of Automation is a member of the engineering leadership team and responsible for managing the automation engineering staff, providing technical support, and implementing capital projects at the Thousand Oaks Plant. This includes both the Rancho and Lawrence manufacturing sites.

The Head of Automation is responsible for developing and implementing an innovative and compelling vision and strategy for the future of the Automation Group, including Manufacturing Intelligence and Digitization to meet the site's objectives. Responsible for implementation of strategic initiatives by developing plans with feedback from key stakeholders and leading the team through the execution plans. Drive strategic initiatives to ensure that life cycle management of automated systems is appropriate and complete.

Liaise between Manufacturing and Facility clients and external engineering and vendor resources in the conceptual design, detailed design, specification, procurement, construction, commissioning, and qualification of automation systems for cGMP production facilities.

Provide engineering expertise and direction to employees and contractors to meet project and support schedules and financial goals while ensuring technical success. Engage with the Takeda and external network, such as global engineering, manufacturing sites, industry forums and subject matter experts to drive continuous innovation. Leverage network to solve complex equipment and process issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Displays and drives Takeda culture of Takeda-ism, PTRB, safety, and quality into the organization.
  • Must be able to display in-depth knowledge and expertise in process automation aspects including such technologies as Cell Culture, Purification, Filling & Packaging, as well as Cell Therapy Technology.
  • Lead and manage a group of automation engineers and represent the automation engineering function to other partner groups such as IT, Quality, Validation; Manufacturing, Facilities, Global Engineering and Global Automation, ensuring the quality of work and appropriate resources are in place to support ongoing initiatives, operations and projects requiring Automation Support.
  • Coach, motivate, develop, recognize, and mentor the engineering staff, including senior level engineers and managers. Being a mentor developing future leaders.
  • Develop & nurture core competencies of the automation SMEs at sites to ensure technical capabilities are built and that knowledge and experience are maintained.
  • Support Manufacturing and Operations by providing strategic direction and tactical support. Troubleshoot day-to-day issues, assigning personnel as necessary to provide comprehensive solutions.
  • Be aware of technology automation trends and benchmarks in the industry. Benchmark against peers so that Takeda Thousand Oaks is in-line with industry.
  • Assist and provide resources in various stages of the engineering project lifecycle from conceptual design, detailed design, specification, implementation, commissioning, qualification, trouble-shooting and continuous improvement of automation and instrumentation for biopharmaceutical production and supporting utility systems
  • Through coaching, direct others to resolve project issues based on own demonstrated success in solving difficult and complex problems.
  • Provide leadership to assess and provide guidance on risk assessments regarding requirements for redundancies to automation systems.
  • Assess, analyze, advise, propose, and direct improvements that will deliver greater productivity, capacity, reliability, and compliance for the Automation Department.
  • Establish, develop, and drive Good Engineering Practices in all projects undertaken and support services provided. Utilize standard methodologies that have been established for project and portfolio management as well as maintenance work order management.
  • Participate in and facilitate the harmonization and coordination of efforts between other teams such as Validation, Manufacturing, Facilities Engineering, Maintenance, Manufacturing Services, R&D, EHS and Regulatory.
  • Ensure compliance to all regulatory GMP, Safety and Environmental requirements.
  • Shall interface with regulatory agency representative (e.g. FDA/EMA) as the site Automation SME during internal and external audits and shall be able to defend current practices to such agencies.
  • Strong skills to work in matrix organization with excellent interpersonal, communication, influencing, and negotiation skills required.
  • Sound industry knowledge, project proficiency, and autonomy expected. May be considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in various disciplines.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills to effectively communicate with all levels of professionals, both internal and external.
  • Ensures and is accountable for all deliverables including schedule milestones, financial performance, and quality of scope according to the assigned projects.
  • Manage contractors and external vendors to deliver robust technical solutions.
  • Manage and forecast capital and expense budgets.


  • Must have strong communication skills in order to effectively communicate with all levels of professionals, both internal and external
  • Strong process engineering skills based on sound engineering and scientific principles preferably with a bio-technology foundation.
  • Proven track record of management/leadership effectiveness.
  • Ability to design and influence outside of immediate scope of responsibility.
  • Must have experience in preparing project budgets and timelines.
  • Must have experience in defining, executing, and managing pre-conceptual, conceptual, basic, and detail designs.
  • Strong problem solving and trouble shooting skills
  • Business acumen

Education and/or experience

  • Bachelor's degree in in Engineering; preferably Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum 12 years of experience with process automation, design, process improvement and projects.
  • Minimum 4 years of leadership experience
  • Scope requires an in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical industry relevant to process automation systems, and general working GMP knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and utilities.
  • Knowledge of systems such as Allen Bradley PLC platforms, Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, DeltaV, SCADA systems, PI Historian, Siemens PLC S7, iFix, iHistorian, Industrial Ethernet networks, Profibus and AS-I networks

Physical Demand

The overall physical exertion of this position is mostly sedentary work

Working Environment

  • Normal office environment.
  • Pace will be fast and job completion demands may be high.
  • Normal office environment. May occasionally work in labs or manufacturing area with gowning required.
  • May travel up to 10% for business purposes
  • May occasionally have to work early in the morning or late at night, to accommodate interactions with partners in different time zones.
  • May work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and celite that may require respiratory protection.
  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.

This job posting excludes CO applicants.


USA - CA - Thousand Oaks - Rancho Canejo

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Keywords: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, Thousand Oaks , Head of Automation, Other , Thousand Oaks, California

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