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Global Automation Lead Engineer

応募後で応募 求人ID R0098050 掲載日 06/07/2023 Location:Zurich, Switzerland

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Job Description

About the role:

  • Global Program Manager for the Strategic Automation Pillars in the areas of:

    • Automation Data Engineering & Governance, Data historization & visualization

    • Automation & Control System Management (risked-based obsolescence) Inc. System Integration & Information Routing, Visuals & Displays (HMI)

    • Automation Cybersecurity & Data Integrity, Industrial networking & OT infrastructure

    • Enabling Data-Driven Use Cases utilizing Shopfloor Data

  • Support the development & operationalization of the global automation strategy

  • Enforce automation harmonization & standardization based on strategic drivers

  • Contribute to Global Major CapEx programs as Automation SME

How you will contribute:

Under the guidance and leadership of the global automation lead, the position holder


  • is responsible for the design and execution model to deploy a strategic automation program according to the strategic roadmaps aligned with the regional/OpU Automation Leads

  • develops a program support structure for local execution by leading a team of internal/external SMEs

  • is responsible to build the global program excellence incl. business/delivery performance metrics

  • perform regular project reviews, provide technical and test expertise for the sites implementation strategies

  • is Functional & System Owner/Representative for Global Automation Platforms


  • ensures the compliance with automation standards, guidelines, compliance and cybersecurity in the strategic programs and global engineering projects

  • documents and provides standard specifications and guidelines/playbooks to the organization and keeps these documents in life cycle

  • ensures that latest technology standards are technically translated into technical specification/standards

  • review and approve documents to ensure compliance with global standards

  • ensure overall compliance with Takeda’s QMS & change control

  • ensures Automation designs are designed for purpose and are designed considering quality and Cybersecurity Rules applied to the automation area


  • assists the OpU Automation leads to incorporate the strategic program in their area of responsibility & provides standard templates & packages to be used by the Automation OpU and site leads

  • guides OpU/sites in questions regarding Automation CapEx reviews (feasibility, design) and cost planning according to the Automation guideline and standards

  • run regular review meetings with regional/OpU Automations leads, site contacts and supplier to ensure supplier relationship and support


  • Managing the collaboration interfaces with the stakeholders of the other Engineering and non-Engineering functions (e.g., finance, procurement, controlling, Legal, IT, data science, R&D, manufacturing sciences etc.)

  • Support introducing & maintaining the harmonized Takeda Automation target operating model

  • Has a solid understanding of the IT4OT infrastructure (hosting & network) best practices/procedures needed to keep the IT4OT infrastructure of control systems operable and can collaborate with IT service departments accordingly

  • Can define SLA requirements with internal (e.g., IT4OT infrastructure (secure hosting & network services) & external service providers (Automation system integrators and Automation vendors and can keep traction of corresponding KPI fulfillments for the department.

  • Can collaborate with IT to implement Cybersecurity Standards in the automation area, fulfilling the automation requirements.


  • Drive aspects of modern automation (state-of-the art/emerging automation system technology and shopfloor data integration (connectivity & communication))

  • Operate a modern and risked-based obsolescence management approach for disruptive and incremental change management in automation system replacement

  • Ensure end2end real-time shopfloor data automation & historization concepts

  • Extend the Takeda Digital Backbone onto the shop floor

  • Manage knowledge share in the global automation community and amongst automation stakeholders

  • Ensure compliance in Automation to GxP, data integrity and Cybersecurity

  • Drive performance of global engineering projects by applying the above standards

  • Lead globally and in different cultures

  • Translate automation concepts to technology & not-technology driven departments


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

Key Automation Subject Matter Expert with broad and deep knowledge, with technical leadership/management + team supervisor experience; exposure to above site level (global projects, regional role)


Constructively challenges the way we have always done things and provides alternatives. Breaks apart complex problems to create new solutions

Decision-making and Autonomy

Global Program Manager, GxP System Owner, Key influencer, technical lead/translator & liaison manager for Automation and its stakeholders


Span of interaction is approx. 100 individuals across different internal functions


Ensuring uninterrupted operation with modern automation technology at competitive cost and lean run-&-maintain level to fully extend the Takeda Digital Backbone onto the shop floor


Most interdisciplinary function in Engineering, multiple interfaces with the various engineering disciplines, vast landscape of internal stakeholders/collaboration partners, diverse Installed System Landscape per OpU/Site to deal with, Various Automation Vendors & their partners to manage, position requires to lead globally across different cultures & different business drivers.

What you bring to Takeda:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor (plus 7 years experience) or Master degree (plus 5 years experience) in Automation Engineering (process, data, equipment, facility automation) or electromechanical/chemical/electronic engineering with main subject of Automation Engineering (process, data, equipment, facility automation)

Competencies & Skills:

  • Must have min 3 years hands on experience in Inmation software, including system configuration, system programming in LUA scripting and system implementation in real productive environments

  • Must have min 3 year experience in writing and executing validation protocols for Inmation software

  • Experience in managing teams, both internal and external

  • Experience in IaC (Infrastructure as a Code) implementation

  • Experience working in several countries and different cultural environments

  • Proven track record of automation systems and data integration

  • Proven pharmaceutical background (recent preferred).

  • Very good knowledge of proven industrial automation technologies and experience in emerging (Industry 4.0) technologies & how to apply these in pharmaceutical automation concepts

  • Strong automation cybersecurity knowhow & industrial networking experience

  • General knowledge in Digital/Data Science and its enabling concepts

  • Data Integrity Trouble Shooting & GxP knowledge, good pharmaceutical experience

  • General Pharmaceutical process knowledge

  • High Project management skills & Strong Financial acumen

  • Result-driven

  • Comfortable with complexity and ambiguity

  • Business fluent proficiency in English (written and oral)

  • 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.

  • Demonstrate 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.


Travel requirements

Travels to Takeda sites within the region or global are expected as well as travels to vendors and service providers (up to 20%).

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.

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.

Empowering our people to shine:

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, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Zurich, Switzerland

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