Shire Master Data Lead in Dunboyne, Ireland

Primary Duties

As our Master Data Lead you will be part of our Business Excellence Team for our new state of the art single use multi-product biotech facility in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. This facility will manufacture enzyme replacement and antibody-based therapies for Takeda, the leading global biotech company focused on rare diseases. The organisational structure at the site will be based on self-directed work teams where decisions will be made at the level where the data exists.

Our Master Data Lead will work across the site self-directed work teams and hub teams to develop, design and visualise our key data systems. You will identify and resolve issues in order to allow the site to achieve the strategic objectives related to Safety, Quality/Compliance, Supply Assurance (i.e. capacity, yield, fulfillment), and Value.

The Master Data Lead is responsible for the consistency and management of master data across the value stream, governance of master data changes and oversight of the maintenance of all master data systems for our new start-of-the-art- single use multi-product biotech facility in County Meath, Ireland.

Key responsibilities will include the implementation of the data management strategy. Engage and work collaboratively across the Enterprise Teams (Self Directed Work Teams and Hubs of Expertise) to ensure data capture is recorded consistently across our systems, is readily available on mobile platforms to ensure data driven decisions are made to support the value stream. Design the data requirements, capture and reporting programme to support site business processes in conjunction with the system Subject Matter Experts. Support and co-ordinate activities related to data systems in conjunction with Global IT system owners. Ensures our master data is in compliance with all applicable legal, regulatory and corporate requirements



  • Development and Implementation of the Data Management Strategy and Program

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the development of the Data Management Strategy and Program

  • Project Management of our Data Management Program

  • Accountable for the quality and implementation of all all elements of the Data Management Program

  • Management of product, supplier, equipment, distribution data systems in conjunction with system administrators and relevant Subject Matter Experts

  • Co-ordination with internal and external stakeholders to ensure data requests are implemented in a timely manner aligned to the Business Needs.

  • Working across the self-directed work teams and Hub to develop and capture our data design and reporting requirements in particular with Supply Chain, IT, finance, Quality, Engineering, MS&T and EHS

  • Co-ordinate system owners and administrators and support them on data systems design, maintenance and reporting

  • Complete and oversee the master update process across the value stream systems to ensure data accuracy and alignment with ERP systems

  • Actively and periodically review the effectiveness and efficiency of our data management systems and review output with key stakeholders both internally at site and externally within the network

  • Support the roll-out and consistency of new data systems to the site

  • Issuance of site metrics and reports on periodic frequencies to inform Business Decisions and present this data to both internal and external stakeholders

  • Co-ordination and Analysis of large data sets and partner with MS&T team on data analytics program

  • Continuous improvement of our data management and reporting system

  • Partner with MS&T team to develop predictive and real-time reports to support product and process improvements

  • Partner with investigation teams to extract and analyse data to support problem-solving and investigation process

  • Site Lead for communication of master data risks, participate in Network teams to integrate and share data and information across our network to enable Enterprise Decision-Making


  • Build safety as a value within every aspect of the value stream supporting operations.

  • Partner with the EHS Hub to ensure sustainable EHS program are engrained and deployed, to develop effective integrated solutions to EHS requirements, to develop a valuable EHS learning program for your people and to manage safety initiatives.

  • See safety as an investment by committing the necessary resources (people, equipment, your time) to strengthen safety performance.

  • Get personally involved in frontline EHS activities; inspections, GEMBA walks, meetings, forums, and investigations.

  • Recognise contributions and safety achievements. Take the time to find out about the effort people are putting in to improve safety, and meaningfully celebrate them.


  • Coach and mentor employees to be effective in their capability development of both self and others.

  • Engage pro-actively with teams through active 1:1s, skip levels, development planning, and regular site updates.

  • Celebrate with use of proactive recognition tools that inspire teams and individuals.

  • Be an ambassador for the Takeda leadership behaviours of accountability, be positive, results driven and excellent manager of self and others.

  • Role model the behaviors that creates a culture of respect and dignity in line with Takeda Guide to ethical conduct.


  • Utilize continuous improvement tools, lean and six sigma methodology to identify improvement opportunities, perform technical troubleshooting and successfully implement solutions.

  • Support the implementation of site strategy and business unit strategy by identifying appropriate initiatives for applicable improvements to the value stream. In some instances support corporate initiatives and projects.

  • Identify the appropriate business drivers for each initiative, draft proposals and seek appropriate governance approvals.

  • Prepare timely project reports and communicate effectively with all stakeholders including reporting any potential project delays timely and provide mitigation plans to assure on-time execution.

  • Reporting of Value Stream Key Performance Indicators & Metrics.

  • Support the implementation of the Lean Management System.


  • Drive a high performance organisational culture that accommodates rapid growth and highly dynamic expectations ensuring attainment of site operational and development goals.

  • Create an environment of right first time in everything that we do through a focus on principles of lean, including simplification, standard work, visual management and a learning organisation.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (e.g. science, computer science, engineering, statistics, maths etc.)

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry is desirable.

  • Experience in data management, reporting and visualization

  • Experience working with Business Intelligence tools e.g. Qlikview, tableau, spotfire

  • Proficient in MS Office products – word, excel, powerpoint and Office 365 Sharepoint

  • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt is desirable.

  • Organisation Skills – Ability to manage multiple priorities and know when to escalate issues for resolution.

  • Experience in coaching and mentoring colleagues.

  • Proven ability around working cross functionally, focusing on meeting and tracking to schedules and embrace an interdependent working culture.

  • Working in a GMP manufacturing environment, preferably liaising with shift teams.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Ability to translate the vision and goals of the company and site to the Self-directed teams.

  • Enterprise mindset to ensure the right prioritisation for the site.

  • A proven ability to lead cross functional teams and deliver on tight timelines.

  • Ability to challenge the status quo with a continuous improvement mindset.

  • Promoting a culture where diversity and inclusion is part of the DNA.

  • Strong Talent Developer with a focus on creating a continuous improvement organisation through data driven decisions.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

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Takeda is an industry-leading, global pharmaceutical company with an unwavering dedication to putting patients at the center of everything we do. We live our values of Takeda-ism – Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance – and are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.