Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Site Master Scheduler in Dunboyne, Ireland

Primary Duties

This role will involve building and managing the operating schedule 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.

The overall responsibility for this role will be to build, manage and drive delivery of the site master schedule, ensuring the plant and site operations on site are aligned for success. This role is responsible for managing and tracking the site production schedule with key stakeholders, planning for product changeovers, new product introductions, audits, shutdowns and plant optimisations, ensuring that all support activities are aligned to ensure production operations are run effectively and efficiently.

This is a critical role within the Manufacturing Operations organisation to help create value for our patients.



Build the site schedule in such a way that operations are safely scheduled in the appropriate timelines working with the various teams on site to achieve this.

Build safety as a value within every aspect of the value stream supporting manufacturing operations that ensure sustainable EHS programmes that are engrained and deployed into each area.

Responsible for ensuring compliance with legal, EHS and all Takeda policies and procedures which are applicable to the site.

Play a key role in the rollout and implementation of safety initiatives in Manufacturing that as built into the site schedule of activities,


Coach and mentor all employees involved in interpreting and providing input into the site schedule including all indirect employees supporting the value stream and self-directed teams.

Implementation a robust communication plan to the shift teams and support departments on the schedule progression, with transparency and clarity on risks, delays, and effective, safe workaround identification opportunities that may be required in the course of day to day, week to week and month to month site scheduling activities

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

Create an environment where everyone speaks up for safety and looks out for one another

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

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

Align key stakeholders on planning assumptions which are the building blocks for the site schedule.

Challenge and drive continuous improvement of the site planning assumptions.


Strategic Site Schedule oversight at the Dunboyne Biologics start-up facility to meet functional and site goals and objectives.

Play a key role in the Enterprise Scheduling self-directed workstream on site, working as part of the value stream to deliver the annual objectives of the Dunboyne facility.

Lead the site schedule risk assessment process. Work with the SDWT and support hubs to track risks and associated mitigation plans.

Support business continuity planning exercises at the site.

Partner with supply chain personnel, both global and local to develop scenarios as per the Takeda network and patient needs.

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

Responsible for adhering to domestic and international GMP regulations, cGMP’s, company policies, leadership behaviours, performance and budget management.

Responsible for ensuring the manufacturing facility is organised efficiently and that the shift teams are set up for success.

Lead on the realignment and management of the site schedule as required in response to unanticipated events that may occur in the value stream

Lead on the scheduling of all key site activities to ensure Dunboyne manufacturing operations run as effectively as possible to meet customer demands.

Ensure that batch production, preventative maintenance, calibrations, validations and projects are all tracked appropriately within the site schedule.

Liaise with the shift lead team to ensure consistency in management and tracking of the site schedule across all shift teams. Attend and monitor consistency for the key tier 2 Value Stream meetings.

Deliver on the following key focus areas

Build the site schedule using the appropriate software solution, managing the day to day activities in a useable visual format to ensure that the site starts up and tracks to sustain the manufacturing operations

Coach and mentor planners and schedulers from key departments on site to ensure alignment and full transparency with all topics related to schedule build and adherence

Schedule tracking for the facility and management of shutdown preparations and changeovers between products

Assist in the development of suitable production focused metrics to track schedule delivery metrics

Work directly with the supply chain team members to develop scenarios, assess LRP options and provide feedback where required on production capabilities

Critically review the site production schedule from a continuous improvement mindset perspective to look at year on year improvement options in throughput, working closely with the shift leads, the technical team on site and other key stakeholders

Conduct plant walkdowns to ensure standards of GMP are being adhered to at all times

Communicate schedule status and options at all levels in the organisation

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.

Responsible for timely updates of schedule changes. Driving a collaborative approach, working cross-functionally on removing barriers to maintain a highly effective and productive self-directed team environment.

Responsible for ensuring compliance with legal, EHS and all Takeda policies and procedures applicable to the site.

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

Role model the behaviours that creates a culture of respect and dignity in line with the Takeda Guide to Ethical Conduct.

Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline (Science or Engineering)

At least 8 years’ experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry, (preferably both).

Proven ability managing finite schedules, using scheduling software

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

Strong operations support background ensuring value-added contribution and oversight.

Experience working in a GMP manufacturing environment, preferably liaising with or managing shift teams.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

Living our leadership behaviours is a basic expectation for all Takeda employees. Takeda expects all employees to embody the following:

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.

Strong project management skills to support project delivery and operational readiness.

Strong stakeholder management skills to manage both internal and external stakeholders that support the site.

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

Excellent influencing/collaboration skills and teamwork mindset.

Excellent trouble -shooting and problem-solving skills as well as an ability to coach and mentor self-directed teams through complex problems solving.

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

Proven ability in using a wide variety of lean tools and building capability within teams.

Change agent who will support the organisation with good change management tools and techniques.

Strong Talent Developer with a focus on creating a continuous learning organisation through active coaching.

Effective communicator

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

Complexity and Problem Solving

Establishes challenging assignments and stretch goals for self and peers and provides management and guidance to team members on prioritization and resource allocation to achieve goals in accordance with established policies and business needs.

Identifying and communicating risks in area of responsibility and across the site.

Creating strategies and plans to manage risk

Internal and External Contacts

Collaborate with Quality to foster a right first time culture in manufacturing to support quality excellence.

Collaborates with EHS but is accountable to drive a culture of everyone owns safety in manufacturing

Collaborates with Facility Lead in relation to scheduling facility activities that may impact on manufacturing.

Collaborates with QC, Warehouse and Supply Chain functions to ensure site schedule is up to date, active and being tracked to ensure the site is functioning as a seamless business unit

Collaborates with Plant Engineering and Maintenance for utility and plant support equipment in relation to scheduling shutdowns, plant maintenance works

Collaborates with all manufacturing members to deliver the site objectives

For continuous improvement collaborates with Business Excellence peers across the Biologics business unit in Takeda and through external forums to drive business excellence in manufacturing.

Other Job Requirements

Minimal travel will be required – this role is a site based role.

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