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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Artwork Management Lead Lessines (m/f) in Lessines, Belgium


Lead the Artwork Management team in Site, providing daily oversight of workload and priorities. Manage resources, processes and the strategy for the Site Specific Artwork Management team.

Manage a staff of Artwork Project leaders and/or Artwork project analysts. Identify resources needed to manage and develop label changes. Coordinate the implementation artworks for a group of products while balancing Site Specific efficiency, distribution, customer service, and meeting inventory, manufacturing/CMO, quality and regulatory requirements.

Manage and account for the creation, maintenance and process of artwork development for printed packaging components through external suppliers for all markets. Manage projects, programs, portfolio and change control for Artwork development.

Preside as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the site in relation to the Artwork Management. Key player in global strategic projects (Labeling Change related). Ensure Artwork Operations is appropriately represented on cross-functional project teams for key projects such as New Product Introduction, New Market developments, Rebranding, Serialization etc.

Responsible to break down strategic business targets into department targets and lead PMOs to completion; responsible for adhering to the budget.

Support Site specific forecasting and budgeting activities for the Artwork Management team.

Interfaces with regulators during inspections for Artwork change control and Artwork Development topics


40% Team Management

  • Identify resource requirements and assign projects and tasks according to priorities and resource availability

  • Provide effective communication, prioritization, and resolution of key issues across the cross-functional team, unit and function

  • Communicate strategic objectives and goals as well as daily business related information. Attend team and other staff meetings

  • Disciplinary responsibility for all employees within the department

  • Select and staff direct report positions

  • Drive organizational and individual people development. Coach employees, set goals manage performance and monitor fulfillment

  • Develop key members of the team to support long term objectives, retention and succession planning

5% Department Administration

  • Prepare, assess and approve business requests (e.g. timecards, vacation, supplies/ office equipment, and IT access)

  • Support budget control and forecasting

35% Process-Project and Portfolio Management

  • Ensure GMP Processes, Procedures and Best Business Practices are always used within Artwork Operations

  • Establish & maintain good working relationships with key colleagues involved in the artwork process across the organization, such as GRA, GPT and Supply Planning, to ensure compliant use of the artwork process and systems to support the on time delivery of artwork

  • Work directly with internal design studio, external graphic houses and print vendors to coordinate artwork development & publishing of new/ revised artwork as well as technical/ profile drawings and guides

  • Transparently monitor, control and report process performance of label changes.

  • Ensure globally harmonized application of material artwork implementation processes across the different functions and facilities.

  • Drives innovation within areas of responsibility through identifying and implementing continuous improvement opportunities with the objective of achieving operational excellence

  • Manage overall portfolio and projects for Artwork changes site specific considering lowest possible impact on market supply and manufacturing operations while still maintaining highest possible efficiency in change implementation.

  • Identify and engage necessary resources. Identify barriers and recommend solutions. Develop a project plan and execute to timeline. Communicate project status to requestors, customers and senior management.

  • Define implementation plan and if required mitigation strategy based on supply/demand forecast. Optimize inventory levels with Supply Planning to reduce the financial impact of the change while securing the Artwork Change.

  • Align different Supply Chain views and needs (Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Management) in the context of material/label change to one Supply Chain implementation strategy.

  • Leads global teams (internal/external) in defining program strategies, developing goals, assigning project tasks and ensures the team meets all goals.

  • Analyze complex data with the understanding of trade-offs between different business objectives and present recommendations

5% Problem-Solving

  • Initiate escalation process and facilitate problem solving for issues endanger supply continuity or fulfillment of business critical goals

10 % Consultation

  • Represent Site Specific Artwork Management, provide expert statements and provide training/technical consultation if required

5% Relations

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with customers, stakeholders, partners, third parties/ vendors

  • Support and mentor Artwork Project Leaders and Analyst as required, and also represent and cover for the Artwork Manager as and when required



  • Education in natural sciences, biotechnology or engineering: minimum bachelor degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience in TechOps and/or quality in (bio)pharmaceutical production (GMP environment); several years of leadership experience. If bachelor or higher: min 5 years of professional experience in manufacturing and/or quality in (bio)pharmaceutical production (GMP environment).

  • Project Management, Change Control, Supply Chain, Materials Management

  • IT: ERP systems (JDE/SAP or others), EQM systems (e.g. TrackWise, IsoTrain, Saba), project management tools, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • English (fluent)


  • Practical experience in Change Control/ Artwork Management, material and/or label change in GMP environment

  • Additional training/certification associated with project management, supply chain Management continuous improvement, Lean principles

  • Ability to manage a team

  • Additional languages, esp. the one spoken in the country of location

Key Skills and Competencies:

  • Leadership Behaviors

  • Be Positive

  • Be Accountable

  • Be Results Oriented

  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others

Additional Qualifications & Characteristics:

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication/influencing/negotiation skills

  • Team-building and strategic planning skills

  • Analytical and problem solving skills, high hands-on mentality

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at a time

  • Self-driven and able to act independently and on own responsibility

  • Team player and adaptable to a dynamic environment

  • Respect for individuals and the diverse contributions of all

  • Passion to innovate and drive for solutions

  • Eagerness to learn and continuously improve

  • Attention to detail

Complexity and Problem Solving:

  • Must have the ability to handle complex problems and have excellent analytical and investigation skills as well as sound, timely decision-making

  • Strong process and project management skills

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, programs, initiatives & priorities at a time

  • Solve issues, define mitigation strategies to overcome potential supply continuity risks (if required in consultation with Supply Planning, requestor, internal customer)

Internal and External Contacts:

  • Domestic/International travel may be required up to 20%

  • Normal office environment

  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high

  • The overall physical exertion of this position is sedentary work

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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.