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Scientist CMC - United States  

Takeda (company)

Posted on : 19 September 2017

Project Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career?  If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda.  Join us as a Scientist CMC in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.  As a Scientist CMC working on the Analytical Development - Biologics team, you will be empowered to lead technical activities and represent Analytical Development on a cross-functional team, and a typical day will include:


  • Provides theoretical/conceptual input to the design, development and execution of research assignments for a specific project or projects within the functional area.
  • Independently plans and executes most unit operation characterization and optimization experiments within expertise and develops an awareness of unit operations in other areas.
  • Responsible for significant or sole technical leadership within project or complex study.
  • Prepares technology transfer documentation and regulatory documents or coordinates with team members to ensure execution. 
  • Represents line functions on GCT teams as appropriate/necessary.
  • Proactively identifies process or study issues/challenges and proposes potential resolutions.


  • Understands project timelines and deliverables and plans/coordinates project work accordingly with departmental, functional and external stakeholders.
  • Provides technical leadership to project teams within area of expertise and commits resources to execute specific project tasks.
  • Contributes significantly and independently to project work which may include multiple projects within functional area.
  • Reviews, interprets and communicates data cross-functionally within CMC and project teams.  
  • Plans and implements resolutions to technical problems/issues.
  • Represents functional area on GCT project teams by communicating activities from designated functional area to project team.
  • Supports local and global initiatives which may include leading initiatives or work streams.
  • Serves as a technical resource for junior staff and leverages expertise in laboratory technology as a functional resource/trainer.
  • Independently designs and executes experiments, and reports results.
  • Assists with development of project strategy and communicates complex data/decisions within department and cross functionally as necessary.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key vendors and assists with technical aspects of vendor negotiations.
  • Responsible for integrating scientific/technical efforts around cross-functional issues



  • Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science and 8+ years relevant industry experience
  • Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 6+ years relevant industry experience
  • PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 0+ years relevant industry experience
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • PhD: Demonstrated mastery of subject or area related to field

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems, and determine causes and  possible solutions
  • Teamwork -- Ability to work well in highly cross functional team environment and across global line functions.
  • Communication Skills -Able to expresses one’s self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; adjusts communication style as appropriate for the audience; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor; technical writing skills to support authorship of internal technical documents
  • Organization – Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and is able to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture  organizational knowledge; improve solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improve information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use
  • Resource Management -Ability to manage one’s time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal and  external resources (vendors)
  • External Involvement – Demonstrated involvement in professional community evidenced by presentation of scientific posters or lectures at professional conferences or events
  • Technical  -  Subject matter expertise and knowledge of applicable lab equipment and operations


Biologics – Analytical Development
  • Significant experience with a broad variety of biochemical analytical techniques, including but not necessarily limited to liquid chromatography, gel or capillary electrophoresis, and/or spectroscopic-based methods.  
  • May have knowledge in specialized subdisciplines such as protein mass spectrometry or biophysics. 
  • Able to lead cross-program development activities for analytical methods and/or to lead project activities within AD-Bio as functional rep on GCT. 
  • Able to conduct troubleshooting for complex technical issues and to lead characterization studies. 
  • Strong understanding of protein structure/function. 
  • Adept at performing more complex methods, method development and validation, and transfer of methods to internal and external laboratories.
  • Leads evaluation of new equipment/technologies. 
  • General lab competencies such as equipment maintenance and compliance activities.


  • May require approximately 5-10% travel.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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