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Staff Engineer - Biologics Process Development

Company name
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

Lexington, MA, United States

Employment Type

Engineering, Chemistry, Sciences, It

Posted on
Sep 16, 2021

Valid Through
Dec 30, 2021

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a

Staff Engineer -

Biologics Process Development (Purification Focus) in our Lexington, MA office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver 

Better Health and a Brighter Future

 to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


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.

The role will have cross-functional leadership opportunities on high visibility projects. Responsible for significant or sole technical leadership within project or complex study. Prepares technology transfer documentation, regulatory documents, and validation plans and reports or coordinates with team members to ensure execution.  Represents line functions on CMC teams as appropriate/necessary. Proactively identifies process or study issues/challenges and proposes potential resolutions.

Develops project or significant technical strategy within area of expertise. Leverages technical skill(s) as a resource/expert within the department. Identifies and plans broader technical objectives (project and scientific related) and initiates processes meet objectives with input from manager as needed. Identifies and recommends vendors as appropriate. Coordinates cross-functional teams and resolutions, with a focus on scientific /technical challenges.


The role will have cross-functional leadership opportunities on high visibility projects. The successful candidate will lead interns/co-ops and potential future contractors. 

Develops and leverages strategic understanding of project and CMC priorities to plan/coordinate with cross-functional peers and evaluate impact of decisions across CMC and other development functions.

Contributes significantly to complex/multiple projects or functional areas through leading or influencing others.

Influences and supports initiatives related to driving scientific and technical improvement within function and potentially cross-functionally.

The Staff Engineer / Senior Staff Engineer -

Biologics Process Development


eviews, interprets and communicates data cross functionally within CMC and project teams.

Coordinates with others in creating technical reports including reviewing and editing.

Conducts analysis of technical and conceptual risk and trends.

Identifies process trends and defines/champions process strategy or use of novel technologies.

Recognized as a technical expert and resource within function.

Significant technical responsibility for a project area/technical program within the department and potentially across CMC.

Represents functional area on project teams by communicating activities from designated functional area to project team.

Identifies topics for initiatives and leads local/global initiatives as directed by senior staff.

Ensures a productive and development-rich environment; provides training/mentoring for junior staff.

Defines more complex/novel approaches and methodologies to solving complex technical challenges .

Proactively identifies vendors and builds relationships to gain access to technologies as needed to deliver on pipeline goals.

Manages key vendor relationships across multiple projects as appropriate, and proactively affects resolution of issues arising at vendors.

Initiate and influence project direction outside department


Education and Experience:

PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 0-3 years relevant industry experience

Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 6-10 years relevant industry experience

Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science and 8-12 years relevant industry experience

Extensive experience in CMC pharmaceutical development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products under cGMP’s

Sound knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

Previous experience with the use of contract facilities

Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment

Previous experience contributing to regulatory filings


The position will be a key contributor within a group responsible for upstream and downstream process development. In support of purification process development the group performs the following activities: small-scale experiments, scale-up, technology transfer and support for programs that bring new bio-pharmaceutical products to pre-clinical, clinical and commercial manufacturing phases. The candidate will design and carry out experiments for purification process development, optimization and characterization studies for therapeutic proteins. The scope includes IND- and BLA-enabling studies and preparation of regulatory submissions. The experimental studies involve both lab scale and pilot plant runs, including, but not limited to toxicology, clinical and validation batches.

This person must have extensive knowledge and experience on phase-appropriate purification process development and associated unit operations, including

Product harvesting (clarification and capture) from production bioreactors

Purification from both microbial and mammalian sources

Purification of different biologic modalities: Non-Fc recombinants, MAbs, and Fc-fusion proteins

Chromatography (IEX, Affinity, HIC, Mixed-mode)

Filtration (depth filtration, viral filtration, sterilizing filtration, ultrafiltration/diafiltration)

Familiarity with cell culture processes and analytical characterization of proteins is preferred.

The candidate must have experience in design of experiments, process monitoring, process risk assessment, statistical analysis and the ability of interpreting data and deriving conclusions. The candidate must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Contributes to the preparation of CMC sections of regulatory filings. Authors and reviews high quality technical reports and presentations for management and peers. Independently refers to procedures, policies and practices for guidance. Contributes to publications in the field of expertise. Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing is required.

Knowledge and Skills:

Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems using appropriate information and, determine causes and possible solutions

Teamwork -- Ability to work well on global cross-functional teams.

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 with  senior management; technical writing skills to support authorship and approval of internal technical documents

Organization – Exercises good time management and prioritization skills to balance multiple project and departmental objectives

Technical - Subject matter expertise in a specific scientific area or areas. Demonstrated ability to successfully contribute across multiple scientific endeavors

Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture knowledge within the organization; improves solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improves information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use

Resource Management -Project management skills; ability to manage one’s time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal external resources (vendors)

External Involvement – Demonstrated involvement in professional community evidenced by presentation of scientific posters or lectures at professional conferences or events. Interacts with external vendors for projects

Leadership Skills – Develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to appropriately influence and guide others towards the accomplishment of department/function goals and objectives.


May require approximately 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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