Posted to MedZilla on 5/29/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Commercial Supply Operations Manager 1700983-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


The Commercial Supply Operations Manger will be responsible for the domestic and international shipping activities of commercial products, including raw materials and APIs as well as semi-finished and finished pharmaceuticals to support manufacturing, distribution and regulatory requirements.

This position requires a proactive individual capable of working independently and with other functional groups throughout the organization, including Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Finance, Technical Operations, and Regulatory, as well as external Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) and freight forwarding companies


  • Manage and coordinate all shipping activity for commercial Oncology & Biologics products to ensure deliveries commitments are maintained in accordance with Production Planning requirements.
  • Pro-actively monitor delivery status of all shipments to resolve any transportation issues, including changes to shipping schedules, customs delays, packaging discrepancies and temperature excursions.
  • Prepare domestic and international shipping documentation in compliance with US/Foreign Customs agencies and International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations.
  • Communicate delivery plans with contract manufacturing organizations including freight forwarding companies to align shipping schedules with pre-booking of flights, envirotainers, and freezer capacities.
  • Manage financial activities of shipments with Takeda Tax Department to support audit requests and VAT reclaim procedures.
  • Maintain files of all shipping transactions, including Authorization to Ship forms, packing lists, invoices, carrier proof of delivery, and temperature data.
  • Attend and actively participate in production status meetings with internal and external partners by providing accurate delivery timelines of materials.
  • Manage review/submission/payment of freight forwarder and distribution Invoices with Takeda Accounts Payable Department.
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate entry of all inventory/shipping transactions in SAP.
  • Support commercial supply-chain projects and initiatives including; Serialization and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Programs.
  • Provide assistance and training on commercial shipping procedures to external partners and internal Pharmaceutical Operations colleagues including; Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Supply Operations.
  • Performs other duties as required.



  • 4-6 years experience with domestic and international shipping of pharmaceutical products.
  • Proficiency in SAP, including Plant to Plant, Sales Order, Inventory, QA Transfer, and Purchase Order transactions
  • Experience with Trackwise/EMR systems
  • Knowledge of Dangerous Goods Shipping Regulations and cold-chain packaging.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records
  • Team player and able to work independently and solve problems
  • Bachelors Degree preferred.
  • IATA/DOT Dangerous Goods Certification
  • Office work/computer use
  • Airline travel
  • Willingness to travel to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel may be required.
  • Requires approximately 10% travel

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