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Data Scientist, Associate Director/Manager

Takeda Tokyo | Osaka | Hikari

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Job Description

On the Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) team at Takeda, you’ll be part of a rapidly transforming industry that’s applying technology and data in new ways. Within our agile, innovative, people-centric organization, your work will matter every day as you use your skills to help us manufacture therapies for patients on our four platforms:

  • Small Molecules
  • Biologics
  • Plasma
  • Cell and Gene

As part of the GMS team, you'll have the opportunity to pursue unique experiences and build new skills, and you'll know that the work you do every day makes an impact — on our patients, our people, our planet, and on yourself.

Please note this job requires business level Japanese in speaking, writing, and reading.


Data scientists are on a mission to enhance performance through Advanced Data Analytics. The core purpose of this position is to drive the local execution and implementation of the GMSGQ Digital and Data science strategy and initiatives. The Data Scientist is responsible for executing local data analytics initiatives and provides the link between local and global GMSGQ data analytics.


  • Gather, identify, and prioritize data analytics opportunities, initiatives, and requests in collaboration with stakeholders such as manufacturing/indirect/IT/engineering departments and the global GMS/GQ data analytics team.
  • Promote the creation and implementation of roadmaps for region/each manufacturing site in alignment with the GMS/GQ data/digital roadmap initiatives.
  • Implement data science technology and simulation models for the realization of predictive pharmaceutical manufacturing plants (realization of factory digital twins)
  • Develop solutions to improve production performance through advanced machine learning, statistical analysis, data mining, and data visualization technologies.
  • Promote local data analysis such as predictive maintenance, downtime analysis, and database management.
  • Maximize the use of Takeda's standard data collection systems and data analysis tools to monitor and improve manufacturing processes.
  • Propose opportunities of improvements to managements and business functions based on insights gained from data analytics.
  • Participate in global/functional/local communities and share information on activities in Japan.
  • Coaches and supports not only data scientists (relatively junior), machine learning engineers and data science specialists, but also people in production/manufacturing sciences to accelerate Digital Transformation with increasing knowledge and capability of data analysis.


  • Excellent skills, coaching skills, and experience in digital/data science.
  • Programming experience in Python, R, and SQL.
  • Business experience in using machine learning algorithms: multivariate analysis, decision tree-based methods, CNN, SVM, LSTM, etc. (Hybrid model development experience with simulation models based on first principles is desirable).
  • Specialized knowledge in signal processing, control systems, mechatronics, etc.
  • Bottleneck analysis of end-to-end supply chain data.
  • Experience in developing predictive simulation models in specific fields.
  • Knowledge of statistical process control (experience in quality mapping of parameters is desirable).
  • Specialized knowledge of Bayesian statistics.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

Excellent organizational and coaching skills and experience in Digital / Data Science / Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning:

  • Expertise in Signal Processing, Control Systems, Mechatronics
  • Knowledge of Statistical Process Control
  • Experience in Machine Learning algorithms (CNN, SVM, LSTM, etc.)
  • Respective programming knowledge of either MATLAB/Python/R required, further skills such as C++, SQL etc. are advantageous
  • Experience in quality mapping of parameters is a plus

Expertise in Bayesian statistics:

  • Experience in Density estimation
  • Knowledge in Bayesian Hypothesis Testing
  • Knowledge in ANOVA and forecasting techniques (ARIMA, ARMA, NARX)
  • Prior experience of Biostatistics, stochastic modelling and decision trees is a strong asset


Takeda expects all employees to embody the following:

Values and Priorities

  • Values – Integrity, Honesty, Fairness, Perseverance
  • Priorities – Patient Trust, Reputation, Business
  • Develop and execute site Big Data and analytics strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to influence people at all levels in the business
  • Provide coaching, guidance and direction to members in day-to-day work
  • Activate group members by excellent communication and team building skills

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Work with stakeholders throughout the organization to identify opportunities for leveraging company data to drive business solutions.
  • Mine and analyze data from company databases to drive optimization and improvement of product development.
  • Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.
  • Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets.
  • Use predictive modeling to increase and optimize customer experiences, revenue generation, ad targeting and other business outcomes.
  • Coordinate with different functional teams to implement models and monitor outcomes.
  • Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy.


  • Need to collaborate with global GMSGQ data analytics
  • Work with stakeholders throughout the organization to identify opportunities for leveraging the site data to drive business solutions
  • Coordinate with different functional teams to implement models and monitor outcomes


  • Work in a dynamic cross-functional site setting to deliver results in a matrixed environment.
  • Mine and analyze data from site databases to drive optimization and improvement of quality, productivity and business strategies


  • Must have a combination of hard skills (like learning Python and SQL) and soft skills (like business skills or communication skills)
  • Scientists are responsible for: Advising companies on data potential
    • Gaining new insights and transforming them into business goals
    • Developing solutions that improve business performance through advanced statistical analysis, data mining, and data visualization technologies


Education / Experience

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a science or business-related domain is required, e.g. in Engineering, Mathematics, IT or Physics background with focus on e.g. Control Theory/Statistics/Mechatronics, Information/Operation, Technology, Innovation Management is preferred.
  • Ability to possess both hard skills (such as Python and SQL) and soft skills (such as business and communication skills).
  • Capabilities to translate business needs into data analytics concepts and vice versa.
  • Ability to promote projects and implement solutions while involving appropriate stakeholders.
  • High level project management skills
  • Ability to interface with international stakeholders and to connect internal and external data analytics experts of both academia and industries.
  • Fluent business English capability
  • Fluent written and spoken Japanese is mandatory (N2 or higher).


  • Domestic business trips (mainly to manufacturing sites) and/or overseas business trips would be required depending on the assigned project.
  • This job description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position.

About the Company

”Better Health for People, Brighter Future for the World” is the purpose of a company. We aim to create a diverse and inclusive organization where people can thrive, grow and realize their own potential while enabling our purpose. We continue to innovate and drive changes that will transform the lives of patients. We’re looking for like-minded professionals to join us.

Takeda is a global values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader. We are guided by our values of Takeda-ism, which has been passed down since the company’s founding. Takeda-ism incorporates Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance, with Integrity at the core. They are brought to life through actions based on Patient-Trust-Reputation-Business, in this order.

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary:

  • Allowances: Commutation, Housing, Overtime Work etc.
  • Salary Increase: Annually, Bonus Payment: Twice a year
  • Working Hours: Headquarters (Osaka/ Tokyo) 9:00-17:30, Production Sites (Osaka/ Yamaguchi) 8:00-16:45, (Narita) 8:30-17:15, Research Site (Kanagawa) 9:00-17:45
  • Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, May Day, Year-End Holidays etc. (approx. 123 days in a year)
  • Paid Leaves: Annual Paid Leave, Special Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Family Support Leave, Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, Family Nursing Leave.
  • Flexible Work Styles: Flextime, Telework
  • Benefits: Social Insurance, Retirement and Corporate Pension, Employee Stock Ownership Program, etc.

Important Notice concerning working conditions:

  • It is possible the job scope may change at the company’s discretion.
  • It is possible the department and workplace may change at the company’s discretion.


Osaka (Juso), JapanHikari, Japan, Tokyo, Japan

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