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Head, EHS Audit

Lexington, MA
Start date
May 16, 2024

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Quality, Quality Assurance
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Job Title: Head, EHS Audit

Location: Lexington, Massachusetts or Zurich, Switzerland

About the role:
  • Lead the development and execution of the global Takeda EHS audit program. Ensure that the program creates value by providing assurance of compliance, risk management and effective management systems.

  • Ensures EHS audits are supported in terms of strategic long-range planning, budget planning/tracking, subject matter expertise, audit scoping, audit execution and communication.

  • Contributes to maintaining compliance with ISO14000/45001 certification along with continual improvement of the EHS management system, by coordinating external certification body to conduct all required surveillance and certification audits.

  • Contribute to EHS strategy deployment and performance improvement initiatives by consolidating audit data, identifying trends and communicating organizational risks.

How you will contribute:

Lead global EHS Audit Program

  • Lead and facilitate the global EHS audit program.

  • Partner with EHS Management Systems Lead to ensure compliance and maintain Group ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certifications

  • Manage the external third-party registrar and external consultant auditors

  • Provide thought leadership for compliance auditing and management systems assessments.

  • Communicate the overall strengths and weaknesses of Takeda’s EHS programs to appropriate management personnel and stakeholders.

  • Ensure the EHS audit program meets the needs of key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Responsible for all Audit related activities and aspects.

Planning, Goal Setting and Reporting

  • Leads long range planning and annual goal setting for EHS Audit

  • Supports the Management Review process of the corporate EHS management system

  • Reports audit program outcomes to the Risk Ethics and Compliance Committee (RECC) annually

  • Provide reporting and trending to cEHS leadership and other technical experts in corporate and in sites, as required.

Support, Communication and Training

  • Works with cEHS LT, OpU/Region EHS Leaders, Site leaders and other functions to develop communication content as appropriate.

  • Provide internal auditor training, as required (e.g. SME’s participating in audit program)

  • Engage with External Stakeholders:

    • Serve as the central point of contact for interfaces with third parties/organizations on the subject of EHS auditing and assessments, such as IAPC, Audit Roundtable, etc.

    • Build effective partnerships with external consultants and others to support compliance audit and associated efforts.

What you bring to Takeda:

Education / Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Life Science, Business, Finance or related field.

  • 10 years experience in EHS, including experience as an audit lead/auditor.

  • ISO lead auditor trained.

  • Excellent knowledge of EHS management systems (ISO 14001, ISO 45001, PSM, etc.) and technical topics (safety, environment, heath)

  • Experience working in global matrixed organization

  • Experienced in developing audit programs including strategic communication

  • Wide range of knowledge of laws and regulations in USA, EU & Japan.

  • Proficient with digital technologies including basic computer apps such as Work, Excel, Teams etc.


  • At least 5 years’ experience within a highly regulated industry (Biopharmaceutical, Chemical, Refining, Nuclear etc.)

  • Certification in auditing: if not currently BEAC or other certification in auditing, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.

Technical/Functional Expertise

  • Expert EHS auditor

  • EHS expert with broad understanding of EHS technical programs and how they contribute to achieving risk mitigation.

  • Expert understanding of relevant management system standards (ISO14000/45001)

  • Broad understanding of international EHS related regulation, including national or regional specificities.

  • Project management skills to ensure effective programing and auditing planning

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and assess priorities effectively.


  • Embodies the Takeda Leadership Behaviors

  • Leadership (Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, leading through influencing, managing change, conflict management)

  • Ability to lead, inspire, and direct audit function and teams of EHS and technical professionals.

  • Have the courage and conviction to speak-up when needed

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to make decisions about complex EHS situations considering objectives, risks, implications, and agency and governmental regulations.

  • Utilizes information from multiple sources, solicits and considers feedback from partners and other stakeholders before making decisions, considering all available options.

  • Demonstrated ability of simplifying the complex and directing resources to critical issues.


Travel required 30-40%; domestic and international

In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in facilities, including controlled environments requiring gowning and personal protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

Flexibility to engage in work activities outside of the normal 8-hour workday and across time-zones.

Important Considerations

At Takeda, our patients rely on us to deliver quality products. As a result, we must follow strict rules in our manufacturing facilities to ensure we are not endangering the quality of the product. In this role, you may:

  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and other clean room garments daily. This may include safety shoes, safety glasses, aprons, face shields, lab coats, full body gowns, hair nets and gloves and hearing protection.

  • Need to remove all make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish and/or artificial fingernails while in the manufacturing environment.

  • Work in a cold, wet environment.

  • Work multiple shifts, including weekends, or be asked to work supplemental hours, as necessary.

  • Work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and Celite that may require respiratory protection.

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.


Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Lexington, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$169,400.00 - $266,200.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Lexington, MA

Zurich, Switzerland

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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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