Shire Biotech, Learning & Development Specialist in Dunboyne, Ireland

Primary Duties

As our Biotech Learning & Development Specialist you will be part of our Learning & Development Team for our new state of the art single use multi-product biotech facility in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. This facility will manufacture enzyme replacement and antibody-based therapies for Takeda, the leading global biotech company focused on rare diseases. The organisational structure at the site will be based on self-directed work teams where decisions will be made at the level where the data exists.

You will work across the sites self-directed work teams and hub teams to support the development and delivery of the Learning & Development programme in order to allow the site to achieve strategic objectives related to Safety, Quality/Compliance, Supply Assurance (i.e. capacity, yield, fulfillment), and Value.

You will support the implementation of the Learning & Development system for our new start-of-the-art- single use multi-product biotech facility in County Meath, Ireland.

Key responsibilities will include

  • The implementation of the learning & development strategy.

  • Engaging and working collaboratively across the Enterprise Teams (Self Directed Work Teams and Hubs of Expertise) to develop a dynamic and effective Learning environment.

  • Design Learning programmes in conjunction with Subject Matter Experts.

  • Ensuring the Learning & Development program is in compliance with all applicable legal, regulatory and corporate requirements.



  • Implementation of the Learning and Development Strategy

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the development of the Learning and Development Program

  • Project Management of our Learning & Development Program

  • Design Learning programs in conjunction with Subject Matter Experts

  • Manage the Logistics associated with the Learning Program

  • Preparation of Learning Course materials, organise virtual and video conferencing Learning sessions, setting up, opening and closing courses

  • Ensure training records and curricula are accurately maintained on our Learning Management System

  • Evaluate Learning Delivery efficiency and effectiveness

  • Accountable for the quality and implementation of all elements of the Learning and Development Program

  • Define, develop and report out on the Learning and Development Key Performance Indicators and metrics

  • Conduct periodic training needs analysis assessments in line with the Companies Strategic Objectives

  • Support the continuous improvement of Learning and development programs

  • Be active in relation to implementation of Best Practices and trends in the area of Learning and Development across the Network and benchmark across industry

  • Ensure SABA LMS is implemented and maintained for training requirements, history and qualifications.

  • Ensure ongoing GMP education programs are delivered to all employees adhering to international GMP regulations, cGMP’s, company policies.

  • Ensure instructional design techniques and principles are applied to support GMP, job skills, and procedural training.

  • Participate in the development of effective orientation programs are in place.


  • Partner with the EHS Hub to ensure sustainable EHS programs are engrained and deployed, to develop effective integrated solutions to EHS requirements, to develop a valuable EHS learning program for you and to assist with safety initiatives.

  • Stay actively involved by participating in inspections, GEMBAs and Go-See’s, reporting safety observations.

  • Challenge and identify improvements to the safety and environmental programs on site.

  • Be a visible leader of safety initiatives and stay actively involved in safety forums.


  • Celebrate with use of proactive recognition tools that inspire teams and individuals.

  • Create an environment where everyone speaks up for our culture of safety and looks out for one another.

  • Be an ambassador for the Takeda leadership behaviours of accountability, be positive, results driven and excellent manager of self and others.


  • Utilize continuous improvement tools, lean and six sigma methodology to identify improvement opportunities, perform technical troubleshooting and successfully implement solutions.

  • Support the implementation of site strategy and business unit strategy by identifying appropriate initiatives for applicable improvements to the value stream. In some instances support corporate initiatives and projects.

  • Identify the appropriate business drivers for each initiative, draft proposals and seek appropriate governance approvals.

  • Prepare timely project reports and communicate effectively with all stakeholders including reporting any potential project delays timely and provide mitigation plans to assure on-time execution.

  • Reporting of Value Stream Key Performance Indicators & Metrics.

  • Support the implementation of the Lean Management System.


  • Encourage new and innovative approaches to improve the value stream.

  • Engage in implementing innovative solutions that drive a high performance organisational culture that accommodates rapid growth and highly dynamic expectations ensuring attainment of site operational and development goals.

  • Create an environment of right first time in everything that we do through a focus on principles of lean, including simplification, standard work, visual management and a learning organisation.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Educated to Honours degree level in a related discipline, preferably science.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in the biotechnology, Quality, and/or pharmaceutical industry

  • Organisation Skills – Ability to manage multiple priorities and know when to escalate issues for resolution.

  • Proven ability around working cross functionally, focusing on meeting and tracking to schedules and embrace an interdependent working culture.

  • Proven record developing Learning Programs.

  • Experience working in a GMP/regulated environment is desirable.

  • Proven record of accomplishments in the training arena, specifically in a regulated industry.

  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Six Sigma and Lean Methodologies is desirable.

  • Experience working with Human Performance Models is desirable

  • A Learning and Development qualification is desirable.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Strong Talent Developer with a focus on creating a continuous learning organisation

Internal and External Contacts

  • Collaborates with the Technical Operations Training Community and Continuous Improvement teams across the Organisation.

  • Collaborates across the Self-Directed Work Teams and Hubs to coach, mentor and develop the learning capability within the teams and to develop their skill-sets

  • For Learning and Development collaborates with Learning and Development peers across the Biologics business unit in Takeda and through external forums to drive business excellence.

  • Collaborate with Quality and EHS teams to develop the Learning Materials.

  • Collaborates across the Self-Directed Work Teams and Hubs to coach, mentor and develop the capability in the teams to develop and deliver training.

  • Key collaborators include the Learning Management System (LMS) owner, IT, system administrators and HR Business Partners.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

Employment / Recruitment agents may only submit candidates for vacancies only if they have written authorization to do so from Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda’s Talent Acquisition department. Any agency candidate submission may only be submitted to positions opened to the agency through the specific Agency Portal. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda will only pay a fee for candidates submitted or presented where there is a fully executed contract in place between the Employment / Recruitment agents and Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda and only if the candidate is submitted via the Agency Portal. Candidates submitted or presented by Employment / Recruitment Agents without a fully executed contract or submitted through this site shall not be deemed to form part of any Engagement for which the Agency may claim remuneration.

Takeda is an industry-leading, global pharmaceutical company with an unwavering dedication to putting patients at the center of everything we do. We live our values of Takeda-ism – Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance – and are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.