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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Packaging Design Engineer in Lessines, Belgium


This role is involved in the development, qualification and implementation of secondary and tertiary packaging components in the scope of product launch, life cycle management. The candidate will help assess, develop, design, specify, test and implement packaging concepts at internal manufacturing packaging site. Additional responsibilities include assisting or leading in package trial runs, project start-ups, resolving manufacturing issues, supporting continuous improvement projects and labeling development activities. In addition, the candidate will support change control, non-conformances and CAPA activities working with Quality and Global Labeling Operations.

Responsibilities: 25%: 1) Assist in the introduction of new or revised packaging components by: Characterizing secondary and/or tertiary packaging components Selection, testing and maintenance of packaging specifications Authoring and executing material qualification protocols and reports Working with sites to qualify packaging in the equipment and/or processes Performing and coordinating with sites for package testing related to package qualification activities Write, develop and approve packaging documentation to support all GMP packaging and labeling activities Consults with purchasing, production and quality departments to determine costs and feasibility of the proposed packaging 25%: 2) Assist in identification and implementation of programs to improve the quality and/or efficiency of commercial packaging operations by: Providing technical support to quality, manufacturing/packaging operations, supplier relations management Assisting in various duties to support department, such as Change Requests, Non-conformance/CAPA, department initiatives, learning activities and various operational improvement programs

25% 3) Support or represent Packaging Engineering & Technology on development and commercialization teams as appropriate by interfacing with Regulatory, Marketing, Product Strategy Leaders, Global Labeling Operations and other internal or external customers on new and existing products introductions to: Ensure products conform to regulatory and compliance obligations (e.g. FDA, EMA, DEA, cGMP, etc.). Assist in preparation of the Packaging Sections of Regulatory submissions (Common Technical Dossiers or CMC filing). When necessary, participate in plant based government and corporate compliance inspections and audits Provide technical form, fit, function review and approval into Takeda Artwork Management system 25% 4) Support artwork development in the scope of product life cycle management and new regulations by: Serving e as technical expert for all aspects of packaging development Providing the configuration and the associated technical profiles and ensuring their compliance to the established requirements Assessing the impact to the packaging components, equipment and operation, working with manufacturing, engineering and validation to establish the impact assessment, validation and implementation requirements Assessing the impact to the Bill Of Material and revising the technical information Changing and/or developing new profiles in Takeda system to ensure artwork is developed correctly Checking the developed artworks and ensuring their compliance to the technical criteria requirements.


  • Packaging Engineering degree required or related experience in packaging Design
  • Minimum 5 years of related experience
  • Experience in working in Biopharmaceutical or highly regulated and compliance industry
  • Experience in packaging equipment and/or qualification would be a plus
  • Fluent in French and English both spoken and written

Key Skills and Competencies Complete, in-depth understanding of all aspects of packaging development. Excellent communication skills (with staff, colleagues, suppliers, and senior management) both written and oral. Embraces change, challenges status quo and makes recommendations for improvements to products and processes. Capable of acquiring knowledge and applying problem-solving methodologies Strong interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment. Experience with Change Management in a GMP environment Proficiency in negotiations and technical problem solving is required to interact with various departments, divisions, and vendors to resolve issues and achieve goals. Knowledge of packaging standard (ISTA 2A, ISTA 7D, ISO 11607…)

Work Environment:

In Lessines, Takeda is producing drugs for immunological and hematological therapies. The main activity of the site is the purification of plasma immunoglobulins for the treatment of primary immunodeficiency, as well as the treatment and conditioning of coagulation factors for haemorrhagic disorders (haemophilia A and B). As a production site, the Lessines factory operates 24/7 and employs more than 950 people.

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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.