Labeling Program Manager
Deerfield , Illinois
April 04, 2017
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The Labeling Program Manager provides oversight and leadership within the Labeling Operations organization for strategic labeling initiatives in support of TPUSA supply to the US and /global markets.  This position interfaces with partners within TPUSA and global Takeda organizations in order to ensure common understanding of and execution of business objectives for labeling programs.
  • Directs strategic labeling initiatives for TPUSA Labeling Operations in support of TPUSA manufacture for supply to US and global markets
  • Defines and implements compliant processes for managing labeling activities in support of TPUSA supply to global markets while ensuring effective integration into established departmental processes
  • Establishes communication plans for labeling related initiatives across functions and geographic areas
  • Oversees staff of exempt and/or non-exempt personnel, directing resources in support of labeling development and implementation  projects.  Conducts performance reviews, provides, guidance, coaching, and provides development opportunities. 
  • Collaborates with Quality and Operations departments within TPUSA (e.g., Packaging and Engineering, Project Management) and partners outside of the US (e.g., global artwork centers, market country RA and business representatives) as well as third party CMOs and print suppliers, to achieve results.
  • Evaluates unique labeling requirements and market requests to determine feasibility and identifies creative solutions based on print supplier and packager capabilities and limitations.
  • Oversees vendor performance through management of labeling change projects, product launches, and by attending occasional site visits and supplier audits as required
  • Ensures reliable creation, and maintenance of printed product labeling artwork and ancillary supporting documentation (e.g., specifications, drawings), ensuring copy and version integrity
  • Identifies impact of new strategic initiatives (e.g., serialization, Braille, security features, tamper evidence, etc.) on  labeling development and packaging operations
  • Provides oversight and guidance to labeling project activities, directing resources and identifying resource needs to management
  • Identifies and implements continuous improvement opportunities
  • Modifies style guidelines for new labeling initiatives due to business model changes or emerging regulatory changes.
  • Creates, revises and approves GMP compliant SOP's to align with new and established policies and procedures
  • Provides backup support to peers and management, as required
  • Oversee and direct proofreading activities in support of labeling projects 
  • Additional duties as assigned

  • Bachelors degree or Associate's Degree required
  • 7 years relevant Pharmaceutical Labeling, Packaging, and/or Quality work experience
  • Expert knowledge of FDA regulations related to New Drug Applications, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Product Labeling
  • Strong knowledge of print manufacturing processes and printing graphics techniques
  • Strong knowledge of packaging processes and operations
  • Flexibility to manage constantly shifting deadlines, varying deliverables, and communication complexities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Management experience preferred

  • B e seated at a desk and perform text review (on paper or a computer screen) for up to 9 hours per day
  • Occasional visits to third-party vendors such as pharmaceutical packagers or printing facilities


  • Willingness to travel to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel may be required.
  • Requires up to 20% travel

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