Posted to MedZilla on 4/22/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Specialist, Pharmaceutical Sciences Strategic Sourcing & Vendor Management R0000377-MZ


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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Senior Specialist, Pharmaceutical Sciences Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management in our Cambridge office.
Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Senior Specialist working on the Global Supply Chain team, you will be empowered to prepare, negotiate, and execute contracts and serve as a primary point of contact for areas within the Global Supply Chain team, and a typical day will include:
POSITION OBJECTIVES:The Senior Specialist position supports the global Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management function of Pharmaceutical Sciences through timely preparation, negotiation and execution of various contracts and other outsourcing-related documents.

  • Serve as a primary point of contact relating to the timely preparation, negotiation and execution of various contracts and other outsourcing-related documents required to support global operations and outsourcing of PS activities:
    • Collaborate with Takeda s Legal department to develop and implement effective business processes to negotiate, execute, and track contracts for the manufacturing and testing of drug development candidates and other agreements, as needed;
    • Independently ensure contracts meet the needs of the project teams, are executed in a timely manner, and appropriately consider risk
    • Collaborate with personnel across global PS and other key functions (e.g. Discovery, Medical, Finance, Global Procurement, Legal) to ensure efficient and effective cross-functional processes and communications
  • Manage daily requests and queries to resolve issues with contracts, purchase orders, and invoices in order to maintain streamlined business operations
  • Contributes to creation and maintenance of effective Vendor Network Strategies
  • Contributes/Leads the ongoing maintenance of existing critical vendors (performance management, business/financial and operations reviews)

POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES:Serve as primary point of contact within Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management relating to Operations and Vendor Management:
Operations (Contract Execution)

  • Support strong partnership with requesting Project Teams to achieve efficient contract workflow
  • Create / Support alignment, collaboration and review with critical stakeholders that establish and maintain seamless contract processes and terms (Development Partnership, Vendor, Legal, Procurement, Finance, etc.)
  • Develop / Use the systems/tools needed to provide visibility to the above activities (ex. SAP, tracking tool, etc.)
  • Expert review of contractual documents, which may include confidentiality agreements, evaluation agreements, consulting agreements, master contract services agreements, development and manufacturing services agreements, and statements of work/task orders/change orders

Management (Vendor Management)

  • Establish and manage routine business review with critical vendors in coordination/alignment with Procurement and other key stakeholders
  • Coordinate with manager to provide Sr Leadership visibility to Vendor performance metrics and provide recommendations for adjustment to contract or vendor strategies (ex. Scorecard)
  • Escalate business-critical issues effecting Operations and Management to manager as necessary
  • Communicate and train laboratory personnel of changes in procurement and/or vendor environment to stakeholders
  • Supports the creation of robust network strategies through close coordination of Procurement and GMS objectives, outsourcing need, and knowledge and understanding of available/preferred vendor pools
  • Contributes to department strategy, goals and initiatives
  • Represents PS on functional governance and development teams while providing strategy and accountability for PS deliverables


  • BS/BA or equivalent degree
  • 3-5 years of relevant contracts management and/or operations related experience in supply chain and/or biopharmaceutical development
  • Basic knowledge of pharmaceutical development, and must demonstrate knowledge of several allied fields, such as legal, procurement and/or manufacturing
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to influence and guide stakeholders towards the accomplishment of goals and objectives; adapts well to different personalities and working with others on the team in a respectful manner
  • Ability to identify risks to multiple ongoing activities and propose appropriate risk response strategies
  • Ability to expresses one s self clearly and concisely to key stakeholders; documents issues and/or concerns concisely and comprehensively; adjusts style, language and/or terminology appropriate for the audience
  • Ability to independently manage complex activities under routinely compressed timelines


  • Paralegal Certificate a plus


  • Possible travel 5-10%


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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