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Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Manager/Associate Director, Program Management, Search & Translational Science R0010161-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 Manager/Associate Director, Program Management in our Cambridge, MA office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Senior Manager/Associate Director working on Search & Translational Science team, part of the Rare Disease Therapeutic Area, you will be empowered to work with a team making an impact on our patients lives.

The Search & Translational Science Program Management will drive the execution of project plans to advance early development assets from the DDU (Drug Discovery Unit) or external partner to Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) transition at the first major clinical development decision. This is foremost an operational role to provide program management support to the Translational Science Team, in the following manner:

Serves as the operational partner to the Head of S&TS and others within the group to ensure overall alignment and delivery of project results to realize the Rare TAU vision, mission and strategy.

The PM works closely together with the Asset Leads within the group, and other TAU members, Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), and other R&D and Commercial functions, to ensure that the medical, scientific and commercial strategy is integrated into a pragmatic operational plan.

Optimise the S&TS systems and processes to ensure fit for purpose to deliver on successful & agile delivery of the group s objectives.

Program manages specific assets within the portfolio, ensuring efficient prioritisation, and capturing value creation, as well as partnering with Finance to ensure accurate financial reporting


Delivering on S&TS Objectives

Responsible for leading the implementation of S&TS strategy into operational plans, defining the overarching goals and KPIs and developing tools to track performance.

Leads the risk/issue management process and proactively remediates issues for specific assets they are assigned.

Define the operational development plans for pipeline assets and critical path activities to the next inflection point identifying creative solutions and new modus operandi to operational challenges.

Project Managing the execution of the development plans. To include budgets, timelines etc.


Advanced science degree desired

Thorough knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and proven ability make things happen, deal with ambiguity and seek solutions.

Understanding of business development activities as well as managing external interactions and supporting collaborations,

Demonstrated strategic problem-solving ability including ability to challenge and work outside the status-quo.

Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate with internal and external parties.

Therapeutic area expertise is desirable.

Highly effective written and verbal communication skills in order to manage, motivate and drive decisions within cross-cultural teams that are not co-located. Experience should include direct experience with leading teams that spanned geographies and functions/disciplines.

Highly effective presentation skills in order create and deliver presentations with appropriate messaging and focused recommendations.

Proven skills in negotiation, influencing without authority and working diplomatically through conflict.

Proven people influencing skills.

Sufficient knowledge of communication tools, including online meeting software and virtual meeting solutions like TelePresence, in order to select and operate the best tools that will facilitate communication across a cross-cultural team.

Demonstrated technical knowledge in order to determine how project data can be organized meaningfully in order to facilitate Senior Management and Executive decision processes.

Sufficient knowledge of all MS Office tools to be able to effectively capture and communicate project information.

Detailed and in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical industry with a focus on early drug development (i.e. Discovery, Regulatory, Early Clinical).

Substantial experience (6-8 years) leading complex pharmaceutical project deliverables in a multi-disciplinary, global environment.


May work at a computer for several hours at a time.


May travel domestically and internationally.

Approximately 15% travel is required.


  • 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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