Posted to MedZilla on 11/13/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director, R&D Project Management Office R0013374-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 an Director, R&D Project Management in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Director of R&D Project Management working on the team, you will drive portfolio performance and provides organizational development, communications and project management expertise for key cross-functional Takeda-wide initiatives., and a typical day will include:


  • Responsible for driving areas critical for achieving Project Management (PM) Excellence.
  • Provides the vision and strategy associated with defining and implementing global R&D project management standards and methodology across Takeda R&D.
  • Drive Portfolio Performance and provides organizational development, communications and project management expertise for key cross-functional Takeda-wide initiatives.


  • Serves as the strategic subject matter expert in the areas of R&D project management skills, project budgeting processes, and global R&D project consolidation.
  • Utilizes appropriate vehicles (stakeholder engagement) to define cross-R&D PM training needs and develops or acquires effective training programs consistent with such needs assessments.
  • Ensures linkage and consistent application project management methodologies, process and tools across Takeda R&D.
  • Monitors implementation of PMO systems and tools; addresses issues and develops associated training/re-training plans.
  • Partners with the Systems, Reporting and Analytics team to develop the strategy and development of R&D Dashboards and Reports targeting multiple key R&D performance indicators (KPIs) as well as cross-functional, cross-divisional project information and progress/status. These reports are utilized to support Portfolio Review Committee (PRC) (Takeda governance) operations and decision making including project prioritization, funding decisions, goal reconciliation, etc.
  • Drive the coordination and content for PM Forums (GPM forum and PM CoOP) ensuring effective and comprehensive engagement of CoOP team, GPM function, PMs and other stakeholders across R&D
  • Lead support team TAU/functional interface for issues related to the Project Management tool; provide direct support to TAUs/functions as needed
  • Leads multiple, complex initiatives and workstreams in alignment with the CoOP/R&D strategy and roadmap


  • Project Management Profession (PMP) certification preferred
  • Minimum 10 years experience in Project Management, preferably within the pharmaceutical industry
  • 5+ years of line management experience as well as experience managing teams in a highly matrixed organization
  • Direct experience in the pharmaceutical industry or related field required
  • Previous experience leading a medium to large organization and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders is a plus
  • Proven track record of leading and driving business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables
  • Track record of successful leadership, management, and development of large, multi-disciplinary globally dispersed teams. Strong judge of talent with the ability to make tough talent decisions.
  • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry


  • 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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Boston, MA

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