Posted to MedZilla on 9/18/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Director of Chief Medical Office - Project Management Office SR0039554-MZ



The focus of the role will be to lead and manage a team that works across the GPSA, MPG and GMA Therapeutic Areas (TA) and to transform medical strategy and plans into dependable high-quality deliverables:

  • Leadership and oversight of all aspects of CMO (GPSA, MPG, GMA) program management and planning
  • Serve as Operational partner to the CMO (GPSA, MPG, GMA) TA Heads (TAH) and Medical Unit (MU)Leads
  • Completes strategic resourcing planning for the functions to ensure milestones are achievable.
  • Build a strong project management infrastructure to support the CMO and GMA TAs and foundational GMA activities
  • Oversight and management of overall CMO (GPSA, MPG and GMA) budget and resource planning


  • Partners with the CMO (GPSA, MPG, GMA) TAHs, MU Leads and Functional Heads to support translation of medical strategy into executable operational plans
  • Directs, manages and develops a team that provides high-level program management and planning across CMO/GMA
  • Oversees the development and implementation of processes, systems and tools to enable efficient delivery, tracking, visualization and communication of CMO/GMA activities (i.e. scorecards, dashboards)
  • Facilitates alignment with other business functions within the organization, particularly the GPTs, Regions/BUs and R&D to ensure consistency in understanding of asset level priorities
  • Leads the risk/issue management process and proactively collaborates with appropriate leaders to deliver risk mitigation plans
  • Forecasts headcount resourcing plans for future demands and professionalises this activity.
  • Leads and guides CMO/GMA business planning including the development of annual budgets, budget reviews, and resource allocations partnering closely with MU Leads, Function Heads and finance partner to ensure transparency and facilitate decision-making at the CMO/GMA leadership level
  • Sets ongoing processes and expectations for team meetings, collaborations, and presentation guidelines
  • Provide operational expertise and best practices to the CMO/GMA Functions as needed
  • Collaborates with other program management leaders across the organization and the industry to build capabilities and advance the function


  • Science or Business degree required.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline is preferred
  • At least 10 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry required, experience with Biotherapeutics will be an advantage
  • Extensive experience with all aspects of modern medical affairs delivery: clinical research, evidence generation, value demonstration, medical communication, medical information, publication activities, congress presentations, interaction with Medical Science Liaison networks, compliance, and public speaking. Additionally, a solid familiarity with the entire commercialization process and the marketplace dynamics that impact organizational decisions and deliverables
  • Proven ability to work effectively (strategically and tactically) with key internal stakeholders in a multinational, complex matrix organization/departments such as Commercial, Research & Development and Business Development is necessary to be successful in the role
  • Proven record of agile, innovative and independent problem-solving skills, combined with excellent communication, interpersonal, with managerial skills, expert project management skills and strong commitment
  • Proven ability to work in a multicultural environment, and advance the organization s objectives while ensuring that key stakeholders feel that they have been appropriately engaged in the process and decision making
  • Ability to work self-driven, independently and collaboratively, strong leadership and organizational skills, and able to drive multiple projects to successful, timely completion in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and analytical thinker.
  • Demonstrated capability to build strong relationships with KOLs to support productive engagement
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships and the capability to interact within all levels of the organization
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills in order to manage, motivate and drive decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate with and prepare presentations for Senior Management and Executives.
  • 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 management skills. Experience should include managing mid- to senior level employees.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and change


  • Maintain minimum standards of education/certification in individual professional discipline


  • Approximately 30-40%, most internationally

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