Posted to MedZilla on 8/23/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director of Rare Diseases Vendor Operations SR0036629-MZ


Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Director of Rare Diseases Vendor Operations in our Lexington office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


  • Responsibilities include:
  • Lead a team to manage a group of vendors that provide services to Takeda U.S. Patient Services in support of our patients
  • Serve as the primary contact for all service providers specified above
  • Primary contact for Specialty Pharmacy buyers and Account Managers to resolve issues and enhance the overall relationship for optimal patient outcomes
  • Coordinate with Market Access and Commercial OPs teams to negotiate and implement data feeds from customers as defined in the specific agreements.
  • Coordinate with Data Aggregator partners and IT on shipment data issues in the Patient Services CRM System
  • Liaise with project leaders on specific projects, IT and the Specialty Pharmacies to maintain and improve shipment data
  • Create, manage and maintain the business partners budgets, create all purchase orders and approve invoices for service rendered
  • Attend meetings to represent at industry conferences
  • Travel to sales meetings periodically and as necessary to educate stakeholders about Patient Services programs
  • Conduct and participate in partners Quarterly Business Reviews and keep partners accountable to all business terms
  • Work in close collaboration with Franchise leads to deliver result on departmental goals
  • The selected individual will work with numerous internal groups such as; Managed Markets Regional Business Managers (RBM), Zone Directors, Department Project Leaders, Supply Chain Team, Government Reporting, Finance, Accounts Payable and Receivable, OnePath Patient Access Managers, and IT to facilitate and optimize patient access to therapy and customer service. Works in a highly visible environment; hires and manages a strong team of individuals to deliver on goals establish by the Department head.


  • Responsibilities:
  • Design and deliver reports using business partner data that support Business Functions. Identify possible improvements and automations to streamline reporting and data management.
  • Participate in strategic decision-making with cross functional business leads to ensure alignment of priorities.
  • Coordinate and strategize with managed markets account managers to execute data agreements as specified in customer contracts.
  • Maintain daily shipment data loads to CRM and reporting system. Monitor daily and trouble shoot and correct any data issues.
  • Manage the review and approval of invoices from all related business partners
  • Provide training to stakeholders on the specialty drug distribution model and shipment data.
  • Support project management activities including milestone tracking, monitoring issues and generating status reports
  • Plan, assign and direct 3PL Customer Services related to distribution of product for Patient Support programs
  • Interact with the field sales team to ensure timely customer problem resolution and
  • and proper alignment of resources
  • Trouble shoot and resolve ongoing financial reimbursement issues with co-pay programs
  • Attend meetings to represent the Rare Disease Business Unit at industry conferences
  • Travel to sales meetings and Specialty Pharmacy business reviews periodically and as necessary
  • Conduct and participate in partners Quarterly Business Reviews



  • Sets and clearly articulates a compelling vision for the future that fosters enthusiasm
  • Develops bold strategic plans and crafts pragmatic solutions to implement them
  • Recognizes opportunities and challenges and modifies strategy accordingly
  • Moves easily between addressing current needs and planning for the future
  • Considers marketplace and economic forces and trends in advising and supporting sound business decisions

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Decides and acts, even when faced with uncertainty
  • Clearly communicates the need for change and is actively responsive to the resistance it can evoke
  • Anticipates and proactively addresses the conflict and ambiguity inherent in change
  • Quickly focuses on the critical issues while prioritizing current work


  • Builds and models a culture of questioning and constructive challenge to foster openness and candid dialogue
  • Listens to and carefully considers others perspectives, especially to manage and resolve conflict
  • Acts with an understanding and sensitivity to others locally and globally, internally and externally
  • Encourages accountability and responsibility that enables others to act with integrity


  • Generates breakthrough solutions, and enables others to do the same
  • Draws on unexpected or seemingly unrelated ways of thinking
  • Operates from a framework of possibility


  • Builds and improves effective internal systems and processes that align with organizational priorities
  • Builds and fosters effective teams in a matrix organization
  • Considers and addresses business and development needs


  • Bachelor s Degree in Life Sciences or a Business-related discipline required, Master s degree preferred
  • Extensive CRM and/or ERP experience, including requirements for external data feeds/integration and associated reporting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven track record of building effective working relationships with internal and external business stakeholders, including skill with developing statements of work and key performance indicators
  • Flexible and adaptable in handling change and competing priorities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • 15+ years of experience in vendor management, procurement, or a related field is required in the Pharmaceutical industry (pharma manufacturer, pharmacy, or PBM)
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting in Excel is required
  • Experience in Patient Services, Specialty Pharmacy operations and HUB management services are a plus
  • Pharmaceutical reimbursement experience preferred
  • Ability to multi task, plan and organize work streams, and problem solve effectively while working in a team environment
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to be able to communicate effectively and execute changes, and manage other individuals
  • Individual must possess and portray strong emotional resilience
  • Management experience, leadership skills, and ability to execute high level ideas on an individual basis
  • Individual must possess extraordinary positive attitude, exceptional listening skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive information
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • MS Excel proficiency
  • Reliable, conscientious and responsible
  • Able to manage time and balance priorities
  • Highly motivated, shows initiative, is proactive and able to work within a team
  • Ability to present in front of a group


  • 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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