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Global Program Manager

Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Boston, MA 02297
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Job Description
Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine?

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.

Provides program management and matrixed leadership to one or more Global Program Teams (GPT) spanning early to late phase drug development in order to drive the creation of innovative and sound program strategy, efficient and effective execution, and positive team dynamics.

Core responsibilities include:

In partnership with the Global Program Lead (GPL), lead and manage one or more NK cell therapy programs in the Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit (OTAU) as the program manager of the GPT
Translating the integrated GPT asset strategy into an efficiently executable plan; predicting and planning solutions to achieve program goals and objectives; driving clarity and removing barriers to ensure team success; interfacing with management and influencing decision-making, proactive management and mitigation of development risks, and supporting appropriate communication and interface with R&D governance.
Maintaining current and accurate key program information in PM business systems and processes including program timelines, team collaboration space, and other systems as appropriate.
Play a key role in fostering team effectiveness through team health checks, action plans, and continuous improvement.
Considered a corporate-wide PM SME, driving cross-divisional alignment and continuous improvement activities.
Identifies and drives innovative process improvements with significant organizational impact and manages, as needed, non-project responsibilities, which can include processes and system optimizations.

Asset Strategy: Partner with the GPL in leading the GPT to create and maintain the asset strategy and corresponding integrated development plan in conjunction with OTAU and commercial strategy, lifecycle management requirements, and evidence generation/publication needs.
Program Execution: Drives the identification and delivery of critical path activities to progress asset development. Identifies ways to optimize program execution without compromise to patients or compliance.
Program Operational Excellence: Ensures the asset strategy and integrated development plan have a patient-centric focus, incorporates innovative approaches that are meaningful to patients, HCPs, regulators and payers, and adhere to the highest standards of operational excellence in drug development and life cycle management. Serves as facilitator and driver of the GPT and Clinical Sub-teams. This includes establishing meeting agendas in partnership with GPL and GCL (Global Clinical Lead), respectively, facilitating constructive team discussions, driving to clear and timely team actions and decisions, and holding team members accountable for action follow-through. Partners with the GPL and program finance lead to provide financial oversight of the program including global, cross-divisional budgets. Includes consolidation, diligence, and prioritization of GPT spend to deliver critical path activities.
Risk Management: Drives the GPT and sub-teams to proactively identify potential issues or risks, and achieves resolution or plans contingencies. Monitors issues through to resolution and ensures that all key stakeholders are informed of outcomes and program implications. Proactively addresses and removes barriers to program progress, keeping leadership informed of critical considerations (eg, resources, performance). Provides clarity and direction in urgent or unexpected situations. Independently resolves complex issues and competing priorities that may impact achievement of goals, creates mitigation plans and drives to resolution.
Communication and Reporting: Manages scheduled and ad-hoc program status reporting, citing progress to program goals and KPIs, proactively identifying risk with planned mitigation, and providing rationale for timeline and budget variances. Participate in portfolio analyses to communicate program development progress, opportunities, and risks to Senior and Executive Management. Responsible for leading preparation efforts for governance engagement to support and drive asset objectives and deliverables. Facilitates relevant communications to appropriate stakeholders and in conjunction with Alliance Managers, with Alliance partners.
Considered a project management SME, driving cross-divisional alignment and continuous improvement activities. May lead initiatives that have cross-functional or cross-divisional impact that are critical to the objectives of the OTAU, Center of Operational Performance (CoOP), and/or global business objectives.


Bachelor's Degree in science or business-related field
Advanced degree in science or business is preferred

Preferred: 8+ years of in-depth pharmaceutical industry experience in drug development with significant experience in the oncology therapeutic area
3 to 5 years program management experience leading complex pharmaceutical projects in a multi-disciplinary, global environment
Demonstrated ability to positively influence outcomes, key project decisions, and strategic problem-solving
Proven ability to communicate clearly and present key information objectively to all levels of the organization including executive management
Knowledge and Skills

Matrix program leadership and management skills are required
Thorough knowledge of oncology therapeutic area preferable but not required
Comfort with and ability to manage others amidst ambiguity
Proactive risk management with ability to propose solutions and deliver appropriate mitigation plan
Ability to communicate (written and verbal) with impact to provide appropriate context, articulate views, drive clarity, and address barriers to progress program development
Flexibility, tolerance and diplomacy to best manage change and diverse opinions within a cross-functional, cross-cultural global team structure
Ability to work in a virtual setting across time-zones, ie, making effective use of communication tools (WebEx, TelePresence, telephone and video conferencing, etc.)
Ability to inspire and motivate in a Matrix and global, cross-geographical team
Excellent organizational skills
A solid business background as well as excellent commercial understanding
Highly effective presentation skills
Experience with Microsoft Project Professional, SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
Fluent in English

Reference: 1152695722

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