This Job Vacancy has Expired!

Associate Director/Director, Global Program Management

Posted on Apr 6, 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? Join us as an Associate Director/Director, Global Program Management in our Cambridge, MA 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.


Provides global program management and matrixed leadership to global, cross-functional, cross-divisional teams to drive development and deliver results in early to late-phase pipeline or marketed assets.
Responsibilities include providing strategic direction and translating the cross-divisional, integrated Global Product Team (GPT) 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 ensuring appropriate communication and interface with internal governance.
Works closely with the Global Program Leader (GPL), as well as other Chief Medical Scientific Office (CMSO) and Commercial functions to ensure that the scientific and commercial strategies are incorporated into the asset strategy and integrated development plan.
May lead key initiatives that have cross-functional or cross-divisional impact that are critical to the objectives of the Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU), CMSO and/or global business objectives.
Identifies and drives innovative process improvements with significant organizational impact and manages, as needed, non-project responsibilities, which can include processes and system optimizations.
May have direct people management responsibilities.

Strategic Direction

Partners with GPL to lead GPT or joint Program Team (for partnered Alliance programs) to develop and maintain the asset strategy and integrated development plan in conjuction with TAU and commercial strategy, lifecycle management requirements, and evidence generation/publication needs.
Proactively identifies resource requirements necessary to progress asset development in alignment with TAU or enterprise business objectives.
Drives clarity with GPT and other relevant stakeholders to communicate asset strategic imperatives to ensure appropriate prioritization.
Program Execution

Identifies ways to optimize program execution without compromise to patients or compliance.
Accountable to maintain the integrated program level plan, ensuring delivery of critical path activities to progress asset development.
Program Operational Excellence
Ensures asset strategy and integrated development plan have a patient-centric focus,
incorporates innovative approaches that are meaningful to patients, HCPs, regulators & payers, and adhere to the highest standards of operational excellence in drug development and life cycle management.
Manages the strategic GPT forum to ensure progress of asset development. This includes establishing meeting agendas, facilitating team discussions, and driving to clear and timely team actions and decisions.
Partners with the GPL to provide financial oversight of the program including global, cross-divisional budgets. Includes consolidation, vetting and prioritization of GPT spending to deliver critical path activities.

Risk Management

Proactively addresses and removes barriers to program progress, keeping leadership informed of critical considerations (eg, resources, performance).
Proactively identify potential issues or obstacles and achieves resolution or plans contingencies. Follow issues through to resolution ensuring that all key stakeholders are informed of outcomes and program implications.
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/KPIs, proactively identifying risk with planned mitigation(s), and providing rationale for timeline and budget variances.
Participate in annual portfolio analyses to communicate program development progress, opportunities, and risks to Senior & Executive Management.
Responsible for leading preparation efforts for governance engagement to support and drive asset objectives and deliverables.
Facilitates relevant communications to appropriate cross-regional, cross-functional, cross-divisional and Alliance partners

Other Accountabilities

Provides direction and mentors junior colleagues to work strategically and drive results; identifies opportunities for junior PMs to demonstrate their abilities; uses effective coaching techniques to refocus energy and address barriers to success; leads by example
May have responsibility for line management of Associate Director and/or Senior Manager level GPMs as well as contractors within the GPM function
May support Business Development in-licensing activities to ensure appropriate technical assessment, including development costs and timelines, to support the business case of potential in-licensed compounds.


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

10+ years of in-depth pharmaceutical industry experience and drug development in all phases of development with significant experience within related functions (eg Clinical Science, Clinical Operations, Research, Regulatory, CMC, Marketing)
6 to 8 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
Substantial experience in intercultural cooperation
Modest people management experience
Knowledge and Skills

Matrix program leadership and management skills are required
Thorough knowledge of Therapeutic Area preferable but not required
Ability to influence and negotiate in a Matrix environment to optimize development and address barriers
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
Ability to drive decision-making within a cross-functional and cross-cultural, global team structure
Flexibility, tolerance and diplomacy to best manage change and differing opinions
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
Ability to work in a highly complex, multi-cultural, environment
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 & Word
Fluent in English

Project Management Professional certification with PMI desired

May travel to the US, EU and Japan offices and other international locations.
Approximately 10% travel is required.

Reference: 1152694333

Set up alerts to get notified of new vacancies.

Similar Jobs