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Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Management

Company: Takeda Pharmaceutical
Location: Pylesville
Posted on: August 7, 2022

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as The Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences Project Management for our Pharmaceutical Sciences Project Management group 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.


Takeda is a company that is well positioned for growth in the mid- and long-term with the potential to deliver incremental revenue via numerous pipeline assets expected to be in pivotal trials by the end of FY2022.

Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmSci) is an organization that aspires to be world-class, patient-centric and an organization that attracts, motivates and retains top talent while implementing innovative approaches to deliver high-quality products. As a member of Takeda s R&D organization, PharmSci is increasing its focus on execution and enhancement of business processes to drive forward an accelerated transformation that emphasizes partnering with stakeholders and industry leaders to boldly deliver an increasingly complex portfolio.

The PharmSci Project Management team is embedded in the PharmSci Program Leadership function and is committed to elevating CMC project management to a world class level. As the Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences Project Management, you will be responsible for establishing, managing and developing a high performing team of Project Managers that work closely with CMC Program Leaders and Device Development Leaders across Takeda s R&D Portfolio. You will work in collaboration with stakeholders across Takeda to ensure that their team provides excellence in project management support for ongoing development programs. This includes the planning of launch/commercial activities, coordination of regulatory filings, planning/facilitation of meetings, support of various financial activities (resourcing, accruals, budgeting and long range planning processes). You will be a strong culture builder with proven business acumen and the ability to raise team members to their full potential. This role has potential for Cross-Regional responsibility in the future.


You will establish a clear mission and vision for the organization to elevate project management in Pharmaceutical Sciences to a world class CMC PM organization. Ensures all CMC programs have high quality project plans with scenarios, accurate timelines and project teams have clear goals, objectives, and milestones consistent with the priorities of the business

Team management:

  • Ensure roles and responsibilities are clear for the resources that they directly manage and that these are clearly communicated and understood
  • Provide coaching for the Project Managers to ensure continuous improvement, and that all Project Managers have access to, and participate in, sufficient training and skills development
  • Provide primary escalation point for internal issues relating to the activities of their directly managed team and ensure they are addressed and resolved in a timely manner
  • Conduct the individual performance management process (e.g. goal-setting, development and performance reviews, etc.) for all directly managed resources and contribute any feedback to other employees as requested by their performance managers
  • Work in cooperation with stakeholders to ensure PM excellence in the delivery of projects
    You will assign and oversee Project Managers to ensure that best practices in Project Management are implemented in CMC plans for the research and development of new medicines.
    • Responsible for monitoring the progress of projects and pro-actively report any projected shortfall in overall targets or delivery to time as well as identifying potential mitigation strategies
    • Support their team members in identifying and mitigating risks to delivery of their project targets.
    • Align with stakeholders to ensure that needs are being met and that staffing levels and quality are sufficient.
    • Resolve or escalate issues to senior leaders that are generated from their team
      Align with other Project Management Leads in the R&D and commercial functions to develop and implement future PM tools and strategies to ensure CMC Project Management is in alignment with Takeda s overall PM activities.

      Work with Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Leadership to resolve scheduling difficulties, including re-prioritizing resources to meet unplanned needs.

      Provide strategic input to departmental goals / initiatives as a member of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Leadership senior leadership team

      Within agreed time limits, act as a Project Manager for high profile programs by supporting Global CMC Teams to deliver projects.


      Position carries people management responsibility for skilled and technical resource pool. This will require you to have strong professional competency in project management, communication and leadership skills. It is essential that this position is seen as a credible leader and manager with senior stakeholders (PS Laboratory Heads / Portfolio PM Lead / Commercial PM Lead). You will have the potential to grow as a leader with Cross-Regional responsibilities in the future.


      • Bachelors/Maters /PhD, with business or life sciences degree preferable
      • Certification in Program Management (i.e. PMP Certified)
      • 15+ years of CMC Project Management experience including complex scenario planning, risk management, project reporting, and delivering quantitative and qualitative results in complex and pressured environments
      • Strong experience in upwards communication and senior stakeholder management
      • Excellent communication, leadership, and management capabilities
      • Provides constructive feedback to team members with a proven record for talent development
      • Demonstrated experience in leading and / or managing numerous priorities and projects in parallel
      • Strong facilitation skills supported by excellent interpersonal competencies (communication, leadership, influencing)
      • Proven capability in negotiation, conflict resolution and stakeholder management
      • Demonstrated success in working with multi-cultural teams across multiple time zones to deliver against set targets
      • Expert proficiency in basic MS Office software including experience in MS Project and other business systems
      • Excellent Communication Desired:
        • Strong analytical experience including ability to drive insights from large and varied data sources, data visualization applications and database applications
        • Post graduate business-related qualification such as an MBA
        • Life sciences degree with a working knowledge of clinical and commercial supply and CMC regulatory
          • Certified or licensed in Project Management is desirable

            Ability to travel (air and ground both domestic and internationally) up to 10% for meetings at Takeda sites.

            In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

            • 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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              EEO Statement

              Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.

              EEO Statement

              Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation..... click apply for full job details

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