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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Director, Oncology and Cell Therapy Business Operations in Helena, Montana

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company to inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as an Associate/ Director, Global Clinical Operations, Business Operations based in Cambridge, MA or remotely reporting to the Head of Global Clinical Operations (GCO).

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 accomplish their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, and work toward excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to provide Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be an important contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


· Provide strategic and operational support and guidance to the Head of GCO and their ELT in developing, aligning, resourcing, and executing functional, operational, and financial priorities ensuring alignment with overarching GDO and GCO and key stakeholder projects and strategies.

· Work closely with the Head of GCO to develop and execute GCO strategic plans, projects and commitments to drive operational efficiencies and connectivity across GCO.

· Provide leadership and support necessary for the design, development, operation, execution, and improvement of operations, systems, processes or projects to achieve their team’s strategies, goals and objectives

· Ensure that crucial strategic and operational cross-organization issues/projects/initiatives are addressed efficiently and tracks progress of key strategic initiatives, working with TAUs, and R&D functions.

· Partners with and provides support to cross-functional business leaders and stakeholders regarding GCO processes, solutions, and initiatives to achieve business objectives.

· Drive team’s initiatives aimed at optimizing efficiencies and identifying synergies across team as well as drive optimization of business processes aligned across GDO.

· Be responsible for business process optimization in GCO, including maintaining and updating the GCO playbook, tracking SOP compliance for GCO staff, and managing staff JDs and CVs.

· Provide project/program management to deliver on GCO strategic priorities by leading high-impact, high-priority projects and overseeing implementation of Global Development Office-wide initiatives.

· Organizing business-critical meetings to mobilize the GCO Leadership Team.

· Manage GCO communications strategy, culture and people-focused engagement.


· Support GCO LT Leader with communicating and championing their leadership vision, mission, and objectives. Serve as a positive and visible role model for change - actively engages their assigned leadership team to build sponsorship of key initiatives; identify, propose, and track actions to ensure alignment with wider business initiatives.

· Actively support planning and execution of change management communications and events and track completion in dashboards.

· Lead Clinical Operations initiatives (including lessons learned process) to develop innovative processes and technologies to advance operations and reduce operating costs; Support functional cross-GDO strategic initiatives and processes by representing GCO on cross-functional teams.

· Assign and track Responsible GCO resources flowing to transformational project/initiatives relative to overall priorities to maintain transparency to GCO Leadership.

· Lead business processes optimization for effective use of resources. Identify and support the execution of opportunities for the enhancements of core capabilities within GCO, including process improvements.

· Track and manage OCT monthly financial reports for accuracy

· Work proactively with the GCO, OTAU and other R&D key stakeholders to ensure that strategic portfolio priorities are fully enabled at the levels of budget, operations, and resource tracking.

· Leads operations activities and supports major projects. May be responsible for overseeing and/or supporting operations activities/ projects managed by others within team. Maintains operational oversight for key GCO and GDO initiatives with keen understanding of the overall implementation plan and timelines, feasibility, and workload/ resource impact for GCO/OCT. Establish strong partnership and collaboration within GDO to help shape the scope and strategy of initiatives for implementation.

· Oversee and contribute to the development of the GCO Playbook, and organize orientation sessions for new hires to review the Playbook.

· Manage GCO business operations, including tracking and following-up on GCO timesheet compliance, staff compliance with all applicable Takeda SOPs, in collaboration with the central Process, Training, and Compliance function, Central planning and organization of onboarding efforts for new GCO hires.

· Harmonize team activities, where relevant, by identifying and promoting best practices within (and across) the TAUs and driving adoption and utilization of existing tools and resources available for team

· Provide central management of GCO job descriptions and CVs of hired GCO staff, in collaboration with GDO HR.

· Maintain GCO Managers’ New Hire Checklist.

· Be a superuser to manage and maintain GCO’s Sharepoint space on Takeda’s internal system.

· Maintain all guidance documents pertaining to GCO’s ways of working, including relevant sections of Takeda Trial Delivery Operating Model.

· Work with Head and LT to align on departmental/central/global hiring goals for implementation for team. Coordinate/support hiring efforts as applicable.

· Maintain metrics for team’s hiring progress in line with strategy and where necessary propose potential mitigation actions to support LT to address gaps against strategy.

· Support leadership with employee retention efforts

· Organize, schedule and prepare materials for GCO Leadership Team meetings, GCO/OCT All Staff Meetings, team building face to face meetings, and critical portfolio review meetings such as Deep Dive and Critical Milestone meetings.

· Facilitate GCO Leadership Team meetings, giving input to portfolio, resources, and financial decisions.

· Facilitate GCO Town Hall meetings, and off-site GCO Leadership Team meetings.

· Support COLT in the planning and preparation of TAU-specific study pipeline review meetings.

· Support Head of GCO in GCO budget planning and management, liaise with Finance to ensure optimal operating environment.

· Support Head of GCO and COLT in resource projections, tracking, and management including yearly mid-range planning efforts.


· Bachelor’s Degree or international equivalent required, Life Sciences preferred. Advanced degree is highly desirable.

· 10 or more years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or clinical research organization, with demonstrable deep understanding of clinical development practices.

· 5 or more years of direct operations management experience and/or management experience in a highly matrix organization across multiple regions.

· Global/international experience required, including. ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and matrix environment.

· Experience in people leadership, managing global teams, change management and coordinating collaboration with cross-functional teams.

· Demonstrated leadership skills with broad business orientation. Experience in working with “virtual” teams (people in remote locations) and cross-functional team dynamics.

· Sensitivity to cultural differences and an awareness of differences in clinical operations conduct.

· Proven track record of leading and driving business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables.

· Strong strategic thinking, planning, execution, and communication skills.

· Operational experience in pharmaceutical drug development with direct exposure to clinical development.

· Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.

· Knowledge of standard business procedures including project management, finance, and budgeting.

· Excellent communication, networking, tact and diplomacy, and people skills. Experience in conflict- and problem-solving capabilities.

· Rapidly adaptable to a changing environment and willingness to assess and implement new ideas and opportunities.

· Self-starter with vision and initiative and the ability to work unsupervised towards the achievement of challenging goals.

· Sound judgment, strong planning and organizational skills, and the ability to get things done.


· Requires approximately 20% travel, including overnight and international travel to other Takeda sites, strategic partners, and therapeutic area required travel.


· 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.

Location Information:

  • Location(s): Cambridge, MA or Remote.

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

  • This position is currently classified as “remote” in accordance with Takeda’s Hybrid and Remote Work policy.”

Base Salary Range:160,300 to 229,000 based on candidate professional experience level. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits as well. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.

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