Posted to MedZilla on 3/26/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, Financial Planning and Analysis 1700293-MZ


This position is responsible for contributing value creation in R&D area by overseeing an effective budget and forecasting process, publishing management reports and enabling financial analytics. This position is critical role in resolving various financial challenges and proposals of strategic direction around finance area in R&D Organization.
Takeda R&D area typically manages approximately 2500 oku-yen investments in our Global R&D pipeline, functions, and business development opportunities.
In order to achieve desired objective, the position will coordinate finance people supporting various R&D functions, and continue the development of effective processes and platform for budget management across R&D Organization.


  • Manage entire PDCA cycle around financial area in R&D Organization
  • R&D Organization consists of functions in locations world-wide.
  • Research, Pharmaceutical Science, Development, Therapeutic Areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology, Central Nervous Systems, Chief medical and Scientific Office. and External Innovation Center.
  • The figures to be managed are R&D/SG&A expenses, Headcount(FTE), Capital investment mainly.
MRP, Annual Plan and Quarterly Updates
  • Prepare guidance documents together with Director, Finance
  • Propose budget allocation across division/project for value maximization
  • Define the information collected from divisions for decision-making by R&D
  • Design report template for submitting to top management
  • Analyze variance explanations vs. guidance and negotiate with each division to revise Plan/LBE, if needed.
  • Consolidate associated risk factors and identify levers to manage Plan/LBE back to guidance and recommend process for resolution
  • Report consolidated Plan/LBE to R&D Finance Management
  • Communicate effectively to R&D leadership and Corporate Finance groups for making Plan/LBE process smoothly
Monthly Variance Reporting
  • Prepare monthly variance report for all R&D/SG&A spend including divisions and therapeutic areas
  • Define the information collected from divisions for decision-making by R&D
  • Analyze rationale for variances and provide insight into drivers of variances
  • Report consolidated monthly results and variance to R&D leadership and Corporate Finance
  • Make R&D/SG&A forecast and propose budget re-allocation timely
Contribute to establish Finance infrastructure for budget management
  • Support continuous improvement of new R&D financial performance management systems for R&D Organization
  • Contribute continuous improvement of budget manage process and governance structure
  • Make continuous improvements to enhance efficient consolidation process
Other various financial & accounting issues
  • Provide effective financial information for portfolio analysis and other strategic issues such as In-licensing decision, improvement of R&D profitability, etc.
  • Resolve various issues in managerial accounting rules, including negotiation with Corporate Finance and R&D divisions
  • Manage CMSO offices budget
  • Manage tax related issues such as transfer price issues about inter-company Transaction
Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting or Business management
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience, with a minimum of 5 years in financial planning and analysis roles
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, corporate and cross-functional viewpoint
  • Ability to work effectively in and foster a team environment
  • Master degree in science and/or business preferred
  • Minimum 2 years experience in pharmaceutical R&D area
  • Experience interacting with different functions and divisions within a multi-national pharmaceutical company.
  • Experience working with Japanese company or subsidiaries.
  • Ability to speak multiple languages preferred (English required. Japanese highly desirable)
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Diplomacy Skills- strong skills in working with others, across all levels, functions, cultures, in a global environment
  • Analytical Skills ability to analyze a wide variety of data, including financial figures to make strategic decisions.
  • Communications Skills- excellent oral, written, and presentation communications skills needed
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Acumen ability to define, develop and implement business solutions based on trends, opportunities, needs and market direction within pharmaceutical industry and health care environment.
  • Project Management - Ability to set priorities; develop workflow processes, and direct a team of colleagues with no official reporting relationship.
  • Technical Skills Strong excel/power point skills are necessary. Experience with TM1 systems is strongly preferred, if not experience using similar tools is be expected (Hyperion, etc.).
  • Valid passport
  • Valid driver s license
  • Ability to drive to and/or fly to various meetings, including international trip.
  • Willingness to travel to various meetings, including overnight trips.

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