Posted to MedZilla on 5/29/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-IL, Principal / Sr Manager Competitor Insights 1701341-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


This position will be responsible for consulting with Specialty Business Unit (SBU) leadership as a strategic partner in achieving and maintaining competitive leadership. The role will be leading, creating and delivering integrated insights across multiple sources, project management & knowledge management assignments delegated by the Specialty Business Unit Lead Customer and Market Insights. The position is expected to bring biologics competitive analysis consulting expertise with strong leadership in specialty marketing analysis, brand planning, situation analysis, project management and cross-functional alignment skills. The role is a critical position demanding experience in consultative influence utilizing varied sources of mixed confidence intervals and methods, engaging stakeholders at all levels.
This position leverages technical expertise to project manage and provide operational excellence, to 1) Engage consultative influence, 2) Create cross-source insights, recommendations and alignment for action, 3) Develop competitive landscape analysis, business need understanding, knowledge gap identification, primary and/or secondary CI to fill prioritized gaps, 4) Communicate those integrated insights to relevant stakeholders across Takeda with urgency, and 5) leverage data and specialty expertise in Competitive Intelligence external analysis, with internal market planning, business development, strategic or tactical work streams for long-term and short-term impact. Responsibilities associated with commercial insights include leading cross-functional teams in predicting and planning solutions to achieve successful execution, driving the team to achieve clarity on issues and action. This requires the ability to exercise decisiveness in selecting critical strategic elements of executive decisions, collaboration and alignment in methods for study of strategic elements, prioritization of competing strategic/tactical needs, strong budget/scope/program management, strong consultative influence skills, strong skills in identifying biologic and competive strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Furthermore, he or she acts as an internal Subject Matter Expert (SME), requiring consultative skills, to meet the needs of specific commercial processes via the technical expertise in the discipline of Competitive Intelligence. Advanced understanding of methods, industry ethics and compliance, and specialty biologics is required, as well as bench strengths in CI execution for strategic-to-tactical recommendations.


  • Proactively identifies strategic and tactical CI needs of SBU, establishing both long-range and short-term business impact.
  • Collaboratively prioritizes and builds a CI plan (KITs, KIQs), integrated with PMR, Analytics and cross-functional teams.
  • Provides oversight and accountability on all processes related to procurement, vendors, compliance, pharmacovigilance and budget management activities in execution of each CI activity.Consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters of quality, comprehensiveness, and timeliness of all process outputs.
  • Supervise compliance of relevant SOP and industry ethics for SBU operations
  • Responsible for maintaining and tracking learning/training, compliance and safety programs
  • Executes other ad hoc tasks assigned by Head/Lead of Customer and Market Insights
  • Guides and manages the creation of operational processes and presents associated plans to SBU leadership for approval.
  • Sets and provides clear direction in methods, recommendations and secures stakeholder buy-in.
  • Develops and manages expectations, highlighting and resolving issues and ensuring regular communication of processes enhancements.
  • Proactively identifies methods to improve efficiency and quality with respect to Project Planning and Management within SBU, and influence via leadership across global peers.
  • Proactively develops and implements new and innovative solutions to meet business needs and resolve business issues.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains project management of CI projects in SBU
  • Aligns, monitors and reports on team-specific project delivery, expenses, and other insights operation metrics.
  • Build internal stakeholder relationships from a variety of groups (i.e. marketing, sales, data systems, procurement, Medical Affairs, Global CI)
  • Additional duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
  • B.A./B.S. Scientific or commercial education.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible project management experience.
  • Minimum of 7+ years of commercial experience within pharmaceuticals, 2 years in specialty
  • 5+ years matrix stakeholder management required.
  • 2+ years experience in implementing processes, procedures, competitive intelligence in specialty biologics healthcare environment.
  • 2+ years expertise and industry leadership in CI.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills managing matrix teams, influencing outcomes in strategic and tactical decisions, specific to marketing in specialty pharmaceuticals
  • Proven ability to communicate, strategize and collaborate effectively with senior management.
  • Thorough knowledge of drug commercialization
  • Thorough knowledge and passion for excellence in the commercial side of managing pharmacovigilance processes
  • MBA preferred
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Advanced knowledge of best practices and leadership in specialty pharmaceutical commercial business operations, and the use of CI to drive decision-making in commercial strategy and tactics to achieve a leadership position.
  • Demonstrated leadership in synthesis of primary and secondary CI, forecasting impact, competitive intelligence and data management to advise the development, execution and monitoring of specialty pharmaceutical leadership status.
  • Able to lead in a matrix-working culture, both across the US SBU and GCI
  • Proven ability to negotiate and influence in a consultative role
  • Proactive ability to effectively monitor competitive activity, predict probable issues and problem solve (scenario planning)
  • Proven consultative influence, communication and presentation skills organizational, written and verbal
  • Expertise in CI research methods as they pertain to integration with specialty pharmaceutical data sources for strategic recommendations
  • History of managing multiple tasks of varied complexity simultaneously
  • Able to delegate effectively
  • Proven advanced skills in utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Word
  • Able to drive to or fly to various meeting sites, including overnight trips, up to 20%. Some international travels will be required.

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