Posted to MedZilla on 2/16/2020

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Strategic Sourcing Manager - Marketing and Patient Services R0016392-MZ


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Job Description

Title: Strategic Sourcing Manager - Marketing & Patient Services

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Strategic Sourcing Manager 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.

As a Strategic Sourcing Manager working on the US Regional Team team, you will be empowered to support Patient Marketing Services for brand teams across neuroscience, gastroenterology, rare disease, vaccines, and oncology within the US region. In this role, you will contribute to Takeda s mission by keeping our patient focus first; our brands' patient service hubs are the central point of information for patients related to referrals, product information, contact information, etc. The ideal candidate will come from pharmaceutical procurement with a focus in marketing & patient services, or come from a vendor that is responsible for building and managing a patient services marketing campaign for a pharmaceutical company. A typical day will include:


The Strategic Sourcing Manager supports the category initiatives of a clearly defined region and implements regional category strategies for market facing spend categories as part of the wider Category Strategy. The Strategic Sourcing Manager supporting and leading proactive category projects for the delivery of regional procurement targets, spanning sourcing projects, demand management and process re-engineering, as well as supporting region-specific supplier performance and innovation activities.

The position is responsible for providing financial and business analysis (e.g. Data mining of Procurement & Financial Systems, output analysis & interpretation), supporting regional specific market intelligence in the category area and acting as the focal point for category subject matter expertise to the regional business and procurement community.

The position will support Global Procurement Leadership in the development of formalized Category Management organization structures and category management methods and collaborate with procurement and business stakeholders on a regional basis to ensure these are implemented effectively. In addition, the Strategic Sourcing Manager will ensure appropriate Supplier Relationship Management efforts are implemented; the objective of which is to ensure performance delivery, continuous improvement and access to innovation from supplier arrangements to achieve value contribution targets on a regional basis.

Through the application of rigorous Category Management tools, systems and techniques, the Strategic Sourcing Manager will deliver business value (operational and financial) in line with the agreed functional and business goals. In addition they will take personal ownership of large and/or complex arrangements and provide subject matter expertise for other supply and commercial arrangements as required.


Collate supplier, market, category and internal business data and information for the region, and provide regional input and validation to the global Category Strategy, including facilitating involvement of relevant stakeholders. Using this as a basis, support the development of regional-specific category strategies and communicate and distribute to relevant stakeholders in the procurement and business community. The Strategic Sourcing Manager may develop local or regional strategies that can be scalable and aligned appropriately across functions and business units.

Provide regional category input to inform the top-down target setting process and take responsibility for the delivery of regional savings targets following engagement in the target setting process.

Develop and implement a pipeline of regional category initiatives and opportunities (Savings / Productivity / Risk Management / Innovation) using external supply market / business intelligence, application of benchmarking methodologies and internal business partner knowledge. This may include management and coordination of specialist suppliers on market intelligence data.

Provide input into the development of the Annual Category Plan based on the regional category strategy, business planning activities and regional category pipeline and ensure these are staffed and executed on a timely basis in line with the targeted goals. This will involve providing oversight, support and coaching to any allocated project managers in the deployment of projects.

Provide regional input into the development of the Category Management Handbook to translate the Category Strategy and Annual Category Plan into clear, practical guidance for key procurement and functional colleagues and ensure that category associates involved in operational buying activities have access to the Category Management Handbook.

Liaise with the regional procurement hubs and the business to ensure the generation of monthly metrics reports:

  • Delivery of and accurate reporting of Procurement Balanced Scorecard measures and Value Contribution targets (operational metrics, savings, quality etc) achieved from implemented sourcing strategies
  • Contract volumes and associated statistics by category, geography and function, as appropriate

Work with the required functions or other areas within Procurement (e.g. Process & Systems) to support programs to deliver spend accuracy in the covered sub-category area in line with agreed goals.

Ensure supplier Performance and Innovation (SP&I), supported by members of the SP&I team:

  • Provide input into the overall category supplier segmentation to identify key supplier relationships within the region, with whom regular business supported reviews will be undertaken to at a minimum ensure delivery to expectations and target value over and above the contracted value via areas such as Innovations.
  • Establish value creation targets with key suppliers within the region
  • Determine and implement consistent Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) graded by level of segmentation and associated supplier performance review schedules
  • Oversee reporting of supplier performance against goals
  • Collate supplier information and feedback from countries, functions, sites, category teams and Business Partners
  • Ensure regional contractual arrangements incorporate compliance and performance against KPIs
  • Ensure negotiated contracts are clearly communicated and applied across the sub-category
  • Ensure that any supplier performance risks and issues are resolved on a timely basis to end user satisfaction

Non-category accountabilities:

  • As well as within Procurement, develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders relating to regional category accountabilities, Takeda s Procurement Groups and General / Administrative functions such as Finance, IS, HR, Legal, Privacy, Compliance to ensure appropriate inputs to sourcing strategies and implementation plans
  • Support the global development and standardization of core category management infrastructure (Processes / Systems / Tools) and encourage adoption in the region to improve procurement efficiency, performance and compliance


  • Train, and mentor regional staff and provide opportunities for professional development
  • Conduct the individual performance management


  • Train and mentor procurement staff (and project related resources as appropriate) and provide opportunities for professional development
  • Utilize the category specific escalation process to ensure that internal issues related to the category performance are addressed and resolved in a timely manner


  • Follow the defined process to ensure contracts developed in the region are effectively implemented at a regional and local level (as needed) including both terms and conditions and sign off procedures
  • Ensure annual operating activities are undertaken within the allocated budget and provide timely reporting to the Global Category Lead as required



  • Degree level educated
  • 4+ years in-depth strategic and operational procurement experience with a solid working knowledge of category management
  • 4+ years overall business experience, including working within a regulated industry
  • Capable of managing cross functional project teams to generate material value across multiple categories
  • Direct experience in managing category management projects and development of sourcing strategies
  • Proven Financial and Business Acumen (e.g. TCO, TEI, NPV & Cost Modeling)
  • Outstanding communication and project management capabilities
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity
  • Change management and process improvement skills with direct experience in delivering business process change
  • Strategic thinker with solid facilitation ability supported by excellent interpersonal competencies (communication, leadership, influencing)
  • Proven capability in negotiation, conflict resolution and stakeholder management
  • Ability to manage effectively in a global, fluid, interactive, matrix environment
  • Skilled and experienced in project and risk management
  • Knowledgeable in offshore operating environments e.g. Captive, Build Operate Transfer, Managed Service, Functional & Full Service concepts
  • Expert proficiency in basic MS Office software and other business systems (Ariba, Emptoris Mpower, SAP etc.)


  • Post graduate business related qualification such as an MBA
  • Analytical experience in positions of increasing analytical complexity, autonomy and responsibility. Demonstrated ability in organizing, analyzing and reporting complex financial data with solid grounding in basic procurement and financial processes and systems.
  • International strategic sourcing / category management experience
  • Pharmaceutical Industry, Management Consulting, Marketing experience


  • Any Professional Purchasing (e.g. CIPS), Project Management, or Finance related licenses or certifications would be considered advantageous
  • Knowledgeable in systems and processes for efficient management of contract documentation, templates and processing tools (e.g. eSourcing, eAuction) with familiarity and awareness of relevant legal risks and issues
  • Experience with enterprise systems and procurement tools such as Ariba, SAP or Purchase Order technology is preferred


  • Ability to travel (air and ground throughout the region) for various meetings at Takeda and Supplier sites.
  • International travel may be required.


  • 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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