Posted to MedZilla on 2/16/2020

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Group Lead, CMO Payments, Contracting & Vendor Management (Director) SR0040515-MZ



The Group Lead, Payments, Contracting & Vendor Management (PC&VM), provides leadership to the PC&VM team, ensuring oversight and management of CMO/GMA vendors, support for all aspects of CMO/GMA contracting and providing oversight for the financial planning activities and reporting withing CMO/GMA. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing strategic, process and functional leadership to the PC&VM team
  • Partnering with the Head of CMO PMO to set the vision and direction for the PC&VM team and development of an operational framework that supports the business needs of CMO/GMA
  • Supporting CMO/GMA stakeholders with vendor selection, oversight & management
  • Collaborating with CMO/GMA stakeholders to support contract negotiation, review and approval with legal
  • Manages the PC&VM team budget
  • Partners closely with the R&D finance business partner, providing integrated project management support for fiscal planning and oversight in CMO/GMA


  • Serves as functional manager to PC&VM staff and builds a high performing team by selecting, developing and managing direct reports
  • Provides direction and mentors/coaches team in driving for results; helps them break down problems; looks for opportunities where team members can demonstrate abilities; uses effective coaching techniques to refocus and address frustrations; leads by example (e.g. maintains composure under pressure)
  • Leads the definition, creation, documentation and maintenance of processes for contracting, vendor mgmt. and fiscal oversight
  • Provides oversight for the MRP planning process, quarterly budget updates, budget tracking and monthly financial reporting to CMO/GMA teams and leadership
  • Proactively identifies issues before they arise and develops contingency plans; communicates issues to Head of CMO/PMO and manages issues to resolution
  • Directs change management process in modifying team structure to maximize efficiencies and realize CMO/GMA vision
  • Maximizes business results through continuous process improvements.
  • Contributes to the creation and maintenance of systems/databases for the purpose of tracking and reporting
  • Assures that appropriate training and education programs are in place that meet long term strategies and goals of Takeda and personnel development.
  • Ensures consistent application and knowledge of project management methodologies, processes and tools across the function.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Strong knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and business operations / program management experience in a global cross-functional environment, with strong knowledge / experience in Medical Affairs
  • Previous experience with contract management, negotiation and preparation and ensuring compliance with business processes
  • Strong background in budget management with experience in developing process and tools to support effective fiscal oversight (i.e. tracking & reporting)
  • Knowledge of the drug development and commercialization process, and an understanding of the functions within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and present key information objectively and collaborate effectively with management
  • Knowledge of regulatory and compliance guidelines governing medical affairs
  • Applied knowledge of performance measurement (e.g. metrics, dashboards)


  • Detailed knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and extensive project management skills are required
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and strategic problem-solving ability
  • Proven people management skills: experience should include managing manager to Director level employees.
  • Uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to influence and guide others towards the accomplishment of goals and objectives. Requires the flexibility and tolerance to best manage change and differing opinions with diplomacy and competence
  • Experience building effective networks with internal stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate with and prepare presentations for Senior Management
  • Proven skills in negotiation, influencing without authority and working diplomatically through conflict.
  • Generates collaboration, cooperation and communication globally and between regions ensuring that CMO/GMA goals are achieved.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to predict issues, anticipate risks and solve problems
  • Ability to articulate and establish processes which impact cross-functionally
  • Ability to drive decision-making within a cross-functional and cross-cultural, global team structure
  • Issue identification and independent resolution


  • Flexibility, tolerance and diplomacy to best manage change and differing opinions
  • Ability to work in a highly complex, multi-cultural, often stressful environment
  • Highly effective written and verbal Communication Skills: ability to express oneself clearly and concisely to internal and external partners
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate/present key information to senior management
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Effective negotiation and positive influencing abilities
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically in conflict situations


  • Experience in identifying and driving opportunities for process improvement with significant organizational impact


  • Management of multiple tasks of varied complexity to enable successful delivery of multiple and/or complex projects within a single or across therapeutic areas for Global Medical Affairs
  • Management of a project management team engaged in the delivery of complex Life Cycle Management strategies in support of global brands


  • Bachelor s Degree science or business-related field is required
  • Advanced degree in science or business is preferred
  • 8 - 10 years of pharmaceutical industry experience is required
  • Minimum of 5 years people management experience and/or proven leadership experience in managing a global, matrix team is required
  • Previous drug development experience is preferred (e.g. Clinical Research, Regulatory, CMC, or BDM or other development related function)
  • 6 years experience as a project manager leading complex pharmaceutical projects in a multi-disciplinary, global environment is preferred
  • Project Management Professional certification with PMI desired


  • May travel to the US, EU and Japan offices and other meeting locations internationally
  • Approximately 25% travel is required

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