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Corporate Program Management Director

Boston, Massachusetts


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Corporate Program Management Director

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Job ID R0021924 Date posted 10/20/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Corporate Program Management Director

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Corporate Program Management Director in our Lexington, MA or Cambridge, MA office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Corporate Program Management Director working on the Strategy & Planning team, you will be responsible for leading successful planning and execution of corporate vision and initiates into practice through program, project, and portfolio management, and a typical day will include:


  • This role leads large cross functional teams to design and execute implementation plans for corporate programs of high strategic importance to the US Business Unit (USBU), helping Takeda deliver on its commitments to patients and embed new commercial capabilities across the enterprise as well as new product launches.

  • The Corporate Program Management Director (CPM) role plays a key role in ensuring optimal program design, providing efficient program leadership, and ensuring effective issue resolution and resource management to realize program strategic objectives on schedule and within budget.

  • The candidate will work closely with the Executive Leadership Team and commercial cross-functional team to implement programs and their governance across business units and functions in a highly matrixed environment. 

  • It requires a dynamic leader with a strategic approach, high learning agility, strong emotional intelligence, and strong planning and communication skills.


  • Strategize, implement, and maintain program initiatives that adhere to USBU organizational objectives

  • Design, develop and implement use of program/project management processes, systems and governance to be deployed at the corporate level of the organization.  Develop launch excellence best practices in collaboration with the CPMO.

  • Develop project deliverables including presentations, process flows, spreadsheets, and other written documentation required to memorialize project progress.  Examples include scope, requirements, business cases, and process documents.

  • Define roles and responsibilities of the core team members and mobilize/oversee large cross functional project teams to achieve objectives, leveraging best practices and tools for efficient and effective project management.

  • Develop and manage stakeholder communication plans, keeping executive team informed of issues, risks, and resource needs. Facilitate project team meetings and interact cross-functionally on a day-to-day basis with key internal/external stakeholders from commercial, medical, market access, regulatory and all relevant functions.

  • Inspire and lead project teams to analyze, evaluate, and overcome program risks


  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA strongly desired

  • 6+ years proven experience managing complex cross-functional initiatives in advanced program or project management role within a commercialization environment

  • Expertise in designing, monitoring, monitoring, and controlling programs

  • Expertise in Launch Excellence, Agile, Six Sigma, Lean or similar operational excellence approaches strongly desired

  • Outstanding working knowledge of change management principles and performance evaluation processes

  • Able to thrive in a highly dynamic, fast paced, continuously changing global environment with minimal oversight/direction

  • We are seeking driven, ambitious candidates with prior experience either as consultants to the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors, or who have experience working directly for a commercial pharmaceutical organization participating in the delivery of complex projects and delivering impactful results.

Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role are:

  • Deep understanding of life sciences or adjacent industry

  • Results / action-oriented ability to manage multiple concurrent large-scale initiatives

  • Critical thinker and creative problem solver with high learning agility

  • Strong leadership and management of large matrixed cross- functional teams

  • Highly developed executive level communications skills (written/verbal) with organizational and interpersonal savvy

  • Exceptional skills with MS Project, Visio, and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


  • This role requires domestic travel approximately 25% of the time with occasional international 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

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