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Portfolio Strategy & Management (Director) ONC Therapeutic Area Unit

Boston, Massachusetts


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Portfolio Strategy & Management (Director) ONC Therapeutic Area Unit

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Job ID R0022719 Date posted 09/10/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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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 Director, Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit Portfolio Strategy & Management in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Director working on the Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit (OTAU) team, you will influence Oncology portfolio strategy and make recommendations to Oncology and R&D leaders on portfolio objectives and strategy.


The Director,Portfolio Strategy & Management,reporting to VP, Head of Portfolio and Strategy, will be responsible for the coordination, implementation, and prioritization of the portfolio activities for the Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit (OTAU). This includes working both internally and externally to evolve the OTAU strategy based on patient need / external market dynamics and make recommendations to address long-term portfolio objectives. In addition, the Director will be responsible for leading or managing initiatives related to portfolio management best practices and providing input to external communications, investor relations presentations, and business development activities that align with the OTAU strategy. The incumbent will apply scientific and leadership expertise to support the build-up and delivery of the innovative portfolio via cross-functional interactions internally and externally and provide support to senior leaders across Oncology and R&D.


Oncology TAU Strategy

  • Lead organization of OTAU strategy and manage forums / create documents to facilitate communication, collect feedback, and alignment
  • Organize and execute regular internal and external focused portfolio reviews to pressure test strategic areas of focus to optimize current portfolio and lead future investment
  • Conduct industry research to gather and analyze insights to evaluate potential opportunities relevant therapeutic and disease areas
  • Be current on emergent aspects of clinical oncology and scientific trends in the oncology space to inform current and future portfolio decisions
  • Contribute to the development of pipeline narratives to be communicated at international conferences, investor relation events and other external presentations
  • Workwith business development colleagues to provide insight on portfolio strategy and prioritization of BD opportunities to enhance portfolio; serve on diligence teams and map potential opportunities against the needs of the business
  • Lead organizational initiatives connected to building portfolio insights / value or strategic projects as delegated by the OTAU Head

Portfolio Management & Analytics

  • Serve as a point of contact between Program Teams and TAU for portfolio-related matters—ensuring continuous data and information flow between Program Teams,TAUs, Finance and Portfolio Operations
  • Provide strategic leadership and expertise with respect to portfolio analytics and decision making (providing real- time analytics, identification of material events, structuring problems and generating insights) that facilitates trade-off discussions and buy-up decisions for new projects
  • Monitor portfolio progress and related milestones, identify gaps and make strategic recommendations; serve as a communication hub for portfolio related progress and key OTAU milestones
  • Work with other Portfolio Management colleagues in other TAUs and Global Portfolio to optimize

prioritization exercises to facilitate decision-making at senior R&D Leadership

              Work with R&D finance to optimize investment allocations and participate in annual R&D planning cycle processes

              Serve as a liaison to the Oncology Drug Discovery organization and Oncology Commercial New Products team


  • Bachelor’s degree in science
  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD) strongly preferred
  • Minimum 10 years related work experience in R&D, commercial, business and/or corporate development/consulting, in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry
  • Recognized team player with proven facilitative leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment with ability to influence and align stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact externally and internally to support the portfolio and externalization strategy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in pharmaceutical R&D, commercial strategy, and/or corporate planning
  • Deep understanding of the drug development process and asset valuation
  • Understanding of the Oncology therapeutic area preferred: pathophysiology, relevant targets/pathways, familiarity with pipeline assets of Takeda and another relevant pharma or biotech
  • Ability to rapidly synthesize information from multiple sources, communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner in multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to create and communicate key presentations to internal leadership and external partners with credibility and confidence
  • Analytical Skills – ability to analyze a wide variety of data, including financial figures to make strategic decisions
  • 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
  • Proactive ability to anticipate issues and problem solve


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