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Senior Manager, Global Program Management

Boston, Massachusetts


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Senior Manager, Global Program Management

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Job ID R0036017 Date posted 05/03/2021 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Senior Manager, Global Program Management 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

This position provides excellent project management support of drug development teams.  GPMs drive development and deliver results in early to late phase major development and/or lifecycle management programs to meet Takeda strategic objectives.

  • Responsibilities include supporting the strategic direction and translating the cross-divisional, integrated Global Product Team (GPT) strategy into an efficiently executable plan; predicting and planning solutions to achieve program goals and objectives; driving clarity and removing barriers to ensure team success; interfacing with management and influencing decision-making, proactive management and mitigation of development risks, and ensuring appropriate communication and interface with internal governance.
  • Partners with the Global Program Leader (GPL), as well as other R&D and Commercial functions to ensure the scientific and commercial strategies are incorporated into the asset strategy and integrated development plan.
  • Play a key role in supporting team effectiveness, partnering with GPL and CoOP to administer team health checks to generate insights, plan & execute appropriate follow-up actions.
  • Contributes to innovative process improvements with organizational impact and manages, as needed, non-project responsibilities, which can include processes and system optimizations.


Strategic Direction

  • Works closely with the Global Program Leader (GPL) and other cross-functional teams to ensuring scientific & commercial strategies, lifecycle management (LCM) requirements, and evidence generation/publication needs are incorporated into the product strategy and project plan
  • Works closely with the GPL and with Global Product Team (GPT) and other relevant stakeholders to communicate product strategic imperatives to ensure appropriate prioritization

Program Execution

  • Provides input to the strategic direction and translates the cross-functional, integrated GPT strategy into an efficiently executable plan; predicting and planning solutions to achieve program goals and objectives, providing clarity and removing barriers to ensure team success
  • Identifies ways to optimize program execution without compromise to patients or compliance.
  • Accountable to maintain the project plan, ensuring delivery of critical path activities to progress product development
  • Helps identify resource requirements necessary to progress product development in alignment with business objectives
  • Plays a key role in ensuring team effectiveness, partnering with GPL and Center of Operational Performance (CoOP) to administer team health checks to generate insights, plan & execute appropriate follow-up actions
  • Partners with the GPL to provide financial oversight of the program including global, cross-divisional budgets. Includes consolidation, vetting and prioritization of GPT spending to deliver critical path activities

Risk Management

  • Supports the GPL in the GPT project risk management process and generates the cross-functional, cross-divisional project risk register for assigned products
  • Proactively addresses and removes barriers to program progress, keeping leadership informed of critical considerations (e.g., resources, performance)
  • Proactively identifies potential issues or obstacles and achieves resolution or plans contingencies. Follow issues through to resolution ensuring that all key stakeholders are informed of outcomes and program implications
  • Provides clarity and direction in urgent or unexpected situations. Partners with GPL to resolve complex issues & competing priorities that may impact goal achievement, creates mitigation plans and drives to resolution

Communication and Reporting

  • Manages scheduled/ad-hoc program reporting, citing program goals/KPIs status, proactively identifying risk & planned mitigation(s), provide rationale for timeline & budget variances
  • Participates in the quarterly Portfolio Review Committee (PRC) reporting to communicate program development progress, opportunities, and risks to Senior & Executive Management
  • Responsible for leading preparation efforts for governance engagement to support and drive asset objectives and deliverables
  • Proactively manages key stakeholders and facilitates or leads relevant communications to appropriate cross-regional, cross-functional, cross-divisional and Alliance partners

Non Product-related:

  • Participates in process improvement initiatives and takes on, as needed, non-product responsibilities, which can include processes and system optimizations related to business objectives



  • Bachelor’s Degree science or business-related field
  • Advanced degree in science or business is preferred


  • Minimum of 5 years of strong pharmaceutical industry experience and drug development in all phases of development with significant experience within related functions (e.g. Marketing, Clinical Operations, Regulatory, Manufacturing, CMC, Clinical Science)
  • Minimum of 3 years program management experience leading complex pharmaceutical projects in a multi-disciplinary, global environment

Knowledge and Skills

  • Therapeutic Area knowledge preferable, but not required
  • Experience with Microsoft Project Professional, Excel, PowerPoint & Word
  • Fluent in English
  • Simultaneous management of multiple tasks of varied complexity
  • Ability to positively influence outcomes, key project decisions, and strategic problem-solving in a matrix environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and present key information objectively to all levels of the organization including executive management; Highly effective presentation, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to break down highly complex problems into small manageable pieces for execution
  • Ability to drive decision-making within cross-functional & cross-cultural, global team structures
  • Ability to work in a virtual setting/across time-zones, i.e., making effective use of communication tools (WebEx, MS Teams, TelePresence etc.); Must demonstrate flexibility in working hours when dealing with different time zones
  • Ability to inspire and motivate in a matrix and global, cross-geographical team
  • Ability to work in a highly complex, multi-cultural, environment


  • Project Management Professional certification with PMI desired


  • May work at a computer for several hours at a time


  • May travel to the US, EU and Japan offices and other international locations
  • Approximately 10% 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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