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Rare Diseases Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) Head of Global Program Management

Cambridge, Massachusetts


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Rare Diseases Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) Head of Global Program Management

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Job ID R0028333 Date posted 02/26/2021 Location Cambridge, 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 Rare Diseases Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU ) Head of Global Program Managementin 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


  • Key partner to the TAU head, responsible for overall TAU program operations.
  • Serves as a liason and leader with key stakeholders incuding program management roles in the DDU and with the central CoOP and Partnership Office.
  • Head of  Rare Diseases TAU Global Program Management group and key contributor to cross-TAU program management excellence.
  • Drives overall TAU operational program delivery consistent with Rare Diseases TAU strategy and goals.


  • Accountable for staffing, development and performance of all global program managers assigned to the Rare Diseases TAU as recognized leaders on global program teams (GPT).
  • Supports a strong partnership with the Center for Operational Performance (COOP) and is accountable for accuracy of program data supplied to Takeda business systems (e.g. Sharepoint, Salesforce).
  • Works in close partnership with leadership in the Rare Diseases DDU to ensure consistency of program management practice and seamless operational transition of programs from research to early clinical development.
  • Drives GPT effectiveness via assessment of Rare Diseases TAU needs and leveraging CoOP, other internal expertise and/or external experts to address issue and opportunities.
  • Accountable for implementation and in some cases design of approaches to enhance GPT team effectiveness. GPT health checks (e.g. TAK 20) and other mechanisms can be used to assess progress.
  • Viewed as an expert and thought leader in PM discipline and drug development across the Takeda organization, allowing Takeda to continuously raise the bar on effective team performance and operational delivery
  • Accountable for staffing, development and performance of Boston based Alliance Managers assigned to Rare Diseases TAU.
  • Partners closely with Rare Diseases DDU on synchronization of TAU support for programs approaching portfolio entry via internal development or external (e.g. alliance) mechanisms. 
  • Supports a strong partnership with the R&D Partnership Office and is accountable for accuracy of program data supplied to Takeda business systems.
  • Drives overall TAU operational program delivery consistent with TAU strategy and goals.


The differentiating feature of this leadership role is the expectation that someone in this role can leverage program management and drug development experience, and strong influencing skills to be the primary point of accountability for driving program delivery across the portfolio both via program managers on their individual team and by personal leadership of a group of global program managers.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

Understands project management skills in order to set standards of GPM performance and serve as a thought leader in this space.

Thorough knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and experience in Clinical Research, Regulatory, Pharmaceutical Science, Marketing or other drug development related function. Experience should include membership on cross-functional teams in different stages of the drug development process. Examples include leading early program teams with a heavy emphasis in clinical translation, and/or late development teams with a heavy emphasis in clinical, regulatory, and commercial preparation, and marketed compound teams with an emphasis on life cycle management.  Rare Disease therapeutic area expertise is desirable.


Creates a clear and unifying vision for the program managers that inspires engagement, commitment and excellence.

Holds self and others accountable for delivering on commitments that align with our short-and long-term goals, never forgetting the end result is to help patients through innovation in medicine. Achieves results by managing the right combination of diverse people, resources, and processes.


Decision-making and Autonomy

Makes sound decisions that are consistent with our mission, values and organizational objectives including portfolio priorities and resource constraints.

Adjusts functional or cross-functional plans and priorities in response to changes in strategic direction or program and portfolio dynamics..


Establishes productive relationships and partners with others across the organization to ensure common understanding of objectives and achieve shared goals. In particular Global Program Leaders,  Rare Diseases DDU and commercial leadership and functional leaders assigned to the Rare Diseases TAU.

Creates an environment that promotes information exchange and the open and honest expression of opinions, thoughts and beliefs.


Proactively evaluates, promotes, and initiates change that creates value for patients, the organization, and our shareholders. Sponsors and fosters continuous improvements to cross-functional processes and where possible drives for simplification and single points of accountability.


Ability to actively contribute to TAU strategy and program execution across the portfolio.  Is able to make sound trade-offs based on program priorities, portfolio and program dynamics, and resource constraints for the sake of advancing the overall portfolio. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree science or business-related field required.  Advanced science and/or business degree desired.
  • 15+ year related work experience
  • At least 8+ years of direct managerial oversight. Proven people management skills. Experience should include managing mid- to senior level employees
  • Demonstrated strategic problem-solving ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate with and prepare presentations for senior management and executives. Experience should include having had primary responsibility for organizing and preparing presentations delivered to executives, and  ensuring senior management alignment in advance of executive presentation.
  • Solid business background as well as excellent commercial understanding is essential. Experience should include working directly with commercial colleagues in helping to ensure that R&D activities were aligning with commercial strategic imperatives.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills in order to manage, motivate and drive decisions within cross-cultural teams that are not co-located. Experience should include direct experience with leading teams that spanned geographies and functions/disciplines.
  • Highly effective presentation skills in order create and deliver presentations with appropriate messaging and focused recommendations.
  • Proven skills in negotiation, influencing without authority and working diplomatically through conflict.

•    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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