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Senior Manager, Market Research & Competitive Intelligence SBS/EOE

Lexington, Massachusetts


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Senior Manager, Market Research & Competitive Intelligence SBS/EOE

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Job ID R0018303 Date posted 03/26/2020 Location Lexington, Massachusetts

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Senior Manager, Market Research & Competitive Intelligence SBS/EOE


This position will be responsible for consulting with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE) and Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) brand teams, as a strategic partner in achieving and maintaining competitive leadership.  The role will be leading, creating and delivering integrated insights across multiple sources. Immediately, the pressing need is for day-to-day leadership in competitive intelligence and market research for our pre-launch product for EOE.

This position leverages technical expertise to:

Initiate and lead market research and competitive intelligence work with outside partners Create cross-source insights, recommendations and alignment for action Develop competitive landscape analysis, business need understanding, and knowledge gap identification Communicate those integrated insights to relevant stakeholders across Takeda Gastroenterology Business Unit (GIBU) with urgency Leverage data and specialty expertise in Competitive Intelligence as a subject matter expert in brand planning

Responsibilities include leading cross-functional teams in predicting and planning solutions to achieve successful execution, driving the team to achieve clarity on issues and action.  This requires decisiveness in drawing focus to appropriate data for decision-making. Alignment across insights (CI, market research, and analytics) and prioritization of competing strategic/tactical needs are key. Strong budget/scope/program management, strong consultative influence skills, and strong skills in identifying biologic and competitive strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are also needed. 

Advanced understanding of methods, industry ethics and compliance is required, as well as bench strengths in CI and market research execution for strategic-to-tactical recommendations.


  • Proactively identifies strategic and tactical CI needs for TAK721, establishing both long-range and short-term business impact.
  • Collaboratively prioritizes and builds a CI plan (KITs, KIQs), integrated with PMR, Analytics and cross-functional teams.
  • Provides oversight and accountability on all processes related to procurement, vendors, compliance, pharmacovigilance and budget management activities in execution of each CI activity.
  • Supervise compliance of relevant SOP and industry ethics for GIBU operations
  • Sets and provides clear direction in research design with external partners and secures stakeholder buy-in.
  • Develops and manages expectations, highlighting and resolving issues and ensuring regular communication with internal stakeholders.
  • Proactively identifies methods to improve efficiency and quality with respect to Project Planning and Management within GIBU, and influence via leadership across global peers.
  • Aligns, monitors and reports on team-specific project delivery, expenses, and other insights operation metrics.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • B.A./B.S. Scientific or commercial education. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible project management experience.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of commercial experience within pharmaceuticals
  • 5+ years matrix stakeholder management required.
  • 2+ years expertise in CI
  • Demonstrated market research experience, particularly in pharmaceuticals
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, leading matrix teams, influencing outcomes in strategic and tactical decisions, specific to marketing in specialty pharmaceuticals
  • Proven ability to communicate, strategize and collaborate effectively with senior management.
  • Thorough knowledge of drug commercialization
  • Advanced degree preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of best practices and leadership in specialty pharmaceutical commercial business operations, and the use of CI to drive decision-making in commercial strategy and tactics to achieve a leadership position.
  • Demonstrated leadership in synthesis of primary and secondary CI, forecasting impact, market research, and data management to advise the development, execution and monitoring of specialty pharmaceutical leadership status.
  • Able to lead in a matrix-working culture
  • Proven ability to negotiate and influence in a consultative role
  • Proactive ability to effectively monitor competitive activity, predict probable issues and problem solve (scenario planning)
  • Proven consultative influence, communication and presentation skills – organizational, written and verbal
  • Expertise in CI research methods as they pertain to integration with specialty pharmaceutical data sources for strategic recommendations
  • Expertise in market research methods, study design, and interpretation to stakeholders
  • History of managing multiple tasks of varied complexity simultaneously
  • Proven advanced skills in utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Word


Able to drive to or fly to various meeting sites, including overnight trips, up to 30%. Some international travel will 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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