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Associate Director / Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Business Excellence & Transformation

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
Mar 24, 2023

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About the role:

At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as Associate Director / Director, Pharmaceutical in our Business Excellence & Transformation team supporting Pharmaceutical Sciences.

It is an exciting time to be in PharmSci. Join our journey and change the lives of patients!

Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmSci) organization is an integral part of global R&D at Takeda translating science into therapeutic products for patients. When you join PharmSci, you become a part of a team dedicated to bringing our products to life for our patients through innovation, dedication and talent.

We work as a member of Takeda’s Global Program Team (GPT) and takes full ownership of CMC activities, driving product development from bench to bedside. As a member of Takeda’s R&D organization, we are increasing our focus on execution and enhancement of business processes to drive forward an accelerated transformation that emphasizes partnering with stakeholders and industry leaders to boldly deliver an increasingly complex portfolio. We are embracing new ways of working, excelling in our data and digital transformation, building differentiated capabilities (CMC Future Fit), delivering on medical devices, and advancing a diverse, inclusive forward-thinking culture in our team.

How you will contribute:

As Associate Director / Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Business Excellence & Transformation Business Excellence & Transformation, you will report into the Head of PharmSci Business Excellence and Transformation. The Business Excellence and Transformation team is comprised of internal business process professionals leading acceleration of Pharm Sci transformation, execution excellence efforts and Pharm Sci-centric communication.The objective is to lead a variety of cross-functional change programs across Pharm Sci and with our internal partners, create a sustainable culture of future thinking with a consistently growing and evolving transformative mindset all while ensuring delivery on behalf of patients world-wide the promise of a modality-smart, innovative and accelerating pipeline.

Create a culture of data driven, continuously improving and innovative business process design

  • Manage a framework by which to lead critical, large-scale cross-functional business process initiatives and ensure delivery according to strategy and plan

  • Tailor, promote, deploy and govern Business Excellence Framework for PharmSci and provide expertise and leadership to globally drive continuous improvement mindset.

  • Support development of next generation of business excellence experts.

  • Identify internal or external training opportunities to support a continuous improvement culture. Advise on tailoring of content, if applicable. Mentor new trainees.

  • Provide process improvement (Lean, Six Sigma, Agile) mentoring, guidance and support to PharmSci technical functions and project teams

Build, improve and manage current cross-functional business processes that enable effective execution:

  • Oversee PharmSci processes which provide critical input to governance and strategy meetings

  • Driving alignment with Therapeutic Area Units (TAUs) and other key functions within and outside of R&D

  • Develop and execute against a PharmSci model and framework that is consistent across Pharm Sci functions and continuously evolves based on lessons learned. Create and/or support PharmSci portfolio of business processes and transformational activities

  • Implement business processes that support a sustainable approach to technical and execution excellence across the development continuum (R2D2C)

Support PharmSci Transformation projects to map current state, identify improvement opportunities and transform PharmSci

  • Lead the execution of complex global work streams within the future state design effort. Includes data gathering, analysis of current state and development and execution of future state design. Will include specific accountability as a business partner in defined area(s): specific technical functions, regions and/or therapeutic areas to identify waste, robustness and process issues within their value stream. Develop roadmap on how to reach the strategic goals for the extended value stream.

  • Collaborates with cross functional teams and PharmSci technical functions, PharmSci Leadership and key internal business partners (Research, Global Manufacturing, etc) to ensure successful assessment, execution, and sustainability of such work streams. Integrates activities across project execution and transformation workstreams

  • Surfaces capacity, pacing, and resourcingissues as well as any other “red flag” considerations that require PharmSci leadership attention or intervention.

  • Ensures effective stakeholder engagement and communication (at all levels of the organization).

  • Ensures timelines are adhered to and engages senior leadership with respect to significant risks, issues or barriers.

  • Provide project management support to the Head of Business Excellence with primary focus on fully implementing the Business Excellence structure, governance and operating model.

  • Generation of metrics and summary reports to support reporting to the PharmSci Leadership Team

Contribute to creating and communicating an employment culture and values which attract, retain, and develop the most effective people.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry

  • Expert knowledge of lean, process improvement and project management


  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures

  • Enterprise level leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results

  • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing

  • Proven process improvement leader with a focus on driving organization initiatives, cost and complexity reduction, and institutionalizing business process improvement learning skills

  • Effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company

  • Ability to distill complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms

  • Executive leadership presence and confidence

  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization

  • Ability to develop and drive a Global Workforce and Talent strategy for all colleagues in the Global, Regional and Local organizations

Decision-Making and Autonomy

  • Broad decision-making responsibilities:

  • Ability to make highly complex decisions that impact the enterprise

  • Ability to seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions

  • Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are made swiftly to yield flawless execution

  • Accountable for designing and implementing vision and strategy for designated scope


  • Effectively navigates the changing external and internal environment and leads others through change by creating and inspiring and engaging workplace

  • Ability to effectively implement R&D’s partnership strategy

  • Effectively represent Takeda in high-level negotiations with the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner

  • Ability to build strong partnerships and drive role clarity with other interfacing Takeda functions


  • Visionary and forward thinking with the ability to influence and effectively drive organizational change and continuous innovation

  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions

  • Ability to take risks implementing innovative solutions, accelerating time to market


  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity

  • Breadth of knowledge required across therapeutic areas, indications, and/or modalities

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • BS/BA degree required; advanced degree preferred; MS/MBA preferred.

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from industry leader with strong knowledge of and practical application of Lean, Agile and Six Sigma methodologies required

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant business process experience

  • Minimum 6 years project management and leadership experience

  • Direct experience in CMC R&D in pharmaceutical industry or related field

  • General Process Development, Research and Technical Operations experience including clinical development, commercialization supply operations, regulatory and compliance experience.

  • Comfort with ambiguity and effective driving projects forward in ambiguous or challenging situations

  • Self-driven and clear track record of delivery

  • Strong proven ability to manage large and global change agendas

  • Experience working within a complex organization and the ability to influence and work effectively with various business partnerships, regions, and cultures.

  • Excellent communicator with superior active listening skills plus strong written and verbal presentation skills

  • Proven track record of delivering on programs with complex business deliverables is a plus.

  • Capability to mentor and develop people.

  • Visibly demonstrates positive mindset and attitude, a strong team player open to diverse teams and mindset

  • Travel may be required

What Takeda can offer you:
  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • 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 and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Flexible Work Paths

  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.


EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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