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‪Global Category Manager - Onco & Ext. Supply Small Molecule API

Lexington, Massachusetts
Start date
Mar 26, 2024

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven 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 Global Category Manager Small Molecule & Oncology, DS/API in our Greater Boston office.

Takeda is an industry-leading, global pharmaceutical company with an unwavering dedication to putting patients at the center of everything we do. We live our values of Takeda-ism – Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance – and are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

Here, everyone matters, and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.

Role Objectives:

The Global Category Manager (GCM) plans and leads category initiatives for theSmall Molecule & Oncologyregion focusing on Drug Substance (DS) / Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) with a total spend value of more than 400 OY.

The GCM is focused on delivering according to Global Manufacturing and Supply’s (GMS) Value Proposition.

Shape the overall strategy for contract manufacturing and provide advisory counsel (i.e. in or out-source) in order to deliver sustainable, high-end supplier performance.

Leverage Takeda’s global scale to take advantage of global, functional, and/or category synergies, while applying best practices, managing risk, and making sound decisions with agility at a regional, and local level.

Develop strong horizontal alignment with Regional Heads of Real Estate, Facilities and Procurement, Procurement Center of Excellence (CoE), and leaders and peers in the Business Units and Global Functions.


·Cultivate relationships withSmall Molecule & Oncology DS / API team, specifically the Head ofSmall Molecule & OncologyDS / API and the Quality Head forSmall Molecule & OncologyDS / API, and their organizations.Serve as the primary point of contact for Contract Manufacturing within theSmall Molecule & OncologyDS / API area.

·Develop, lead and implement a contract manufacturing procurement strategy forSmall Molecule & OncologyDS / API that is aligned with the enterprise contract manufacturing strategy.Accountable for playing an integral role to key stakeholders on category specific procurement strategies, tactics, and practices.

·Design and implement sub-category strategies in close collaboration with GMS/GQ and other stakeholders.

·Ensure category strategies are in-line with regional, local and Procurement CoE needs.Implement integration-related synergy capture programs i.e. supplier consolidation within category.

·Steward of the global procurement policy and ensure adherence within the category.Establish communication channels to ensure internal alignment.

·Drive strategic supplier management within the category.Deliver expected results such as achieving a targeted number of top suppliers, holding quarterly reviews, synthesizing and managing to Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), ultimately improving overall supplier value and performance.

·Collate supplier, market, category and internal business data and information for the sub-categories in scope and provide in-depth input and validation to the global Category Strategy, including facilitating involvement of senior stakeholders.

·Oversee execution of routine business processes (vendor evaluation, issue resolution, supplier performance management, or contract negotiations).Lead RFP creation and negotiate competitive pricing and contract terms.Engage in an active partnership with Takeda Business Services (TBS) to deliver procurement operations and collaborate on the design and fine-tuning key processes such as Procure-To-Pay.

·Implement Procurement CoE-led strategic supplier management, supplier risk management, supplier diversity, and CSR programs within category while adhering to the CMO segmentation model.

·Achieve spend, savings, cash flow, e-Invoicing, and payment targets and KPIs within category and sub-categories.

·Ensure continuous improvement within the category.Monitor industry best practices.Introduce and leverage digital, automation, and contemporary technology e.g. AI, big data and work with Takeda Business Services (TBS) Procurement Operations to implement.

·Primary business partner for direct category and subcategory owners to ensure practices are aligned and agreed upon supplier outcomes achieved.

·Create a culture of compliance internally and externally where everyone Lives Our Values Every Day (LOVED) and abides by Takeda’s Global Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct.

·Provide oversight and support the yearly standard cost budgeting process for GMS Contract Manufacturing within theSmall Molecule & OncologyDS / API area.

·Co-create and deliver against the Mid Range Plan (MRP) and Mid Year Commitments, including synergy targets.



·Degree level educated

·7+ years in-depth strategic and operational procurement experience with a solid working knowledge of category management

·7+ years overall business experience, including working within a regulated industry

·Strong sub-category expertise and proven sourcing track-record

·Capable of managing cross functional project teams to generate material value across multiple categories

·Direct experience in managing category management projects and development of sourcing strategies

·Proven Financial and Business Acumen (e.g. TCO, TEI, NPV & Cost Modeling)

·Outstanding communication and project management capabilities

·Ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity

·Change management and process improvement skills with direct experience in delivering business process change

·Strategic thinker with solid facilitation ability supported by excellent interpersonal competencies (communication, leadership, influencing)

·Proven capability in negotiation, conflict resolution and stakeholder management

·Ability to manage effectively in a global, fluid, interactive, matrix environment

·Skilled and experienced in project and risk management

·Knowledgeable in offshore operating environments e.g. Captive, Build Operate Transfer, Managed Service, Functional & Full-Service concepts

·Expert proficiency in basic MS Office© software and other business systems (Ariba, Emptoris Mpower, SAP etc.)

·Flexibility totravel to meetings at Takeda and Supplier sites up to 20% of the time (Within EU)

·Desire to put people first and demonstrate the values of Takeda-ism


·In-depth knowledge of contract manufacturing

·Post graduate business-related qualification such as an MBA

·Analytical experience in positions of increasing analytical complexity, autonomy and responsibility.Demonstrated ability in organizing, analyzing and reporting complex financial data with solid grounding in basic procurement and financial processes and systems.

·International strategic sourcing / category management experience

·Pharmaceutical Industry or Management Consulting experience

Licenses / Certifications:

·Any Professional Purchasing (e.g. CIPS), Project Management, or Finance related licenses or certifications would be considered advantageous

·Knowledgeable in systems and processes for efficient management of contract documentation, templates and processing tools (e.g. eSourcing, eAuction) with familiarity and awareness of relevant legal risks and issues

·Experience with enterprise systems and procurement tools such as Ariba, SAP or Purchase Order technology is preferred


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.

This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.


Empowering Our People to Shine

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

USA - MA - Hayden - 45-55

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$149,100.00 - $234,300.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

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.


USA - MA - Hayden - 45-55

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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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