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Global Category Manager - Post Approval

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
May 13, 2024

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Job Description

About the role:

The Global Category Manager - Post Approval is accountable for engagement with Global Category Management teams and the procurement value delivery for the given business/function. The Global Category Manager works across spend categories, ensuring team member agreement to the procurement/category’s strategies and enables (or leads) implementations. Join Takeda as a Global Category Manager - Post Approval where lead relationships with partners (e.g., Global Medical Affairs, Global Evidence & Outcomes, Marketed Products, Knowledge Management, Legal, Office of Ethics and Compliance) and escalate management issues as appropriate. As part of the R&D Procurement team, you will report to Clinical Development Business Partner Lead.

How you will contribute:

  • Monitor progress of requests and provide regular updates to partners (team members)

  • Ensure compliance to Takeda SOPs, policies, and quality standards, including inspection readiness support

  • Active leader in R&D Procurement Post Approval Team, e.g., leading functional and/or cross-functional committees or initiatives for R&D Procurement

    • Provides leadership on contracting trends to ensure category strategy adherence

    • Interacts with and provides support to Global Governance Committees in the development, review and analysis of strategic supplier workload distribution, issue identification and resolution, to ensure success of Takeda business objectives.

    • Offers a point of escalation for Procurement, GREFP matters for assigned business areas.

  • Lead the development and implementation of category strategies to ensure appropriate implementation and adherence

  • Collaborate with category and supplier management in developing, implementing, and driving the strategic supplier initiatives

  • Manage metrics and industry trends and presents data to senior management and executive management. Develop and monitor the appropriate KPIs

  • Help deliver value contribution targets and set cost avoidance/savings targets

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • 4+ years experience in large-scale research and drug development in the pharmaceutical and/or CRO industry

  • Experience of eSourcing tools (Ariba) & approaches

  • Understanding of Category Management approaches and techniques

  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams with diplomacy.

  • Ability to adapt to other personality types in a respectful manner and willingness to accept views of others to ensure company goals are achieved

  • Excellent teamwork, leadership and influencing skills

  • Negotiation skills and thorough knowledge of global contracting practices with the ability to analyze complex data and adopt strategies to ensure success in achieving Takeda objectives with appropriate time, quality, and cost results

  • Organizational awareness and the ability to adapt to the needs of the business in a global setting. Solid understanding of the clinical trial process, including GCP, legal and budgeting requirements

  • Superior written, oral, presentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Ability to represent the company at external meetings with suppliers and external experts. Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate/present key information to senior and executive management

  • Cross-cultural understanding

  • Ability to establish and manage relationships with internal clients which drive the Takeda and procurement strategy

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.

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


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:

Boston, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$108,500.00 - $170,500.00

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.


Boston, MA

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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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