Director, DD&T Strategic Program Management

Takeda Pharmaceutical
June 22, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
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Job Description

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.


Join Takeda as a Director, Data, Digital and Technology (DD&T) Strategic Program Management where you will play a key role in driving the implementation of DD&T across R&D to speed the development of highly innovative treatments to patients. In this role, you will collaborate with DD&T leaders and business experts to re-imagine how R&D leverages DD&T to deliver our mission. You will work with these leaders and experts to develop and deliver an integrated R&D DD&T strategy. You will be responsible for translating the strategy and ambiguous information into actionable plans for senior R&D leaders. You will plan, guide, and coordinate work across functions to ensure sustained focus and timely delivery as we build global solutions. You will define and prioritize project activities, provide executive-level support, communicate with stakeholders, as well as elevate risks and issues, present recommendations, and implement modifications to plans as needed. You will understand and adapt to new opportunities and unforeseen challenges. You will help to identify commonalities across functional plans to support investment decisions in platforms, systems, and talent. You will lead effective meetings, manage change, and conflict, and develop forecasts. As part of the Data Sciences Institute (DSI) Business Operations team, you will report to the Head of DSI Business Operations.


Lead by the R&D Distinguished Fellow in Data & Digital, you will work with R&D functional leaders and DD&T leaders to map out a plan to achieve the vision, considering value to the organization and patients
Synthesize complex information from various sources and translate into tangible plans, deliverables, and presentations to and for senior R&D leaders
Lead program operations of the R&D DD&T strategy by establishing scope, managing a program of deliverables, and aligning various project with overall strategy.
Establish the appropriate infrastructure for long-term tracking of DD&T objectives, priorities, deliverables and KPIs.
Monitor progress toward DD&T KPIs, intervening as necessary to ensure that delivery is on track to meet or exceed performance targets.
Work with R&D functions to ensure delivery of activities in alignment with the DD&T strategy and overall program plan.
Monitor activities in other parts of R&D and ensure awareness and alignment across functions.
Lead risk management, ensuring risks have appropriate mitigation and contingency plans.
Develop integrated view of budget and resource requirements necessary to deliver the strategy.
Oversee communication planning with internal and external stakeholders; partner with broader communications teams to ensure alignment and tactical execution. Prepare documents/presentations as appropriate around the DD&T strategy.
Partner closely with the DD&T Distinguished Fellow to develop and ensure execution of DD&T strategic plans, projects and commitments which drive operational efficiencies and connectivity across R&D and the broader Takeda organization.


Highly cross-functional role with broad scope of responsibilities
High visibility and exposure to senior R&D leaders
Critical impact on the future of the business


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

Expertise in project/program management approaches, tools, and methodologies
Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, including research and development and data, digital & technology
Skilled in process, facilitation, communication and preparing executive level presentations


Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures
Functional 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 skills as an effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company
Ability to distil complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms
Demonstrates leadership presence and confidence
Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization
Builds teams across functions and geographies with individuals who have the right skills and experience to deliver on key organizational initiatives.
Invests time in helping others to enhance their skills and perform at a higher level

Decision-making and Autonomy

Provide input to highly complex decisions that impact the functional area
Ability to seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions
Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are implemented swiftly to yield flawless execution


Effectively navigates the changing external and internal environment and leads others through change by creating and inspiring and engaging workplace
Cultivates a broad network of relationships throughout Takeda, with affiliates and external partners, in the industry and area of expertise.
Effectively represents function in negotiations with the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
Ability to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with other interfacing Takeda functions


Forward thinking with the ability to recommend, influence and implement 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
Identifies opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.
Role models respect and inclusion, creating a culture that fosters innovation


Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity
Deep expertise required
Ability to see and understand broader, enterprise level perspective


Minimum of 8+ years experience, with strong analytical, project management, presentation and influencing skills
Significant experience in pharmaceutical industry and/or biotech or related industries or related field, influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.
Understanding of how modern technologies can be applied and sourced to add business value in regulated industries.
Bachelor’s degree in a technical or related field. Graduate degree / MBA preferred.
Proven track record of driving business process transformation and organizational culture change and delivering on programs with complex business deliverables.
Advanced project delivery including key aspects of program/project management
Strong negotiation, conflict management, problem solving, decision-making skills, and stakeholder management skills
Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise mature judgment
Strong collaboration, teaming and communication skills


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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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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