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Manager, Strategy & Planning (SMPD)

Company: Takeda
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:

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Job Description


The Manager, S&P provides critical support functionality to enable site operational excellence, while reinforcing strategic alignment at a site-based level, identifying areas for operational improvement and simplification, as well as championing solution implementation. They will support the implementation and compliance within site and global guidelines and assist in core business administrative operations and/or lab-based management, as well as support communications efforts to the regional and global team.


  • Supports site-based leadership through business administrative/operations activities and/or lab-based management, e.g., coordinating w/ Lab Ops, Procurement, Vendor Relationship Management teams and vendors to purchase, install, and ensure equipment and instrumentation performance via preventative maintenance/calibration, including lab space planning activities, lab safety compliance monitoring and reporting.
  • Identification of site-based areas of opportunities for simplification/optimization and escalation to management
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to define simplification/optimization project goals, objectives, and deliverables
  • Participates in working teams to establish operational best practices
  • Supports implementation and compliance within site and global guidelines
  • Supports departmental milestone/goal tracking
  • Supports collection, collation, and communication of data necessary to develop departmental metrics
  • Assists in budget planning and resource tracking, participating in CapEx implementation tracking and support
  • Works with management to develop, implement, and execute quality control measures and activities (e.g., content and data verification) as well as lab safety compliance
  • Supports regional and global communication efforts (e.g., newsletter creation, regional SharePoint maintenance)
  • Establishes/maintains strong relationships with both internal and external partners (e.g., Environment, Health and Safety, Lab Operations, IT, Procurement and Vendor Relationship Management Teams, etc.)
  • May support meeting facilitation/project management support

    Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or related pharmaceutical science and 8+ years relevant industry experience
    • Master's degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering, or related pharmaceutical science; 6+ years relevant industry experience
    • PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering, or related pharmaceutical science; 0+ years relevant industry experience
    • Lean Six Sigma Belt Certification (or higher) or PMP (or equivalent), preferred
    • Proven experience as a project manager or lab manager, desired
    • Experience in CMC pharmaceutical development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products is a plus
    • Experience in CMC pharmaceutical development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products under cGMPs is a plus
    • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment

      Knowledge and Skills:
      • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems using appropriate information and, determine causes and workable solutions
      • Teamwork - Ability to work well on global cross-functional teams.
      • Communication Skills - Able to express oneself clearly and concisely within teams; documenting issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; adjusting communication style as appropriate for the audience; timely and effectively communicating with senior management; technical writing skills to support authorship and approval of internal technical documents
      • Organization - Exercises good time management and prioritization skills to balance multiple projects and departmental objectives
      • Technical - Subject matter expertise in a specific scientific area or areas. Demonstrated ability to successfully contribute across multiple scientific endeavors
      • Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture knowledge within the organization; improves solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improves information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use
      • Resource Management - Project management skills; ability to manage one's time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal external resources (vendors)
      • Leadership Skills - Develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to appropriately influence and guide others towards the accomplishment of department/function goals and objectives.

        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

          Job Location: Cambridge, MA.

          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.


          Cambridge, MA

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