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Portfolio Strategy & Management (Director) ONC Therapeutic Area Unit

Company: Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

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Portfolio Strategy & Management (Director) ONC Therapeutic Area Unit Takeda fosters a collaborative and stimulating work environment filled with opportunity and the chance to make a difference in people's lives. It is a workplace driven by integrity, one of Takeda’s long-held values that extends to both the patients we serve and our employees who develop and deliver medicines. Across our company, Takeda employees bring together diverse strengths that together create a stronger whole.

As one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, Takeda is committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter future to people worldwide. We aspire to bring our leadership in translating science into life-changing medicines to the next level, in our core focus areas; oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies, and vaccines. The Greater Boston Area is headquarters to many of our Global and US business units.

We are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients’ lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!

Success What makes a successful member of our team? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

Life at Takeda A Global Top Employer Recognized for our culture and way of working, we’re one of only select companies to receive Top Global Employer ® status for 2020.

Portfolio Strategy & Management (Director) ONC Therapeutic Area Unit Job ID R0022719 Date posted 09/10/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

Are you looking for a patient-focused 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 Director, Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit Portfolio Strategy & Management in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Director working on the Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit (OTAU) team, you will influence Oncology portfolio strategy and make recommendations to Oncology and R&D leaders on portfolio objectives and strategy.


The Director, Portfolio Strategy & Management, reporting to VP, Head of Portfolio and Strategy , will be responsible for the coordination, implementation, and prioritization of the portfolio activities for the Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit (OTAU) . This includes working both internally and externally to evolve the O TAU strategy based on patient need / external market dynamics and make recommendations to address long-term portfolio objectives. In addition, the Director will be responsible for leading or managing initiatives related to portfolio management best practices and providing input to external communications, investor relations presentations, and business development activities that align with the O TAU strategy. The incumbent will apply scientific and leadership expertise to support the build-up and delivery of the innovative portfolio via cross-functional interactions internally and externally and provide support to senior leaders across Oncology and R&D .


Lead organization of OTAU strategy and manage forums / create documents to facilitate communication, collect feedback, and alignment

Organize and execute regular internal and external focused portfolio reviews to pressure test strategic areas of focus to optimize current portfolio and lead future investment

Conduct industry research to gather and analyze insights to evaluate potential opportunities relevant therapeutic and disease areas

Be current on emergent aspects of clinical oncology and scientific trends in the oncology space to inform current and future portfolio decisions

Contribute to the development of pipeline narratives to be communicated at international conferences, investor relation events and other external presentations

Work with business development colleagues to provide insight on portfolio strategy and prioritization of BD opportunities to enhance portfolio; serve on diligence teams and map potential opportunities against the needs of the business

Lead organizational initiatives connected to building portfolio insights / value or strategic projects as delegated by the OTAU Head

Serve as a point of contact between Program T eams and TAU for portfolio-related matters—ensuring continuous data and information flow between Program Teams, TAUs, Finance and Portfolio Operations

Provide strategic leadership and expertise with respect to portfolio analytics and decision making (providing real- time analytics, identification of material events, structuring problems and generating insights) that facilitates trade-off discussions and buy-up decisions for new projects

Monitor portfolio progress and related milestones, identify gaps and make strategic recommendations; serve as a communication hub for portfolio related progress and key OTAU milestones

Work with other Portfolio Management colleagues in other TAUs and Global Portfolio to optimize

prioritization exercises to facilitate decision-making at senior R&D Leadership

Work with R&D finance to optimize investment allocations and participate in annual R&D planning cycle processes

Serve as a liaison to the Oncology Drug Discovery organization and Oncology Commercial New Products team


Bachelor’s degree in science

Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD) strongly preferred

Minimum 10 years related work experience in R&D, commercial, business and/or corporate development/consulting, in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry

Recognized team player with proven facilitative leadership skills in a cross-functional global team environment with ability to influence and align stakeholders

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact externally and internally to support the portfolio and externalization strategy

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Thorough knowledge and experience in pharmaceutical R&D, commercial strategy, and/or corporate planning

Deep understanding of the drug development process and asset valuation

Understanding of the Oncology therapeutic area preferred: pathophysiology, relevant targets/pathways, familiarity with pipeline assets of T akeda and another relevant pharma or biotech

Ability to rapidly synthesize information from multiple sources, communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner in multi-cultural environment

Ability to create and communicate key presentations to internal leadership and external partners with credibility and confidence

Analytical Skills – ability to analyze a wide variety of data, including financial figures to make strategic decisions

Pharmaceutical Industry Acumen – ability to define, develop and implement business solutions based on trends, opportunities, needs and market direction within pharmaceutical industry and health care environment

Proactive ability to anticipate issues and problem solve

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