Senior Director, Strategic Partnership Management

  • Company: Takeda
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Posted: November 15, 2017
  • Reference ID: 1703043
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 Senior Director, Strategic Partnership Management in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Senior Director, Strategic Partnership Management working on the Research and Development Transformation team, you will be empowered to p lay a leadership role in driving, implementing and managing overall relationship management for one or more R&D strategic vendor partners responsible for development functions , and a typical day will include:


  • Drive partnership governance and manage the complexity between Takeda and strategic vendor partner (s)
  • Coach and mentor R&D business partners leading partnerships to ensure consistent application of partnership best practices
  • Identify, assess and implement opportunities to continuously improve Takeda’s ability to effectively work externally and be a “partner of Choice”
  • Establish and/or optimize innovation ideas and implement across partnership
  • Stewardship for Takeda and global strategic vendor partner (s)

  • Responsible for overall leadership in assessing and understanding partner’s capability and maximize within network
  • Create cross-enterprise view of capability gaps, engage with Takeda and the strategic vendor partner (s) to prioritize gaps and capability management
  • Identify opportunities to leverage additional vendor capabilities that may be of value to Takeda
  • Act as a role model and coach for the development functions involved in day-to-day management of the partnership
  • Matrix leadership of cross operational committees to enhance value capture
  • Gain insight, pro-actively monitor, and take actions with business based on Balanced Scorecard
  • Drive joint governance between Takeda and the global strategic vendor partner (s)
  • Ensure goals and objectives are set, measured, and reported
  • Effectively manage open and/or escalated issues to timely and effective resolution
  • Leverage best practices across the partnership
  • Effectively facilitate complex bi-directional communication to inform decision/risks and disseminate governance decisions to R&D stakeholders including strategic vendor partners
  • Lead efforts to design and implement an externally facing operating model
  • Provide direct, constructive, and timely feedback to the global strategic vendor partner (s) to effectively resolve issues and improve performance
  • Effectively represent and advocate for Takeda teams and partner (s)
  • In partnership with TAUs, DDUs, and R&D functions, procurement, and teams, identify and implement actions to improve efficiency of Takeda-vendor interface to reduce redundant activities, synthesize and implement innovation ideas to ensure effective delivery
  • Drive change management processes within Takeda related to the strategic vendor (s) relationship management
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable internal policies and procedures, regulations; support inspection readiness of all regulated activities
  • Lead to create a culture and values that attract, retains, and develops the most effective people



  • BS/BA required; advanced technical degree preferred
  • Minimum 12 years of applicable drug development operations experience, global experience preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of line management or cross-functional leadership experience
  • Experienced and knowledgeable about all key clinical operational functions (e.g. project management, clinical monitoring, data management process, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of drug development process and requirements of clinical research organization
  • Relevant knowledge and experience in R&D to enable meaningful dialogue within Takeda and with partners
  • Proven experience in Alliance/Partnership excellence: deep understanding / experience of building, maintaining, and closing partnerships including tools/methods
  • Leadership: Experience in leading direct reports and matrix organizations with solid successful experience in influencing across organizations including change management experience
  • Critical strategic thinker and highly analytical
  • Ability to initiate, develop, and implement new strategies and processes
  • Ability to assess issues/risks and effectively implement remediation measures
  • Experience working in a complex organization and demonstrated ability to influence, and work across functions and regions, at all levels without direct authority
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal presentations skills


  • Routine demands of an office based environment.


  • Some travel to global Takeda sites may be required.

  • 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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