Posted to MedZilla on 6/25/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Clinical Supply Chain CMO Lead R0001658-MZ


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Job Description

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 Clinical Supply Chain CMO Management Lead in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Clinical Supply Chain CMO Management lead working on the Clinical Supply Chain team, you will be empowered identify Pharmaceutical Sciences business needs and evaluate stakeholder capabilities, and a typical day will include:


Responsible for identifying Pharmaceutical Sciences (PS) business needs (e.g. capability/capacity, specifications, standards.) and working with procurement to develop and implement appropriate external resourcing strategies (e.g. network strategy) to support the business need. Integrate perspectives from enterprise stakeholders spanning clinical and commercial stage product development teams, CMC teams, Procurement, and Commercial manufacturing to develop a CMO and vendor network strategy that fulfils current and anticipated needs across an active, diverse development pipeline Lead consolidation of CMO and vendor management for PS to centralized effort owned by Supply Chain


  • Accountable for assessment and evaluation of CMO and vendor capabilities critical for successful delivery of Takeda s clinical development portfolio, in partnership with PS Functional SMEs and leadership team. Partner with Procurement to develop & implement preferred provider relationships and appropriate governance. Develop PS operational oversight of execution and delivery.
  • Accountable for establishing working partnerships between Clinical Supply Chain and the broader PS organization to clarify roles and responsibilities between Clinical Supply Chain, Functional SMEs, and Procurement in establishing and maintaining CMO/vendor network that addresses the needs of the current and anticipated development pipeline
  • Establish best practices, set and maintain high performance standards across the vendor network, and establish mechanisms for early identification of poor Vendor/CMO performance, and work to address. Establish and monitor continuous improvement initiatives and performance measures with external network.
  • Develop, implement and maintain risk assessment tools to evaluate vendor risk profiles and establish remediation strategies/plans to improve supply chain robustness.
  • Lead a staff responsible for day to day operational oversight of outsourcing, vendor performance and delivery including but not limited to due diligence, RFIs/RFPs, supplier bid analysis, technical, financial, and quality due diligence, preparation of materials for team recommendation to appropriate governance bodies, contract award/decline, and supplier relationship management
  • Chair Pharmaceutical Sciences sourcing committee/vendor selection committee and escalate exceptions or critical strategic vendor issues to senior leadership. Liaise closely with Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) to represent pharmaceutical sciences perspectives and ensure transparency of strategy in the use of new vendors, alliances, and development partnerships.
  • Represent Pharmaceutical Sciences on externally facing governance or internally aligned governance (e.g. GMS-led Manufacturing Steering Committee) as necessary



  • Bachelor s degree in Life Sciences, Engineering, Pharmacy, Supply Chain/Logistics or related discipline. Advanced degree preferred. Business degree preferred but not essential.

Experience and Capabilities:

  • 10 years experience in pharmaceutical development, with preference for PS development, clinical supply chain management, commercial supply chain management, Clinical Operations or related discipline, deep experience working with CMC teams and managing relationships with CMOs/CROs. Advanced degree preferred, Masters degree or higher.
  • Proven experience and preferably leadership in vendor management, knowledge and experience of vendor selection methods, cGMP regulations, and management of suppliers of complex custom materials, proven experience coordinating among stakeholders with both business and technical priorities
  • Ability to balance enterprise perspective with study and project-level deliverables
  • Ability to influence stakeholders from many technical disciplines and at many levels; ability to lead and influence in a matrix organization
  • Ability to apply multiple lenses to analyze and represent complex interdependencies, scenarios, and tradeoffs
  • Leadership skills and strategic problem-solving ability; ability to predict issues and identify solutions
  • Excellent organizational skills: Proactive, management of multiple tasks of varied complexity simultaneously
  • Ability to Lead and develop people


  • APICS or equivalent certification is a plus


  • Requires approximately 5-10 % travel, which may include overnight and international travel to attend meetings, other Takeda sites, external manufactures, and another related travel.
  • Flexibility to attend early meeting or late meetings due to timezone differences


  • 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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