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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Director, Portfolio Strategy Lead in Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description


Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as Director, Portfolio Strategy Lead in our Cambridge, MA office.

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.


The Portfolio Strategy Lead is a Director level role and a core member of the R&D Global Portfolio Strategy team. The Portfolio Strategy Lead will support portfolio decision-making and R&D strategic initiatives working in collaboration with stakeholders across R&D Therapeutic Area Units, Functions, and Research and Corporate Strategy and Commercial. This role contributes substantially to shaping the future strategy and direction of Takeda R&D.


  • Business partner with Therapeutic Areas (TAUs), Functions, and Research.

  • Build, maintain, and leverage an expertise in pipeline assets to support key internal initiatives.

  • Support the continued improvement and embedding of cross-TAU portfolio management and prioritization processes for pipeline assets which include scenario planning, risk / value analyses and trade-off decision frameworks.

  • Support R&D strategic initiatives, including Executive level R&D strategic portfolio reviews

  • Partner with the R&D Finance organization in the development and integration of an R&D strategic plan with the long-range forecast / mid-year commitment / mid-range planning processes.

  • Provide strategic leadership and expertise with respect to portfolio analytics and decision-making including structuring of problems and interpretation of 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

  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization

  • Support strategic initiatives that enable R&D to improve productivity and execute on the vision of being an agile, patient-centric organization


  • MBA or PhD highly preferred

  • Minimum 10 years industry experience in an R&D or Portfolio function and a deep understanding of the drug discovery and development process.

  • Management / strategy consulting experience a plus.

  • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry

  • Experience building teams across functions and geographies with individuals who have the right skills and experience to deliver on key organizational initiatives.

  • Track record of successful leadership, management, and development of large, multi-disciplinary globally dispersed teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures

  • Previous experience influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders

  • Proven track record of leading and driving business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables.

  • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing

  • Demonstrates leadership presence and confidence with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results

Location and Salary Information:

Base Salary Range: $160,300 to $229,000, based on candidate professional experience level. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits as well. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.

The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.

This position is currently classified as “hybrid” in accordance with Takeda’s Hybrid and Remote Work policy.”


  • 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.


Boston, MA

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