Manager, Strategic Vendor Partnerships careers in Takeda Boston, MA

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Manager, Strategic Vendor Partnerships

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Manager, Strategic Vendor Partnerships in our Cambridge 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.


  • Works closely with the Lead, Strategic Vendor Partnerships to manage, strengthen and nurture new and existing strategic alliances and partnerships across the global Research organization.
  • Part of the team focused on vendor partnerships, which includes but not limited to, ownership of partnership processes and procedures, cross-functional and stakeholder management.
  • Participate in managing budget, creating purchase orders for payment, tracking milestone payments and invoices across the Research organization.
  • Provide meeting management support, including meeting planning, scheduling, facilitation, documentation and communication of outcomes (e.g., preparation of agendas and minutes, document management).


  • Ensure all obligations outlined in research collaboration agreements are met at the project and strategic partnership levels.
  • Coordinate, attend, and lead meetings to support research partnerships and collaborations.
  • Monitor and track progress and milestones through progress reports, meeting minutes, etc.
  • Perform project-related reporting, planning, documentation, budgeting, and risk analysis. Communicate research progress and project updates to Research teams and external partners.
  • Identify and communicate project issues and facilitate their resolution; conduct risk management and contingency planning.
  • Provide expert support for project logistics, procurement and contracting, including troubleshooting and issue resolution.
  • Drive operational excellence through continuous improvement initiatives in collaboration with Research business functions.
  • Ensure smooth cross-functional liaisons with critical functions for project success (Legal, Finance, Procurement, HR, and across all scientific functions as necessary).

Education, Behavioural Competencies And Skills

  • Undergraduate degree in life science or other relevant field required.
  • Knowledge of the drug discovery, development and commercialization processes preferred.
  • Broad experience navigating cross-functional teams through critical scientific, regulatory and general development and global commercialization issues.
  • Proven ability to analyze and organize information logically.
  • Strong collaboration and negotiation skills, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven organizational / time management skills and ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively influence outcomes and key project decisions. Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships while delivering results in a highly complex, matrixed global organization.
  • Must be proficient in Ariba SAP, Salesforce, and Microsoft applications including Office, Project, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with troubleshooting / problem solving and risk assessment / mitigation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Travel Requirements

  • Approximately <5% travel may be required. Domestic and international flights with overnight stays are required.

Additional Information

  • Hybrid work model (work from home and on-site).
  • Use of teleconferencing/videoconferencing from home out-of-hours occasionally to link with global team for meetings in differing time zones.

Vaccination Requirements

  • Effective November 1, 2021, absent an approved religious or medical reason, all US office-based and lab-based Takeda employees who work fully on-site or in a hybrid model (as determined by Takeda) must be fully vaccinated to work at a Takeda site or to engage with Takeda colleagues or anyone else on behalf of Takeda. As of the same date, absent an approved religious or medical reason, US field-based employees, employees must be fully vaccinated in order to continue in their current roles. US employees who work at a Takeda manufacturing facility, and those who work at a BioLife center or BioLife lab, may be subject to different guidelines. Candidates are encouraged to speak with their recruiter to seek further information on the applicable guidelines for the Business Unit/Function for which they have applied.

What Takeda Can Offer You

  • 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

Empowering Our People to Shine

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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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Company: Takeda

Vacancy Type: Full-time · Mid-Senior level 

Job Location: Boston, MA

Application Deadline: N/A

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