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Our Commercial Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is committed to building diverse future leaders with commercial competencies and leadership skills that allow them to successfully drive superior business results in a complex global healthcare environment. CLDP Associates gain valuable experience across the Commercial organization through three rotational assignments geared towards broadening their understanding of the business while enhancing management and leadership skills.

I had tremendous support from my manager, the overall Neruoscience A&I team, my mentors, and the greater Takeda commercial organization — so much so that I had the confidence and support to propose my own projects involving collaborations with other business units and also led a fun team building trivia event!

Rika Kamani

I learned a great deal from the pharma industry, ranging from best practices to knowledge about various therapeutic areas. As someone making the transition from the frontlines of healthcare to the corporate side, I benefitted enormously from learning some skills that others with a more traditional business background are well practiced in.

Joseph Bogue

Internship Program

First-year MBA students have the opportunity to join the CLDP Internship where they will receive the most comprehensible pharmaceutical product management experience possible through a variety of activities under the supervision of a commercial leader at Takeda. At the completion of the internship, Summer Associate will have a thorough understanding of marketing and sales in the pharmaceutical industry

Rotational Programs - 3 Years

  • Rotation 1: Sales Strategy (9 months)
  • Rotation 2 & 3: 9-12 month rotations in either Managed Markets, Analytics, Product Marketing, Patient Services, US Public Affairs, Commercial Operations dependent upon business needs and CLDP Associate’s interest.

Our program enables broad exposure to various experiences through 3 rotational assignments, enabling associates to broaden their understanding of the business while enhancing their management and leadership skills. We are proud to say that all our roles are real jobs that provide hands-on experience in a real commercial environment.

Post-Rotational Programs

Upon completion of all rotations, our CLDP Associates have the opportunity to move into a full-time role that is best aligned to individual skill sets, competencies, and interests. We will provide support in identifying a new role within the commercial organization that is in alignment with your experience, skills, interest, and of course, business needs. Previous Associates have transitioned into permanent roles such as:

  • Associate Director HCP Marketing, GIBU
  • Global Brand Lead HCP Marketing Senior Product Manager GPLS
  • Senior Product Manager, GIBU
  • Senior Product Manager, Oncology

Karin Freed
CLDP Associate

Jared Garnica
CLDP Associate

What We Look For

Ability to Explain Complex Information and Ideas in a Marketable Manner

Keen awareness of the audience when presenting and presence in commanding a room


Viewed as a problem solver and someone who can pull together people and ideas to create and implement innovate solutions

Management of Change & Ambiguity

Agile in thinking and ability to flex both leadership and personal styles to lead change

Cultural Fit

A candidate that thrives on collaboration, openness, and comfortability in trying new things

High Potential

Intellectual curiosity and showcasing of proactive, anticipatory thinking by seeing ahead of the curve and influencing others to adopt or pilot new strategies

Project Management Execution

Discipline and expertise in driving results through sound process fundamentals and creative thinking

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