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Associate Director, Business Strategy & Operations, Shanghai

Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality
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  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Job Level: Senior
  • Travel: Minimal (if any)

Takeda has been translating science into breakthrough medicines for 240 years. Every step of the way, our teams have worked together to tackle some of the most challenging problems in drug discovery and development. Today, we’re a driving force behind innovative therapies that make a lasting difference to millions of patients around the world.

In R&D, all of our history and potential comes together in an environment that welcomes diversity of thought and amplifies every voice. Working closely with colleagues, you’ll play a key role in bringing our rich pipeline of products forward to help patients. Come join a team that’s earned trust for more than two centuries, and find out how advancing transformative therapies at Takeda will shape your bright future.

Job ID R0125825 Date posted 06/14/2024 Location Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality

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Job Description


  • Work with function head on mid to long term strategic planning and organizational initiatives including definition of scope, budget, timeline and project success criteria.
  • Identify risks, diagnose issues and champion solutions to enable optimal strategy execution within and across all areas of TDC Asia
  • Monitor progress of strategic initiatives, including risks and issues, and develop the appropriate mitigation plans.
  • Support in development of TDC Asia annual KPIs and provide tracking and monitoring on performance to ensure its acheivements
  • Assess internal performance metrics against industry benchmarks and identify areas of non-performance or enhancement
  • Support function head in overseeing business operation activities and provide necessary guidance / support to the team
  • Drive the development and continuous improvement of business integlligence capabilities within TDC Asia.
  • Ensure quality of reporting by capturing dynamics and trends of policy and industry environment that influence business, develop useful insight and provide implication to TDC Asia business
  • Partnership with Communication communities to develop annual plan, and ensure its execution jointly to promote R&D and TDC Asia branding in the region


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • More than 10 years work experience in the healthcare industry with extensive knowledge on the evolving pharma landscape including policy and innovation trends
  • Ability to apply integrated thinking and buiness acumen to think through complex issues, then articulate recommendaitons
  • Self-motivatedm able to work independently and influence others to drive projects forward in a fast-paced environment
  • Consulting professional experience is a plus
  • Strong command in both verbal and written English, able to articulate ideas clearly in forms of speaking, report, and powerpoint presentation


  • Proven track record in project management and leading initiatives

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Able to plan, execute, and solve problems independently


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, able to work effectively with senior leaders, Function Heads and team members both locally and globally


  • Contribute to new ideas for improving organizational operations


  • Able to work in complex situations and deliver projects according to timelines
  • Able to work on multiple tasks concurrently


  • Bachelor’s degree in science or business related field required. Advanced degree such as PhD and MBA preferred
  • Ability to define, develop and implement business solutions based on trends, opportunities, needs and market direction within pharmaceutical industry and health care environment.
  • Ability to collaborate and influence effectively with various senior leaders, partners, regions, corporate divisions and cultures.
  • Ability to drive decision-making within a multi-disciplinary, multi-regional, matrix teams.
  • Experience working within a complex organization and demonstrated ability to work across functions and regions, at all levels without direct authority.
  • Ability to comprehend, organize and synthesize complex data, identify issues and trends, and develop and implement solutions to achieve corporate objectives.
  • Proven track record leading large change initiatives including project management and consulting skills.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner in multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience leading change in a highly matrixed and complex environment

Additional preferred requirements:

  • Seasoned people management experience and/or leading regional complex matrix teams.
  • Advanced knowledge of research and development, operations, project management and finance/business planning processes.
  • Proven experience leading and managing multi-disciplinary and diverse groups, including senior leadership members, to accomplish goals.


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