Program Manager

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Job Description

About the role :

  • The Program Manager will be responsible to run the Plasma OpU Factories of the Future (FoF) program from a program management perspective

  • He/She is responsible to liaise and align with the GMSGQ Global FoF program lead

  • He/she shall collaborate and liaise with the global process leads / squad leads within the Plasma Opu, but also with the site representatives at the site

  • The objective is to effectively program manage the FoF program, i.e. setting up governances, aligning stakeholder globally, locally and on OpU level, collaborating with the GMSGQ global program team on FoF

  • Applies project management knowledge, agile ways of working, change management methodologies, tools and techniques to several strategic projects on enterprise level

How you will contribute :

Portfolio Management

  • consistently defines improvement and efficiency opportunities for tools/ processes/ways of working

  • maintains, having an overview and being the bridge between all FoF workstreams and potential Agile 4.0 initiatives.

  • Intensive collaboration with key stakeholders and external suppliers and companies to work out improvement within site level and Plasma OpU

  • Collaborating with FoF process lead, squad lead and internal stakeholders and supporting to drive FoF initiatives and projects in an agile manner

  • Provides input and feedback (content) for communication channels of FoF wihin the Plasma OpU

Strategic Project/Program Management

  • Leads programs and projects within the organization and ensures timely and efficient implementation of projects

  • Works with stakeholders and customers to define the scope of projects and appropriate project activities. Ensures objectives, scope and project milestones are set according to the established standards and formalized in project charter.

  • Engage stakeholders to support in achieving project objectives by building trust and mutual accountability by deploying a change management culture

  • Maintains documentation of changes to scope, timelines, milestones, and deliverables and identifies dependency implications

  • Identifies and evaluates lessons learned during and after project.

This role is critical to support deployment of strategy into the organization by helping to formalize connection between Project Portfolio and Hoshin Kanri Strategic Programs. This role encompasses as well management of some of the strategic programs or projects.

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Good knowledge and thorough experience in Program Management Office (PMO) and if possible change management and agile ways of working.

  • Innovative and passionate about PMO

  • An empathetic observer, communicator and seasoned person who enjoys being at the intersection of user, business and technology

  • Affinity and Ability to follow up and follow up and through on programs and (associated) projects


  • Strong ambition and accountability to drive PMO practices, behavior and Mindset

  • Ability to guide a team of highly skilled and experienced experts in a complex field of global manufacturing and supply towards a vision of PMO and high customer orientation

  • Strong ability to build sustainable relationships with important internal and external stakeholders and operate cross functionally, working with outside parties and key stakeholders, thereby always portraying the Takeda Leadership Behaviours

  • Experience in working in a global matrix organization and cross-functional environment

  • Strong skills in agile project management, facilitation, change management, problem solving, decision making, collaboration, influence

  • Flexible in mind / out of the box thinker, lives the innovation and PMO mindset and can influence and motivate stakeholders

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (verbal and written)

Autonomy and Decision making

  • Drives projects in an agile manner and decides on next steps based on milestones and using problem solving technics

  • Ability to adapt decisions to value added and needs within a matrix organisation, aligning teams on a common objective always keeping the Patient, People and Planet in mind

  • Able to work within a matrix organization, using problem-solving and design thinking technics, aligning teams on a common objective


  • Good knowledge of Innovation in theory / praxis (culture, mindset, way of working, methods and tools)

  • Good understanding of developments and trends in different industry related to digital solutions in manufacturing and global innovation and technology trends

  • Thinks strategically, handles ambiguity, and interacts with all management levels

  • Critical and creative thinking as well as ability to execute on the details

  • Familiarity and fluency with strategic and innovation frameworks and conceptual constructs; strong interest in strategy and innovation


  • Manages challenges with complex (historical) regulatory issues based  and overcomes hurdles of implementing innovative ideas

  • Evaluate the integration of new PMO / Change Management opportunities into the complex Takeda plasma business network together with key stakeholders

  • Manages internal and external global suppliers and partners

What you bring to Takeda : 



  • University degree in Business, IT, Biologics, Chemistry, Engineering or other scientific field

  • Experience in agile ways of working and PMO / program management in practice

  • Strong financial and business acumen

  • Speaks at least two languages fluently (amongst them English is a must)

Skills and Behaviors

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.

  • Must be experimented in excel and/or database management.

  • Must be experimented in Project Management tools, including MS Project.

  • Experience in program/project management and coordinating projects.

  • Knowledge GDP and GMP application in project lifecycle

  • Enterprise thinking, finding innovative ways to serve patients, build reputation and trust

  • Ability to work in a high-performance culture and manage business results

  • Focusing on priorities and provide results the company can build on

  • Strong networking skills and ability to build positive working relationships to outside partners

  • Strong teamplayer and embracing diversity

  • Ability to interact with and understand different cultures and mindsets

  • Adapts quickly to shifting priorities and rapid change

  • Demonstrates tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • PMP or equivalent certificate and agile ways of working training is of benefit


  • Travel required approximately 10-15% (national and international)


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Zurich, Switzerland

AUT - Vienna - Kärntner Ring, BEL - Lessines, ITA - Rieti

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