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Associate Director - Cell Therapies Supply Chain

Millennium Pharma, Inc.
Boston, MA 02109
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Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as an Associate Director - Cell Therapies Supply Chain 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 objective of the Associate Director - Cell Therapies Supply Chain role is to bring subject matter expertise, develop globally relevant practices and cross-program strategy for collecting, sourcing and managing the cellular starting materials used to generate autologous or allogeneic genetically modified cellular therapies.


  • Build and manage relationships with apheresis centers, cord blood banks and other relevant sources of patient or donor tissues critical for establishing the supply chain for autologous or allogeneic cell therapies.
  • Collaborate with product and clinical teams to develop approaches to evaluate and onboard nave centers.
  • Subject matter expert in supply planning and sourcing patient or donor starting materials.
  • Support Cell Therapies Supply Chain, Clinical Operations, and Global Program Teams (GPTs) at program and portfolio level.
  • Collaborate with commercial manufacturing and supply chain to develop sustainable commercial approach to patient and healthy donor starting materials as development products advance toward commercial launch.


  • Establish operating norms, procedures, and tools related to apheresis collection and cryopreservation in collaboration with stakeholders from Cell Therapy Product, Translational, Operations teams as well as external strategic partners.

  • Lead establishment of supply/demand planning, modeling, risk identification, and scenario planning tools for Cell Therapy supply chain, focusing on apheresis collection for autologous therapies and umbilical cord blood or other cellular starting materials for allogeneic therapies.

  • Work with external consortia, industry groups, and accreditation bodies to bring emerging standards and best practices into Takeda Cell Therapy Supply chain and operations and bring Takeda perspective to emerging industry standards and best practices

  • Develop and oversee and program-specific strategies to endure availability of appropriate cellular starting materials for autologous or allogeneic cellular therapy programs. Depending on the program, this may include:
    • Evaluating capabilities of clinical sites to perform apheresis and cryopreservation operations, performing program and site-level gap assessments, and providing subject matter expertise to Supply Chain and Clinical Operations teams to implement capabilities at nave sites
    • Identifying and establishing relationships to source cellular start materials for allogeneic cell therapies from vendors, hospitals, blood banks, medical centers, or other third parties
    • Evaluating regional and global standards and practices for the collection of cellular starting materials and developing a strategy that supports the clinical development plan spanning multiple countries or regions
    • Collaborating with Product and Translational teams to evaluate impact of variable starting materials on process or product performance and quality, and develop appropriate starting material specifications
    • Contributing to operational feasibility assessment, scenario analysis and risk mitigation for new cell therapy development programs
    • Collaborating with procurement, commercial manufacturing and commercial supply chain to ensure that specifications, standards and processes established during clinical development can be scaled or bridged for commercial product

  • Contribute to functional strategic initiatives and process improvement

  • Actively seek new ways of working more efficiently to meet the needs of the Cell Therapy Supply Chain

  • May include direct management, or coaching, training and/or performance management of Logistics Coordinator, Supply Chain Coordinator or Manufacturing coordinator

  • May participate in Business Development/in-licensing/alliances evaluations by providing operational due diligence

Act as a role model for Takedas values



  • Bachelors degree in Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Supply Chain/Logistics, Nursing, Engineering, or related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.


  • 8+ years of pharmaceutical experience with 5+ years experience in Clinical Supply Chain, Clinical Operations, Cell Therapy Development, Clinical Operations, CMC development, Commercial Supply Chain, or related discipline. Experience working with multidisciplinary project teams and managing relationships with external partners, CMOs/CROs or investigators preferred.
  • Learning agility and strategic thinking; ability to develop and adapt operational strategies in fluid, ambitious
  • Ability to lead and influence in a matrix organization
  • Ability to influence stakeholders from many technical disciplines and at many levels
  • Ability to apply multiple lenses to analyze and represent complex interdependencies, scenarios, and tradeoffs
  • Leadership skills and strategic problem solving ability; ability to predict issues and identify solutions
  • Excellent organizational skills: Proactive, management of multiple tasks of varied complexity simultaneously


  • APICS or equivalent certification is a plus


  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, etc.)
  • Flexibility to attend early meeting or late meetings due to time zone differences


  • Requires approximately 5-10 % travel, which may include overnight and international travel to attend meetings, other Takeda sites, external manufactures, and another related travel.


  • 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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Posted: 2019-10-31 Expires: 2019-11-29

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