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New Product Planning Operations Manager

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People First - At Takeda we are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all people and bringing them the hope of a brighter future. It is our passion that transforms every job into meaningful action. Our people are the heart of Takeda.


For Takeda UK we are looking for a New Product Planning Operations Manager in a permanent position/ full time at the Paddington location.


Position Overview:

  • Part of a cross-functional New Product Planning (NPP) team.
  • Responsibilities with enhancing Customer Operations data-driven insights.
  • Responsible for asset-specific plans and market shaping activities from L-60 to L-24.
  • Supports handover to franchise teams and successful pre-launch activities.
  • Manages priorities across different assets and therapy areas.
  • Analyzes competitor market usage and strategies.
  • Creates and maintains data sources for visualization and insights, conducting primary and secondary market research and validation of sales forecast assumptions.

Your tasks in detail:

New Product Planning:

  • Contribute to the cross-functional Core Team and Asset specific team meetings in the development of the asset plans and Must Have analysis, ensuring the tactical execution of these plans, including strong liaison with the XFT.
  • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of the company’s pipeline products, with a key focus on the priority assets and relevant therapeutic areas.
  • To conduct and interpret market and product analysis for the development of strategic and operational asset plans as well as provide inputs to MRP forecasting.
  • Design, commission and manage market research or other third-party analysis necessary for market, asset or organisational readiness.
  • Connect with stakeholders from EUCAN and other LOCs for knowledge / best practice sharing and collaboration if applicable.

Customer Operations:

  • Responsible for turning data into action and providing insights to the business.
  • Build, develop and maintain data sources, dashboards and performance metrics support that support key business decisions.

General across NPP + Customer Ops

  • Manage internal approval process via PromoMats to ensure compliance with company processes and ABPI Code of Practice.
  • Support with budget management ensuring the team remains within agreed spending levels and MYC/MRP OPEX submissions.
  • Maintain the cross functional team plans including the tracking vs. agreed KPI's.


Your profile:

  • MSc or equivalent degree in life sciences or business (e.g., marketing).
  • 3-5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience as a brand manager, product manager or similar in specialist care.
  • Thrives in fast-paced environments, adept at managing multiple priorities.
  • Good understanding of clinical development and study designs, with the ability to interpret and communicate scientific data.
  • Familiarity with market, asset, and organizational readiness for launch planning.
  • Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint knowledge (Desired: Power BI).
  • Understanding of Pharmaceutical data (e.g., HPA, ALHP datasets, etc.), terminology, methodology, familiarity with the ABPI code of practice and relevant regulations for pre-licence drug development.
  • Project management experience in primary market and desk research analysis.
  • Preferred (but not required) prior experience in gastroenterology, neuroscience, or rare diseases.
  • Takes a proactive approach, using own initiative, with a can-do attitude.
  • Exceptional critical thinking, attention to detail, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills. Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Effective communication and collaboration: Leads collaborative approaches across various functions and stakeholders.


What you can look forward to with us:

  • Appreciative working atmosphere in an international and exciting working environment with a wide range of development opportunities
  • Independent work with the opportunity to play a part in shaping an innovative company
  • Professional and personal development opportunities

Empowering our people to shine

At Takeda, we earn the trust of society and our customers through our values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, Perseverance. We incorporate these values in everything we do. They represent who we are and how we act. They help us make decisions that we can be proud of today and in the future. We enable our employees to develop their full potential. As a global top employer, we offer exciting career paths, promote innovation and strive for top performance in everything we do. Takeda fosters an inclusive, collaborative and international work environment where our teams are united by their relentless commitment to our goal of improving people's health and creating a better future for the world. Learn more at

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Takeda is committed to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. Hiring decisions are based entirely on qualifications and are made regardless of gender, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we look forward to receiving your application via our online tool!

For further questions, please contact: Jennifer Kriedemann | Talent Acquisition Partner EUCAN | E-Mail:


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