Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma

Associate Director, Supply Chain & Strategy

Job Locations US-NJ-Jersey City
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Supply Chain


Entrepreneurial Spirit, Rooted in Tradition. At Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. (MTPA), we can tout a storied reputation more than 300 years in the making. Our parent company, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, is a research-driven pharmaceutical company with global reach – and one of Japan’s oldest and most respected companies.


With the recent FDA approval and availability in the U.S. of RADICAVA® (edaravone) MTPA is rapidly expanding our operation across all functional areas to launch this new product in the U.S. market. Concurrently, the company is expanding its research efforts and exploring collaborations with partners to discover and bring treatments to market for unmet medical needs including orphan diseases. We currently seek motivated professionals who share our vision of scientific excellence, innovation, and unwavering dedication to improving the lives of patients. 

The Associate Director, Supply Chain & Strategy develops, establishes, and manages the supply chain activities for commercialization and launch of new products in late development related to planning, procurement, label and packaging development, distribution, importation, and vendor management. This individual will actively develop and oversee supply plans to ensure accurate and seamless supply to patients while reducing risk and minimizing waste. The Associate Director, Supply Chain & Strategy represents the supply chain function to internal stakeholders and manages relationships with external supply partners.  Drawing on a working knowledge of product supply systems and best practices, as well as experience within international product shipping, this individual will work closely with management to develop and implement process improvements and helps to build the organization and systems for future products. This role is based in the North American Headquarters and will report directly into the Director, Supply Chain & Strategy


  • Develop and establish the supply chain for the commercialization and launch for our late development stage products (MT-1186, ND0612, MT-7117 and future products) by closely working with Supply Chain Director.
  • Manage supply chain activities including procurement, importing product, planning and coordinating packaging, labeling, distribution of drug product, risk reduction and keeping adequate inventory level.
  • Work and collaborate with MTPA internal colleagues in various functions (QA, RA, Marketing, Market Access, Medical Affairs), colleagues in Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma group, and external companies (e.g. CMO, 3PL, consultant).
  • Work with colleagues in Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma group for the investigation, qualification and/or selection of CMO.
  • Evaluate and select 3PL and transportation venders.
  • Work with MTPA internal colleagues, colleagues in Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma group, and external companies for the development of packaging, label and artwork.
  • Work with colleagues in MTPA Market Access to develop Trade channel of products.
  • Participate in supply chain related global and/or project meetings as a project member.
  • Lead supply chain related projects.
  • Attend all channel meetings and conduct business reviews with major partners.
  • Keep watching the new regulation and industry standard in terms of US supply chain and secure supply chain activities are fully compliant with the updated regulation.
  • Request and/or provide documents as needed to support regulatory filing requirements.
  • Prepare, maintain and distribute, as appropriate, supply chain related SOPs, reports and meeting minutes and budgets.
  • Prepare product forecasts as required for planning of product supply.
  • Monitor outside partners such as the Contract Manufacturing Organization, 3PL to ensure proper service levels, and assess ability to meet quality and delivery requirements.
  • Manage supply chain consultants to ensure a safe and compliant supply chain.
  • Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers, vendors and freight forwarders.
  • Develop supply chain management strategies to maximize supply efficiency, minimize waste while identifying risk and develop risk mitigation plans.
  • Serve as an internal lead for triaging of product complaints, temperature excursions, and deviations originating from distribution vendors.
  • Investigate deviations to determine root causes and implement corrective actions.
  • Work with Quality Assurance to establish internal SOPs for supply chain management related activities.
  • Support the evaluation, selection and quality audit of packaging/labeling and distribution vendors.
  • Cross-train departmental and/or cross-functional employees as required.
  • Prepare SC related budgets and manages within allocated budgets and resources as appropriate.
  • Completes all company-based and job-related training as assigned by MTPA within the required timeline.
  • Additional duties as assigned by MTPA management.



  • Bachelor’s degree required in business administration, operations management, supply chain management or similar academic major. Master’s degree preferred in business administration, operations management, supply chain management or similar academic major
  • Minimum 8 to 10 years of experience in supply chain coupled with expertise of supply chain activities including supply planning, procurement, label and packaging development, distribution, vendor management in US pharmaceutical industries.
  • 3-5+ years developing and establishing the supply chain for the commercialization and launch of new products in US.
  • Experience handling cold chain products in US is highly preferred.
  • Experience handling combination products in US is highly preferred.
  • Must have knowledge in US regulations as they pertain supply chain activities (e.g. US Serialization, logistics).
  • Experience working with CMO, 3PL and other service providers is highly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of accounting and finance is preferred.
  • Broad understanding of pharmaceutical drug product development and manufacturing.
  • Must have knowledge of US cGMP and other regulatory guidance.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Negotiation and interpersonal skills with a good awareness of global cultural differences; ability to effectively promote coordination between Supply Chain functions between US entities and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Group.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills including technical writing.
  • Proficiency with computer programs such as MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc), SAP or similar databases.
  • Proficiency in project management skills, e.g. timeline, Gantt chart, critical path, checklist, flow chart, etc.
  • Persuasive interpersonal and communication skills including formal presentation skills; ability to work with all levels of employees up to senior executive levels.
  • Willingness to work off-hours during periods of peak activity.
  • Must embody the MTPA’s values of Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Drive for Results, Accountability, Development, Agility, and Integrity
  • Must be able to travel 10%-30% domestically and internationally for business and project meetings as required


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