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Associate Director, Market Expansion & Business Development

Bannockburn, Illinois
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Job ID R0063563

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Job Description

About BioLife Plasma Services

Every day at BioLife, we feel good knowing that what we do helps improve the lives of patients with rare diseases. While you focus on our donors, we’ll support you. We offer a purpose you can believe in, a team you can count on, opportunities for career growth, and a comprehensive benefits program, all in a fast-paced, friendly environment.

BioLife Plasma Services is a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.


  • Work collaboratively with external stakeholders and our internal matrixed organization to ensure strategic growth initiatives and expansion program objectives are developed, executed, and successfully achieved on time.
  • Responsible for the cross functional program planning of expansion opportunities in new states, territories, and countries.
  • Lead acquisition and integration of plasma center(s) or plasma collection organizations into the network.


Market Expansion and Business Development Program Execution (70%)

  • Lead the development, coordination, and execution of local and national reforms of administrative and legislative issues that ultimately remove regulatory and statutory hurdles that allow our company to meet our patient demand.
  • Liason between internal and external stakeholders, including senior management as well as project teams, to execute succsessful completion of strategic growth initiatives
  • Lead internal functions through due diligence evaluations, transition services agreement development, integration planning, Day 1 transition, and center/organization integration

Lead Strategic Growth Initiatives and Special Projects (25%)

  • Work collaboratively within the organization to develop strategies, identify and establish partnership opportunities that increase plasma collections
  • Remain focused on serving the needs of our patients
  • Reinforce our reputation as the leaders within our field
  • Ensure evaluations include gathering requirements, creating business model prototypes, and calculating market potential, cost and ROI

Function communication management (5%)

  • Work with functions to develop, plan, and manage all program communications

Other duties/project as directed by Head of Market Expansion and Business Development


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Proven track record of project management, strong analytical, problem solving, consultation, facilitation and leadership skills. 
  • Knowledge of project management tools and GMP, FDA/EMEA guidelines.
  • Successful leadership across varied projects and teams.
  • Experience with demonstrated progressive results with industry, public and government affairs.


  • Lead Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, creating a level of ownership within the network
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, high degree of business acumen and the ability to lead and communicate in a clear and concise manner with all levels of the organization
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and excellent at influencing without authority
  • Self-motivated and self-directed

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to articulate project information and provide decision options to Senior Leaders or project teams in order to drive solutions
  • Must be able to influence without direct reporting authority, must be able to lead and influence up as well as down the org structure 

Collaboration and Interaction

  • Must be able work collectively with cross functional BioLife and Takeda teams as well as current and potential external third parties, customers, partners, and vendors
  • Preferred experience working with government officials, M&A targets, and business to business partnerships


  • Demonstrated passion for not accepting the status quo and self-driven to improve the operation. Must be self-motivated and self-directed and be able to work in an ever-changing environment.
  • On occasion the incumbent may work in/visit a plasma collection center or test laboratory where potential exists for exposure to biohazardous blood or plasma


  • Manage complex organization changes requiring balancing transformation of mindsets, behaviors, technologies, operating mechanisms, processes and methodologies
  • Ability to shift from one project or program to another with agility and focus


  • Essential: Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of previous project management experience.  Proven track record of project management, strong analytical, problem solving, consultation, facilitation and leadership skills.  Must have knowledge of project management tools and understand implication of principals such as GMPs, FDA/EMEA guidelines.
  • Preferred: Experience with Government Relations, M&A deals, and business to business partnerships a strong plus.


  • Domestic and International travel – periodically up to 25%
  • Potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Bannockburn, IL

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