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Scientific Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Leadership

Boston, Massachusetts
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Feb 1, 2023

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Job Description

About the role:

At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as a Scientific Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Leadership where you will independently lead development of strategy and plans for multiple programs, lead and influence functional/divisional strategy, operations and innovation. You will also contribute to divisional initiatives and may contribute to corporate, cross-divisional, and global initiatives.

How you will contribute:
  • As a Scientific Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Leadership, you will engage others by inspiring commitment. Collaborate by influencing through relationships, mobilize high performance, anticipate the group's future needs and help develop capabilities aligned with those needs. Champion change and be a role model for junior staff not only in technical expertise but across Takeda competencies.

Program Leadership:

  • You will provide strategic scientific leadership and program management for multiple global CMC development teams dealing with complex development programs that require scientific depth and overall product development acumen for successful execution

  • Identify, mitigate, and communicate project or program risks to relevant stakeholders. You will be expected to advance not only the program teams they lead but also other teams that are facing unique challenges.

  • Lead/participates as functional expert in divisional and cross-divisional plans.

  • Represent CMC on cross-divisional governance and development teams while providing strategy and accountability for CMC deliverables.

Technical Acumen:

  • Provide scientific leadership and innovation in pharmaceutical research and development. Builds teams across functions and geographies with individuals who have the right skills and experience to deliver on key organizational initiatives.

  • Mentors other members of the department to develop their abilities to lead and advance their individual skills of pharmaceutical product development. Demonstrate humility and approachability in encouraging others to challenge ideas and openly raise issues.

  • Be an internal consultant to the Pharmaceutical Sciences staff for any scientific advice that may be needed on a project basis.

  • Develop the capabilities of the department by identifying opportunities and anticipating changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.

  • Represent Pharmaceutical Sciences in cross divisional, corporate and global initiatives. Cultivate a broad network of relationships throughout Takeda, with affiliates and alliance partners, in the industry and area of expertise.

  • Inspire commitment through multiple communication channels (meetings, writing, and presentations).

  • Develop and communicate convincing business cases for department strategies that motivate stakeholders to take action.

  • Ensure that technical and scientific standards within the function meet state-of-the-art industry expectations.

  • Identify, evaluate, develop, recommend and/or negotiate novel solutions to meet critical project needs.

  • Critically review technical and scientific reports from external sources and coordinates Takeda-sponsored work.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • You will have; BS + 18 years; MS + 14 years; Pharma D + 13 years; PhD + 12 years

Technical Skills/Competencies:

  • Ability to propose and influence development to result in a commercially viable product.

  • Must have the maturity to utilize scientific and technical knowledge to provide unique business solutions.

  • Experience must be in a scientific discipline with expert knowledge of pharmaceutical development, including an understanding of current laboratory techniques, instrumentation, problem solving techniques, process engineering and manufacturing development, and statistics used in experimental work. Regularly contributes functional expertise to external industry and advocacy groups.

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of several allied fields, such as chemical engineering, analytical/organic/physical chemistry, process engineering, pharmaceutics, quality assurance and/or regulatory affairs. Advanced understanding in DMPK, Pharmacology and Toxicology.

  • Extensive knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), ICH Guidelines, other pertinent national regulations, compendial requirements and communicating with regulatory agencies.

  • Must have experience in global regulatory submission requirements and processes.

Program Leadership Skills/Competencies

Experience with the application of project leadership knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques for complex multidisciplinary programs and initiatives.

  • Leadership - develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to influence and guide internal and external stakeholders towards the accomplishment of program, divisional and corporate goals and objectives; adapts well to different personalities and manages others on the team in a respectful manner.

  • Risk Management – ability to identify/solve technical, budgetary, and schedule risks to multiple programs and propose appropriate risk response strategies. Ability to identify gaps in CMC technology/trends and influence change/improvements to affected areas/processes.

  • Communication – ability to expresses one's self clearly and concisely to key stakeholders; documents issues and/or concerns concisely and comprehensively; adjusts style, language and/or terminology appropriate for the audience. Can represent CMC viewpoint at corporate and industry level.

  • Resource Management – Ability to anticipate and manage internal and external resource needs (people, information, technologies, time, and capital).

What Takeda can offer you:
  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • 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 and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Flexible Work Paths

  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

Base Salary Range: $160,300 to $229,000, based on candidate professional experience level. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits as well. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.

The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.



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.


Boston, MA

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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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