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Senior Manager, Programming

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
May 27, 2023

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Job Description


Takeda SQS is looking to add individuals to our team that are team oriented, collaborative, strong understanding of the statistical programming function, exceptional leaders and innovators. Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven, top 10 biopharmaceutical leader committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet.

To attract and retain the very best talent, we in Takeda SQS are open to flexible or remote working for some roles. Such roles will have a connection to a Takeda R&D center.


  • Be able to support PK programming needs for successful data reporting activities by providing hands on programming support.

  • Deliver assigned projects with quality and timeliness

  • Sets tasks and prioritization within their projects

  • Support generation of NONMEM datasets for PK/PD analysis including maintenance of the variable definition file

  • Deliver complex calculations with in NONMEM dataset build and PK modeling accordance of specification by partnering QCP colleagues.

  • Create/QC NONMEM dataset(s) created by others/external programmers.

  • Generate e-submission package for NONMEM (or other modelling type) analysis. (e.g., NONMEM control file, output parameter files, output table files and other files) and maintain supportive documentations.

  • Work and engage cross functionally to deliver PK/PD analysis and interact/communicate with external vendors in data collection, data formatting, data presentation.

  • Lead cross departmental PK/PD data reporting trainings as needed.

  • Experience with data plotting in R is desired (e.g. ggplot2).

  • Carry out functional responsibilities in accordance with applicable SOPs and Regulatory requirements

  • Provide hands on Support internal decision making modelling tasks


  • Provides technical support and ensures adequate statistical programming support for assigned projects

  • Contribute in cross-functional communication to establish future-fit internal data flow and processes

  • Support and provide programming activities for assigned PK/PD projects

  • Partner with QCP colleagues to ensure successful implementation of Statistical Programming strategies and efficient execution of the statistical analyses for the assigned PK/PD projects

  • Strong communication skills to lead team discussions

  • Strong knowledge of CDISC data standard and regulatory submission activities


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise (Breadth and depth of knowledge, application and complexity of technical knowledge)

  • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and statistical programming (e.g., clinical development, the prescription drug distribution process, etc.)

  • Excellent analytical, technical, and computer skills

  • Advanced SAS programming ability

  • Strong knowledge of CDISC standards, medical terminology, clinical trial methodologies, and FDA/ICH regulation

Leadership (Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)

  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures

  • Excellent communicator, able to convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing

  • Operate as an effective team player who can work engagingly with others

  • Ability to distil complex technical programming ideas in simple comprehensible terms

  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset

  • Owns assigned tasks, identifies the need for and actively seeks input from others

  • Engages cross functionally to progress tasks by influencing

  • Leads activities and parts of projects including studies or exploratory work related to clinical drug R&D

  • Establishes internal and external presence on topics of interest

Decision-making and Autonomy (The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)

  • Provide input to strategic decisions that impact the statistical programming function

  • Accountable for statistical programming decision making within study level

  • Participate in initiatives that seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions

Interaction (The span and nature of one’s engagement with others when performing one’s job, internal and external relationships)

  • Effectively understands the changing external and internal environment

  • Ability to effectively implement R&D’s partnership strategy as it applies to statistical programming

  • Ability to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with other interfacing Takeda functions, including but not limited to statistics, data management, clinical operations

Innovation (The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)

  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions

  • Ability to recommend technical solutions using a wide variety of software (e.g. SAS, R, Python)

  • Ability to communicate ideas around possible innovative solutions, and possibly ways to accelerate existing milestones

Complexity (Products managed, mix of businesses, internal and/or external business environment, cultural considerations)

  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity

  • Expertise required across statistical programming and computing environments

  • Ability to see and understand broader, enterprise level perspective

  • Awareness of best practices with data sharing

  • Awareness of programming input and standardization for novel data such as real world data, digital data, wearable device data


  • MS with ~6+ years of industry related experience.

  • BS with ~8+ years of industry related experience.

  • Proven track record of contributing to business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as providing programming expertise on programs with complex business deliverables

  • Operational experience in pharmaceutical drug development with significant direct exposure to clinical development

  • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry


  • This position is currently classified as “hybrid” in accordance with Takeda’s Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

  • Base Salary Range: $130,200.00 to $ 186,000.00. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits. 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.

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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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