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Head of Early Clinical Testing and Interface Management (Sr. Director)

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Aug 24, 2023

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Job Description

We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to lead the implementation and operation of Early Phase Clinical Testing for GLP and GMP drug substance (DS) and drug product (DP) for all small molecule, biologic and conjugate modalities. The Head of Early Clinical Testing will be responsible for coordinating and execution of all aspects of clinical testing related to DS and DP which is produced internally in Takeda. Additionally, to lead technical interactions with contract laboratories and to lead interface activities especially with Global Manufacturing and Quality.


  • Provide leadership and overall management of early phase clinical testing activities, external partnerships and Interface management across all sites (Cambridge, MA; Lexington, MA; Shonan, Yokohama, Japan)

  • Oversee and manage the phase appropriate method validation and testing (IPC, release and stability) of early phase clinical trial material for small molecules, biologics and conjugates.

  • Partner across all PS functions, especially with PS Global Manufacturing Operations, in addition to Global Regulatory Affairs, Global Manufacturing Sciences and Global Quality to provide testing support for early phase clinical trial material

  • Work closely with internal and external partners to ensure seamless coordination and transfer of information, and will be responsible for ensuring that all testing activities are conducted efficiently and effectively


  • Direct and indirect supervisory responsibilities in analytical areas for development of high-quality therapeutics (proteins, small molecules, conjugates, …)

  • Support the finalization and implementation of a new Early Clinical Testing Strategy

  • Ensure that all early clinical testing activities are conducted in compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards, and that the results are reported accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Lead and implement a hoteling system for IPC, release and stability testing in Analytical Development in cooperation with PS Global Manufacturing Operations

  • Develop, implement and execute a smart sourcing strategy. Including management of technical interactions with internal partners and contract laboratories

  • Be well versed in all stages of analytical development and understand the global regulatory trends for CMC activities, to ensure robust and high-quality regulatory filings in all countries

  • Strong knowledge of ICH and other regulatory guidelines including Quality by Design

  • Inspire confidence in team members and lead the organization culture, promoting a healthy and inclusive working environment

  • Build future leadership while mentoring direct reports and junior employees


  • Master or PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or related pharmaceutical science; at least 10 years relevant industry experience including significant experience in analytical science, cGMP compliance, CMC regulatory requirements in multiple analytical development areas

  • Direct experience in analytical development for synthetic molecules, biologics and conjugates and ability to drive study completion in a timely, sustainable, robust and cost-efficient manner

  • Drive decision making within a cross-functional, cross-cultural global team structure

  • Knowledge and experience with product development and clinical supply processes and product commercialization. Quality experience is of advantage

  • Deep and broad knowledge of analytical chemistry of multiple modalities in support of drug substance and drug product release and stability method development, raw material control and in process control testing

  • Proven working knowledge of current GMPs, ICH guidelines including Quality by Design, other regulatory requirements, and various quality system

  • Exceptional problem solving and troubleshooting skills related to analytical methodology

  • Ability to create collaborative and trusting relationships internally and with external partners.

  • Other professional competencies include: building authentic relationship, global and cross-boundary communication, excellence in execution, courage to challenge, inspiring and motivating others


  • Approximately 10-15% travel is required, including domestic and international flights with overnight stays

What Takeda can offer you:

  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions

  • 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

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No Phone Calls or Recruiters Please.


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

Base Salary Range: $198,000.00 to $283,000.00. 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.

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.


Cambridge, 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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