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Head, Strategy and Planning, Global Corporate Communications

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Aug 26, 2023

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Job Description

About the role:

At Takeda, the work we do transforms lives. Our science and technology are constantly evolving but our ambition remains. We aim to deliver transformative treatments, increasing the value that we bring to society. Our Global Corporate Brand & Communications (GCB&C) organization is taking on big challenges to achieve Takeda’s vision. We are shapers and protectors of Takeda’s culture, reputation, and the perception of the societal value we bring. We are accomplished professionals committed to best-in-class execution. Strategy and Planning is a newly formed team within the GCB&C organization that is focused on leading and developing the strategic direction of the organization. As part of the Global Corporate Brand & Communications Team, you will report to the SVP, Head of Global Corporate Brand & Communications.

How you will contribute:

Key Responsibilities

  • In partnership with GCBC Leadership team develop and implement GCBC strategic roadmap, following our vision and mission.

  • Lead the strategic planning process, including market research, competitor analysis, and identification of new opportunities.

  • Ensure alignment of departmental and divisional communications strategies with our overall strategy.

  • Collaborate with senior management to identify and prioritize key business initiatives, and ensure their successful execution across GCBC.

  • Conduct regular strategic reviews within the GCBC organization and make recommendations for course correction where necessary.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with partners, including peers within the GCBC leadership team and members of the Communications Leadership Team.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive team building and excellence program (capability building and ways of working) for GCBC.

  • Organize and coordinate leadership and team alignment through monthly reports and meetings.

  • Support the GCBC leadership team to develop, roll-out and enforce the required policies, processes and tools that drive agility and communications excellence.

  • Build an environment for excellence across the communications community by encouraging the use of harmonized processes and providing guidance on quality standards.

  • Collaborate with key communications leaders to drive up quality standards and increase agility across the communications community.

Overall team and program management

  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the team building and excellence program and make recommendations for improvements.

  • Develop team as Center of Excellence for strategic advice and best practices related to a modern communications function.

  • Act as a thought partner to the Global Corporate Brand & Communications head and leadership team on overall organization strategy and programs.

  • Comprehensively analyze the stakeholder environment and gather insights to inform strategic planning, objectives and key business decisions.

  • Identify risks and put plans in place to reduce, minimize or eliminate those risks.

  • In partnership with the GCBC LT, create an energetic, results-oriented and collaborative environment, where people are well-informed, feel included and valued and are encouraged to be creative with their work.

  • Foster a culture of consistent measurement of the success of the initiatives developed against a set of goals and integrates learnings back into strategy design, seeking permanent improvement.

  • Create and/or maintain channels for engagement, cascading of information and sharing of best practices across the communications community.

  • Develop and implement initiatives and/or processes that enable effective collaboration and improve agility across the communications network.

  • Invite feedback from the communications community on areas of improvement that would encourage further collaboration, agility and excellence.

  • Manage budget, monitor and report progress to the Head of Global Corporate Brand & Communications.

  • Comply with and advocate for the company’s policies and procedures to meet statutory, quality and business requirements within the overall strategy and objectives of Takeda.

  • Act as an ambassador of the Takeda brand and great place to work message to attract quality and diverse talent.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in communication field or the equivalent through a combination of education and work experience.

  • 15+ years of experience in the field of communications.

  • Global understanding, experience and the knowledge of how to work in an international structure and varied cultures, along with experience leading communications for diverse employee populations.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to develop and evaluate strategic options and make sound decisions.

  • Experience working with C-suite level executives and record of building and maintaining excellent partner relationships – within teams, across the business, with senior leaders and external agencies.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills consistently exhibiting ability to present unique or complex ideas, strategies and results succinctly and persuasively at the senior executive level.

  • Proven experience taking into consideration diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions.

  • Ability to lead and coach a diverse team of highly-skilled communications professionals and guide peer groups toward a vision and navigate ambiguity.

  • Effective project management skills and capability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.

  • Budget management skills.

  • Change management experience is a plus.

  • U.S. and international travel will be required

  • Hybrid role

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 Ways of Working

  • 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.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

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.


USA - MA - Cambridge - Kendall Square - 500

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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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