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Senior Director of Statistics

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
Aug 30, 2023

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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 to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven, top 10 biopharmaceutical leader committed to discovering and delivering life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people, and the planet.

Our Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is made up of more than 250 quantitative scientists who harness the insight of data and digital to speed the development of highly innovative treatments for patients. These scientists (from statistics, programming, outcomes research and epidemiology, quantitative clinical pharmacology, digital strategy, library sciences, and data architecture/governance) bring their expertise to our global program teams and re-imagine our disciplines. Theywork with novel data streams, including real-world data and digital tools, and apply advanced analytics including artificial intelligence and automation.

As part of DSI, the Statistics and Quantitative Sciences (SQS) at Takeda is looking to add individuals to our team that is a team-oriented, collaborative, strong understanding of the statistical programming function, and are exceptional leaders and innovators. SQS aspires to bring safe and effective medications to patients with our quantitative skills. We design efficient trials, contribute to clinical development strategies, perform high-quality statistical analyses, and pursue operational excellence.

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

How you will contribute:
  • Serve as leader, expert, mentor, and manager of a group supporting translational and exploratory statistical analyses in support of Takeda R&D assets across Therapeutic Area Units (TAUs).
  • Drive collaborations with biomarker, translational and clinical scientists across TAUs to enable biomarker development strategies for early clinical development decision-making.
  • Strategize and prioritize opportunities for Quantitative Sciences group AI/ML, RWE, advanced analytics, and modeling to maximize impact on the organization.
  • To lead the implementation of strategies, goals, and priorities for the Quantitative Sciences group within the broader SQS organization.
  • Oversee and ensure achievement of all deliverables and milestones for programs across TAUs.
  • Align analytical efforts and resource allocation with TAU strategies, portfolio priorities, partner lines work, and with Digital and Technology.
  • Manage, mentor, and grow an interdisciplinary team of biostatisticians, computational scientists, and data scientists to integrate translational and early clinical assets to advance R&D programs.
  • Promote statistical innovation and collaborations in data analytics for exploratory biomarker research representing the Quantitative Sciences group.
  • Develop and manage relationships with the external research community; serve as the scientific point person at meetings with KOLs, conferences, and industry events.
  • Provide statistical leadership in the development and review of the study synopsis, protocol, statistical and exploratory analysis plans, clinical study report, and other regulatory submission documents, ensuring accurate and statistically valid deliverables within and across TAUs as appropriate.
  • Provide strategic statistical input to feasibility assessments, development and submission plans, and defense of regulatory submissions across TAUs, including timelines.
  • Identify and interact with external statistical experts for issues related to design, methodology, and results as the primary contact and spokesperson.
  • Increase efficiency of the Statistics function through the development of standard and/or innovative analysis methodology, data presentations, and sharing of best practices.
  • Leverage scientific expertise for strategic statistical leadership by providing recommendations and statistical consultations to management.
  • Monitor and contribute to industry advances in statistical methods to optimize study designs and statistical analysis techniques, and lead implementation of innovative approaches within and/or across TAUs as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate leadership of TAU, BU, or SQS function or specialty area in preclinical/clinical/translational.
  • Act as a cross-functional leader and accountable decision-maker that has a direct impact on R&D.
  • Define and contribute to strategic vision, mission, and respective implementation for the promotion of SQS within TAUs, BUs, and R&D functions.
  • Identify opportunities and create delivery for DSI's mission to make an R&D business impact.
  • Be involved in mentorship, matrix, or direct management ofa large team of SQS colleagues.
  • Be accountable for the growth and development of SQS and DSI talent profiles.
  • Show influential leadership both within and outside of Takeda in your area of expertise.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • The applicant for this position should have a degree in statistics/biostatistics or in other equivalent quantitative sciences (e.g., Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or related quantitative field) along with the following specific credentials: Ph.D. with ~12+ years experienceor MS with ~15 years experience.
  • Provide strategic leadership.
  • Mobilize high performance from teams.
  • Influence beyond SQS and DSI.
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical drug discovery and development process with a relevant track record of R&D hands-on work and leadership.
  • Experience in the early clinical stages of drug development.
  • Expertise and track record in the implementation of advanced statistical modeling across several TAUs.
  • Expertise in biomarker and outcomes instrument validation for clinical trial endpoint use.
  • The pragmatic leader with a focus on driving the teams using fit-for-purpose philosophy and a track record of creativity and innovation.
  • Track record of integrating discovery/medical and statistical best practices into translational and clinical research to improve reproducibility, efficacy, and safety of the exploratory endpoints across phases of drug development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with research project teams in both preclinical and clinical development programs.
  • Ability to translate/explain complex statistical concepts to non-experts; ability to speak across disciplines of Quantitative Sciences umbrella: statistics, engineering, applied mathematics, computational biology, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modeling, and others.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Expertise in statistical programming, modeling, and simulations.
  • Technical expertise across a TAU - understands the TAU strategy to lead and drive optimized methodology in drug R&D.
  • Leadership in TAU and functional methodology decision-making to optimize the likelihood of drug R&D success.
  • Solid technical background in statistical and signal processing methods of analysis for imaging, physiological, and sensor data.
  • Capability to create a technical strategic vision and implement long-term innovation that is aligned with global regulatory and payer policies and trends.
  • Capability to create major technical and methodology projects and guide them to implementation across R&D.
  • The ability to establish an external network to facilitate collaborations across industry, government, and academia.
  • Strong track record of scientific publications, both methodological developments as well as applied.
  • Track record of technical proficiency in hands data analysis and scientific programming using a variety of languages such as SAS, R, MATLAB, Python, Julia, and C/C++.

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 a 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: $194,000 to $278,000, based on the candidate's 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.

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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