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Innovation Lead

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
Sep 11, 2023

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Job Description

Innovation Lead

Join the Product and Experience Innovation team to drive Takeda’s transformation into truly digital biopharmaceutical. Our global and diverse team supports Takeda-wide transformation efforts with design thinking, product management, innovation funding and coaching, scouting & partnership management, and by maintaining Takeda’s external digital innovation ecosystem.

We are looking for an innovation lead with the responsibility to support strategy development and management of Takeda community-of-practice of innovation and open Innovation, as well as to provide product management support to our portfolio projects and lead engagement with our external innovation ecosystem. This exciting role is highly visible and will help you to develop your career and leadership skills to the next level.


  • Drive world-class vision for Takeda digital health and innovation with the team, define operational tactics, KPI and ensure execution delivering significant outcomes;

  • Lead and coordinate Takeda’s internal and external digital innovation programs, platforms, and communities, such as Brightidea, Catalytic Innovation Grants, and iChallenge;

  • Contribute to internal and external communications for the team;

  • Digital product development and management;

  • Strategic planning and program management;

  • Partner with internal (DDT leadership, BU/BFs across the company) and external stakeholders, as well as vendors and partners to ensure strategic alignment and efficient execution of programs;

  • This role is reporting to HannesToivanen - Lead, Global Digital Ecosystem Engagement

    Product and Experience Innovation


  • BS/BA in Business, Communications, Healthcare, or related field required.

  • Sound conceptual understanding of innovation and digital, organizational development, and administration. Expertise in digital health or innovation in health care is considered an advantage;

  • 3-6+ years of professional experience in supporting organizational transformation with digital and/or innovation focus and/or program and community management, as well as driving cross-functional objectives and teams. Experience in health care or pharmaceuticals is considered an advantage;

  • Communication skills that extend beyond basic PowerPoint and presentation skills to the ability to create persuasive transformation narratives and great storytelling;

  • People skills and experience required to work in highly dynamic, global, diverse, and multicultural environments;

  • Ability to prioritize personal, project, and team goals and activities proactively, and to lead effectively hybrid teams to focus on essential tasks to achieve goals;

  • Following experiences and skills are considered an advantage: International experience, Agile training and certification, Service Design / Design Thinking, Patient Journey Mapping;

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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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