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Associate Director, Global Medical Evidence Lead

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Sep 15, 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 three therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as an Associate Director, Global Medical Evidence Lead where you will contribute to asset strategy through membership on matrix teams and through interactions with cross-functional partners. Lead the development of a strategic integrated evidence generation plan under the supervision of the Immunology GI Lead. Partner with the Global Program Team (GPT) Evidence Generation sub team (a multidisciplinary team), to develop/optimize the integrated strategic evidence generation initiatives across therapeutic areas, proactively anticipating anypotential gaps and adjusting tactical plans to address these. Lead the development of peri- and post-approval prospective study design within the Center of Excellence (CoE) of Global Medical to support access needs.

You will also provide innovative thinking and scientific expertise into peri- and post-approval research programs and real-world evidence strategies. Lead and drive discussions at the Evidence Generation Sub-team to relevant internal and external audiences. Support the development of a strategy for all study types within Global Medical, i.e. Medical Affairs Sponsored Studies (MACs). Also, develops Areas of Interest (AOI) for Collaborative research and IIRs. As part of the Global Medical Evidence team, you will report to the Head Global Medical Evidence.

How you will contribute:
  • Lead strategic discussions for each assigned therapeutic area to identify research gaps and develop aligned strategic and tactical plans to address these gaps. And works closely with GMA GPT representatives and partners responsible for executing evidence generation plan;
  • Drive, build and maintain the strategic evidence generation plans, closely partnering with the Global Medical Lead (GML), Global Patient Access (GPA) and Global Evidence and Outcomes (GEO) with input from multiple stakeholders (regions, Statistical and Quantitative Sciences (SQS), etc);
  • Establish GMA framework (i.e. sub-team to asset strategy team) to support evidence generation needs;
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members to define global evidentiary needs of key stakeholders (Regulatory bodies, HCPs, Patients/caregivers, Payers, and HTA bodies) to serve the evolving healthcare environment;
  • Support collaborative strategic planning and mapping of evidence generation activities with key internal stakeholders to develop aligned and integrated generation strategies and plans;
  • Enhance collaboration between various groups within Takeda through sharing of data and best practices;
  • Prepare and review research protocols from regions and local affiliates (LOCs), statistical analysis plans (SAPs), and reports reflecting ongoing or completed work.
  • Provides strategic leadership and scientific direction on medical evidence activities
  • Set standards for utilization of medical data.
  • Maximize patients’ access to our innovative medicines;
  • Participate as a strategic and functional expert on other cross-functional leadership teams.
  • Compliance with all policies and SOPs.
  • Accountable for product annual plan budget and contract/budget management.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Minimum MSc degree required (preferably PhD), preferably in a health sciences related field with 8 years of research related experience and/or pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Strong and effective communication skills absolutely essential
  • Experience with late stage clinical studies, research collaborations and RWE. Knowledge of HTA/payor needs
  • Proven track record of strong leadership and excellent project management skills including the ability to manage multiple complex research studies.
  • Ability to collaborate, communicate and interact thoughtfully, transparently, appropriately and effectively with a variety of multicultural stakeholders both internal and external to Takeda.
  • Broad experience in collaborating with research partners and in managing multiple tasks and complex projects is very required
  • Ability to communicate scientific evidence, with strong written and verbal presentation skills, is required.
  • Networking, communication and influencing skills. Ability to lead cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to influence without authority, particularly individuals at senior levels
  • Experience overseeing work of and mentoring other individuals with a variety of scientific and non-scientific backgrounds and training
  • Experience working in a global organization and within matrix structure highly desirable.
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 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: $143,000 to $205,000, based on candidate 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.

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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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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