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Senior Principal Pharmacovigilance Scientist, GI²

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Sep 22, 2023

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Job Description

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 in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as a Senior Principal Pharmacovigilance Scientist on the GI² Inflammation Team where you will provide pharmacovigilance functional area expertise to project teams for assigned developmental and marketed products and be responsible for operational pharmacovigilance activities for assigned developmental and marketed products. You will represent pharmacovigilance, both regionally and globally as an authoritative and knowledgeable member of Global Clinical Development Teams (GCDTs) and similar, determined by the position's seniority/experience. You will also be involved in signal detection/safety monitoring activities for pharmacovigilance operations with a lead responsibility. As part of the GPSE Global Medical Safety team, you will report to the Senior Medical Director, GI and work with the broader safety cross-functional groups.

How you will contribute:
  • Technically fully competent to perform all usual Principal Pharmacovigilance Scientist/Senior Pharmacovigilance Scientist workload, including case report QC, review, follow-up, and reportability assessments and input into aggregate safety reports, with the flexibility of mindset this requires.
  • Liaise with other relevant functional areas both within and outside of global PV to best ensure the most efficient and timely attainment of compliant and patient-focused safety data.
  • Represent the pharmacovigilance department in cross-functional teams or committees and external environments at a global and regional level as required, with the advanced communication skills this requires.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of designated products/studies.
  • Expect close interaction and involvement with senior PV physicians.
  • Provide support and oversight of pharmacovigilance operational activities for designated compounds.
  • Conduct project activities for designated developmental products.
  • Lead set up of safety procedures for complex developmental programs.
  • Contribute to the development of safety exchange agreements for co-development projects
  • Review and provide functional area expertise for the development of protocols, IBs, SAPs, CSRs and other relevant project/study documents
  • Close knowledge of protocols to effectively respond to safety issues
  • Participate in Global Safety Teams, coordinating all aspects of signal detection/safety review activities.
  • Draft responses to regulatory/ethics safety questions
  • Close working relationship with physicians, both technically and managerially
  • Perform ad hoc analyses e.g. in response to regulatory queries
  • Integral to Global Safety Teams and associated support
  • Other functions as directed by departmental and business needs
  • Proficient in all communication skills, with the agility to respond to different audiences in a clear and concise manner. Where acting as the GSL can expect to lead presentations to Safety Board, with the detailed preparatory work this implies and, where ad hoc issues arise, the short timelines that can ensue.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree or specific pharmacovigilance qualification preferred (MD, Ph.D., and PharmD).
  • 6+ years of related PV/safety experience required.
  • Prior experience must include: Conducting safety signal detection, assessment, and management from various sources including medical scientific literature and global safety database (2 years); performing the medical assessment of the individual case and aggregate safety reports for product safety profile and addressing safety -elated regulatory authority requests (2 years); apply clinical trial methodology, various regulatory submissions, pharmacovigilance regulations, and safety profile to perform risk/benefit analysis (risk management plan) (2 years); utilize proficient communication skills with the ability to review, analyze, interpret and present complex safety data to a high standard during internal and global cross-functional collaborations for patient safety (2 years).
  • Excellent databases skills and detailed understanding of MedDRA codes including the ability to perform advanced searches.
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical trial methodology, pharmacovigilance regulations, safety profile, and risk/benefit analysis.
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to review, analyze, interpret, and present complex data to a high standard.
  • Advanced computer skills with the ability to work within multiple systems; advanced skills in Microsoft Office products (including Outlook, Word, and Excel).
  • Global player in a global PV organization.

What Takeda can offer you:
  • Development Opportunities / Career Growth and Expansion
  • 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 and Family Leave
  • 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 "remote" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

Base Salary Range: $ 130,000 to $ 186,000 based on the candidate's professional experience level. 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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