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Communications Lead – TAK-279

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Sep 24, 2023

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Communications Lead – TAK-279Takeda PharmaceuticalCambridge, MAAbout the role:

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join Takeda as the Communications Lead – TAK-279 at the Director level in Cambridge, MA. As the Communications Lead – TAK-279, you will lead all global communications for TAK-279, a highly differentiated oral TYK2 inhibitor being investigated in psoriasis, and Takeda’s new and expanding inflammation programs exploring psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, and additional immune-mediated diseases.

How you will contribute:
  • Direct all global internal and external communications strategies for TAK-279 programs

  • Develop and execute pipeline and/or milestone-specific communication plans, including global material and message development, launch toolkits, global congress communication, media relations strategy, digital/social tactics, and quarterly investor messaging support.

  • Partner closely with global patient advocacy, global corporate affairs, investor relations, and country and regional communications teams to ensure a consistent TAK-279, psoriasis, and inflammatory disease narrative and communication strategy for Takeda.

  • Lead communications efforts for global pre-launch activities and data and regulatory milestones, including scenario planning and strategy.

  • Play integral role on global program team, representing the communications function and providing strategic support and counsel.

  • Provide program information and strategic guidance to countries and regions oninflammation program-relatedissues​ and issues management.

  • Create global disease awareness programs for psoriasis and immune-mediated disease.

  • Advise on communications strategies for major global dermatology, rheumatology, and related medical congresses where data will be presented, liaising with R&D and medical communication teams as appropriate.

  • Develop internal communications messaging to support announcement of major brand and/or pipeline milestones

  • Manage global public relations agency partner and oversee communications budget for TAK-279 programs

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree, preferably in health communications related field

  • 10+ years experience in pharma/biotech company, or an agency, with a comprehensive understanding of the biopharma industry

  • At least 5 years of experience in global product / pipeline communications, preferably in psoriasis / dermatology and inflammation

  • Extensive product launch experience

  • Country / regional level communication experience is preferable

  • Proven track record conducting global communication initiatives, programs or events

  • Travel may be required (15%)

  • Experience in defining project plans and leading / influencing project teams

    • Experience and maturity to challenge and intervene with colleagues

    • Strong ability and experience working in a complex global matrix organization

    • Excellent communication skills required, written and verbal (presentations)

    • Detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to meet important deadlines and work well under pressure

  • Track record of successfully working across highly matrixed teams, influencing without authority, and influence change within a large organization

  • Exceptionally strong decision making and prioritization skills; ability to manage competing priorities and making difficult decisions for inclusion/exclusion

  • Required to prioritize and identify impactful global communication initiatives, plan and execute on budgets and deprioritize in times of constraint and limitations

  • Works across many stakeholders at global, regional, country, and R&D level

  • Need to ensure legal and regulatory compliance across all communication content

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 - Binney St

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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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