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Head, Clinical Partner Management

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
May 8, 2024

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Clinical, Clinical Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company to inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as the Head, Clinical Partner Management reporting to the Head of Global Development & Neuroscience Therapeutic Area based in our Cambridge office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to work towards their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers and work towards for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


  • Lead Clinical Partner Management group, which partners with Therapeutic Area Units, Clinical Operations, and Clinical Site Startup & Engagement to launch and deliver effective clinical programs by supporting outsourcing activities. Provide strategic leadership of operational governance framework and relationship with Takeda’s full-service R&D global operations partners (e.g. GDO cross-TAU Operating Committee)
  • Strategic leadership to optimize the operational success, value and efficiency of R&D global operations partners, drive the innovation forum with strategic partners and Takeda’s functions to ensure deployment of technologies such as digital tools in clinical trials
  • Strategic leadership to develop Clinical Trial Operating Models, and partnership-level strategic roadmap to deliver short and long-term vision in Trial Delivery (GDO)
  • Establish and implement Good Partnership Practices in Takeda R&D, including fostering Partnership mindset and culture, delivering best in class partnering and earning Takeda “Partner of Choice” status in the industry


  • Facilitate overall strategic partner Executive Strategic Committee meetings and relationship management, bringing together Takeda internal stakeholders and clinical trial delivery partners to achieve high quality, on-time and on-budget optimized study execution through governance, partnering principles and operational best practices
  • Set strategy and oversee relationship management with key strategic partners, provide timely and constructive feedback, (and direction as necessary) to the strategic partners, and serve as the issue escalation point with partnership leadership and study teams and assist with timely and effective issue resolution
  • Create cross-enterprise view of overall partner performance, identify and resolve overall partner delivery gaps, opportunities to leverage new and improved ways of working (including technology offerings) engage with Takeda and the strategic CRO partner (s) to prioritize gaps and capability management
  • Establish contracting strategy and approach with major CROs, including developing master SOWs
  • Maintain familiarity with industry standards, best practices, and innovative thinking in CRO offerings and working models and engaging as appropriate to support Takeda’s portfolio and drive innovation forum with strategic partners
  • Ensure alignment between SETs and vendor relationship managers on expectations, budgets, and timelines of working arrangements in clinical programs; ensures reliable tracking and forecasting of clinical study-level budget and resource allocation
  • Ensure compliance with internal policies and procedures, GCPs, and applicable regulations, as well as inspection readiness of all regulated activities
  • Create a culture focused on quality, patient safety, and “Takeda-ism” that attracts, retains, and develops the most effective people


  • Bachelor’s Degree or international equivalent required, Life Sciences preferred. Advanced degree highly desirable.
  • 14+ years of applicable clinical development and operations experience, with at least 5 years in a global leadership role
  • 5+ years of line management experience including management of senior staff with accountability to therapeutic area development teams (highly matrix organization) and management of staff across multiple sites/regions
  • Experience in people leadership, managing global teams and coordinating collaboration with cross-functional teams
  • Expert knowledge of global regulatory and compliance requirements for clinical research, local country requirements and ICH GCP, including experience with global regulations and global regulatory inspections is required. Familiarity with industry interpretations to ensure compliance while reducing complexity is desired
  • Global/international experience required, including ability to collaborate with colleagues and staff in other locations
  • Advanced knowledge of existing and emerging global GCP regulations (Americas, Europe, Asia and Japan) and industry interpretations to ensure compliance while reducing complexity
  • Senior management experience in Clinical Operations/clinical trial management, enabling technology solutions or related field, leading a medium to large organization and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders
  • Operational experience in pharmaceutical drug development with significant direct exposure to clinical development
  • Strong strategic thinking, planning, execution, and communication skills
  • Proven track record of leading and driving business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables
  • Track record of successful leadership, management, and development of large, multi-disciplinary globally dispersed teams. Strong judge of talent with the ability to make tough talent decisions
  • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Boston, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$252,000.00 - $396,000.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

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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