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Director, Data Acquisition

Lexington, Massachusetts
Start date
May 10, 2024

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Job Description

About the role:

Join Takeda as a Director, Data Acquisition where you will play a crucial role in driving and navigating transformative initiatives while fostering a culture of continuous improvement, adaptability, and growth. You will also be expected to lead a team that includes leads for important external data domains such as licensed, specialty, and omnichannel data and ensuring those teams elevate the partnership with suppliers in each of those categories. As part of the Commercial Data Management & Strategy (CDMS) team, you will report to Head of U.S. Commercial Data Management & Strategy and partner with Business Unit (BU), Sales Operations, and Data Digital & Technology (DD&T) colleagues, as well as, external stakeholders.

How you will contribute:
  • Partner with an extensive network of external data suppliers to understand the data marketplace, to optimize spends, to leverage the breadth of data, and to build expertise.

  • Engage with stakeholders to enable business strategies and provide thought leadership on opportunities where external data partners and capabilities play an important role.

  • Provide data product/domain leadership and develop roadmaps and strategic plans to articulate the vision.

  • Partner with DD&T in concert with the data acquisition domain leads on their team as the expert and senior conduit to the data vendors to initiate new action as well as to remediate and resolve challenges.

  • Knowledgeable of USBU procured data and build enterprise data awareness of capabilities and opportunities.

  • Responsible for the data vendor relationships and overall quality of data delivery to Takeda.

  • Build and sustain important relationships with Procurement to ensure cost efficiency and accuracy in all contracts. Support RFPs and contract negotiations. Ensures team and related CDMS staff capture comprehensive documentation.

  • Works to ensure value of data sourced from the external community is realized and communicated within the organization.

  • As a member of the CDMS leadership team, spearhead initiatives to foster a cohesive and inclusive environment, emphasizing collaboration and shared goals.

  • Partner closely with stakeholders, particularly in sales operations, to align strategies, improve communication channels, and enhance cross-functional cooperation.

  • Drive cultural improvements within the team, managing change effectively while cultivating a culture of transparency and continuous improvement.

  • Champion the enhancement of data literacy among team members, facilitating knowledge-sharing and leveraging data-driven decision-making.

  • Actively pursue ways to cultivate a learning culture, encouraging ongoing skill development to propel the team’s growth and success.

  • Lead in the development and execution of data quality and service level enforcement techniques applied at the contractual layer by incorporating and advancing best practices.

  • Oversee of a calendar of regularly scheduled and cyclical supplier reviews to ensure consistent compliance.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Minimum BS/BA degree with MS/MBA preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, immunology, biologic/biotech, or medical device industries.

  • Minimum of 8 years of people leadership experience leading a medium to large organization and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.

  • Proven track record of driving business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables.

  • Ability to set priorities, deliver on deadlines and develop workflow processes and tasks in an evolving, dynamic marketplace.

  • Strong analytical skills and budget management.

  • Previous organizational change management experience.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and skills necessary to lead through change and influence without authority.

  • Ability to demonstrate strategic and critical thinking, as well as problem solving skills.

  • Strong organizational, planning and project management skills–ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and develop workflow processes and tasks for multiple projects.

  • Track record of successful leadership, management, and development of small to medium, multi-disciplinary 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.

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.

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:

Lexington, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$169,400.00 - $266,200.00

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.


Lexington, 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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