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Associate Director, External Data Execution

Lexington, Massachusetts
Start date
May 10, 2024

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Job Description

About the role:

Join Takeda as an Associate Director of External Data Execution where you will will play a crucial role in driving and navigating transformative initiatives while fostering a culture of continuous improvement, adaptability, and growth. As the Associate Director of External Data Execution, you will serve as the most senior technical leader within Commercial Data Management & Strategy (CDMS) overseeing the design, development, and delivery of data deliverables produced by the external data partner community. Additionally, you and your team of Vendor Execution Senior Managers will be holistically responsible for the quality, accuracy, and design of data deliverables produced by external data partners and suppliers. You will also be responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring all Data Quality Management (DQM) techniques that are applied to inbound data with a goal of ensuring no vendor-based errors make it through to the Mart and Analytics layers of the data warehouse. As part of the CDMS team, you will report to Director of External Data Governance Execution and partner with Data, Digital, and Technology (DD&T) and external data suppliers.

How you will contribute:
  • Oversee technical design, development, and implementation activities carried out by external data partners and suppliers, ensuring that the assets produced for Takeda meet both technical and business expectations.

  • Coordinate activities between the technical members of the external data partners and the internal DD&T teams, serving as the lead point of contact, to facilitate seamless integration and management of data feeds.

  • Lead proactive Takeda-led initiatives such as onboarding and ingesting of data from new suppliers as well as changes with existing partners, and modifying frequencies and schedules as required by the business.

  • Identify and document changes requested or required by external suppliers, coordinating with internal DD&T teams to design, develop, test, and implement the necessary modifications.

  • Determine Data Quality Management techniques applied to externally supplied data deliverables to ensure data integrity and accuracy and develop tools and resources to assist in this process such as dashboards.

  • Serve as the primary regulator of regular data file deliveries, identifying and resolving any issues or bugs promptly in collaboration with external suppliers and communicating any impacts to internal colleagues.

  • Lead and develop a team of senior managers responsible for assisting in these technical vendor management activities and grow the team’s capabilities to handle increasingly larger amounts of scope.

  • Foster collaboration and alignment between dependent teams such as DD&T and the internal data community through effective communication and coordination efforts.

  • Ensure external partners adhere to established processes and procedures for software development and data management and hold them accountable to all applicable Service Level Agreements.

  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance efficiency, reliability, and quality of data management processes. Builds, retains, develops, and motivates team members to success. Builds a talent base and succession plan, implements personal development plans and training to achieve business objectives.

  • Embeds an agile mindset and spirit of innovation in the team and the way they work.

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

  • Minimum of 8 years of management level experience in the pharmaceutical, immunology, biologic/biotech, or medical device industries.

  • Minimum of 5 years of people leadership experience leading a medium to large organization and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.

  • Proven track record of leading and 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:

$149,100.00 - $234,300.00

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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