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Head of Data Digital & Technology, Global Oncology Business Unit

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
May 23, 2024

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Job Description

Takeda is taking a giant step forward to create a future-ready organization that evolves at the speed of science and technology, to meet the needs of patients by seeking and incorporating novel data & digital capabilities, and agile methodologies. Our aim is to provide digital solutions that are personalized to each patient’s unique needs and health circumstances. With individual care at the center, we can support patients in actively managing their personal care journey – from the moment they are diagnosed through treatment and beyond. Our Data, Digital and technology teams play an integral role in accelerating this exciting journey.

The Head of Data Digital & Technology (DD&T), Global Oncology Business Unit (OBU) Leader role is a key senior leader in the organization and will partner with Business Unit (BU) Executive Team (TET) members, the CDTO and the extended Data, Digital and Technology leadership teams. S/he is expected and encouraged to develop a deep understanding of Takeda’s business. At the forefront for success in this role is the ability to effectively balance a two-speed environment: the new world of innovation enabled by rapidly changing technology, and the established world of defect-free, stable execution. A deep understanding of our business imperatives is paramount and needs to be balanced with thoughtful and creative disruption through digital technologies and contemporary data analytics capabilities.

This role is instrumental in providing holistic technology solutions, enabled by data and accelerated by digital, to enhance and complement business investments and ultimately the company’s growth and strategic imperatives.


  • This role leads the Digital, Data & Technology (DD&T) team in support of the Global Oncology BU and is directly accountable to drive the overall digital strategy and innovation to enable the business.

  • Implement the oncology strategic plan as outlined; while looking to continuously improve over time

  • Support the business growth projections from an infrastructure to innovation, looking for AI driven efficiencies and automating processes

  • Support commercial and medical functions inside BU by being a subject matter expert and business partner; suggesting tech solutions and managing support through enterprise teams.

  • Develop and implement contemporary and thoughtful strategies that enable and bring to life our Data and Digital and technology Imperative to fully and creatively unlock the power and potential of the organization

  • Drive Data, Digital & Technology strategy for global functions (e.g commercial, medical, access) and three markets (i.e US, Europe and Japan).

  • Partner with Enterprise Data, digital & technology teams leveraging and re-using capabilities/platforms where applicable.

  • Be a talent attractor, developing and cultivating a followership of technical professionals that embrace change and embed digital technologies into the support and advice offered

  • Set BU/BF Data, Digital & Technology strategy, including identifying and curating BU/BF DD&T goals and needs that can be addressed through digital and analytics use cases, supported by technology and data

  • Ensure BU/BF needs influence shared product, service and platform backlogs managed by Global CDTO org, balancing BU/BF and enterprise value 

  • Highlight use cases with cross-BU potential via DD&T Board, increasing impact of BU/BF initiatives across the enterprise

  • Drive delivery of DD&T strategy, with focus on business value, leveraging BU/BF and Group CDTO org resources

  • Steward Oncology DD&T budget, with TCO perspective and optimizing for BU/BF value (while driving adherence to standards)

  • Ensure BU/BF adherence to architecture standards (set by Architecture Council) and data standards (set by Global Data Council)

  • Build and manage high-performing and fit for purpose BU/BF DD&T team with strategic roles that require proximity to end user / business; leverage Group CDTO org talent for other roles, as well as third parties (when internal talent not available)

  • Promote transparency into BU/BF DD&T agenda to the DD&T Board and Architecture Council, incl. identifying opportunities for cross-BU collaboration and reuse

  • Increase digital and analytics literacy of BU/BF talent through targeted capability building and drive adoption of DD&T offerings

  • Ensure BU/BF DD&T talent follows “internal-first” sourcing approach, adheres to global DD&T job families and roles


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical or related field.

  • Minimum of 15+ years experience, with strong analytical, project management, presentation and influencing skills.

  • Knowledge of the health science industry, macro trends, and how health science companies operate across the value chain is preferred.

  • Understanding of how modern technologies can be applied and sourced to add business value in regulated industries with a track record of measurable success will also be considered.

  • Deep understanding of commercial technologies (e.g CRM, omnichannel platforms, master data management).

  • Strong understanding of US pharma patient, account and provider data

  • Track record in leading DD&T talent and delivering major projects / programs

  • Strong understanding of external business environment and industry trends

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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