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Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Leadership

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
Jun 4, 2024

Job Details

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Job Description

Objective / Purpose:

Expected to engage others by inspiring commitment. Collaborate by influencing through relationships, mobilize high performance, anticipate the group’s future needs and help develop capabilities aligned with those needs. Champion change and be a role model for junior staff not only in technical expertise but across Takeda competencies.

  • Independently leads development of strategy and plans for multiple, complex programs

  • Regularly leads and influences functional/divisional strategy, operations and innovation

  • Functional thought leader and mentor

  • Impactful contributor to divisional initiatives and may contribute to corporate, cross-divisional, and global initiatives


Program Leadership:

  • Provides strategic scientific leadership and program management for multiple global CMC development teams dealing with complex development programs that require scientific depth and overall product development acumen for successful execution

  • Identifies, mitigates and communicates project or program risks to relevant stakeholders. This person is expected to advance not only the program teams they lead but also other teams that are facing unique challenges.

  • Lead/participates as functional expert in divisional and cross-divisional initiatives.

  • Represents CMC on cross-divisional governance and development teams while providing strategy and accountability for CMC deliverables.

Technical Acumen:

  • Provides scientific leadership and innovation in pharmaceutical research and development. Builds teams across functions and geographies with individuals who have the right skills and experience to deliver on key organizational initiatives.

  • Mentors other members of the department to develop their abilities to lead and advance their individual skills of pharmaceutical product development. Demonstrates humility and approachability in encouraging others to challenge ideas and openly raise issues.

  • Acts as an internal consultant to the Pharmaceutical Sciences staff for any scientific advice that may be needed on a project basis.

  • Develops the capabilities of the department by identifying opportunities and anticipating changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.

  • Represents Pharmaceutical Sciences in cross divisional, corporate and global initiatives. Cultivates a broad network of relationships throughout Takeda, with affiliates and alliance partners, in the industry and area of expertise.

  • Inspires commitment through a wide range of communication channels (meetings, writing, and presentations).

  • Develops and communicates convincing business cases for department strategies that motivate stakeholders to take action.

  • Ensures that technical and scientific standards within the function meet state-of-the-art industry expectations.

  • Identifies, evaluates, develops, recommends and/or negotiates novel solutions to meet critical project needs.

  • Critically reviews technical and scientific reports from external sources and coordinates Takeda-sponsored work.

Education & Competencies (Technical and Behavioral):

Education / Experience:

  • BS + 18 years of experience; MS + 14 years of experience; PhD + 12 years of experience

Technical Skills/Competencies:

  • Ability to propose and influence development to result in a commercially viable product.

  • Must have the maturity to utilize scientific and technical knowledge to provide unique business solutions.

  • Experience must be in a scientific discipline with expert knowledge of pharmaceutical development, including an understanding of current laboratory techniques, instrumentation, problem solving techniques, process engineering and manufacturing development, and statistics used in experimental work. Regularly contributes functional expertise to external industry and advocacy groups.

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of several allied fields, such as chemical engineering, analytical/organic/physical chemistry, process engineering, pharmaceutics, quality assurance and/or regulatory affairs. Advanced understanding in DMPK, Pharmacology and Toxicology.

  • Extensive knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), ICH Guidelines, other pertinent national regulations, compendial requirements and communicating with regulatory agencies.

  • Must have experience in global regulatory submission requirements and processes.

Program Leadership Skills/Competencies:

Experience with the application of project leadership knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques for complex multidisciplinary programs and initiatives.

  • Leadership - develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to influence and guide internal and external stakeholders towards the accomplishment of program, divisional and corporate goals and objectives; adapts well to different personalities and manages others on the team in a respectful manner.

  • Risk Management – ability to identify/solve technical, budgetary, and schedule risks to multiple programs and propose appropriate risk response strategies. Ability to identify gaps in CMC technology/trends and influence change/improvements to affected areas/processes.

  • Communication – ability to expresses one’s self clearly and concisely to key stakeholders; documents issues and/or concerns concisely and comprehensively; adjusts style, language and/or terminology appropriate for the audience. Can represent CMC viewpoint at corporate and industry level.

  • Resource Management – Ability to anticipate and manage internal and external resource needs (people, information, technologies, time, and capital).

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:

$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.


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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