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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Communications Lead, U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Communications Lead, U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations


Cambridge, MA

About the role:

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? If so, join us as the Communications Lead (Director) for the U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations – working on the U.S. Business Unit Communications team – where you will be empowered to create and implement internal and external communication strategies and tactics supporting our Neurodevelopment and Mood Disorders product franchises, investigational therapies in the rare neurology spaces (rare epilepsy and narcolepsy), launch excellence, employees and culture, as well as executive visibility for the U.S. Head of the Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations. You also will be a key member of the U.S. Business Unit Communications Leadership Team and part of the U.S. Business Unit Senior Leadership Team.

How you will contribute:

  • Connect communication strategies to key business objectives by successfully working across various stakeholders, including brand leadership, marketing, medical and Human Resources teams, as well as communications colleagues both within Takeda's U.S. Business Unit and across the global communications organization.

  • Oversee all internal and external strategic communications for the Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations – corporate and product. This includes internal and external executive communications for the Head of the U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations, as well as product communications for the Neurodevelopment and Mood Disorders franchises, and other areas as needed, including U.S. vaccines.

  • Partner with agency teams and other business partners to lead development of external disease-state and product communications (e.g., external product messaging and campaigns, patient storytelling, awareness day campaigns, standby statements) and internal communications to educate and engage employees (e.g. disease-state awareness, patient and employee stories, business performance updates, communications from executives, etc.). Lead launch communications for late-stage programs for the U.S.

  • Develop and execute external and internal communications strategies for the Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations using various communication channels (e.g., press-releases, paid media, blogs, print, website and social media).

  • Drive internal brand awareness building to enhance and reinforce Takeda's commitment to neuroscience.

  • Build awareness of and promote products throughout their lifecycles, managing end-to-end communications, as well as issues as necessary.

  • Drive cross-functional efforts on product-related issues with communication implications within the United States, and as needed, liaise with global or regional functions for alignment.

  • Provide specific U.S. requirements, needs and insight to the global communications team to support global communications and opportunities that require a U.S. focus.

  • Identify and create opportunities for Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations Head and other leaders to engage with employees and communicate business objectives.

  • Partner on internal and external executive communications for the Head of the U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit and U.S. Commercial Operations.

  • Measure effectiveness of communication channels and deliver maximum value for the business and intended audiences.

  • Provide cross-functional partners, including commercial and medical, with communication counsel and execution.

  • Lead, coach and help one direct report prioritize work, as needed.

  • Oversee multiple communications agencies of record, building strong partnerships that deliver against brand objectives.

  • Serve as an active member of the U.S. Business Unit Communications Leadership team, U.S. Business Unit Senior Leadership Team and other leadership teams across the U.S. Neuroscience and U.S. Commercial Operations businesses. Utilize an enterprise mindset to help drive the culture, engagement and success across all teams.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; journalism or communications preferred.

  • 12+ years' experience in public relations, corporate communications or business unit communications.

  • At least seven years product communications experience, including product launch experience, required.

  • Strong writing skills and ability to work on multiple projects needed.

  • Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of/experience in healthcare industry.

  • Potential for up to 20% travel; willing to travel to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips.

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Flexible Work Paths

  • Tuition reimbursement

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.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

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.


Cambridge, MA

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