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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Head of Digital Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 240 years of heritage.

The scope of the Head of Digital Health encompasses leading digital strategies for healthcare solutions, focusing on pricing, market access, and evidence generation using digital technologies. This role is at the forefront of developing and implementing Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) strategies, overseeing product platforms, and ensuring compliance with regulatory protocols. The Head of Digital Health is pivotal in integrating digital health frameworks to optimize Takeda’s product launch and inline market strategies.

  • Create comprehensive strategies for digital health that align with Takeda’s innovation goals and market access requirements, emphasizing the utilization of digital tools for evidence generation.

  • Drive the development and deployment of SaMD products, focusing on strategic platform integration and lifecycle management.

  • Establish frameworks for digital-driven pricing and market access strategies to enhance Takeda’s competitive positioning.

  • Ensure all digital health initiatives adhere to global regulatory protocols and frameworks, maintaining Takeda's reputation for compliance and patient safety.

  • Utilize digital capabilities to collect and analyze real-world data, translating insights into compelling evidence for healthcare solutions.

    • Strategic Direction for Digital Health : Set strategic direction for Takeda’s digital health initiatives, ensuring alignment with overall corporate strategies and healthcare trends.
  • Oversight of SaMD and Digital Platforms: Oversee the life cycle of SaMD strategies, from concept to deployment, ensuring robust product development and successful market integration.

  • Digital Evidence Generation: Spearhead the use of digital tools to generate robust evidence that supports pricing strategies and demonstrates product value.

  • Market Access Digitalization: Lead digitalization efforts for market access, transforming traditional models with innovative digital solutions to optimize product positioning and access.

  • Regulatory Protocol Leadership: Guide the digital health team in navigating and complying with complex regulatory protocols, upholding the integrity of Takeda's digital health offerings.

  • Cross-Functional Digital Health Synergy: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate digital health strategies across R&D, marketing, and sales divisions, ensuring a cohesive approach to health technology.

  • Innovation in Patient Access and Affordability: Innovate patient access solutions using digital tools, focusing on affordability and access to Takeda’s healthcare products.

  • Digital Health Literacy and Advocacy: Lead initiatives to improve digital health literacy among external stakeholders and advocate for the adoption of digital health solutions in clinical practice.

  • External Digital Health Policy Influence: Engage with policy-makers and industry leaders to influence digital health policies and practices that impact patient care and access to digital health solutions.

**Leadership** _(Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)_

  • Vision and Strategy: Develop a clear vision for the digital transformation of the company and articulate a compelling strategy that aligns with the overall business objectives. This includes identifying opportunities for leveraging data, digital, and technology to drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and enhance patient outcomes.

  • Business Alignment: Ensure that the data, digital, and technology strategy is closely aligned with the company's business goals and objectives. Collaborate with key stakeholders across different functions to understand their needs and priorities, and translate them into actionable technology initiatives that deliver value to the organization.

  • People Management: Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to foster their professional growth and development. Create a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning within the team.

  • Communication: Effectively communicate the data, digital, and technology strategy to all levels of the organization, including executives, managers, and employees. Clearly articulate the benefits, challenges, and impact of the strategy, and ensure that everyone understands their role in its execution. Foster open and transparent communication channels to encourage feedback and collaboration.

  • Influencing Others: Influence and inspire key stakeholders to embrace the digital transformation journey. Build strong relationships with executives, department heads, and external partners to gain their support and commitment. Demonstrate the value and potential of data, digital, and technology initiatives through compelling storytelling and evidence-based arguments.

  • Managing Change: Lead change management efforts to ensure smooth adoption and implementation of new technologies and processes. Anticipate and address potential resistance or challenges, and develop strategies to overcome them. Provide guidance and support to employees throughout the change process, and foster a culture of adaptability and resilience.

**Decision-making and Autonomy** _(The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)_

  • Experience driving change in processes and organizations, while maintaining working relationships with key business customers.

  • Understands Risk management with the ability to identify, analyze, track, manage and resolve risk issues that impact projects.

**Interaction** _(The span and nature of one’s engagement with others when performing one’s job, internal and external relationships)_

  • Internal Relationships: As the Head of Data Digital and Technology Strategy, you will engage with various internal stakeholders across different functions and levels of the organization. This includes executives, department heads, project teams, and employees. You will collaborate closely with these stakeholders to understand their needs, align strategies, and ensure the successful execution of data, digital, and technology initiatives.

  • External Relationships: You will also establish and maintain relationships with external partners, such as technology vendors, research institutions, startups, and regulatory bodies. These relationships will be crucial for staying updated on industry trends, accessing cutting-edge solutions, and leveraging external expertise to drive innovation and digital transformation in the biopharmaceutical sector.

  • Span of Engagement: Your engagement with others will span across various activities, such as strategic planning, project management, collaboration on cross-functional initiatives, and communication of the data, digital, and technology strategy. You will actively participate in meetings, workshops, and conferences to share insights, gather feedback, and build consensus among stakeholders.

  • Nature of Engagement: The nature of your engagement with others will involve effective communication, collaboration, and influence. You will need to communicate the vision, strategy, and progress of data, digital, and technology initiatives to stakeholders in a clear and compelling manner. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive alignment and ensure successful implementation. Additionally, you will influence and inspire others to embrace digital transformation and adopt new technologies and processes.

  • Relationship Building: Building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders is essential for the success of your role. This involves actively listening to their needs, providing guidance and support, and fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. By building trust and rapport, you can effectively navigate complex organizational dynamics and drive the digital transformation agenda.

**Innovation** _(The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)_

  • Scientific Knowledge: As the Head of Data Digital and Technology Strategy, you should have a strong understanding of scientific principles and the biopharmaceutical industry. This knowledge will enable you to identify opportunities for innovation, understand the potential impact of emerging technologies, and effectively collaborate with scientific and research teams.

  • Knowledge Sharing: Encourage a culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration within the organization. Foster an environment where employees are encouraged to share their ideas, insights, and expertise related to data, digital, and technology. Facilitate cross-functional collaboration and create platforms for sharing best practices and lessons learned.

  • Innovation: Foster a culture of innovation by encouraging and supporting creative thinking, experimentation, and risk-taking. Promote the exploration of new technologies, methodologies, and approaches to drive digital transformation and enhance business outcomes. Encourage employees to challenge the status quo and embrace a mindset of continuous improvement.

  • Risk-taking: Embrace calculated risk-taking by evaluating the potential risks and rewards associated with innovative initiatives. Encourage employees to take calculated risks and learn from failures. Provide a supportive environment where employees feel empowered to propose and implement innovative ideas, even if they involve some level of uncertainty.

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:

Cambridge, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$205,100.00 - $322,300.00

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-term incentives. 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.


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