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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Director, Medical Communications and Scientific Training in Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Join Takeda as a Director, Medical Communications and Scientific Training out of our Lexington, MA office. Where you will lead and be accountable for innovative, competitive, and impactful medical communications and scientific training execution over the life cycle of assets in an assigned therapeutic area, in alignment with US Medical Affairs. You will be accountable for the development and delivery of end-to-end communication strategies, in close alignment with product-specific US Medical communication objectives, Scientific Platform, and Integrated Medical Communication Plan, resulting in collateral materials to support internal and external needs, outreach, and education for the assigned therapeutic area. You will also be responsible for planning and execution of relevant communication tactics for the assigned therapeutic area; including the development of scientific slide decks, field medical materials, training curriculum and content, Medical Symposia, and Congress materials in collaboration with the Medical Unit, Global Medical, and Publications.

How you will contribute:

  • You will need to demonstratea full understanding of the therapeutic area strategy and translate that into fully aligned communication and training plans forproducts and emerging assets.

  • You will interact primarily with the Sr. Director of Medical Communications and Scientific Training, MedicalDirectors, and other functional medical partners such as Outcomes Research, Field Medical, Medical Information, Program Management; other USBU Stakeholders; and Global functional groups such as Medical, Publications, Training, Statistics, and Legal.

  • In this role you will also liaise with external key stakeholders such as opinion leaders, investigators, partners, and vendors formedical communication, scientific curriculum development and activities.

  • Actively developstrategic medical communications strategies and plans, in alignment with brand objectives and based on cross-functional input

  • Align and coordinate with the Sr Medical Director to monitor the performance of goals and delivery of medical communications plans, and identify and foster areas for development for theMedical Communications team

  • Lead day-to-day management and development of a scientific platform and narrative to drive consistency across all related medical communication tools and channels in collaboration with the US Medical Affairs team for assigned therapeutic area

  • Provide support to key products and life cycle management of key marketed assets in the assigned portfolio and emerging pipeline assets

  • Oversee the development of disease area-specific and product-focused materials such as slide decks, training materials, and publication extenders with vendors and/or relevant internal stakeholders

  • Develop medical congress strategy and plans, including the execution of key congress tactics such as live and virtual booths, HCP-facing materials, video content, and/or training resources

  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of medical communications trends and the evolving digital medical communications landscape to deliver best-in-class tactics and programs specific to assigned assets

  • Oversee budget and relationships with vendor(s) and/or consultants to deliver projects in alignment with timelines and defined objectives

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • PharmD or Ph.D. in biological science or related field or MD required.

  • 5+ years of related experience at a pharmaceutical company required.

  • Minimum of 3 years in medical affairs including leadership roles in medical communication function required.

  • Experience leading individuals and cross-functionalteams required.

  • Experience in Medical Affairs/R&D functions, including medical communications, with demonstrated results in medical communications functions (within the pharmaceutical, biotech, or agency), which may include publications, medical information, and other functional areas within Medical Affairs required.

  • Experience in the development and ownership of omnichannel strategy and/or digital engagement strategy for medical affairs required.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.

  • Ability to work across diverse therapeutic areas required.

  • Experience with resource allocation and vendor management required.

  • Experience with managing budgets required.


  • Understanding pharmaceutical clinical development and product life-cycle management

  • Strong self-motivation and enthusiasm with demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, highly detail-oriented environment

  • Ability to understand and interpret medical/scientific data and develop strategic messaging and strong knowledge of pharmaceutical standards, compliance, and regulations

  • Experience and knowledge of clinical trial reports, data presentation, and interpretation

Travel Requirement- Ability to travel to various professional meetings, conferences, and client sites – limited overnight. This will be mainly US; however, some international travel may be required.

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:

$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-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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