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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Senior Director, US Medical Head - Orexin in Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

About the role:

Join Takeda as a Senior Director, US Medical Head - Orexin where you will have franchise level responsibility for one or more program(s) (product or indication) and is accountable for medical strategy, ensuring that TA and product-specific strategies are developed and executed in collaboration with the Medical Unit. You will also serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME), representing the USMA at the Global on relevant internal committees. You will be accountable for the product/franchise level budget, and coaches/mentors team managers, as appropriate. Further, the Sr. Director drives overall medical unit insights, including ad boards, and communication with cross-functional partners. As part of the US Medical team, you will report to the Neurology and Vaccines (TA) Head. This is a hybrid role based in Lexington, MA.

How you will contribute:

  • Overarching Responsibilities:

o Franchise level strategic responsibility for one or more program(s) (product or indication) dependent upon complexity.

o TA and/or product focus may evolve to support priorities of the organization (e.g. additional TA or product specific responsibilities may change based upon strategic direction of the organization)

o Oversee and/or delegate execution of medical strategies by the medical unit partner with the PM to track progress against strategic plans, including development + communication of periodic reports.

  • Develop US Product Medical Strategy:

o Lead/co-develop/coordinate with the medical unit and provide medical input into the near-term and long-term strategic direction for assigned product/franchise

o Accountable for development and ongoing updates to relevant product specific medical strategies, in partnership with medical unit, and in alignment with the commercial brand strategy and global product teams

o Collaborate with Value and Evidence Generation (VEG) team to develop evidence generation strategy

o Develop long-term lifecycle management strategy + tactics (HEOR etc.)

o Collaborate with PM (as applicable) to develop and maintain medical landscape and insights to inform strategy

  • Team Management:

o Manage the TA-specific team (Directors / Associate Directors), to effectively develop and execute medical strategy, including delegation of responsibilities, providing ongoing oversight and coaching, to ensure the team is achieving the objectives of the medical strategy, in addition to the career development of the team.

  • Medical Expert:

o Serve as the in-house medical and scientific expert for therapies within the assigned TA and represent medical affairs at the Global level for a product/franchise. Insights

  • Generation:

o Generate Insights – Develop and execute ad board strategy, which may be done in partnership with the PM (as applicable), and insights from field medical / additional sources.

o Understand and Communicate Insights: Synthesize summarized insights + implications from relevant sources (e.g., ad boards, field medical) to medical unit and cross-functional stakeholders, and update medical landscape + medical strategy (as appropriate).

  • External Engagement:

o Develop external KOL relationships and insights through Advisory Boards, professional associations/meetings and conferences etc.; manage global interactions with US KOLs and vice-versa. Partner with US Strategic Medical Alliances group on external partnership, as appropriate (e.g., external affairs/government affairs).

  • Budget Management:

o Accountable for budget at the Franchise level, and ongoing budget management in partnership with the PM or delegated to Director/Associate Director, and in concert with Sr. Dir. + TA Head. Execution / Content Creation:

o Partner with the medical unit functional leads to ensure strategic alignment related to execution of the relevant franchise / product medical strategy and how it is pulled through into tactics (e.g. Grants, Medical Communications (e.g. SCP, ICP, Slide Decks), Publications, Research, Field Medical, Etc.).

o Support medical review of appropriate materials as part of medical and commercial review processes.

  • Internal Engagement:

o Lead / coordinate with the medical unit, including attending regular meetings, and representing on the SLT (assuming most medical units are product-level, but may be broader)

o Represent medical affairs (i.e., be the point of contact) on cross-functional / cross-division meetings (representation on global medical forums, commercial / product forums, NPP, etc.). (A/R)

o Primary point of contact: Ensure appropriate delegation for TA/product specific single point of contact for Medical Affairs; [e.g., ensure representation on GPT – R&D, GMA, Commercial Teams (e.g., IBD insights team)].

o Provide input into confidential new business development.

  • Leadership Behaviors:

o Demonstrate strategic enterprise thinking finding innovative ways to serve patients, and build trust, reputation and business

o Creates the environment that inspires and enables people to move the organization forward

o Focuses on a few priorities and delivers superior results

o Elevates the capabilities of the organization for now and the future

o Demonstrated ability to communicate and influence up, down, cross-functionally with ability to influence internally, and externally

o Executive Presence & strategic storytelling

o Ability to oversee and delegate, and manage stakeholders

o Demonstrate strong partnerships and collaboration

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Required:

o Advanced Doctoral Degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD) or other advanced degreed professionals considered depending on past relevant pharmaceutical industry experience, and/or clinical work, research, or academic endeavors.

o Experience with clinical research, publication activities, congress presentations, and public speaking.

  • Preferred:

o Advanced Doctoral Degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD), preferred with over 7 years of relevant clinical practice, research, academic and/or pharmaceutical industry experience.


Maintain minimum standards of education/certification in individual professional discipline


Periodic travel required (up to 20%)

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:

$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.


Lexington, MA

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