Posted to MedZilla on 3/30/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Head of Medical Communications - Oncology Global Medical Affairs 1700153-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


The Head of Medical Communications (MedComm), a member of the Takeda Oncology Global Medical Affairs (GMA) Leadership Team, will establish the Medical Communications function within Takeda Oncology. She/he will lead the successful development and implementation of global oncology medical communications to meet the needs of our patients and health care providers.
She/he will have direct oversight over the following MedComm centers of excellence (COEs): medical drug information (MDI), medical review, publications, training, congresses, medical education, and grants for inline and pipeline medicines. She/he will provide strategic direction and oversight for medical communication activities and will engage with cross-functional partners including research, development, medical, and commercial brand teams. She/he will ensure alignment of global, cross-functional medical affairs strategies and execution of those strategies with the goals and objectives of the organization. She/he will drive medical communications as a key element to execute and achieve medical strategies.

She/he will collaborate with medical directors and other GMA functions, including External Collaborations to develop and deliver a comprehensive and integrated global MedComm strategy that is aligned cross-functionally (i.e. commercial) and supports regional needs for the product. She/he will also be accountable for the medical communication support to the US oncology medical affairs team and will assist regions and oncology business unit (OBU) countries in developing and implementing their MedComm strategy.


  • Develops and implements best-in-industry, customer centric models. Drives consistency of medical / scientific statements across communication channels. Develops and maintains scientific platform to enable consistent scientific positions related to Takeda Oncology products.
  • Leads, plans and manages budgets and human resources, including outsourced services and vendors (e.g. call center, publication vendors, etc.) for the MedComm CoE.
  • Leads, manages, coaches and develops overseen functions to support high performance and develops performance standards and metrics to track individual and team performance.
  • Drives the development of disease- and product-specific scientific slide decks and tools and training materials in collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Leads, creates and delivers medical insights that support cross-functional decision making.
  • Manages the medical review process of all scientific, non-promotional communications. Provides oversight and direction for the medical review of promotional materials.
  • Provides oversight and direction for Takeda Oncology GMA presence at medical meetings.
  • Develops and maintains policies/processes for receiving, documenting, and fulfilling of inquiries from internal and external customers, as well as implementation of functional policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure full compliance with corporate and government requirements, including good publication practices.
  • Supports US medical team: oversees the development and implementation of global and US-specific publication strategies and plans; supports training for the US medical field team.



Education and Experience:
  • PharmD, PhD or MD degree
  • 10+ years post-doctorate healthcare or related experience
  • 7+ years Medical Affairs experience or related industry experience
  • 5+ years budgetary and direct/indirect people management experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Preferred training/experience:
  • Demonstrated results in managing medical communications groups including publications, medical information, congresses, and training.
  • Strong understating of pharmaceutical clinical development and product life-cycle management
  • Cross-functional leadership experience within the pharmaceutical or related industry
  • Creativity and innovation: Proven ability to think creatively (outside the box) and challenge the status quo is mandatory
  • Strategic Approach: Ability to identify opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through strong understanding of and ongoing assessment of the internal and external environment
  • Engage Others: Ability to create a clear and unifying vision inspiring teams to excel
  • Develop Capabilities: Ability to train, manage, motivate and develop a department of advanced degree professionals and other personnel
  • Collaboration: Ability to cultivate a broad network of relationships throughout the organization
  • Lead Change: Able to adjust functional or cross-functional plans and priorities in response to changes in strategic direction
  • Drive for Results: Creates functional strategies and goals that are closely aligned with company objectives, and develops metrics to track and assess performance
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Acumen: Strong understanding of regulatory and compliance environment


  • Maintain minimum standards of education/certification in individual professional discipline.
  • Ability to drive to or fly to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips.
  • Requires approximately 20-30% travel.

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