Posted to MedZilla on 4/25/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-IL, Sr. Director Global Publications 1700323-MZ


The Senior Director of Global Publications has ultimate accountability for Takeda global publication policies, processes, systems, and budgets across all therapeutic areas and compounds meeting the definition of a global program; may have responsibility for select regional activity as well. The Senior Director has full responsibility and accountability for the Therapeutic area of Focus. Critical to this position is an understanding of ethical issues around industry-sponsored publications and appropriate use of publication deliverables by internal business partners. Ability to execute the position relies on an understanding of drug development and peer-review publication development; global research and development activities; organizational structure, communication, and governance lines; geographic-specific publication and business practices; global compliance issues related to publication practices; short- and long-term organizational objectives; systems required to support the work and contribute to audit activities; and forecasting future growth and resource needs. Senior Director ensures optimal use of internal resources and development of outsourced model; the efficient and effective management of Publication Teams, and alignment with Global Medical Strategy Teams; the development of efficient and standardized processes, including global publication strategies and quality consistency programs; and ensures development and delivery of training programs for compliance with global processes and policies across geographic regions.

Senior Director ensures Takeda establishes and maintains appropriate cutting-edge practices and supporting tools to enhance ethical and efficient business activities; communicates effectively with internal business partners to educate on ethical publication practices and policies; identifies potential risks of specific publication-related activities and proposes solution to appropriately support the objectives of internal business partners.


  • Accountable for the development of global publication policies reflecting current good publication practices according to industry and regulatory standards
  • Defines best practices, identifies high-risk activities, and provides risk-mitigation steps for publication-related activities
  • Works closely with Directors of Publications and Senior Publication Managers to ensure global establishment of publications-related operations, programs, and supporting systems
  • Maintains close working relationship with Global Medical Heads, Global Medical Directors, heads of Regional Medical Affairs offices, TDC, TPI, and TPC to ensure appropriate alignment of activities and efforts, including effective management of Publications Teams and appropriate contribution to the Global Medical Strategy Teams
  • Sets publications budget; works with department personnel to identify resource-optimizing opportunities through process evaluations; demonstrates appropriate resource planning to ensure adequate staffing for successful implementation of department strategies and activities
  • Evaluate established processes against audit requirements; works with department personnel to modify processes where needed to ensure highest potential for successful audit
  • Works with regional Medical Affairs personnel to educate on and support alignment of regional- and LOC-based publication activities with GMA publication policies and practices.
  • Identify resource gaps; communicate gaps to management in a timely manner; maximizes publication resource utilization across Takeda s portfolio of compounds
  • Supervise activities of direct reports; acts as mentor for performance enhancement and professional development; identify growth opportunities, either within the organization or through collaboration appropriate external organizations
  • Serves as an expert for internal and external customers regarding best practices and publication guidelines; participates as a key member of the various Takeda project teams
  • Contribute to GMA initiatives, as requested
  • Drawing from experience, ability to create process, work structures for new responsibilities



  • PharmD, PhD or MD is preferred.
  • Three years of department-level resource management
  • Four-years experience working with global partners/affiliates on large programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; high aptitude for problem-solving; good presentation skills ; ability to present complex concepts in simplified manner
  • At least 12 years of pharmaceutical or biomedical industry experience, or similar experience with a related industry
  • At least 7 years of publications planning experience within the pharmaceutical industry including submission processes for publications, or directly transferable skills
  • Knowledge of pertinent external guidelines related to publications, and current standards of good publication practice
  • Significant previous experience with peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Significant experience in/knowledge of clinical development
  • Preferred:
    • Effectively work and lead cross functional teams


  • Ability to travel to various professional meetings, conferences and client sites potential significant travel commitments; international travel required. About 20% of the time.


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