Posted to MedZilla on 9/23/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director, Global Publications, Oncology 1701645-MZ


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The Director of Global Publications is a high-visibility leadership position within the Medical Communications department of Global Medical Affairs (GMA), Takeda Oncology. This dynamic individual will have ultimate responsibility and accountability for the Publications department within GMA, which includes overseeing publication strategies and all related publication activities for all oncology products (commercial and pipeline), ensuring appropriate resource levels, systems support, and policies and SOPs are available to ensure business needs are met in an efficient, timely, and compliant manner.

The Director of Global Publications is responsible for managing a group of Publications Managers, along with managing vendors, resources and budgets to effectively deliver publications and contribute to the efficient operations of the department. This individual will work closely with his/her team to optimize department resources and to improve processes and department efficiency to deliver high-quality products in a timely manner. The Director of Global Publications serves as subject-matter expert and consultant for regional- and country-level publication issues, and contributes to the operations of a successful Medical Communications department.
The Director of Global Publications is responsible for understanding early phase compound activity, timing and dependencies for program progression, and resources needed as compounds progress through clinical development. The individual will also coordinate initialization of global publication teams with GMA.

Critical to this position is the understanding of ethical considerations around industry publications, the ability to implement, interpret, and apply policy to daily activities, the ability to assess vendor capabilities within the scope of work, and expectations and understanding of alliance partnerships.


  • Provide leadership for global oncology publication programs for both commercial and pipeline products; determine required resources for programs reaching critical development phase; work with global product team members to ensure clear understanding of publication processes; work with Global Product Leads and Global Medical Directors to align strategic publication plans and activities with product medical strategies and medical communication plans
  • Determine resource needs within the Publication department of the Oncology Business Unit; recruit vendors and personnel to fill resource gaps; manage performance of direct reports and contribute to recruiting, training, and coaching of high-performing individuals; create an atmosphere for learning and professional development consistent with the tenets of Takeda-ism
  • Collaborate with non-oncology publications colleagues to ensure consistent application of global publication policies and processes
  • Collaborate with the training leads to develop training materials on publications and publication-related issues
  • Ensure global publication policies for Takeda-sponsored publications meet the needs of the organization in a manner consistent with good publication practices according to industry and regulatory agencies
  • Work closely with the Head of Medical Communications to ensure excellence in the delivery of strategic publications plans and publications activities at all levels of the organization; lead change management efforts, as/when required
  • Responsible for communicating metrics to management on performance of the Publication department against strategy for compounds and programs, compliance adherence, vendor performance, and budget
  • Work closely with the Publications team to coordinate and plan budgets, approved work orders, conduct vendor performance assessments, and to execute publication plans for all compounds
  • Work with vendors and internal technical support groups to ensure systems supporting publication activities are maintained to meet the growing global business, provide value to the end user, and demonstrate compliance, as required
  • Serve as the Global Oncology Publications expert for internal and external customers regarding best practices and publication guidelines, as well as internal global Standards and SOPs on publication-related activities


  • Advance degree (PhD, PharmD, or equivalent) in a scientific discipline
  • 7+ years of publications planning and execution experience with one or more global products
  • Oncology experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply relevant external guidelines related to publications, and current standards of good publication practice
  • Significant previous experience with peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Significant vendor management experience
  • Significant experience in/knowledge of clinical drug development
  • Strong communication, prioritizing, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills
  • Significant previous experience in managing/leading cross-function teams


  • Significant experience in pharmaceutical or biomedical writing
  • Experience with publication-support systems
  • Experience with broad product/disease area communication planning
  • Experience using influence and negotiation to secure positive outcomes


Ability to travel to various professional meetings, conferences and client sites limited overnight. Some international travel may be required


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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