Posted to MedZilla on 2/19/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-CA, Senior Director, Alliance Stanford - Palo Alto, CA 1702855-MZ


Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Senior Director, Alliance - Stanford in our Palo Alto office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Senior Director, Alliance - Stanford working on the CNS Biology team, you will be empowered to develop, lead, and execute the Takeda - Stanford Alliance for Innovative Medicines.


  • To be Takeda s on-site scientific, strategic and programmatic leader and relationship ambassador at the Stanford Alliance for Innovative Medicines (AIM); to lead Takeda s participation in the AIM Review Committee and to be an observer on the AIM Board
  • To supervise and direct Takeda personnel seconded to Stanford; to identify and manage internal Takeda resources applied to projects
  • To interface with Stanford s alliance leader and Stanford investigators to identify, develop, select and operate AIM projects
  • To act as Takeda project leader for up to two AIM projects

  • Interface with Stanford s AIM director in all aspects of AIM alliance leadership, project selection and AIM operations, provide scientific and preclinical development leadership
  • Interface with Stanford investigators to solicit and assess project opportunities, lead Takeda s conflict assessment efforts, support investigators in developing proposals and project selection responsibilities in the Review Committee.
  • Provide leadership to Takeda s operational efforts in AIM, including supervising secondees from Takeda; working with Takeda project leaders to identify and apply resources to projects; report results to the Board and Takeda; and make recommendations for the resourcing of projects to the Board (including recommendations to graduate, continue or terminate projects). Facilitate networks and access to technologies in support of AIM projects, including to those which may not reside within Takeda (i.e. connect Stanford and AIM to non-Takeda providers of technology or services which might support AIM projects as may be appropriate).
  • Interface with Takeda s DDUs to transmit DDU strategies to Stanford; socialize AIM projects into DDUs; when appropriate support Takeda assessment of AIM projects as licensing opportunities.
  • Act as project leader for up to two AIM projects including; act as co-lead for projects alongside the lead Stanford investigator; provide programmatic leadership, organization and reporting; develop, enact and update project plans; provide scientific and strategic advice to projects.
  • Act as Takeda s alliance ambassador to Stanford including interfacing with investigators throughout Stanford; help to plan and participate in AIM socialization programs within Stanford; explore potential innovations and investigators within Stanford for entry into AIM but also explore opportunities for collaboration outside AIM; maximize exposure of Takeda s network into Stanford.
  • Actively participate in any joint educational or advisory interactions originating from AIM into Stanford laboratories; support, as appropriate, any AIM initiatives for education of Stanford faculty and students.


  • Must have 10+ years of drug discovery leadership experience (small molecule or biologics), with strategic and operational knowledge and skills to lead teams that take programs from novel disease biology, to the generation of chemical matter (whether small molecules, biologics or other therapeutic modality) and demonstrate the activity of the biology and corresponding chemical matter.
  • Must have experience working in an industrial setting with pharma- or biotech-style teams and projects, but also experience in interfacing with academic investigators and laboratories. Must be able to speak the same language in both communities.
  • Must be able to have and clearly express vision for the value and strategy of drug discovery opportunities (i.e. what is the value of a potential project to patients, how is discovery to be approached to produce actionable data, what is the value of a program in a commercial setting, how feasible/tractable/risky is an opportunity, how to bring expertise to bear on assessment/planning/execution of projects, etc.)
  • Must be able to work in a multinational industrial setting, to navigate pharmaceutical organizations at the research level, to advocate for projects in the context of therapeutic area strategy, to advocate for and obtain resourcing needed for projects.
  • Must be able to problem solve on multiple fronts: identify and resolve weak project strategy points; learn from and correct technical or planning failures in projects; identify and rectify organizational and resourcing difficulties.
  • Must have excellent R&D judgment: help guide strategy that yields actionable results in the path of therapeutic development (e.g. selection of therapeutic modalities, selection of model systems, etc.); bring in external expertise to programs as needed; determine whether project merit support or should be terminated; keep the goal of advancing projects to animal PoC while appropriately balancing the interests of Takeda and Stanford. The leader may be required to advocate for position to the benefit of AIM and the projects which may not be immediately or superficially advocated by Takeda or Stanford or both.
  • Must be diligent about reporting AIM progress into Takeda and ensuring that project teams also report progress and results to Takeda and AIM leadership
  • Must inspire teams to work across academic and Takeda organizations, and encourage entrepreneurial and innovative thinking; push teams to experiment and try new strategies while ensuring that these strategies contribute to project progress; attract the attention of both Stanford investigators and Takeda scientists to both specific projects and the AIM operation to propose and pursue development of innovative projects; must play the advocate for AIM projects into both Takeda and Stanford.


  • Typical office and laboratory activities are anticipated so there are no extraordinary physical demands.


  • The position s home base will be Stanford. However, interfacing directly with Takeda Research, CEI and Takeda leadership will be necessary, and these will be located at typical Takeda Research sites it is therefore anticipated that travel to Japan, Boston and San Diego will be required. As an annual estimate, the position may require ~1-2 trips to Japan and ~8-10 trips to either Boston or San Diego. In addition, it will likely be necessary to attend conferences (~1-2) or visit service providers and third party collaborators (~1-2).


  • 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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