Posted to MedZilla on 11/13/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Head of GMA Capabilities SR0041540-MZ



  • Enhance the performance of the Takeda Medical Affairs organization through elevation of the capabilities and skill set of Medical Affairs personnel, both across regions and functions, by identification and alignment of core Medical Affairs capabilities.
  • The Head GMA Capabilities role will be responsible for leading the development and overseeing deployment of the Medical Affairs Capabilities model, partnering with Medical Affairs leadership as well as HR/Talent & Organizational Development to identify ways in which to benchmark and elevate the capabilities of Medical Affairs personnel.
  • Collaborates with several functions across Medical Affairs (Global MSL Excellence, Regional Medical Affairs effectiveness teams, MA Leadership, HR, and Scientific Training) to identify efficiencies and alignment in the development and deployment of programs targeted toward the development of Medical Affairs personnel.
  • Partners with HR and MA leadership and other functions as appropriate to promote an overall culture of development within Medical Affairs.


  • Fosters relationships with MA leadership, as well as other relevant functions (including, but not limited to, Global MSL Excellence, Regional Medical Affairs teams, HR/T&OD, and Scientific Training) in order to promote a culture of development and elevation of capabilities within the Medical Affairs organization.
  • Formulates and leads the strategic approach for development of a Medical Affairs capability model.
  • Defines the need for and, in partnership with IT and Business Solutions & Analytics, leads the identification of tools and systems to support deployment and operationalization of the Medical Affairs Capabilities model
  • Liaises with the MA Leadership Team to recommend and finalize those capabilities upon which Takeda Medical Affairs is built.
  • Define Metrics and KPIs which benchmark Medical Affairs performance against our core capabilities as well as allow for identification of targeted areas of development.
  • Ensures awareness of and compliance with all legal, regulatory and company requirements and has a clear understanding

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise (Breadth and depth of knowledge, application and complexity of technical knowledge)

  • Deep understanding of roles across both global and regional medical affairs organizations as well as an understanding of skills and capabilities core and necessary to build dynamic medical affairs organizations.

Leadership (Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)

  • Ability to formulate, communicate, and articulate a clear vision around the benefits of a skilled Medical Affairs organization as well as a clearly aligned Medical Affairs Capabilities model.

Decision-making and Autonomy (The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)

  • Ability to seek input from a diverse group of constituents and stakeholders and adjudicate differences in perspective and feedback in order to drive decision and execution.
  • Ability to communicate rationale behind a decision.

Interaction (The span and nature of one s engagement with others when performing one s job, internal and external relationships)

  • Must be able to engage with stakeholders across functions and with varying degrees of seniority. Additionally, must be able to effectively communicate with and appreciate cross cultural differences.
  • Executive leadership presence and confidence.

Innovation (The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)

  • Innovative in approach to designing and delivering programs across regions and LOCs.

Complexity (Products managed, mix of businesses, internal and/or external business environment, cultural considerations)

  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization


  • Advanced scientific degree (MD, PhD, PharmD, NP) preferred
  • Minimum of 10 - 12 years in pharma/biotech organizations, with 6+ years in Medical Affairs roles preferred or equivalent amount of experience building and leading organizational capabilities models within the biotech/pharma space.
  • Strong understanding of roles and functions across Medical Affairs with a keen orientation to the capabilities core to the organization.
  • Experience working in both global and regional organizations.
  • 4+ years in Medical Affairs Training or in a similar capacity driving organizational capability
  • Experience leading complex projects as well as agency and budget oversight.

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Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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