Posted to MedZilla on 11/14/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Group Lead for Medical Communications SR0042444-MZ


This opportunity may be responsible for both Rare Metabolic and Neuroscience Therapeutic Areas


  • Manage and lead a Global Medical Communications Team focused on one or more Therapeutic Areas and provide resource allocation and budget development oversight for the group
  • Oversee the development and implementation of medical communication plans for the brand /asset or therapeutic area
  • Personally develop and implement a medical communication plan for one or more disease areas / assets as required
  • Ensure execution of content development plans for the therapeutic area
  • Oversee congress planning and execution for the therapeutic area
  • Provide executive management for medical aspects of the International Commercial - Medical Legal Regulatory (CMLR) promotional and non-promotional materials review process



  • Oversee activities within the Global Medical Communications team for one or more disease areas / assets
  • Coordinate with Human Resources to recruit and retain Global Medical Communications team members, monitor performance of goals and delivery of medical communications plans, and identify and foster areas for development
  • Actively manage team allocation and budget to ensure quality and timely delivery against medical communication plans. Collaborate with the Head of Global Medical Communications and procurement business partners to manage agency contracting and sourcing
  • Coordinate with the Head of Global Medical Communications and other Global Medical Communications Group Leads to identify and share best practices

Oversee the development and implementation of medical communication plans and content

  • In cross-functional partnership with the Global Medical Affairs team, define medical communication plans for each disease area / asset and oversee Scientific Communication Platform development and implementation by the responsible Global Medical Communications team member
  • Support the Global Medical Communications team with compliant implementation and oversight of each disease area / asset plan
  • Coordinate with the Global Medical Affairs Team and Regional Medical Affairs partners to define appropriate medical communication solutions to support product/disease area strategy implementation across geographies, including, e.g.
  • Medical congress planning and execution
  • Medical field materials
  • Digital / multi-channel approaches
  • Collaborate with the Global Medical Affairs team for one or more disease areas / assets to translate medical strategy into medical communication objectives and activities
  • Personally develop and implement a medical communication plan for one or more disease areas / assets

Manage medical aspects of assigned global International CMLR

  • Resolve escalated International CMLR questions and provide executive leadership in concept design and approval of promotional and non-promotional materials


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Experience working within a medical communications function for global products
  • Ability to train a team of advanced degree professionals and other personnel to complete medical communications activities


  • Oversee the overall operations of a team aligned within a defined therapeutic area
  • Demonstrate the ability to adjust functional or cross-functional plans and priorities in response to changes in strategic direction

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions
  • Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are made swiftly to yield flawless execution
  • Accountable for designing and implementing vision and strategy for designated scope


  • Strong communication skills to support complex interactions with stakeholders in global, regional and local roles


  • Ability to identify opportunities and anticipate changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment


  • Leadership of a geographically diverse team responsible for strategic communication deliverables and other resources for a portfolio of products within a therapeutic area


  • A relevant healthcare degree (PhD, PharmD or equivalent) is required
  • 8+ years post-doctorate healthcare or related experience
  • 5+ years of Medical Affairs experience, preferably within a matrix structure
  • Strong awareness of medical affairs roles (e.g. Medical Science Liaison, Medical Information, Medical Communications, Medical Education, Publications)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience managing vendors and complex projects
  • Strong knowledge of medical communication approaches and best practices
  • Familiarity with international regulatory and legal guidelines regarding medical communication strategy and execution

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