Posted to MedZilla on 5/21/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, US Medical Affairs Training, Oncology R0008095-MZ


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Job Description


The Associate Director, US Medical Affairs (USMA) Training will be part of the Medical Affairs Training department within Global Medical Communications, Takeda Oncology. This dynamic individual will have responsibility and accountability for the identification of learning needs, development and execution of tailored training plans and packages, and measurement of training success for Medical Affairs Training plans in USMA, which includes ongoing needs assessments, developing and updating training programs, and establishing reinforcement training, including booster and focal training, to drive the continual enhancement of USMA scientific knowledge of Takeda Oncology marketed and pipeline products, relevant disease states, and competitor data.

The Associate Director, USMA Training will be responsible for ensuring strategic collaboration with US Medical and Scientific directors as well as regional field directors to better understand training needs and deliver programs that meet these needs. The Associate Director will work with and oversee vendors to help support training initiatives. The Associate Director will liaise with members of the GMA team and key cross-functional stakeholders such as Global Outcomes Research, and be a key contributor to the successful operations of the GMA Medical Communications department.


  • Become a subject matter expert on Takeda Oncology products and perform baseline and ongoing assessments to identify training needs, and to develop tailored training packages and plans to address those needs
  • Lead development and updating of high-quality medical affairs education and training plans and materials to drive a consistent and deep understanding of, scientific knowledge on, and communication fluency with, Takeda Oncology products, respective disease states, and competitor data aligned with product scientific platforms
  • Ensure Hematology and Solid Tumor USMA field teams are trained and certified as scientific experts on Takeda Oncology products
  • Collaborate with the head of the Training department to implement training systems/platforms as appropriate to facilitate ease of training; deliver innovative training that maximizes blended learning approaches including, but not limited to, modules/slides, guest speakers, e-learning (including apps and games), webinars, live meetings, workshops, posters, and podcasts
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant SOPs, policies, and procedures

Education, experience, and skills:


  • Advanced degree (PhD, PharmD, MD) in a scientific discipline, or primary scientific degree with commensurate long-term experience within pharmaceutical or biotech industry
  • 5+ years of medical affairs experience with one or more US or global products
  • Previous experience with oncology
  • Previous experience working with cross-function teams
  • Vendor management experience
  • Strong communication, prioritizing, problem-solving, planning, and organizational skills


  • Previous experience in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development, and in adult education, is strongly preferred
  • Prior curriculum development, and experience with educational outcome assessment, and application of adult learning principles
  • Significant experience in pharmaceutical or biomedical writing and communications, including group facilitation and presentation to diverse audiences
  • Experience with learning management systems
  • Broad product/disease area knowledge
  • Prior experience using influence and negotiation to secure positive outcomes

Licenses/certifications: none required

Travel requirements: Ability to travel up to 25% per year including international travel

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