Posted to MedZilla on 5/22/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, Scientific Communications (USBU) SR0035474-MZ


The Associate Director, Scientific Communications is responsible for supporting medical/scientific communication systems, training, and innovations. This role will serve as scientific, technical, and operational resource to colleagues within Scientific Communications, as well as partner with other Medical colleagues and cross-functional stakeholders.
This position maintains an understanding of scientific communication activities and is able to apply that knowledge and expertise to ensure use and implementation of platforms and systems to support innovative practices in scientific communications and functional training needs.
This position will support the VP, Scientific Communications and serve as a member of the Scientific Communications Leadership team and as identified may be asked to support other Scientific Communication projects and initiatives.

Familiar and knowledgeable of all systems and platforms used for medical and scientific communication practices to support US Medical Office (USMO) strategies and deliverables. Collaboratively engage and serve as a trusted resource with key stakeholders including Publications, Medical Review, Medical Education, Medical and Scientific Directors, Regulatory, Legal, and others.
Responsible for maintaining and delivering system and functional training for Scientific Communication personnel.
Support the process of redefining or establishing medical/scientific communication insight gathering, analysis, and reporting, evaluate and consider digital innovations, and ensuring ability to support informed cross functional decision making.
Maintain good working knowledge and understanding of medical and scientific communication processes and procedures within Scientific Communications, works closely with other functional experts to ensure functional and operational excellence.
Participate, contribute, and support other Scientific Communication projects, activities, and initiatives as needed
Responsible for keeping up to date in digital advancements and best practices in delivery, maintenance, archiving, and reporting of medical and scientific communication practices.
Collaborates with other members of the Scientific Communication Leadership team and assigned USMO Medical Units to assure strategic alignment and to contribute to all knowledge management initiatives for assigned therapeutic areas and product(s).
Actively participates and/or contributes to assigned team or functional meetings as representative of respective Medical team and/or Functional Teams
Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of therapeutic area, product(s), and health ecosystem developments by participating in relevant team and company meetings, attending scientific congresses, and certain professional/trade meetings
Consistently completes all required training, activity documentation, expense reporting, and other administrative responsibilities.


Minimum of a Doctoral degree in a health sciences related field such as a PharmD, MD or Ph.D., with a thorough grasp of the pharmaceutical industry.
Minimum of 3 years of healthcare or related experience (managed markets, clinical practice, research or academic) following award of doctoral degree including a minimum of 3 years of medical communications experience within the pharmaceutical industry.
Possesses superior communication skills, both oral and written, and able to engender trust and respect of peers, subordinates and superiors.
Well-versed in highly technical and scientific languages in order to effectively communicate with key internal and external stakeholders.
Firm understanding of the drug development process including key phases, processes, and techniques utilized for both pre- and post-marketing research studies.
Proven track record of teamwork, leadership, timely decision making and results orientation in meeting objectives.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Therapeutic area experience.
Clinical, research, or teaching experience.
Board Certification in a therapeutic area of interest to Takeda.
Completion of pharmaceutical industry related residency or fellowship.
Knowledge or experience with Adult Learning Principles
Knowledge or experience in digital communications and platforms

Ability to drive to or fly to various meetings/client sites.
Overnight travel (10-20%), including some weekend commitments.
Travel may vary depending on therapeutic responsibilities.

Ability to use telephonic and computer tools for all aspects of the job is critical.

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