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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience, Global Medical Affairs (GMA) in Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine?

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

Primary Duties

Leads and expands Neuroscience Therapeutic Area (TA) including hiring of Global Medical Affairs (GMA) professionals covering different therapeutic indications and devising/implementing multi-year strategic plan for priority development asset including full budgetary responsibilities.

Leads development and execution of multi-year global medical strategy for Neuroscience TA, appropriately aligned with overall GM strategy and cross-functional partners in R&D and GPD (Clinical, Regulatory, GEO, PV, GPLS, HEPA, MPD, and Regions).

Serves as member of the Global Medical Leadership Team contributing to overall Medical portfolio management and prioritization as well as definition and execution of GMA multi-year strategic plan.

Serves as member of the Global Portfolio Division Senior Leadership Team.

Accountable for development and implementation of all Neuroscience TA Global Medical and evidence generation plans and strategy in collaboration cross-functional partners.

Key Medical representative on cross-functional Global strategy teams in including R&D and Commercial.

Acts as a senior company representative interacting with external scientific leaders, patient advocacy groups, and/or regulatory authorities.

Collaborates with Legal, Compliance and Regulatory functions to ensure proper and ethical interactions between GM personnel and external stakeholders.


Accountable for TA medical strategy and plans

Definition of overall TA strategy including head count planning and full budgetary responsibilities.

Development and execution of medical strategy for all assets/indications within TA including evidence generation strategy/execution, publication plans, congress strategy, customer interaction strategy, scientific communication platforms aligned with product strategy, BD medical activities, and digital strategy.

Development of overall medical product strategy; medical affairs input for product(s) to Product Strategy Team, GPTs, and Senior Leadership Teams.

Definition of overall TA medical HTA and reimbursement strategies.

Development of medical tactical plans and budget for global initiatives.

Definition of overall global GM goals/deliverables and key performance metrics.

Interaction with external stakeholders in alignment with customer needs and medical strategy.

Acts as a senior company representative with external scientific leaders, policy makers, patient advocacy groups and/or regulatory authorities.

Establishes and/or enhances partnerships with key academic institutions and develops relationships with key thought leaders.

Establishes appropriate strategic partnerships with HCPs in areas of scientific interest.

Represent GM at internal and external meetings.

Presents data on product / therapeutic area.

Maintenance of knowledge base

Serves as a key medical resource on the disease area and on specific products.

Maintains a high level of expertise in therapeutic area disease area.

Develops and maintains knowledge of global pharmaceutical regulations, guidelines, codes of practices and Takeda policies related to all medical activities.

Develops, conducts, or participates in therapeutic training programs for Takeda internal departments.

Education and Experience Requirements

Medical degree required; board certification in Neurology strongly preferred.

15+ years of experience in biopharmaceutical medicine, preferably within a matrix or franchise structure.

Strategic and thought leadership experience in medical affairs and Neuroscience.

Experience successfully leading global cross-functional teams.

Demonstrated ability to create, lead, and influence successful collaborations, and to navigate and address challenging dynamics on a global cross-functional team.

Sound understanding of clinical development.

Demonstrated inclusive leadership.

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Boston, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$306,600.00 - $481,800.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/ or long-term incentives. U.S. based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S. based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Boston, MA

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