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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Lead Counsel Global Trade Sanctions in Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

About the role:

Join Takeda as a Lead Counsel Global Trade Sanctions where you will provide operational and strategic legal support of Takeda’s global efforts with regards to Trade Sanctions compliance. You will also make important decisions with a combination of thoughtful analysis, agreement and speed. As part of the Global General Counsel team, you will report to Head Counsel, Global Product & Launch Strategy & Trade Sanctions.

How you will contribute:

  • Serves as subject matter expert on U.S., EU, UK and Japan Trade Sanctions and Export Controls;

  • Support the continuous development, implementation, testing, auditing and execution of Takeda’s global Trade Sanctions Compliance Program;

  • Provide legal advice on daily activities relating to Trade Sanctions (e.g., re blocking and unblocking of parties);

  • Monitor legal trends and developments regarding the relevant Trade Sanctions regimes, in particular with regards to the U.S., EU, Japan and UK and advises on improvements to Takeda’s Trade Sanctions compliance efforts;

  • Draft, co-develops, and reviews Takeda’s sanction compliance-related policies and other internal documents;

  • Draft and revise Trade Sanctions related standard contracts language and respond to third-party compliance questionnaires and similar inquiries;

  • Support management of government audits and investigations;

  • Partner with Digital Data & Technology (DD&T) to ensure implementation and operation of sanctions related systems and technology;

  • Support compliance due diligence activities relating to proposed mergers & acquisitions;

  • Provide HR Team and employees with relevant information and know how necessary to perform their responsibilities;

  • Support continuous development and implementation of an employee Trade Sanctions Compliance training program;

  • Work with and reports to Takeda’s Global Trade Attorney (GTA) who leads the Trade Sanctions Compliance Program.

  • Support other regulatory matters typically arising in a pharmaceutical company.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Demonstrates extensive understanding and knowledge of U.S. Trade Sanctions and Export Controls regulations; good understanding of EU, Japan and UK sanction regimes

  • Preferably very good understanding of pharmaceutical business operations at the global and local levels

  • Experience handling U.S. sanctions matters in a variety of contexts

  • Experience advising on restricted party screening and other internal controls related to sanctions compliance

  • Experience in identifying and addressing strategic, compliance and enforcement risks

  • Understands the complexity of the respective business matters and is able to prioritize tasks within his/her area of expertise

  • Properly allocates matters internally, mandating work to external counsels when opportune or required

  • Uses his/her technical skills to ensure flexible approach and is ready to modify those as needed


  • Looks beyond “the way things are always done” to identify and effectively implement value-added change

  • Encourages new ideas and innovative approaches in order to continually improve processes

  • Develops practical work plans that align the necessary resources to implement change

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Qualified/admitted lawyer

  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience working in a law firm and/or as in-house counsel, in a pharmaceutical or life science company

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in advising on Trade Sanctions regulations

  • Experience working in cross functional and international legal teams

  • Able to assess legal risk and use pragmatic approach

  • Experience working and communicating with external partners, including outside counsel

  • English language fluency (written and oral) and experience drafting agreements in English

  • Willingness to travel occasionally

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in private practice is strongly preferred

  • Knows how to set priorities when working under times of high pressure

  • Desire to put patient and people first and demonstrate the values of Takeda-ism

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Flexible Ways of Working

  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

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.


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