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Associate Director / Director, Digital Strategy

応募後で応募 求人ID R0060086 掲載日 05/19/2022 Location: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? Join us as a Director, Digital Strategy in our Cambridge, MA office.

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.


The R&D Digital Strategy Group within the Data Sciences Institute leads the development and adoption of digital health tools within our clinical programs. We are progressive thinkers who leverage decentralized trial platforms, digital measurement technologies, and pioneering research to help deliver life-changing medicines to patients. Together with our colleagues across R&D, Commercial, and Information Technology we take on fundamental challenges such as enabling global decentralized trials, development of novel endpoints, the discovery of new digital biomarkers, and the design of digital companions, culminating in a reduction of patients’ burden and improvement of their quality of life.

As a key member of the group at this exciting and transformative time you will:

  • Own enhancements to asset strategy through supporting Global Project Teams (GPTs) with design and execution of highest value digital solutions, considering operational and analytical aspects as well as a longer strategic vision of the GPT programs
  • Inform, optimize, and execute the GPT’s digital strategy to implement digital solutions within clinical trials or clinical development program
  • Support GPTs in the identification and implementation of digital solutions to address the program’s needs
  • Support Clinical Teams in the design of any clinical trial involving wearable devices, eClinical Trial Platforms (eCTPs), or other Decentralized Clinical Trial (DCT) components (eConsent, ePRO, eCOA, Telehealth, wearable devices, etc…)
  • Drive portfolio of digital solutions and capabilities by continuously collaborating with peers within Digital Strategy Group and other DSI stakeholders as well internal and external partners (clinical operations, procurement, statistics, technology partners, clinical research organizations, academia)
  • Navigate the landscape of data privacy, specifically focused on regional / geographic considerations
  • Design and support data transfer specifications for devices and/or platforms in accordance with geographic requirements and limitation
  • Work collaboratively with Therapeutic Area Units (TAUs) leadership, GPTs, digital key opinion leaders (KOLs), Takeda IT, and external partners to understand landscape of solutions enabling drug discovery and development, drive prioritization of digital needs across R&D (asset level), and design/propose appropriate technology solutions and collaboration models to address the needs and enhance the value of the pipeline and provide superior experience for the patients
  • In collaboration with other Digital Strategy colleagues, develop a suite of technology tools that can be readily deployed through a deep understanding of their performance characteristics, their operational requirements, their associated data analysis and their potential contexts of use
  • Critically evaluate new or existing digital technologies, applications, or platform solutions; identify potential risks and develop mitigation plans for technology integration or deployment in clinical trials
  • Educate GPTs, TAUs, and broader R&D organization on digital deployment and agile ways of working to build comfort and drive adoption of digital strategies


  • Enhance asset value by owning and driving digital strategy and early execution/delivery
  • Work with GPTs to lead concept design and early execution of digital solution development
  • Work with Clinical Teams to design and implement DCT components within clinical trials
  • Drive the selection of appropriate DCT tools (eConsent, ePRO, eCOA, Teleheath, wearable devices, etc…) or Digital Devices and assist with their implementation within clinical trials
  • Oversee Digital Health vendor selection (eCTP, device manufacturers, etc…) and support SOW negotiations, provide oversight of User Requirements, Data Privacy, and Data Transfer Specifications, and User Acceptability Testing
  • Provide region-specific guidance in accordance with local medical and digital device and IT regulations with a focus on data integrity, privacy, and security
  • Partner with TAUs leadership to jointly prioritize programs that would benefit most from digital solutions 
  • Engage internal and external subject matter experts (e.g., digital KOLs, patients, academia) to refine approach to solving unmet needs and to design/identify optimal solutions to enhance asset value
  • Work with peers within Digital Strategy group to develop portfolio view of needs and asset-level solutions
  • Partner closely with Data Architecture and Takeda IT to enable common prioritization of complex R&D digital deliverables
  • Collaborate with Takeda Center for External Innovation (CEI), Takeda IT, DSI colleagues and external partners to collectively select appropriate technology platforms and vendors for efficient solution development and deployment
  • Participate in key GPT meetings as needed and manage 6-8 projects, up-to 3 concurrently
  • Partner with R&D leadership to identify platforms and opportunities for scalable experiential digital learning (to build comfort with digital concepts and approach)
  • Maintain and expands a network of internal and external partners to facilitate technology implementation (devices, applications, platform solutions), data collection, analysis, and interpretation in clinical trials
  • Work with internal and external partners to monitor the eco system for emerging technologies and novel biomarkers, measurement techniques, or data sources, and critically evaluate these technologies, providing recommendations for implementation


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Broad understanding of the pharmaceutical industry; deep understanding of pharmaceutical, med device clinical development processes, timing, interdependencies, regulatory, privacy, and ethics
  • Extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of designing and deploying large-scale Decentralized Clinical Trials globally (platforms, devices, analytics and operations) required
  • Willingness to experiment, implement, learn, and teach
  • Digital literacy and ability to drive change pragmatically using novel technologies
  • Understanding of programming principles, tech development, and data management process
  • Clinical, medical, or science background with proven record of designing and executing controlled experiments and critically interpreting the experimental data is highly desirable


  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures
  • Team level leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results
  • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing
  • Proven skills as an effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company, demonstrating humility and resiliency
  • Ability to distill complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms
  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to collaborate on complex decisions that impact the department
  • 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 


  • Effectively navigates the changing external and internal environment
  • Ability to effectively implement R&D’s partnership strategy
  • Effectively represent Takeda in low-level negotiations with the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
  • Ability to build strong partnerships  with other interfacing Takeda functions


  • Forward thinking with the ability to influence organizational change and continuous innovation
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions
  • Ability to take risks implementing innovative solutions, accelerating time to market

Complexity(Products managed, mix of businesses, internal and/or external business environment, cultural considerations)

  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity
  • Breadth of knowledge required across digital modalities


  • BS/BA degree with 10+ years of relevant experience, MS with 8+ years or PhD with 6+ years required (MS, MBA, Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree preferred).
  • Proven track record of delivering on programs with complex business needs
  • Operational experience in pharmaceutical drug development or medical device development with some exposure to clinical development
  • Health care business acumen with a basic understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Self-directed with eternal curiosity and desire to learn
  • Strong external network in innovative digital technologies (e.g., innovators in academia and startups)
  • Proven experience in learning from failure


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • 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

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