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Director, Communications Business Partner to Global HR

Job ID R0003817 Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan;

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Job Description

Takeda is a global pharmaceutical leader with more than 30,000 professionals working together across more than 70 countries. We have an unwavering dedication to put people first and we live our values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. We are united by our more than 230-year legacy of research-based pharmaceuticals and our mission to strive toward Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

Takeda is in the process of creating a more robust global Corporate Communications presence. As part of this, the company seeks to appoint a highly experienced and well-rounded communicator to the role of Director, Communications Business Partner to Global HR. This is a director-level position reporting directly to the head of Global Internal Communications.


Strategy Development

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of Takeda and HR communications landscapes to develop and drive the overall HR Function communications strategy to support the overall success of the HR function priorities within Takeda and to realize the people brand both internally and externally
  • Utilize understanding of the connection between Takeda’s strategy, the Global HR strategy and the internal communication strategy to help drive understanding across the business through global HR communications
  • Identify HR Function communication needs and priorities, provide direction and focus on high-value work with a focus on driving performance and employee engagement
  • Identify highest-impact opportunities for Communications’ support.
  • Develop and execute communications plan for all Global HR led annual events; and coordinate with relevant communications teams to ensure alignment with global positioning
  • Advise and counsel cross-functional teams to ensure clarity on short- and long-term communications strategies both within the HR Function and cross-functional stakeholders
  • Reset and adjust HR Communications strategy based on continuous measurement and changes in business needs
  • Ensure alignment with other local, regional and global communications colleagues to bring the people brand to life and support HR communications objectives

Communication Planning & Execution

  • Create, manage and execute on HR communications plans for all initiatives that clearly demonstrate the link between desired business outcome and function communications activities
  • Provide Executive communications support to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Increase visibility and impact of CHRO and HR leadership communications through key events and channels globally and locally (executive notes, key message, presentation material, organize town halls)
  • Provide expert guidance on the communication of key projects and initiatives (e.g. Employee Value Proposition, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement, learning and development, performance and reward and employee life-cycle) that form the global HR strategy
  • Serve as expert and contributor of HR messaging to global editorial and content, acting as primary liaison between Global HR and Global Internal Communications in developing and reviewing key HR / people messages for the CHRO
  • Design compelling global HR project and non-project communications, crafting an engaging approach to ensure key HR / people messages are understood
  • Partner with HR to lead change communication to support Takeda’s Global transformation journey
  • Support functional and organizational changes and counsel, develop, and support the execution of change program communications relating to HR
  • Routinely measure and analyze how effectively HR’s portfolio of project and non-project activities are being communicated across global and local channels, making recommendations where relevant

Stakeholder Management

  • Build relationships, counsel and advise on cross-BU/Function initiatives in close collaboration with Subject Matter Experts/Functions
  • Act as a trusted resource and develop strong relationships with colleagues at all levels
  • Develop relationships and credibility with teams in other areas of Takeda, and leads communications and HR colleagues to achieve consensus and results

Business Acumen

  • Build a deep understanding of HR Function, Global Internal Communications, and relevant departments’ objectives and landscape
  • Continually seek information, including HR industry trends (e.g. employee engagement) and regulatory changes (e.g. changes in employee law, works councils, unions) and input into how communication can help achieve business objectives
  • Serve as the technical expert in the HR area of communications

Continuous Improvement

  • Engage in communications learning networks to circulate Communications best practices amongst the Global Internal Communications and business partner communications teams
  • Develop and/or share best practice guidelines to help HR colleagues hone their communications skills


Strategic and Engaging Communications 

  • Outstanding communications consulting skills and proven ability to help internal partners/stakeholders address strategic opportunities and solve problems
  • A skilled communications strategy mindset continuously focused on desired and measurable business outcomes
  • Superb communications content planning and delivery in English, Japanese a plus
  • Strong communication and presentation skills consistently exhibit professional maturity, confidence and competence
  • Experience in external communication with various stakeholders

Interpersonal Influence

  • Ability to engage with senior leaders and provide strategic counsel and feedback
  • Strong interpersonal and partnering skills, and the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships with and influence internal and external stakeholders at all levels and functions of the organization

Business Acumen

  • Passionate about and knowledgeable of the pharmaceutical and/or life sciences sector
  • Global understanding, acumen and the knowledge of how to work in an international structure and varied cultures and how to communicate to make an impact in diverse workforce
  • Knowledge of organizational and people behavior, and how to raise employee engagement and drive change through communications

Project management

  • Solid organizational and time management skills with proven abilities to manage multiple, often complex and sometimes competing, objectives, goals and other priorities to effective and efficient conclusion


  • Significant experience (minimum seven to ten years) in corporate communications to meet communications objectives and increase employee levels of engagement and drive behavior change
  • Minimum five years’ experience in a senior communications role, healthcare or pharmaceutical industry strongly desired but not essential, preferably supporting HR communications in multinational companies
  • Experience developing, executing and managing communications strategies within complex organizations with multiple cultures/ in transformative stage undergoing change and providing strategic communications counsel to senior executives
  • Experience in building and utilizing social media strategies, employment brand and reputation in local and global talent markets
  • Managerial experience in corporate communications, including managing a number of programs/projects simultaneously and oversight of multiple communications platforms and channels
  • Proven record of building and maintaining excellent stakeholder relationships – within teams, across the business, with senior leaders and external agencies. Including ability to successfully collaborate with others to identify needs, provide guidance, and create and communicate solutions
  • Lateral thinker who’s able to use creative ways to address business needs
  • Experience and understanding of multi-cultural, multi-country/region businesses is preferred
  • A pragmatic and flexible approach to personal time management given calls/meetings with your stakeholders may take place in different time zones to your own
  • Able to seamlessly work lead strategic planning through to execution and delivery


  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, etc.)
  • Carrying, handling and reaching for objects
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time while traveling


  • 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

Empowering Our People to Shine


Boston, MA

Tokyo, Japan

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