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Head of Global Market Insights Gastroenterology (GI)

Boston, Massachusetts


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Head of Global Market Insights Gastroenterology (GI)

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Job ID R0023163 Date posted 11/11/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Head of Global Market Insights Gastroenterology (GI)

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Head of Global Market Insights Gastroenterology (GI) in our Cambridge, MA office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Head of Global Market Insights Gastroenterology working on the Global Product & Launch Strategy (GPLS) team, you will be empowered to provide strategic oversight and guidance, leading a team to develop global strategic/business insights, forecasts, global brand strategies, indications and pipeline programs for the Gastroenterology Franchise, and a typical day will include:


  • Help the GI GPTs to frame business problems into primary, secondary market research, analytics and forecast modeling requirements and design

  • Oversee integration of primary market research and competitive intelligence within R&D, marketing, sales and payer areas, including foundational strategic research (e.g. market landscape / patient journey, segmentation / A&U / brand positioning/messaging / pricing) and help develop new products TPPs and launch planning. Also clarify key questions to help commercial assessment of assets while helping shape the programs in research and development


  • Market Insight team management Leading a team of highly skilled staff, to deliver high quality, actionable business insights to global commercial leadership, GI TAU and GPTs

  • Act as strategic partner to GI Franchise colleagues working on both In-line products as well as pipeline products: Product Strategy Leads (PSLs), Global Commercial Leads (GCLs),  New Products Leads (NPLs), GPTs and GI cross-functional team  and effectively lead teams that have a direct and marked influence to Takeda’s strategic (commercial and development)

  • Design and deliver market research and forecasting projects to support the growth of global inline brands,

  • Support/help develop Commercial strategy in support of pipeline and new product commercial assessment and preparedness. 

  • Conduct appropriate research and insights considering the use of innovative approaches to help guide Target Product Profile Development, Patient Journey mapping/understanding, Payer assessment to help shape product development.

  • Lead global competitive intelligence efforts for the GI Franchise, including current in-line diseases as well as diseases with pipeline work or as part of commercial assessment.

  • Collaborate closely with US and other Regional New Products Planning and Insights colleagues to ensure Global GI insights are aligned with Regions activities.


  • MS/BS in science or business required; Advanced degree preferred

  • Generally, 10 or more years of experience in a commercial capacity within the pharmaceutical/biotech industry, with a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience is required

  • Experience in successfully leading a commercial team operating in global markets is preferred, and experience in working across the whole lifecycle of the products (from early research thru commercialization).

  • Candidate should have a successful track record functioning in a matrix environment and delivering results in the areas of market research, product analytics and/or forecasting

  • Subject matter expertise in one or more of these disciplines would be preferred: competitive intelligence, market research, and forecasting and or product analytics

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise(Breadth and depth of knowledge, application and complexity of technical knowledge)

  • Experience in developing/providing insights and intelligence at Global and Regional level, and for products across the lifecycle (from early development thru commercialization)

  • Must demonstrate exceptional business acumen, strategic thinking and an understanding of product development, sales and marketing business practices

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and interpret primary research, secondary data analysis, and advanced analytics. These include pricing, reimbursement, HEOR, and forecast modeling in order to develop and recommend business strategies to address franchise objective.

Leadership(Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)

  • Oversight of talent, people development and overall employee performance management and talent management for the commercial insights team

  • Experience advising senior level executives and can apply and help others on the team utilize consulting skills, listening, problem definition, complexity and problem solving skills, hypothesis generation, data analysis, translation of data and insights into action and presentation skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures

  • Enterprise 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

  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact externally and internally to support the portfolio and externalization strategy

Decision-making and Autonomy(The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)

  • The selected candidate must demonstrate personal accountability for driving Franchise and company growth initiatives, effectively influence peer and franchise marketing partners

  • Broad ability to provide clear, thoughtful recommendations and insights to GI Franchise and GI TAU leadership based on outcomes of research projects and acquired information through multiple sources

    • Ability to make highly complex recommendations that impact the diseases, pipeline programs and commercial assessment of BD projects.

    • Ability to seek diverse input from multiple primary and secondary sources, as well as stakeholders to drive solid insights and recommendations

    • Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure recommendations and decisions are made swiftly to yieldflawless execution 

Interaction(The span and nature of one’s engagement with others when performing one’s job, internal and external relationships)

  • Ability to communicate with impact in a global, culturally diverse environment

  • Excellent written and verbal skills to lead & motivate teams, frame insights and decisions, and drive clarity among stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations for Senior Management and Executive level audiences

  • Engagement with following internal and external stakeholders:

    • GPLS & GI Franchise  Senior management, Franchise Head;  Product Strategy Leads (PSLs), Global Commercial Leads (GCLs), New Product Leads (NPLs), PVPA and Market Access Leads, GPLs and GPT members, GPLS GCE team, Global Market Insights for other Franchises, Strategic Planning, Advocacy, Communication, Public Affairs, Innovation

    • R&D & GI TAU Leadership Team, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Program Management, Regulatory Affairs,

    • Regional Management & teams: Regional Franchise Heads, Regional New Products Planning, Regional Insights Leads, Reginal Market Access, Tech Ops, Market Research, Forecasting, Finance, Program Management, Regulatory Affairs, Strategic Planning, Advocacy, Communication, Public Affairs, Innovation

  • External Interaction:  KOLs, key agencies and vendors, development and commercialization partners; Patient advocacy groups.

Innovation(The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)

  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions

  • Ability to take risks implementing innovative solutions, accelerating time and reducing costs for projects

  • Embraces risk as opportunity and willingness to try new approaches

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

  • Ability to distill complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms. Ability to rapidly synthesize information from multiple sources, communicate ideas and data both verbally and written in a persuasive and appropriate manner in multi-cultural environment

  • Ability to analyze a wide variety of data, to make strategic recommendations

  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity

  • Breadth of knowledge required across therapeutic areas, indications, products


  • Willingness to travel to various meeting/conferences including international travel is required.


  • 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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