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Head of R&D Digital Strategy Group

Boston, Massachusetts


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Head of R&D Digital Strategy Group

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Job ID R0016528 Date posted 01/31/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

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 R&D Digital Strategy Group, 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


  • Provide leadership to the R&D Digital Strategy Group with accountability for refinement of overall strategy and remit for the group
  • Develop the infrastructure for the Digital Strategy Group including templates, tracking tools, training material etc to enable the group to support Global Project Teams
  • Drive and influence Takeda’s R&D digital agenda through collaboration with a broad array of stakeholders within the Data Science Institute, as well as Therapeutic Area Units and Global Project Teams
  • Evolve of Takeda’s operational model to enhance adoption of digital strategies
  • Establish interfaces into enterprise-wide digital approaches via partnership with Digital Advisory Board and supporting work-streams
  • Drive Takeda R&D’s external strategy on areas such as regulatory policy, consortia and professional bodies


  • Leads and manages the Digital Strategy Group, setting the strategic direction for the team and empowers and develops Digital Strategy Leads.  
  • Partners with TAUs, Digital Strategy Leads and Head of DSI to coordinate and prioritize Digital Strategy Group engagements across the portfolio focusing on the design, execution and analytics of highest value digital solutions enhancing asset strategy as well as operational data and analytics 
  • Develops operating model with key interfaces for deployment, validation and testing of digital tools within clinical trials (eg clinical operations, Device Center of Excellence, clinicians, transnational scientists)
  • Leads efforts to source external subject matter experts (e.g., digital KOLs, patients, academia) and cultivate a network to help advise and inform GPT digital strategies and technologies
  • Defines and implements necessary tools and practices to enable portfolio view of needs and asset-level solutions across R&D portfolio
  • Partners closely with DSI (Data Architecture) to enable common prioritization of complex R&D digital deliverables
  • Works with GPTs to lead concept design and early execution of digital solution development
  • Collaborates with Takeda Center for External Innovation (CEI), Takeda IT, DSI colleagues, and Takeda Digital Advisory board and external partners to select appropriate technology platforms and vendors for efficient solution development and deployment
  • Owns digital asset strategy for designated GPT’s , leading concept design and early execution of digital solution development
  • Partners with R&D leadership and learning to identify platforms and opportunities for scalable experiential digital learning (to build comfort with digital concepts and approach)


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry; deep understanding of pharmaceutical, med device clinical development process, timing, inter dependencies, regulatory, privacy, and ethics
  • Digital literacy and proven ability to drive change pragmatically using novel technologies
  • Understanding of programming principles, tech development, and data management process


  • 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, demonstrating humility and resiliency
  • Ability to distil complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms
  • Executive leadership presence and confidence
  • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organizaiton

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Broad decision making responsibilities:
    • Ability to make highly complex decisions that impact the enterprise
    • 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 and leads others through change by creating and inspiring and engaging workplace
  • Ability to effectively implement R&D’s partnership strategy
  • Effectively represent Takeda in High-level negotiations with the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
  • Ability to build strong partnerships and drive role clarity with other interfacing Takeda functions


  • Visionary and forward thinking with the ability to influence and effectively drive 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


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

Breadth of knowledge required across therapeutic areas, indications, and/or modalities


  •  MS, MBA, Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree 12+ years relevant experience required.
  • Proven track record of leading and driving business process transformation and organizational culture change as well as delivering on programs with complex business deliverables
  • Operational experience in pharmaceutical drug development with significant direct exposure to clinical development and digital technology
  • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Proven experience leading the design and implementation of digital strategies in an R&D environment
  • 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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