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Translational Scientific Manager - Cell Therapies

Boston, Massachusetts


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Translational Scientific Manager - Cell Therapies

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Job ID R0020948 Date posted 07/31/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovative-driven company that will inspire you and support your career development? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as Integrative Data Scientist at our Cambridge 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 a wavering 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 in Cell Therapies.

The fast-growing Cell Therapies team at Takeda is seeking an experienced Translational Scientific Manager who is also an expert in flow cytometry to drive the delivery of pipeline assets and platform/technical projects. The position works closely with Translational Leads and senior team members from the Cell Product Clinical Translational team to develop project plans to contribute to preclinical IND enabling studies and coordinate execution of the clinical Translational studies and biomarkers assay-development across highly matrixed teams with representation from I/O Discovery, Preclinical Pharmacology, DMPK, Process Development, Analytical Development, Clinical Biomarkers and Clinical Operations functions. Empowered by the nimble, project-centric approach of the Cell Therapies team, this role is critical to the team’s successful delivery of next generation cell therapies.

As a member of the Cell Product Clinical Translational team, this role will contribute directly to the development and management of clinical translational strategies in the Cell Therapies team, to enable increasingly rapid translation to the clinic of internally and externally developed cell therapies.

Success in this role depends heavily on strong scientific background, interpersonal skills, a keen attention to detail, a passion for project management and execution, technical oversight of clinical biomarkers assay development and broad knowledge in the IO and/or cell therapy preclinical and clinical translational space.


  • Contribute to translational science programs and support the execution of the overall translational strategy developed at team meetings.
  • Coordinate scientific meetings with internal Subject Matter Experts to design and perform translational experiments to support hypotheses around the biological functions and MoA.
  • Subject matter expert in the development and validation of flow and mass cytometry assays.
  • Provide technical and scientific leadership and coordinate with CROs for the development, validation, and implementation of flow cytometric assays in support of clinical biomarker strategies across Cell Therapy programs.
  • Key organizational player of a highly skilled translational team that shares a common goal of delivering the optimal path forward for clinical development.
  • Work closely with Translational Senior Scientists and Leadership to successfully deliver, communicate and execute translational strategy for projects and platforms.
  • Develop project planning documents and archive project materials to ensure visibility of both project history, current status, and future directions.
  • Manage execution of project plan, including meeting logistics, authoring of minutes, assignment of action items and tracking of internal and external deliverables to meet clinical study timelines.
  • Drive timely decisions and accountability within team and facilitate active communication and information flow between translational team members, stakeholder functions, and governance bodies.
  • Leverage project management best practices to facilitate cross-functional translational team meetings fostering a team culture of transparency, accountability, high cross-functional communication, and timely execution.
  • Contribute to broader cell therapy translational matrix by sharing ideas, tools, best practices and lessons learned.


  • Bachelor's degree in life science-related discipline (such as Immuno-oncology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology); Master's degree or higher preferred.
  • Subject matter expert in flow cytometry and mass cytometry assays with at least 5 years of hands on experience with these assays.
  • Experience in drug development, analytical development or clinical trial project management required.
  • Cell therapy and translational development experience strongly preferred
  • Broad knowledge of cell and gene therapies, clinical assay development, project management best practices and proficiency with supporting project management tools.
  • Experience developing team culture, resolving conflicts, and driving decision-making in a matrix environment.

    Knowledge And Skills

  • Teamwork – Ability to work well in a highly cross-functional team environment
  • Communication - Able to expresses one’s self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor and team members.
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems, determine causes and determine and implement solutions.
  • Organization – Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and can successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Motivated – Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description.

    What Takeda Can Offer You

  • 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
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