Associate Director - Access Insights & Forecasting Lead - Lung Franchise

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Associate Director - Access Insights & Forecasting Lead - Lung Franchise

Cambridge, Massachusetts


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Associate Director - Access Insights & Forecasting Lead - Lung Franchise

Job ID R0053763 Date posted Nov. 24, 2021 Location Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Job Description

The Access Insights & Forecasting Franchise Lead is a highly visible team member in the US Business Insights & Analytics (I&A) organization at Takeda Oncology. The Access Insights and Forecasting team enables US market access insights for payers, managed markets and national accounts along with managing the forecasting process for late stage and in-line assets for Takeda Oncology. Access Insights & Forecasting, Brand Insights, Sales Insights, and Patient Insights constitute the integrated US I&A franchise teams. This role proactively advises on market access performance, leads the development and refinement of best-in-class forecasting, and enables Brand Insight leads to communicate the long-term outlook and vision for Takeda Oncology’s assets. This role partners with the Patient Value and Access (PVA) organization and works closely with Global Commercial Oncology Forecasting on franchise deliverables. 


  • Lead qualitative and quantitative market access analysis, share insights, and provide robust recommendations to PVA and the Integrated Franchise Teams
  • Leverage strong analytical capabilities and experience in analyzing complex situations to develop analysis from multiple sources and synthesize into clear and concise information that is responsive to business needs
  • Lead identification, maintenance, and generation of data references/databases for continuously improving oncology market access and forecasting capabilities
  • Showcase consulting skills, including consultative listening, problem definition, hypothesis generation, data analysis, translation to value, and oral and written presentation for strong business impact and value-add

Market Access

  • Drive strong payer and managed market discipline through competitive market access landscape, analogue assessments, and key market access assumptions for in-line and early assets to inform contracting and forecasting
  • Collaborate with PVA to ensure that the appropriate insights and analytics perspective with regards to market access dynamics are factored into PVA strategies and tactics
  • Drive the development of market access models, leveraging complete understanding of different market access approaches for value-based market access and contract negotiations in the US market
  • Lead the development of a robust market access analytics platform and reporting system to effectively execute on deal/no-deal contract modeling, reference market access impact analysis, and business case evaluations


  • Implement best-in-class forecast modeling approaches
  • Work with supplier partners and foster strong partnerships in the context of resources, timing, and overall goals
  • Effectively explain modeling assumptions to key stakeholders, including senior leadership, and triangulate assumptions with other data and forecasting models to pressure test them and develop what-if scenarios
  • Integrate forecasting efforts & insights with primary research, competitive intelligence, and analytics insights co-developed with peers across the I&A integrated franchise team
  • Provide context and forecasting leadership to cross-functional partners (e.g., Finance, Supply Chain) to ensure the potential impact of commercial strategies are well understood and planned



  • BA/BS degree
  • Advanced degree preferred


  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant experience in forecasting, market research, or business analytics in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with advanced spreadsheets, patient-based forecast and contract modeling including dynamic patient models
  • Experience in oncology, hematology or similar specialty areas and related EDI and Claims datasets
  • Experience with quantitative techniques including smoothing, regression, time series analyses, and simulation
  • Experience with data analysis and data visualization tools.
  • Product launch experience
  • Consulting experience with forecasting, market research or business analysis firm(s)

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Expertise in Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Broad working knowledge of commonly used biopharmaceutical industry databases
  • Working knowledge of global access and reimbursement policies, and competitive environment and potential impact on product development and commercialization strategy
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment, including external vendors
  • Strong project management skills ability to plan, organize and execute multiple projects efficiently, on time and within budget
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to explain complex concepts to stakeholders in simple language and lead/drive consensus building
  • Demonstrated analytical skills combined with a client-service mindset
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically to drive key business decisions


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