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Lead, Search & Evaluation and alliance management

Job ID R0041726 Date posted Aug. 19, 2021 Location Fujisawa, Japan

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Job Description

Please note this job requires native level Japanese language command not only in speaking, business writing and reading.




Takeda is unwavering in our commitment to patients. With the patient at the center of everything we do, we continue to innovate and drive changes that will better their lives - we’re looking for like-minded professionals to join us.

Takeda is the number one pharmaceutical company in Japan and a global industry leader –we are united by our four priorities (Patients, Trust, Reputation, and Business) and our shared values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. Takeda-ism is more than just a word. It’s a belief and a mindset which guides our decisions, behaviors, and interactions. It’s how we strive to work and live, every day.


  • Play a leadership role in search & evaluation to identify innovative programs/technologies within Takeda’s R&D strategic scope, relationship management with external stakeholders, including academia or start-up companies

  • Alliance management with collaborators

  • Lead the maximization of value for Takeda in collaborations across R&D functions

  • Provide oversight and management for Takeda’s entrepreneurial venture program (EVP)

  • Support/co-lead open innovation initiatives to accelerate/incubate ecosystem in Japan and APAC region led by the business


  • Promote search & evaluation activities in Japan and APAC region aligned with therapeutic area in Takeda’s R&D strategy and CEI BD priority

  • Expand scouting capability to identify innovation in the region with collaborating external stakeholders

  • Design and keep a strong link with the CEI, including R&D BD TA Heads, Takeda Academic Innovation (TAI), and Takeda Ventures Inc (TVI), and other R&D business functions (e.g. Research Platforms, Drug Discovery Units, Development Operations, Therapeutic Area Units, Pharmaceutical Sciences)

  • Serve in an ambassador role working directly with internal experts and operational leadership within CEI, including R&D BD TA Heads, Takeda Academic Innovation(TAI), and Takeda Ventures Inc. (TVI)

  • Supervises and facilitates alliance management of major/cross-DDUs research collaboration in the region

  • Formulate and lead strategies to achieve mid-term value creation targets and optimize Takeda’s business commitment with partnerships demonstrating strong enterprise leadership

  • Identify, assess, and implement opportunities to continuously improve Takeda’s ability to effectively work externally and be a “partner of Choice”

  • Create cross-enterprise view of capability gaps, engage with Takeda and the strategic partner (s) to prioritize gaps and capability management

  • Lead to create a culture and values that attract, retains, and develops the most effective people

  • Role as a representative of Takeda in external related committees/groups


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Relevant knowledge and experience in Pharma Industry especially for R&D function to enable meaningful dialogue within Takeda and with partners

  • Line management or cross-functional leadership experience

  • Experience in business development or other relevant section: deep understanding / experience of scouting, search and evaluation of external innovations for R&D

  • Experience in alliance management for research/business collaborations with external partner


  • Ability to initiate, develop, and implement new strategies and processes

  • Ability to motivate others to deliver


  • Strong interpersonal communication skill


  • Extensive understanding of life science filed, including drug discovery, (large and small) molecular science and pharmacology/Biology.

  • Relevant knowledge and understating of financials (P&L, cash flows), operational strategy, contracting, negotiation


  • Excellent skills for collaboration with external and internal stakeholders in cross functional manner



  • M.S. in the field of life science (required)

  • Ph. D., MBA (preferred)


  • Excellent communications skills

  • Critical strategic thinker and highly analytical

  • Fluent in Japanese with good level verbal/written English (required)

  • Good level verbal/written Korean/Chinese Languages (preferred)


センター・フォー・エクスターナル・イノベーション(CEI) 日本・APAC地域担当部門





  • タケダのR&D戦略に連動する革新的技術やプログラムの探索評価、大学・研究機関・バイオベンチャー企業をはじめとする様々な外部ステークホルダーとの関係構築とその管理におけるリーダーシップとしての役割
  • 各外部コラボレーションのアライアンスマネジメント
  • 各R&D部門と連携し、武田のバリュー最大化をリード
  • タケダのアントレプレナーシッププログラム(EVP)をはじめとしたカーブアウトベンチャーとの、各インタラクションのマネジメント
  • 日本およびアジア太平洋地域におけるエコシステムの促進・インキュベートのためのオープンイノベーションイニシアティブへの関与・他の組織とのコ・リード 等



  • 修士課程修了(ライフサイエンス領域)
  • 博士、MBA(より望ましいと考えられる要件)


  • 社内外のステークホルダーと十分な科学的議論を可能とする、製薬業界(特にR&D部門)での経験と知識
  • アラインマネジャーまたはクロス・ファンクション組織におけるリーダーシップ経験
  • 事業開発またはそれに準ずる部門における勤務経験 / 外部(R&D領域)イノベーションのスカウティング・サーチ・評価に関する深い知見
  • 外部パートナーとのアライアンスマネジメント経験


  • 戦略やプロセスを立案・実行できる能力
  • 他を動機づけできる人間力
  • モレキュラーサイエンス・薬理学を含むライフサイエンス領域の深い理解力
  • 財務・契約・交渉に関する一定レベルの理解と知識
  • 外部・内部の複数のステークホルダーによるクロスファンクショナルなプロジェクトをコーディネート・マネジメントできるスキル


  • ネイティブまたはそれに準ずる、読解を含む日本語力
  • 複雑なビジネス・科学的トピックスを議論・理解できる英語力(読解を含む)。目安として、TOEIC860点以上
  • 韓国語もしくは中国語の会話・読解(より望ましいと考えられる要件)


  • 国内外への出張に対応できる方


  • 優れたコミュニケーション力
  • 論理的思考・問題解決・分析力







賞与: 原則年2回

勤務時間:本社(大阪市中央区・東京都中央区)9:00~17:30 、工場(山口県光市・大阪市淀川区)8:00~16:45 、研究所(神奈川県藤沢市)9:00~17:45





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Allowances: Commutation, Housing, Overtime Work etc.

Salary Increase: Annually

Bonus Payment: Twice a year
Working Hours: Headquarters (Osaka/ Tokyo) 9:00-17:30, Production Sites (Osaka/ Yamaguchi) 8:00-16:45, Research Site (Kanagawa) 9:00-17:45
Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, May Day, Year-End Holidays etc. (approx. 123 days in a year)
Paid Leaves: Annual Paid Leave, Special Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Family Support Leave, Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, Family Nursing Leave.

Flexible Work Styles: Flextime, Telework

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