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Head of Medical & Scientific Affairs - Oncology


Takeda Oncology is undergoing an exciting transformation, expanding our portfolio of already groundbreaking drugs with the recent addition of new, innovative and potentially game-changing medicines. We now have strong momentum to achieve our ambition to be a top 10 global player in this area.

The Oncology Business Unit is a key growth driver of the EUCAN strategy and as we focus on becoming an agile specialty care provider, we need best-in-class capabilities and people with a patient-centric, customer experience mindset.

To set us up for success, we are establishing new roles that will drive collaboration, cross-functional alignment and flawless execution of brand launch plans. You will be empowered to take decisions on flagship products, make strategic recommendations to the Oncology Business Unit and positively influence patients and customers. As such you will play a key part in the growth and success of the new regional Oncology organization.

Takeda Oncology is committed to developing innovative therapies that improve patient outcomes, reduce disease burden and offer healthcare providers important new options that enable them to treat patients based on their individual needs. This is an exciting opportunity to make a direct impact on patients‘ lives and shape a truly patient-centric Oncology organisation within Takeda.

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You will be empowered to take decisions on flagship products, make strategic recommendations to the Oncology Business Unit and positively impact patients’ lives. This is an exciting opportunity to shape and influence the success of the new regional Oncology organization.

- Dion Warren, Head of Oncology Business Unit, Europe & Canada


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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Oncology in our UK office, Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire.  

We at Takeda UK were proud to be awarded Company of the Year at the PMEA Awards 2018 and since an exciting company acquisition this year have now expanded our portfolio and R&D pipeline further, including into rare diseases.

Leading the Oncology Medical Affairs team and reporting directly to the Business Unit Director, Oncology, you will be empowered to manage all head office and field based oncology medical teams as well as contributing to the development of commercial and businessstrategy.

The successful applicant will act as an ambassador for the Oncology medical affairs team in all customer facing medical activity and must demonstrate a genuine interest in building and maintaining strong key customer and KOL partnerships including attendance at national and international congresses and advisory boards.

Candidates must have substantial experience in Medical Affairs within Oncology or rare diseases and are likely to be in a lead role currently with a commitment to exceptional compliance standards.  We are seeking candidates with experience of supporting Market Access teams with stakeholder submissions to NICE, SMC and AWMSG.

This represents a great opportunity for an ambitious GMC Final Signatory Pharmacist or Medic to step up into role with a broader portfolio, increased people and strategic responsibility as well as the opportunity to make a personal contribution to Global projects.

Key accountabilities

  • Line management, motivation and development of head office and field based oncology medical teams including Medical Advisers/Managers and the MedicalScientific Liaison (MSL) team manager.
  • Establish and develop strong relationships with key external customers (the expectation is at least one day per week in the field).
  • Providescientific support and advice to the medical team and wider business regarding relevant promotional and non-promotional materials including final corporate certification.
  • To manage enquiries regarding Investigator Initiated-Sponsored Research (llSR) and to maintain channels of communication with Takeda Global R&D and EUCAN/Boston.
  • Support the medical information, regulatory and pharmacovigilance teams in their drug safety responsibilities.
  • Be a key contributor at Medical Director meetings and Global Oncology Medical quarterly conferences.

Takeda is a global pharmaceutical leader working together across 80 countries. We have an unwavering dedication to put people first and we live our values of Takeda-ism: Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. We are united by our more than 230-year legacy of research-based pharmaceuticals and our mission to strive toward Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives – including your own.

What Takeda Can Offer You

To further support and inspire our employees, our benefits include: Competitive basic salary, Car Allowance, 20% Target Bonus, Contributory Pension Scheme, Private Health Cover and Life Assurance.

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