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Director, Learning & Engagement - Ethics & Compliance

Lexington, Massachusetts


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Director, Learning & Engagement - Ethics & Compliance

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Job ID R0023057 Date posted 09/21/2020 Location Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description


  • Create and own E&C learning and engagement strategy within USBU
  • Enhance and drive awareness for senior leadership on employee adherence to training and engagement initiatives
  • Oversee the creation of training dashboards and metrics for executive and general management review to illustrate adherence to training obligations
  • Transform the E&C learning process from a traditional approach (E.g. – read & attest) to a blend of awareness and traditional learning programs levering the Takeda RITE learning model
  • Forward-thinking leader who anticipates the impact that changing regulations and public debate on topics of ethics will have on the business
  • Be an expert and resource in leveraging a variety of instructional techniques and formats (e.g., e-learning courses, teleconference/WebEx trainings, PowerPoint presentations) to ensure best learning outcome
  • Lead US Business Unit-wide non-GxP program management and governance process for learning/training and control documents (E.g. - policies & procesures).
  • Create, deploy, and oversee tracking  relevant USBU and site training courses. Develop and distribute reporting dashboards.
  • Drive E&C program initiatives through collaboration with other USBU functions on awareness and communications needs and sharing best practices
  • Partner with global E&C Learning & Engagement team in designing forward looking learning strategies
  • Co-create learning & engagement solutions with other E&C teams ensuring a values based approach in our interactions with the business
  • Lead the collaboration with Global E&C on the creation, review, update of Global Policies and Procedures
  • Own and manage the USBU approach for governance, storing, accessing, and updating USBU Non-GxP Policies.


  • Understands how to transform organizational knowledge gaps and process challenges into transformative learning strategies and programs
  • Proven skills to transform ideas into conversations and materials that resonate (presentations, written documents, email, etc).
  • Consistently demonstrates the ability to deliver results
  • Able to work and deliver on deadlines while managing multiple projects and priorities effectively
  • Works cross-functionally / collaborates / manages matrix - Require proven ability to work successfully with others and collaborate with cross functional areas to identify needs, provide guidance, and communicate solutions.
  • Strong capability to develop work plans and project plans and execute project management processes
  • Ability to align communication approaches and execution based on an acute understanding of target audience needs.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and business management.
  • Work closely with strategic business partners to enable business objectives.
  • Ability to understand the vision and values of the organization and align communications to these.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Excel at complex problem solving and decision-making at matrix organization.
  • Ability to work effectively in an agile environment
  • Highly organized assertive and self-directed business style, with strong ability to prioritize


  • Ability to work in a global and highly matrixed ecosystem with a high degree of complexity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to include oral and written communication. Strong presentation skills to communicate and persuade a wide range of audiences with different cultural settings/context.
  • Effectively negotiates and collaborates with business partners and demonstrates the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
  • Ability to build strong partnerships with other interfacing Takeda functions, including but not limited to Global Ethics and Compliance, commercial business units, internal communications.


  • Partner and collaborate closely with management team colleagues locally and globally to deliver best-in-class, state-of-the art communication strategies.
  • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions
  • Ability to develop and implement business solutions based on trends, needs, opportunities and market direction within pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to identify areas for process and systems innovation and implement change that will enhance the overall effectiveness of the team.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree preferred

Knowledge & Experience

  • Minimum of 12 years experience
  • Minimum 5 years of ethics & compliance or learning and development experience in the US healthcare or pharmaceutical industry;
  • Proven track record in implementing innovative learning and development programs
  • Experience working with Learning Management Systems (LMS) administration and processes 
  • Understanding of state and federal health care laws/regulations
  • Experience working in a global organization preferred

Leadership Skills & Behaviors

  • Matrix leadership and proven management skills are required
  • Strong influencing skills and ability to negotiate in a matrix environment to optimize development and address barriers
  • Proven strategic problem-solving ability including driving to appropriate solutions
  • Ability to drive decision-making within cross-functional team structures
  • Simultaneous management of multiple tasks of varied complexity
  • Flexibility, tolerance and diplomacy to best manage change and differing opinions
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong business background and excellent commercial understanding is essential. 
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven skills in negotiation, influencing without authority, managing through ambiguity, and working diplomatically through conflict.

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  • Must be able to work at computer for several hours at a time
  • May travel ~10% of time, primarily within US


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