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Thought Leader Liasion - West

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Job ID SR0051675 Date posted 07/29/2020 Location Sacramento, California

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Thought Leader Liaison supporting our West Region in Field.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Thought Leader Liaison (TLL) working on the Hematology Portfolio Strategy Team, you will be empowered to work closely with Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorder Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), Strategic Accounts, and Academic Medical Institutions to ensure cross-functional commercial resources are applied appropriately, and a typical day will include:


  • KOL engagement & management
  • Local and National Conference engagement
  • Liaising with marketing and sales leadership
  • Identification of and engagement with Strategic Accounts
  • All interactions are always consistent with commercial compliance, legal and regulatory guidelines.
  • This individual will work closely with and within approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), with the other field directors, RBDs (Regional Business Director), ZDs (Zone Directors) in addition to home office-based colleagues, like Marketing, and Market Access. This role will report to the Associate Director, Portfolio Strategy.
  • The TLL must demonstrate a high level of clinical and customer knowledge.  The TLL should have experience with both field and headquarters protocols and procedures. The TLL should demonstrate an ability to engage health care professionals and inform the execution of current and future brand and disease-state strategies.  TLLs are responsible for developing and executing non-sales educational and engagement strategies.

The behaviors that are critical for success are:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Lead without authority
  • Relationship Building
  • Planning

  • The ability to execute tactical initiatives and provide timely feedback and to manage multiple projects.
  • Identify strengths and opportunities needed to deliver a winning KOL and P2P value proposition to key stakeholders in the United States across a broad portfolio
  • Develop and execute an engagement and communication plan for the key KOLs in his/her region
  • Must be clinical data and scientifically oriented in-order-to communicate effectively with our KOLs
  • Ability to evaluate and identify current evidence gaps across different stakeholder groups and perspectives within the US


KOL Engagement & Management

  • Align with cross functional teammates, to appropriately deploy resources, like Takeda leadership engagement with the top KOLs, as determined by Brand and Portfolio Teams through influence and centers of excellence, top HTCs and IDNs mapping (Pull-through of our KOL Mapping Tool)
  • Execute the Hematology strategy for non-sales KOL engagement activities   
  • Develop a regional KOL engagement strategy by identifying, profiling, cultivating and maintaining long-term relationships with KOLs
  • Identify and maintain an understanding of Hematology KOLs within the Bleeding Disorder community
  • Appropriately gather market intelligence and information to support overall business strategy
  • To serve as a resource for commercial teams regarding KOL landscape and expertise within the Bleeding Disorder community
  • Support Marketing in management of speakers and consultants
  • Collaborate with marketing for compliant selection and nomination of speakers for peer-to-peer programs, symposia, and product theaters
  • Assisting with the training and onboarding of KOL speakers, consultants, and advisors using approved decks and materials
  • Serve as single point of contact to resolve KOL issues

KOL Engagement at National and Regional Conferences

  • Plan and execute KOL engagements, state, regional, and national conferences, POAs, field visits, and other venues as directed in a compliant manner
  • Present at conferences and sponsorship opportunities when appropriate

Liaising with marketing and sales leadership - Market Insights

  • Capture feedback derived from brand needs through live interactions with targeted customers and KOLs
  • Work with targeted KOLs to obtain feedback on brand-related marketing strategies/materials for hematology
  • Participate as member of cross-functional brand team(s) to provide feedback on strategy, messaging, and tactical execution and novel programming ideas and concepts
  • Help with the facilitation and cross-functional planning, recruitment, and execution of regional and national advisory boards, capturing feedback to inform brand decisions
  • Provide competitive intelligence appropriately gained through interactions to help shape strategy.
  • Provide recommendations for Hematology advisory board participants
  • Provide speaker nominations and recommendations to marketing

Identification of and engagement with Strategic Accounts - Speaker Bureau Operations and Content

  • Assist with on-label KOL speaker onboarding, including identification and/or training/coaching of promotional speakers with approved slide decks and materials
  • Help to compliantly train speakers on approved promotional slide decks, and assist with completion of annual compliance training
  • Attend live HCP TLLs region programming to observe, coach, and remediate the speaker where necessary to ensure compliant execution of content
  • Work with the Brand Leads on new content creation and existing content updates, as well as, new and innovative programing ideas
  • Manage monthly reporting on approved Speaker Program KPIs. Serve as the single point of contact for speaker logistic / scheduling and working cross functionally to ensure appropriate communication


  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • Hemophilia experience or rare disease commercial experience preferred
  • A minimum of five years of work experience in one or more of the following: field sales, product marketing, agency or medical / clinical experience in the same or related therapeutic area within the pharmaceutical / biotech industry
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to assemble and lead cross-functional teams toward a shared vision of success
  • Ability to present ideas effectively to individuals or groups, targeting presentation to the needs of the audience
  • Strong demonstrated organizational skills
  • Strong demonstrated project management experience, including superior analytical and planning skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to execute against strategic and tactical plans under tight timelines
  • Must reside within the geographic area of the assigned geography, or within a reasonable distance as determined by leadership
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills must be demonstrated, including ability to present corporate presentation and marketing plans to external customers and internal staff.
  • Must possess maturity and excellent interpersonal skills, including receptiveness, responsiveness, and flexibility in interacting with both internal and external collaborators.
  • Possess strong leadership skills and commits a high degree of influence and trust
  • Ability to work independently and schedules priorities to meet set deadlines.
  • Ability to work exceptionally within a fast paced a virtual environment.


  • Significant travel including up to 60-75% of any month, this includes possible weekend work for conferences and meetings
  • Ability to travel to meetings/trainings/programs as necessary
  • Travel to include working out of the home office once a month


  • Valid driver's license


  • 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
  • Community Outreach Programs

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