Medical Unit Head (Medical Director), Therapeutic Area Gastroenterology

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Medical Unit Head (Medical Director), Therapeutic Area Gastroenterology

Tokyo, Japan


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Medical Unit Head (Medical Director), Therapeutic Area Gastroenterology

Job ID R0053592 Date posted Nov. 19, 2021 Location Tokyo, 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.





This role will provide leadership in achieving the vision within the therapeutic area (TA) by applying and integrating patients’ needs, environmental trends and latest scientific knowledge, to ensure optimal benefit for our patients, earn the trust of society and other customers through Takedaism.

The main role of the Medical Unit Head (MUH) is provide strategic input into TA medical affairs plans (MAP) informed by customer insights and voice of patients, as well as provide advice to internal and external stakeholders on decisions requiring medical insights and medical monitoring.

This role will provide primary oversight and supervision of the Medical Excellence Hub for launch products, and/or the respective Centers of Excellence (CoE) for inline and pipeline products. 

As a study physician, the MUH will lead and monitor the clinical, health outcomes and other real world research activities pertaining to advancing development of Takeda’s clinical portfolio and be engaged in medical dialogue with relevant medical and scientific thought leaders.


  • Lead the design product-related overall strategy of Japan Medical Affairs plan (MAP), integrating Japan environment needs and medical voice of customer (patients, providers), in collaboration with relevant internal stakeholders such as Medical Research Excellence (MRE) and GMA teams and ensure alignment with global brands
  • Develop medical brand narrative to ensure product value is understood and specific disease area is managed to address unmet medical need
  • Design study concept of required evidence generation activities to meet MAP objectives
  • Take initiative at defining evidence generation work needed for products discussed at the JMO Medical Matrix Team (MMT) when serving as a back-up of MF Head)) and Product Strategy Team (PST, when serving as a back-up to Medical Lead or ML).
  • Lead the Medical Product Launch Hub to drive alignment across the MF team, provide supervision and collaborate with cross-functional and cross-department stakeholders of the specific disease areas during launch and ensure optimization of medical launch plans and meet desired objectives
  • Represent JMO MF in product-related committees such as Global Project Teams (GPT) or Global Medical Strategy Teams (GMST), as well as in the pipeline/pre-launch sub-GPT committees in Japan (JDT)
  • Support the  MF Head to analyse competitive intelligence (i.e. Healthcare environment impacting the Therapeutic Area (TA), healthcare system, competitors, regulatory requirements within and outside of Japan, clinical development plan, life cycle management, insights from Medical Engagement or other matrix teams), and incorporate those in the strategies and plans
  • Serve as subject-matter expert involving evaluation of proposed IISRs and the application to JMO Research & Education Grants, in collaboration with relevant internal stakeholders such as MRE team
  • Recommend scientifically appropriate measures for health outcomes research (planned by JPBU Reimbursement Group) over the lifecycle of the medicine(s) to meet Japan reimbursement needs.
  • Scientifically engage external communities throughout the product life cycle to advance scientific and medical understanding of assigned products including the appropriate development and product use, management of disease and patient care
  • Design TA-specific post-authorisation value dossier with internal stakeholders (i.e. MRE, Market Access and Public Affairs teams)
  • Partner with relevant stakeholders to ensure delivery of all assigned medical activities to support life cycle management while ensuring integrity of scientific content
  • Apply sound medical monitoring / governance for all MF-related medical activities
  • Lead the development of scientific skills of internal audience (JMO department staff and commercial functions as necessary) on the relevant product and disease expertise
  • Act as back-up to the Medical Scientific Information physicians to review and approve educational and sales materials for medical and scientific accuracy


  • Expertise in relevant disease or therapeutic area
  • At least 5 years of relevant medical affairs and/or clinical affairs experience with demonstrated ability to design and execute evidence generation studies and interpret evidence/data to drive optimal patient care and Japan reimbursement.
  • Excellent medical engagement skills
  • Effective matrix leadership competency
  • Awareness of the healthcare environment in Japan and needs of external customers
  • Excellent English skills
  • Consideration will be given to a qualified candidate with less than 5 years of medical affairs experience, who otherwise possesses specialty or sub-specialty training, demonstrates exceptional capabilities on scientific expertise, strategic vision, currently with substantial influence on  medical/scientific network and high learning agility



  • M.D. license
  • Good moral standing in relevant Medical Society
  • Must have clinical science background in relevant disease/scientific area
  • Business English certification or TOEIC over 800


  • Ph.D. degree with research experience
  • Specialty board certification
  • Management skills, such as MBA, Project Management Professional (PMP), or currently studying MBA, PMP




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,SickLeave,Family Support Leave,Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, Family Nursing Leave.

Flexible Work Styles: Flextime, Telework

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