Posted to MedZilla on 6/24/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-IL, Medical Director, US Medical Affairs- Gastroenterology 1700401-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


The Medical Director will provide near and long term strategic direction as well as development and oversight of the scientific platform in support of the product strategies for assigned compounds within a specific therapeutic area.


  • Lead medical and scientific TA/product initiatives within a matrix environment including oversight and execution of Medical Affairs Company Sponsored Studies (MACS) and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR).
  • Provide scientific insight and medical expertise in the development of medical, research and commercial strategy for assigned compounds by participating in and leading cross functional committees.
  • Either directly, or indirectly, oversee the medical review and sign off of promotional pieces in support of the Medical-Regulatory-Legal committee for products within the specific therapeutic area.
  • Lead and execute Medical Advisory Boards in order to understand and address unmet medical needs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant Professional Associations to further develop the profession, education and create visibility and awareness for Takeda.
  • Provide medical direction and review for pre and post launch regulatory strategies (which may include label (PI), protocols, Supplemental NDA s, etc)
  • Participate in the publications strategy for assigned compounds by providing scientific and publication planning input.
  • Perform medical and scientific review of investigator initiated study proposals, as required.
  • Provide input to confidential New Business Development opportunities within the respective therapeutic area of expertise, as required.
  • Provide support for departmental initiatives that further our business, and support other departments within Takeda such as Managed Markets, Marketing, New Product Planning, Government Affairs, SPP (TPC), and some R & D related projects, etc.
  • Collaboration with field medical teams.
  • Other medical and scientific support duties as assigned.


Scientific expertise:
  • Applies medical knowledge and product expertise to add value and uphold the integrity of Takeda products within the research and medical community.
  • Ability to articulately and professionally communicate data both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze a wide variety of scientific data and translates these data into relevant scientific communication.
Collaborative leadership:
  • Communicates and partners with internal and external stakeholders to lead productively within a matrix organization and maximize team effectiveness.
  • Ability to capture knowledge within the organization; improves solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improves information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables and models for others to use.
  • Demonstrates ability to use confidence, decisiveness and a willingness to listen to, influence and engage others in the accomplishment of functional goals..
Compliance insights:
  • Applies compliance expertise and insights in every activity and to navigate and explain the options and constraints within an increasingly compliance driven environment.
  • Ability to predict broad-based changes in business partner environment and translate them into functional strategies to continually meet business partner needs.
Strategic vision:
  • Applies expertise, insights and holistic understanding of the big picture to play a key role in strategic planning and decision making processes
Business acumen:
  • Establishes a broad understanding of the internal and external environment. This includes understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory processes, and healthcare environment.
  • Applies Takeda s core business capabilities to the organization meet goals and objectives.


  • MD degree with at least 7 years of relevant clinical practice, research, academic and/or pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Experience with clinical research, publication activities, congress presentations, and public speaking.
  • Board certification in therapeutic area related to the position.
  • Medical Affairs or R&D experience


  • Maintain minimum standards of education/certification in individual professional discipline
  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers)
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Carrying, handling, and reaching for objects
  • Ability to drive to or fly to various meetings/client sites.
  • Overnight travel (15 - 30%), including some weekend commitments.

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