Posted to MedZilla on 5/22/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, Patient Advocacy, R&D & Global 1700618-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 Associate Director, Patient Advocacy Global and R&D, reports to the Senior Director, Patient Advocacy, is responsible for supporting Takeda s commitment to:
  • Development and execution of global patient advocacy relationships and initiatives
  • Ensuring the patient perspective is part of Takeda s research and development strategies
  • The Associate Director, in collaboration with the Sr. Director, will, in partnership with OBU countries, implement a global-level strategic patient advocacy plan.
  • The Associate Director will partner with the R&D organization to integrate patient and caregiver insights into the drug development process.


  • By working closely with Global Patient Advocacy leads within the respective LOCs, build, implement and sustain a global patient advocacy plan.
  • Ensure a strong working knowledge of the global environment to identify opportunities to improve patient outcomes and identify solutions that educate and empower patient organizations to act to improve patient s disease awareness, quality of life, and access to therapies.
  • Manage the Global Patient Advocacy Council (GPAC) and establish best practices, guidelines, processes, metrics, methodology to provide education and training solutions to global Takeda stakeholders
  • Serve as industry stakeholder on key committees (GMAN, Lymphoma Coalition)
  • Deliver actionable patient and caregiver insights that inform discovery, clinical testing, delivery and the demonstration of value of company compounds and products
  • Increase local operating companies advocacy skills through the support and expansion of a global internal network, GPAC
  • Ensure the patient voice is integrated into Takeda Oncology s global research and development policy and procedures across all brands and pipeline compounds
  • Deliver actionable patient and caregiver insights that inform discovery, clinical testing, delivery and the demonstration of value of company compounds and products
  • Develop and align with key internal stakeholders including but not limited to medical affairs, marketing, market access, government relations, etc.


  • BA/BS in communications, public policy, marketing or a related area.
  • Minimum of 6 years experience in a pharmaceutical/biotech company; patient advocacy, government relations, marketing, market access or in a patient, consumer or professional association
  • In-depth understanding of healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry required
  • Solid understanding of relevant regulations and guidelines (eg, EMA, HTA)
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functionally to gain consensus and alignment
  • Exceptional oral, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Solid ability to effectively influence and deliver information, and articulate advocacy position and/or issues to the leadership of the organization to gain alignment
  • Solid ability to work independently with tight timelines
  • Demonstrated track record of strong patient engagement; advocacy or other equivalent
  • Solid business acumen; ability to direct and manage vendors to ensure successful implementation of initiatives
  • Strong budget management competencies
  • Consistently represents the company with the outmost level of professional to internal and external customers
  • Experience with successful negotiation
  • 20-30%

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