Posted to MedZilla on 5/24/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director, Product & Pipeline Communications 1700961-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!


  • Lead communications strategy and activity specific to Takeda s products and compounds
  • Promote, protect, and defend Takeda s assets
  • Provide communications counsel to Global Program Teams (GPTs), key leadership, and affiliates
  • Develop and implement processes, tools, and trainings to improve affiliate communications
  • Oversee communications for established brands and affiliate-led brands, collaborating closely with Head of Product & Pipeline Communications and Regional Communications Leads
  • Pursue and build improved digital and social media activities around Takeda s products and compounds


  • Develop and execute external and internal communications strategy for Takeda s products and compounds
  • Support commercial and clinical teams with communication advice and execution
  • Build awareness of and promote key products and compounds and defending them over the course of their lifecycles
  • Develop communication strategy and create and execute corresponding communication plans and materials for key launches
  • Serve as chief communication strategist and counsellor to brand and clinical leadership and providing cross brand and cross regional guidance in collaboration with corporate communication colleagues
  • Lead communications efforts in issues management situations
  • Serve as a communication counselor to affiliates and Established Products Team
  • Ensure on-time media monitoring, including brand activities and industry issues and recommending appropriate communication
  • Build and manage a network of regional and local communicators
  • Develop and implement processes, tools, and trainings to improve affiliate communications
  • Build improved digital and social media activities around Takeda s products and compounds
  • Ensure alignment of communication strategy with Takeda s corporate strategies, business objectives, mission, and vision
  • Coordinate communication plans with communications network to ensure the effective and efficient creation and implementation of activities
  • Act as first point of contact for media inquiries related to the relevant assets
  • Maintain working relationships with influential health journalists and bloggers
  • Coordinate and train internal media spokespeople for any journalist inquiries and issues related to the relevant assets
  • Monitor outcomes against measurable objectives and indicators e.g. media coverage, social media conversations, content analysis, website analytics
  • Manage agency team(s) and budgets
  • Contribute to Product & Pipeline team deliverables and activities, especially with regard to providing innovative ideas and recommendations for improvement
  • Assist with team deliverables, helping to keep business momentum when working across time zones


  • Significant experience (10+ years preferred) in biotech or pharmaceutical communications. At least two years of experience providing communication support for products or compounds
  • Experience in driving and implementing creative programming globally to meet brand objectives
  • Experience implementing digital an social media strategies and programs in a highly regulated environment
  • Relevant academic qualifications (e.g. undergraduate or post-graduate degree in communication management, public relations, journalism, health economics, bio-medical sciences or similar)
  • Strong management, planning and implementation skills, as well as a creative and effective approach to problem solving
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to influence and persuade
  • Substantial experience in working in a multicultural environment
  • Energy and ability to energize and motivate business
  • Ability to deliver in high pressure situations and with short deadlines

  • Domestic and international travel will be required

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