Posted to MedZilla on 9/23/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Director, Risk Management and Benefit/Risk 1701071-MZ


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 Senior Director, Risk Management and Benefit/Risk in ourCambridge office.

  • Oversee the department of Risk Management and Benefit Risk and ensure it provides subject matter expertise in Risk Management and Benefit/Risk assessment to the Global Medical Safety teams in Global Patient Safety (GPS) as well as the larger cross-functional product teams
  • Ensures that GPS Risk Management (RM) and Benefit/Risk (B/R) processes are continuously improved to reflect regulatory trends/guidelines, represent best practices, and remain aligned with the GPS governance model
  • Establish a culture of excellence in RM and B/R and ensure that members of the department of Risk Management are provided with the appropriate development and management to provide the strategy and leadership in RM and B/R in GPS and to the cross-functional product teams
  • Maintain collaborative working environment with vendors


Excellence in Risk Management Strategy and Benefit/Risk
  • Develop and execute the overall vision and strategy for Risk Management and Benefit/Risk in GPS and across the larger Takeda organization
  • Provide leadership and expertise to ensure consistency of product RM and B/R assessment globally across all therapeutic areas (e.g.Oncology, GI, and CNS)
  • Support the Risk Management Leads (RMLs) in their activities to provide strategic leadership within GPS and the cross-functional product teams
  • Provide subject matter expertise and/or support RML subject matter expertise provision during inspections
  • Educate members of GPS, cross-functional product teams, and the larger Takeda organization on the disciplines of Risk Management, Benefit/Risk Assessment, and the changing regulatory environment around them
  • Contribute to B/R discussions with GPS senior management as indicated
  • Facilitate links with regulatory agency advisory groups, academic centers, and advocacy organizations to ensure cutting edge knowledge and application of RM and B/R regulations and best practices
Risk Management and B/R Processes
  • Provides general oversight of RMP development and submission tracking globally across therapeutic areas
  • Provides general oversight of the assessment, development, validation and the implementation of required additional risk minimization measures globally across therapeutic areas
  • Accountable for all RM and B/R processes to ensure they reflect current regulatory trends and best practices; facilitate the update of SOPs or other functional documents as needed
  • Engage with partner global functions (e.g. Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Science/Research) to ensure alignment of global processes and minimize duplication
  • Work with the Risk Management Scientist in his/her efforts to provide maximal operational support to the Risk Management team
  • Understand signal detection processes and help support training in signal detection to GPS and other global functions
  • Engage with vendors and external experts supporting RM and B/R activities
  • Dedicated expertise and time to provide strong leadership and management to the RM and B/R team members in a manner that promotes their growth and development
  • Establish strong presence of the RM and B/R group in GPS and in the larger Takeda organization
  • Oversee and delegate the RM and B/R workload among the RM and B/R team


  • Advanced degree in life sciences required
  • Minimum of 12 years of pharmaceutical/device industry experience, with at least 5 years in Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management
  • Prior leadership and management experience
  • Ability to work across multiple therapeutic areas
  • Experience liaising with regulatory agencies, professional groups and/or academic centers
  • Strong track record of scientific and analytical thinking
Competencies and Skills
  • Integrity
  • Ability to relate well to people and to motivate and empower others
  • Insights required to work productively in global company and across multiple functions
  • Communication with clarity and brevity
  • Capacity to take initiative and work productively in a high pressure environment
  • Strong knowledge of business area and understanding of the proactive interactions necessary to achieve business goals and objectives
  • Capacity to manage time and priority constraints as well as manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to lead meetings and teleconferences, both internally in Takeda as well as externally to technical and lay groups and public meetings
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy including knowledge of safety database


  • Consistent with those required for office-based work
  • Some domestic and international may be required on an infrequent basis


  • 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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