Posted to MedZilla on 10/18/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-CA, Senior Investment Director, TVI 1702606-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 Investment Director, TVI in our Cambridge, MA office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Senior Investment Director, TVI working on the venture and investment team, you will be empowered to add to the growing portfolio and help develop new undertakings at Takeda, and a typical day will include:


The Senior Investment Director contributes significantly to the growth and success of Takeda external R&D initiatives by identifying and nurturing high quality strategic investment opportunities. In this role, he/she works autonomously to evaluate, diligence and propose investment opportunities to key governance bodies (TVI, Investment Committee, BRC). Post-investment participation as a Board member or observer will contribute to advancement of the company on behalf of shareholders, including facilitating interactions with Takeda that result in win:win strategic transactions.
Self-confidence, independence and out of the box thinking must combine with a strong team ethic, discipline with respect to venture priorities and open, collaborative communication internally as well as externally.
The Senior Investment Director is a key ambassador for Takeda venture philosophy and best practice internally and externally. As a result of these endeavors, TVI will develop the brand of a strategic investment partner of choice.


  • Cultivates and establishes a comprehensive, deep network of external relations providing first-mover access to therapeutic innovation within the broader venture community (academia, entrepreneurs, biotech clusters, government and private life science initiatives)
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders of external innovation within Takeda R&D, serving as the primary Takeda venture point of contact for strategic investment into one or more therapeutic areas
  • Recognizes and contextualizes potentially first-in-class science/technology requiring extensive external consultation with experts in the field, coupled with translation of the opportunity to internal stakeholders in terms of current Therapeutic Area strategic imperatives
  • Leads complex, potentially multi-party negotiations requiring a comprehensive understanding of venture investment best practices in North America and Europe, the fundamentals of corporate finance, and any territory-specific corporate legal implications of the investment
  • Serves as a Board Member (non-executive director) or Board Observer on TVI portfolio companies, honoring fiduciary obligations to all shareholders while, in parallel, seeking opportunities for one or more win:win strategic transactions between the portfolio company and Takeda
  • Vocal senior advocate for the continuous improvement of Takeda External Innovation processes and evolution of creative deal structures; works proactively with CEI, GBD and TAUs / DDUs to enhance strategic competitiveness, and inform forward R&D strategy via the TVI external lens
  • Manages business relationships and counsels business partners, internally and externally, on transaction and strategic issues pertaining to external venture opportunities


  • MD or PhD in a related field (biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, etc.).
  • Minimum of 15 years experience in the Venture Capital or Biopharmaceutical industry, with a proven track record in Research, Business Development or venture investing.
  • A highly professional individual with ambition and an entrepreneurial mind
  • A strong team player, with a clear awareness of knowing when to lead and when to simply participate as a key team member
  • Some combination of acknowledged relationships with venture investment institutions, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and high caliber academic institutions.
  • Extensive exposure to research at the University level with a broad level of exposure to multiple disciplines.
  • Understands the competitive landscape in private and public sector lifesciences industries, and is knowledgeable enough to anticipate new trends and developments in healthcare generally, pharmaceutical R&D specifically
  • Experience in negotiating and managing third party collaboration, licensing and development contracts. Has a good understanding of the laws and regulations affecting venture investments at the state, federal and international level.
  • M.B.A.
  • Business acumen- has a thorough understanding of, and can champion, the highest standards of good business practice.
  • Problem solving and decision-making demonstrates sound judgment and creativity to deal with complex issues and decisions. Ability to explore positions and alternatives to reach beneficial outcomes for all parties involved
  • Analytical skills ability to analyze a wide variety of data including research methodology, outcomes studies, business plans, research data, financial figures and market data to make sound business decisions and recommendations
  • Communication ability to communicate ideas and data both verbally and in writing in a persuasive and appropriate manner, with deference to cross-cultural communications.
  • Management ability to establish priorities and monitor research progress of the investment companies. Leads others to work together. Rewards and recognizes desired performance. Provides leadership, coaching, representation and support.
  • Interpersonal ability to work effectively and get along with others with diverse backgrounds.
  • Team building- ability to work collaboratively in a team and encourage teamwork.
  • Relationship Building Skills ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships with key stakeholders and build trust with others to increase Takeda s competitive advantage.


  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e., computers, phones, etc.).
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Carrying, handling and reaching for object


  • Willingness to drive to or fly to clients meetings, sometimes involving trips lasting several days. Significant international travel will be required possibly amounting to more than 25% of total time
  • Reports to the President & CEO, Takeda Ventures, Inc
  • Budget Accountability: travel and related business expenses


  • 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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