Posted to MedZilla on 1/18/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director, Disease and Product Training, Global Medical Affairs Oncology 1703130-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 Director, Disease and Product Training, Global Medical Affairs Oncology in our Cambridge, MA office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Director, Disease and Product Training, Global Medical Affairs Oncology working on the Global Medical Affairs team, you will be empowered to make meaningful contributions, and a typical day will include:


The Director of Global Medical Affairs, Disease and Product Training is a newly-created, high-visibility leadership position within the Medical Communications department of Global Medical Affairs Oncology (GMAO).

This role will be responsible for translating the global medical strategy for Takeda products into a training platform incorporating innovative adult learning concepts.

This role will be responsible for developing and executing on disease and product training plans on a global scale. The Director will conduct needs assessments, solicit feedback and ensure training programs meet company and participant needs. A core responsibility is to create mutually beneficial relationships between GMAO and regions/counties resulting in training initiatives informed by a deep understanding of specific, local training needs.

This role is responsible for developing, maintaining and refining accurate, compliant and interactive programs with measurable impact.

The Director of Disease and Product Training will lead internal and partner teams in the execution of training programs aligned with the medical strategy and participant needs. This role will effectively manage both direct and indirect resources to achieve goals.

The Director of Disease and Product Training will be a role model for collaboration, an agent for change, and a leader in open transparent learning.


  • Set the overall training strategy for all GMAO products built on a deep understanding of organizational goals and the disease/product strategy.
  • Partner with Global Medical Directors and Global Medical Communication Leads to ensure alignment of strategic training plans and activities with product medical strategies and medical communication plans.
  • Develop and maintain high-quality disease and product training plans, programs, and materials to instill a deep scientific knowledge of Takeda Oncology molecules, respective disease states, and competitor data aligned with scientific platforms.
  • Identify and evaluate innovative media and tools to effectively implement training strategies.
  • Work closely with regions and countries, with focus on the US, to identify training needs ensuring a collaborative relationship with ongoing feedback.
  • Coach and guide team members to execute successfully on training plans and activities, including medical education events with key thought leaders, to further enhance the scientific knowledge of GMAO.
  • Partner with the Head of Medical Communications to ensure excellence in the delivery of strategic training activities; lead strategic training projects, as/when required.
  • Develop and manage GMAO training budget and resource deployment including vendor management.
  • Develop performance metrics for the GMAO training team and identify a mechanism for tracking and reporting performance.
  • Collaborate with non-oncology training colleagues to ensure consistent and enterprise-wide approach to training platforms.
  • Ensure appropriate systems support, policies and SOPs are available to ensure business needs are met in an efficient, timely, and compliant manner.
  • Recruit, lead, coach and retain a high-performing team of direct reports while creating an atmosphere for learning and professional development consistent with the tenets of Takeda-ism .


  • Advanced degree (PhD, PharmD, MD) in a scientific discipline or commensurate long-term experience within pharmaceutical or biotech industry.
  • 7+ years of medical affairs experience with one or more global products.
  • 5+ years of disease and product training in medical affairs.
  • Significant previous experience in training and adult learning, as well as prior experience managing/leading cross-function teams.
  • Exceptional communication, prioritizing, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills.
    Significant vendor management experience.


  • Oncology experience strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of the principles of adult learning.
  • Significant experience with learning management systems.
  • Expertise using influence and negotiation to secure positive outcomes.


  • Ability to travel up to 25% per year including international travel


  • 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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