Posted to MedZilla on 12/8/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Principal Data Scientist (USBU) R0008216-MZ


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Job Description

Principal Data Scientist

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Principal Data Scientist in our Cambridge, MA office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

As a Principal Data Scientist working on the US Medical Affairs team, you will be empowered to provide analytical and statistical expertise and leadership. In this role, you will contribute to Takeda s mission by providing strategic statistical input to feasibility assessments. A typical day will include:


Independently designing, analyzing, and interpreting clinical studies, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) studies, and real world data at a product level.
Providing strategic analytical and statistical input for feasibility assessments, cross-study analyses, and marketing activities.
Leveraging internal and external resources to achieve quality, timely, and cost-effective product level deliverables.
Independently representing US Outcomes Research & Data Science in interactions with clinicians and other functions.

Independently represent statistics function on clinical and HEOR teams in support of clinical studies and product level programs.
Provide strategic statistical input to feasibility assessments, development, and marketing plans. Negotiate timelines (statistical) at product level.
Plays a leadership role in the development and review of the study synopsis, protocol, statistical analysis plan, clinical study report, and other analysis documents, ensuring accurate and statistically valid deliverables.
Oversee definition and implementation of product-level database (including derived database), analysis and reporting standards. Plan and direct product level analysis and reporting activities (eg, tables, listings, graphs).
Identify product-level vendor requirements and participate in the evaluation and selection of vendors. Provide product-level analytical oversight of statistical activities of external vendors to ensure timeliness and quality of analysis data and statistical outputs. Review and approve key statistical vendor deliverables.
Identify and interact with external statistical experts for issues related to study design, methodology and results.
Anticipate and communicate internal and external resource and quality issues that may impact deliverables or timelines of the product level program. Propose and implement solutions. Escalate issues to management as appropriate in a timely manner.
Monitor and contribute to industry advances in statistical methods to optimize study designs and statistical analysis methods, and implement innovative approaches at a product level.

Generally requires a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, or other health-related analytical fields with at least 5 years of relevant experience or an MS with at least 7 years of relevant experience.
Experience with advanced epidemiology or health outcomes study designs.
A minimum 5 years experience in healthcare data, including administrative claims databases and/or electronic health records
Advanced knowledge of HEOR study design and methodology, descriptive and inferential statistics, and exploratory data analysis.
Advanced knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry including understanding of health care reimbursement systems and related coding systems (e.g., ICD-10, CPT, DRG, etc.).
Good knowledge of statistical programming languages (including SAS), software, techniques, and processes. Working knowledge of UNIX operating systems, and common software products and technologies used in conjunction with SAS (e.g., Microsoft Office products).
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Strong project management skills.
Strong collaborative skills and ability to work with a cross-functional team.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time.
Carrying, handling and reaching for objects.
Ability to lift and carry over 25 pounds.
Manual dexterity to operate office equipment i.e. computers, phones, etc.

Access to transportation to attend various meetings held in proximity to the Takeda offices.
Able to fly to various meetings at investigator, vendor, or regulatory agency sites.
Some international travel may be required.


  • 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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