Posted to MedZilla on 2/16/2020

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director, Health Outcomes Research (USBU) R0012372-MZ


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Director - Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR)

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 the Director - Health Economics Outcomes Researchin our Lexington, MA office.


The Director, HEOR is a research and customer-facing position, functioning within Takeda s U.S. Medical Affairs, Health Economics and Outcomes Research Team (HEOR), and contributing to the successful development and commercialization of new and innovative peri-approval and marketed products in the U.S.

As a senior member of the HEOR team, the Director will play a key role in helping shape strategy, identify best practices, and contribute to the development of a best-in-class HEOR team, focused on field-based collaborative research.

The Director HEOR is an individual contributor and team leader, and acts independently with substantial latitude to develop and manage product and program specific HEOR strategy, plans, budgets, contracts and studies. The Director will provide quality and outcomes research leadership for assigned therapeutic area(s), and will specifically:

  • Contribute to the development and execution of U.S. Medical strategies to elucidate unmet clinical, economic and patient-centered needs and product value.
  • Lead the development of value propositions that differentiate assigned products for payers, policymakers, healthcare providers, consumers and other stakeholders.
  • Lead multiple work streams relating to HEOR business areas (e.g., health economic modeling, value communications, observational research, pragmatic clinical trials, adherence programs, Beyond the Pill (BTP) initiatives) to a high standard.
  • Maintain awareness of scientific developments in assigned therapeutic area(s), new and innovative methodologies, and trends in the evolving healthcare landscape, to assure incorporation into U.S. Medical strategies and research plans.


  • Work within a multidisciplinary, matrixed organization to support the development and creation of medical and research strategies for assigned therapeutic area(s).
  • Management, including design, implementation and communication of results of HEOR research studies that help achieve product-specific objectives.
  • Represent the HEOR research function on corporate cross-functional teams related to product development and commercialization.
  • Collaborate and partner with key internal stakeholder colleagues and external key opinion leaders to ensure priorities and strategies are aligned.
  • Conduct relevant research activities which may include, but not be limited to:
    • Longitudinal prospective observational, pragmatic clinical trials, and/or patient registries evaluating clinical, patient-centered, and/or economic endpoints;
    • Longitudinal retrospective studies of existing databases to assess patient characteristics, treatment patterns, and associated clinical, economic and/or patient-reported outcomes;
    • Retrospective or prospective evaluations of disease natural history and treatment patterns, including drug utilization and adherence;
    • Cross-sectional surveys of patients, caregivers, health care providers/practitioners, and/or payers;
    • Assessments exploring burden of illness and/or comparative effectiveness;
    • Models of cost-effectiveness and budget impact;
    • Evaluation of BTP and adherence programs.
  • Review outcomes research protocols, statistical analysis plans (SAPs),and reports.
  • Review, and publish scientific reports reflecting ongoing or completed work.
  • Communicate with relevant internal and external audiences, which may include regulators, health care providers/practitioners, payers, health systems, patients and others.
  • Upon request, coordinates and delivers scientific, pharmacoeconomic and disease awareness information as presentations or other forms of scientific exchanges to regionally and nationally based managed care organizations, pharmacy benefits management companies, government payers, health care systems, and other organizations or professionals that are involved with health care policy, disease management/quality improvement, comparative effectiveness, and medication formulary decisions.
  • Promote effective communication of study findings as appropriate, in conference presentations, publications, dossiers and other means.


  • Combination of academic training and practical experience in scientific methods is required. This may be consist of:
    • Doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D. or Dr.P.H.) in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to, health services research, health outcomes research, epidemiology, pharmacy administration, public health, psychology, economics, statistics or decision sciences, plus 8 years practical experience, or
    • Clinical degree (e.g., in medicine, pharmacy, nursing) and a masters degree in a related discipline (as noted above), with ten years practical experience, and
    • Practical experience (preferred number of years as noted above) in performing applied healthcare research, in any setting, including life sciences company, research organization, academic institution or governmental agency, is required.
  • Expert knowledge and experience in management of applied healthcare research in the multi-disciplinary drug development and commercialization environment and process (involving multiple stakeholders) is expected.
  • Knowledge of clinical research and study design along the continuum of drug development is highly desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system is expected.
  • Demonstrated expertise in applied healthcare research (such as, but not limited to, health services evaluation, six-sigma, patient registries, pragmatic clinical trials, retrospective or prospective observational studies, patient-reported outcomes/health-related quality of life assessment, clinical-economic modeling and analysis, meta-analysis) is required.
  • Demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications, dossier development, and strategic, customer-focused HEOR tool development is expected.
  • Knowledge of health economics is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting or interpreting statistical analysis is highly desired.
  • Strong leadership capability with proven skills in team building, and motivating and developing people, is expected.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and lead effectively in a matrixed team environment is expected.
  • Broad experience in collaborating with research partners and in managing multiple tasks and complex projects is expected.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific evidence, with strong written and verbal presentation skills, is required.


No licenses/certifications are required in this position.


No unusual physical demands are expected in this position.

Manual dexterity is expected sufficient to use or operate office equipment (computers, phones, etc.).

In this position, one should be able to sit or stand for long periods of time (e.g., while traveling).


  • Takeda is a global company with corporate headquarters in Japan and with Pharmaceutical Development Division (PDD) headquarters in Boston, MA, USA.
  • Travel to meetings (sometimes requiring overnight stays) involving Takeda colleagues, research partners, and/or external stakeholders is a requirement of the position.
  • 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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