Posted to MedZilla on 2/22/2020

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, R&D Patient Access R0016457-MZ


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Job Description

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 Associate Director, R&D Patient Access in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Associate Director on the team, you will be empowered to provide operational leadership to ensure successful implementation and execution of R&D Patient Access programs and initiatives, and a typical day will include:


R&D Patient Access serves as a center of excellence within Takeda s R&D division to:

  • Facilitate patient access to Takeda s investigational medicines throughout the drug development process, including non-trial pre-approval access programs.
  • Support R&D capability building both internally and externally to address patient access barriers and establish Takeda as a leader in global healthcare.
  • Embed patient access principles and policies within and across the R&D organization to support our patient-centric culture.

The key objectives of the Associate Director, R&D Patient Access are as follows:

  • Provide operational leadership to ensure successful implementation and execution of R&D Patient Access programs and initiatives, including non-trial pre-approval access programs
  • Maintain relationships with various external partners and vendors that support R&D Patient Access objectives and initiatives
  • Develop and implement training and communication plans to build awareness and understanding of R&D patient access programs and initiatives to key stakeholders within the R&D organization.


  • Drive the operational strategy and execution of R&D patient access programs, including non-trial preapproval access programs such as individual patient requests (IPR) and R&D capability building programs that address patient access barriers.
  • Provide expertise and operational guidance to R&D Patient Access leadership to support the development and implementation of patient access related SOPs, guidance documents, tools and systems.
  • Manage relationships with key external partners and vendors on behalf of R&D Patient Access, overseeing contracting and onboarding processes in collaboration with key internal stakeholders (e.g. legal, compliance, procurement) and tracking/reporting on achievement of partnership milestones.
  • Provide operational oversight of budget and drug supply forecasting for R&D Patient Access programs and alignment with other relevant internal stakeholders (e.g. Finance, Supply Chain).
  • Serve as a main point-of-contact with project and functional teams regarding R&D Patient Access programs operational efforts and report progress on achievements within the strategic areas of focus.
  • Responsible for ensuring accurate tracking, reporting, and metrics of R&D access programs, driving process improvements and initiatives.
  • Lead internal awareness, education and training of patient access related programs, policies and SOPs. Represent R&D Patient Access on internal and external teams to define approaches and methodology related to patient access.
  • Support the implementation of best practices related to patient access across the R&D organization.
  • Support assigned R&D Access to Medicines (AtM) and capacity building initiatives.
  • Provide support of issue resolution and relationship management with R&D patient access events.


  • Minimum Bachelors degree required. Advanced degree preferred (MS/MBA/MPH). Doctoral degree in a health sciences related field desirable (PhD/PharmD/MD).
  • 6+ years relevant professional experience required in a multi-disciplinary, global environment. R&D experience in the pharmaceutical industry preferred.
  • 4+ years of relevant project management and leadership experience
  • 2+ years of line or matrix management experience
  • Knowledge of global research and development and the interface with other organizations, functions and business units
  • Experience in Expanded Access strongly preferred


  • 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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