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Global Head of Research Strategy & Operations (RS&O)

Company: Takeda
Location: Boston
Posted on: November 20, 2023

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as Global Head of Research Strategy & Operations (RS&O)

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


  • Reporting to the Chief Scientifc Officer (CSO) and as a member of Research Leadership Team (RLT), lead and execute Strategy & Operations (S&O) for all Global Research activities
  • Provide oversight of data and digital strategies enabling effective use of analytics (e.g. dash-boards) to monitor and enable decision making on pipeline, resourcing, and financial matters.
  • Provide strategic and proactive oversight of pipeline priorities and trade-offs, guiding decisions across the Research portfolio, fiscal and operational efficiencies, and business development.
  • As a key partner to the CSO, ensure effective planning and follow up of senior-level and cross-functional meetings focused on agile execution of Research portfolio and asset strategies, fiscal management and business excellence.
  • Oversee the management of key strategic and operational functions for Global Research, Strategy, Portfolio Governance, Centralized Operations and Compound Management
  • Serve as a point of contact and engagement for functional leaders in Takeda R&D, including, but not limited to, Portfolio Management, Governance, Communications, Finance, HR, and Procurement, as well as strategy and operations groups embedded within Drug Discovery Units (DDUs) and Research line functions

    • Act as Research "Chief of Staff", senior advisor to the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Research Head across all Global strategic & operational initiatives, activities, deliverables and special projects.
    • As strategic partner to the CSO and Research Head, define Research leadership focus and shape Research objectives, KPIs, and MRP (Mid-Range Plan) financial goals.
    • Define a holistic view of the Research pipeline to support RLT portfolio prioritization and inform stakeholders outside Research (e.g., TAUs, CEI, Pharm Sci).
    • Use digtal and data technologies to track and forecast Research performance (scientific and financial) to enable decisions that drive towards the organization's vision and connect operational activity to strategic intent.
    • Lead effective change management across the Global Research function that is driven by data analytics and by insights achieved through proactively scanning internal and external landscapes.
    • Oversee Research Strategy and mid to long term projects that are interdependent with functions across R&D or the broader Takeda organization, including Business Development objectives.
    • Oversee Research Governance: Define Research leadership agendas, coordinate Research leadership meetings, execute strategic reviews (e.g., capacity, forecasts, special projects, space planning).
    • Oversee Research Portfolio Management: Deliver advanced portfolio analytics and insights that drive effective decision making (probability of technical success, project milestone achievement, dwell time, resourcing), manage governance reviews, facilitate tracking and project management.
    • Oversee non-scientific Research Operations: Drive continuous operational improvement across Research, co-lead financial planning with Finance, co-lead outsourcing strategy with Procurement, ensure quality and compliance, support Research colleagues' professional development.
    • Oversee Global Compound Management: Drive continuous operational efficiency and innovation.
      • Oversee Research Communication In collaboration with R&D Communications team,: drive transparency throughout Research, facilitate connectivity, enable within-function and cross-functional reporting.
        • Enable cross-functional communication by owning the success of multiple modes of interaction, such as Town Halls, CSO/RLT leadership messages, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, and key initiatives.
        • Serve as an 'Ambassador' of Research in the broader Takeda ecosytem, liaising within Research and beyond (e.g., Legal, Finance, HR, Procurement, Facilities) to ensure that deliverables are provided on schedule, surface and resolve bottlenecks, effective space planning, and modify business processes to meet Takeda's evolving needs.

          EDUCATION, BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS: Proactive, resourceful, self-motivated, and should possess exemplary interpersonal skills to interact professionally with all levels in the organization.
          • Must recruit, manage, and develop a talented workforce in Research Strategy and Operations.
          • Ability to act independently through complex cross-functional matrices and international sites is essential.
          • Accurate and concise communication skills are essential.
          • Excellent general problem solving and project management skills, and proven ability to manage multiple initiatives and structure complex tasks.
          • Minimum of 12+ years experience in the pharma / biotech industry, with demonstated deep understanding of drug discovery and development practices and significant operational experience in pharma / biotech field.
          • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field preferred, but may not be required based on industrial experience in a pharma/biotech R&D setting.


            Will manage globally coordinated work product, possibly with direct reports at multiple locations. Up to 40% travel may be required, including domestic and international flights with overnight stays

            This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy

            Base Salary Range: $240,100.00 to $343,000.00, based on candidate professional experience level. Employees may also be eligible for Short-Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits as well. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.

            • 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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              EEO Statement

              Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


              Boston, MA

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