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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Associate Director, Programming in Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

OBJECTIVES / PURPOSE

Takeda SQS is looking to add individuals to our team that are team oriented, collaborative, strong understanding of the statistical programming function, exceptional leaders and innovators. Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven, top 10 biopharmaceutical leader committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet.

To attract and retain the very best talent, we in Takeda SQS are open to flexible or remote working for some roles. Such roles will have a connection to a Takeda R&D center.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Leads a team of programmers working on statistical programming activities across therapeutic areasand implementsstrategies to build efficient processes and resourcing plans

  • Developsstandard programs and utilities to support efficient cross TA programming development effortsand ensure quality and timeliness

  • Sets tasks and prioritizationof activities within the projects

  • Successfully engages cross functionally to progress tasks with proven influencing skills

  • Leads process improvement initiatives

  • Holds existing internal and external presence on varied statistical programming topics

  • Mentors and educatesto promote latest trends in clinical development space

  • Aligns the team efforts with the company goals and takes initiative to meet them

  • Contributes to process improvements by supporting technological innovation and creativity within Takeda SQS

CORE ELEMENTS RELATED TO THIS ROLE

  • Provides technical leadership and ensures adequate statistical programming support for assigned projects

  • Leads and organizes programming activities for assigned standard program development projects

  • Assists automation/ standard group lead to ensure successful implementation of standardprogramming strategies and efficient execution of assigned projects

  • Applies proven technical and programming methods withapplied experience to develop standardmacros, tools, utilities and projects

  • Strong communication and writing skills to lead team discussions and documentation

  • Proactively evaluate and manage resource demand and allocation to meet current and future business needs ensuring effective utilization of resources and maintenance of functional planning systems

  • Assist in review and development of common data model (CDM), SDTM/ADaM specifications and reporting macros

  • Mentor and lead as needed to educate and promote latest trends in clinical development space

DIMENSIONS AND ASPECTS

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise (Breadth and depth of knowledge, application and complexity of technical knowledge)

  • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and statistical programming (e.g., clinical development, the prescription drug distribution process, etc)

  • Technical expertise at the enterprise level, with a broader clinical data life cycle awareness

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to ‘translate’ across functional lines

  • Should have experience in developing utilities, tools and programs to automate manual tasks and reduce the overall development cycle time through automation

  • Should be highly skilled in SAS with insight in data and analytic automation in pharmaceutical industry and have a sound logical programming approach

  • Multiple skill sets comprising of exposure to various programming languages like R, Python, Java etc. would be preferred

  • Background on application development would be a plus

  • Should be motivated to learn new technologies and cater to business needs

Leadership (Vision, strategy and business alignment, people management, communication, influencing others, managing change)

  • Demonstrated ability to work and influence across functions, regions and cultures

  • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing

  • Functional level leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results

  • Proven skills as an effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company

  • Ability to distil complex technical ideas in simple comprehensible terms in order to influence decisions and outcomes

  • Leads one or more assets at GPT level

  • Facilitates collaboration cross functionally in GPTs and generally within DSI and R&D

  • Enables the tactical execution of the SQS and DSI vision and mission

  • Leads and accountable for asset level strategies being implemented

  • Mentorship, matrix or direct management of small team of SQS colleagues

  • Creates an internal and external sphere of influence in area of expertise

Decision-making and Autonomy (The capacity and authority to make organizational decisions, autonomy in decision-making, complexity of decisions, impact of decisions, problem-solving)

  • Ability to make strategic decisions that impact the statistical programming function

  • Accountable for statistical programming decision making within their compound

  • Participate in and/or lead initiatives that seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions

Interaction (The span and nature of one’s engagement with others when performing one’s job, internal and external relationships)

  • Effectively navigates the changing external and internal environment and leads others through change by creating and inspiring and engaging workplace

  • Ability to effectively implement R&D’s partnership strategy as it applies to statistical programming

  • Ability to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with other interfacing Takeda functions, including but not limited to statistics, data management, clinical operations, medical directors, global program leads

Innovation (The required level of scientific knowledge, knowledge sharing, innovation and risk taking)

  • Forward thinking with the ability to recommend, influence and implement continuous innovation

  • Challengethe status quo and propose forward thinking innovative solutions

  • Implementand embed new ways of working utilizing a wide variety of software (e.g. SAS, R, Python)

  • Identifies opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.

Complexity (Products managed, mix of businesses, internal and/or external business environment, cultural considerations)

  • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity

  • Deep expertise required across statistical programming and computing environments

  • Ability to see and understand broader, enterprise level perspective and understand and assess impact to statistical programming

  • Ability to input into best practices with data sharing

  • A bility to input into programming and standardization for novel data such as real world data, digital data, wearable device data

EDUCATION, BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

  • MS with 8+ years of industry related experience.

  • BS with 10+ years of industry related experience.

  • Proven track record ofleading business process transformations and organizational culture change as well as driving programming expertise on programs with complex business deliverables

  • Operational experience in pharmaceutical drug development with significant direct exposure to clinical development

  • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry

  • Project leadership 5+ years of industry experience.

  • This position is currently classified as “hybrid” in accordance with Takeda’s Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

  • In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

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.

Locations

Boston, MA

Worker Type

Employee

Worker Sub-Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

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