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Real-World Data (RWD) Strategy Lead

Company: Takeda Pharmaceutical
Location: Clifton
Posted on: July 27, 2022

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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 a Real World Data, Strategy Lead, 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.


The Real World Data Center of Excellence is meant to foster an environment that simplifies and accelerates collaboration-driven insights that enable data driven business decisions by bringing best practices and standardizing approaches to common questions involving real world data.

The Real-World Data (RWD) Strategy Lead is responsible for the design, development, and execution of Takeda s global RWD ecosystem, understanding and communicating Takeda s RWD priorities and needs, discovering opportunities for RWD innovation, and ensuring strong compliance systems. The role demands knowledge of RWD types and resources, a strong execution focus, and excellent communication skills. Success in this role will require constant attention to changing priorities and needs, readiness to proactively develop solutions in the market where none yet exist, and a collaborative approach as this role is embedded in matrix teams to ensure visibility and exchange of information.


  • Develop and implement enterprise data strategies to efficiently address business needs.
  • Collaborate internally and externally to address unmet needs and bridge the gaps with best-of-breed datasets.
  • Strengthen partnerships with stakeholders within the organization and externally with data providers, platform vendors, healthcare providers, payers, FDA etc.
  • Act as a knowledge developer and repository around protocols, policies, publcations etc related to RWD.

    • Assist the RWD CoE in the execution of the strategy development process, partnership development, and enablement of systems in support of global RWD access, innovation and delivery; create and execute a vision for the future RWD ecosystem
    • Assist with the RWD strategy process including leadership of matrix teams, collaborating with researchers and expert contributors to assess and recommend data opportunities; lead data strategy working group operations supporting data assessments with functional subject matter experts (SMEs)
    • Deliver objective RWD assessments that focus on potential value and fit in the RWD ecosystem
    • Deliver a global RWD governance system that enables innovation within compliance limits and monitors legal and contractual obligations; ensure Takeda is in compliance with applicable law, contracts and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
    • Drive the broadening of the RWD user base
    • Develop global RWD partnerships to bring unique data opportunities that address Takeda s data priorities; establish Takeda as a partner of choice for novel data exchange projects
    • Enable the data acquisition process to ensure appropriate RWD fit for Takeda; partner with Legal to embed this process into global SOPs
    • Collaborate with research leaders to identify RWD use cases and gaps, and engineer appropriate project-level solutions
    • Provide Takeda functions with consultative support on RWD solutions to ensure high quality, value-driven research projects
    • Assess the global RWD environment across geographies and engagement points
    • Partner with Global Evidence and Outcomes (GEO) and Information Technology (IT) to deliver a state-of-the-art analytics ecosystem; ensure that access to externally hosted databases/platforms is streamlined and secure
    • Lead global organizational RWD transparency and education by delivering learning modules on relevant dimensions for users qualifications
      Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise
      • Comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and drug development
      • Understand and enable analytic infrastructure, including CFR 11 certified software tools, semi-automated, validated SAS algorithms and a skilled data visualization team offer efficient delivery of research and rapid analytics
        • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures
        • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing
        • Proven skills as an effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company
        • Ability to distil complex issues and ideas down to simple comprehensible terms
        • Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization
          • Effectively navigates the changing external and internal environment and leads others through change by creating and inspiring and engaging workplace
          • Cultivates a broad network of relationships throughout Takeda, with affiliates and external partners, in the industry and area of expertise.
          • Effectively represents function in negotiations with the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
          • Ability to build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with other interfacing Takeda functions
            • Forward thinking with the ability to recommend, influence and implement organizational change and continuous innovation
            • Comfortable challenging the status quo and bringing forward innovative solutions
            • Ability to take risks implementing innovative solutions, accelerating time to market
            • Identifies opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business.
            • Role models respect and inclusion, creating a culture that fosters innovation
              • Ability to work in a global ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity
              • Deep expertise required
              • Ability to see and understand broader, enterprise level perspective
                • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to health services research, health outcomes research, epidemiology, public health, statistics, outcomes research, technology, engineering or decision sciences, is required
                • Minimum of 8-10 years practical experience in performing epidemiology and outcomes research in any setting, including life sciences company, research organization, academic institution or governmental agency and/or working with big data and data analytics
                • Knowledge of drug development and commercialization
                • Direct experience in the pharmaceutical industry or related field required
                • Previous experience leading a medium to large organization and influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders is a plus
                • Health care business acumen with a comprehensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
                • Experience with US and ex-US data collaborators and licensors
                • Thorough technical and scientific understanding of observational research methods
                  WHAT TAKEDA CAN OFFER YOU:
                  • 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
                    Empowering Our People to Shine

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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.


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