Associate Director, Patient Advocacy, R&D & Global
Cambridge , Massachusetts
September 21, 2017

Empowering Our People to Shine

Takeda is a global, innovation-driven pharmaceutical leader with 30,000 professionals working together across 70+ countries. We have an unwavering dedication to put patients first for more than 230 years while we live our values of Takeda-ism—Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. We are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. At Takeda, you will make an impact on people’s lives—including your own.


The Associate Director, Patient Advocacy Global and R&D, reports to the Senior Director, Patient Advocacy, is responsible for supporting Takeda’s commitment to:
  • Development and execution of global patient advocacy relationships and initiatives
  • Ensuring the patient perspective is part of Takeda’s research and development strategies
  • The Associate Director, in collaboration with the Sr. Director, will, in partnership with OBU countries, implement a global-level strategic patient advocacy plan.
  • The Associate Director will partner with the R&D organization to integrate patient and caregiver insights into the drug development process.

  • By working closely with Global Patient Advocacy leads within the respective LOCs, build, implement and sustain a global patient advocacy plan.
  • Ensure a strong working knowledge of the global environment to identify opportunities to improve patient outcomes and identify solutions that educate and empower patient organizations to act to improve patient’s disease awareness, quality of life, and access to therapies.
  • Manage the Global Patient Advocacy Council (GPAC) and establish best practices, guidelines, processes, metrics, methodology to provide education and training solutions to global Takeda stakeholders
  • Serve as industry stakeholder on key committees (GMAN, Lymphoma Coalition)
  • Deliver actionable patient and caregiver insights that inform discovery, clinical testing, delivery and the demonstration of value of company compounds and products
  • Increase local operating companies’ advocacy skills through the support and expansion of a global internal network, GPAC
  • Ensure the patient voice is integrated into Takeda Oncology’s global research and development policy and procedures across all brands and pipeline compounds
  • Deliver actionable patient and caregiver insights that inform discovery, clinical testing, delivery and the demonstration of value of company compounds and products
  • Develop and align with key internal stakeholders including but not limited to medical affairs, marketing, market access, government relations, etc.



  • BA/BS in communications, public policy, marketing or a related area.
  • Minimum of 6 years experience in a pharmaceutical/biotech company; patient advocacy, government relations, marketing, market access or in a patient, consumer or professional association
  • In-depth understanding of healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry required
  • Solid understanding of relevant regulations and guidelines (eg, EMA, HTA)
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functionally to gain consensus and alignment
  • Exceptional oral, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Solid ability to effectively influence and deliver information, and articulate advocacy position and/or issues to the leadership of the organization to gain alignment
  • Solid ability to work independently with tight timelines
  • Demonstrated track record of strong patient engagement; advocacy or other equivalent
  • Solid business acumen; ability to direct and manage vendors to ensure successful implementation of initiatives
  • Strong budget management competencies
  • Consistently represents the company with the outmost level of professional to internal and external customers
  • Experience with successful negotiation

  • 20-30%


  • 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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