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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Director, Outcomes Research - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Lexington, Massachusetts

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Job Description

About the role:

Join Takeda as a Director, Outcomes Research (OR) where you will develop and execute health economics and outcomes research for Gastrointestinal Therapeutic Area and is part of the US Medical Office. As a member of the U.S. OR team, you will identify and implement best practices, design and execute outcomes research to generate real world evidence aligned with strategic objectives and needs to support the Gastrointestinal therapeutic area and contribute to the development of a best-in-class OR group, focused on U.S., evidence and health economic needs. You will report to the Senior Director, Outcomes Research and Data Science. This role is based in Lexington, MA.

How you will contribute:

  • Lead and contribute to the overall U.S. OR strategy work streams for Gastrointestinal marketed and pipeline products as it relates to real-world evidence generation, health economic modeling, value communication, observational research, pragmatic real-world evidence trials, and field tool development, etc. to a high standard and business impact.

  • Work very closely with the Gastrointestinal Product Unit teams to understand overall medical strategies and build research/evidence plans that fit within internal cross functional brand and external stakeholder needs.

  • Lead, conduct and deliver methodologically robust yet feasible studies for priority U.S. HEOR evidence needs.

  • You will take the HEOR/ real-world research from concept to publication. This position will oversee, contribute, and manage study quality, resources, project plan, budgets, vendors and editing scientific content.

  • Anticipate payer needs, represent the payer perspective/voice, and provide collected payer insights to applicable cross-functional teams thereby optimizing the lifecycle of Gastrointestinal products.

  • Work closely with our three strategic partners within U.S. OR:

  • Value Access Insights and Solutions Team to provide advanced scientific support to medical/OR related field tool and appropriate dissemination of outcomes research studies

  • Data Science/OR team to conduct exploratory analyses and design potential concepts/tools/initiatives for collaboration with key regionally and nationally based managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit management, government payers and other customer groups

  • Field-based Payer Account Medical Leads (AMLs) team to help drive overall collaborations and effective payer medical interactions.

  • As possible explore collaborative research or similar partnership projects with national, regional or corporate payer account regarding the demonstration of products overall value, evidences needs or other mutually defined areas of medical/HEOR interest


You will lead key projects and activities to facilitate career progression, these responsibilities include some of the following…

  • Work with the Senior Director OR for the Gastrointestinal TA, and cross functionally with US Medical Unit team members, Market Access and Channel function, and franchise marketing/brand teams to facilitate in-depth scientific HEOR knowledge, product value, and strategy development.

  • Develop, execute, and publish outcomes research following Takeda policies and in cooperation with the US Medical Affairs Team.

  • Lead and conduct relevant research activities which may include, but not be limited to:

  • Longitudinal retrospective studies of existing databases to assess patient characteristics, treatment patterns, and associated clinical, economic and/or patient-reported outcomes Longitudinal prospective observational, pragmatic clinical trials, and/or patient registries evaluating clinical, patient-centered, and/or economic endpoints;

  • Retrospective or prospective evaluations of disease natural history and treatment patterns, including drug utilization and adherence;

  • Cross-sectional surveys of patients, caregivers, health care providers/practitioners, and/or payers;

  • Assessments exploring the burden of illness, patient preference studies and/or comparative effectiveness;

  • Models of cost-effectiveness and budget impact; indirect treatment comparison models and methodologies

  • Maintain a high level of knowledge with regards to the scientific, clinical and commercial developments in the Gastrointestinal therapeutic areas as well as a robust understanding of pharmacy management/medical policy trends/techniques used by payers to make informed decisions about payer strategy and OR plans and tactics

  • Attend and participate in relevant outcomes-related sessions at scientific and professional meetings. Create and communicate outcomes-related sessions at scientific and professional meetings that are of strategic interest to Takeda.

  • Participate in relevant HEOR, outcomes research, pricing, comparative effectiveness, policy and value meetings or symposia that are of strategic interest to Takeda (e.g., ISPOR, ICER, AMCP etc.) and create reports and communicate reports from these meetings.

  • Track and report on changes in the healthcare environment that are of relevance to Takeda

  • Complete all required training, activity documentation, knowledge management systems, expense reporting, and other administrative responsibilities as required by SOPs and guidelines.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:


  • You have a doctoral degree in a health sciences related field such as a PharmD, MD or PhD, with a grasp of the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare environment, and outcomes research.

  • You are an experienced health economics, health services, and/or outcomes research scientist, with a strong, proven track record of generating evidence to support market access for pharmaceuticals.

  • Eight years post-doctoral healthcare experience in the pharmaceutical, managed care, or consulting industries with a primary focus on health economics and outcomes research, and an emphasis on Market Access (public or private payers).

  • Proven track record of teamwork, leadership, project management, decision-making and results orientation in meeting business objectives.

  • Excel at leveraging professional relationships with regionally and nationally based managed care organizations and thought leaders in pharmacoeconomic and outcomes research and other areas of mutual interest by aligning thought leader expertise with Takeda needs.

  • Have superior communication skills, both oral and written, and able to engender trust and respect of peers, subordinates and superiors.

  • Business and analytical skills and an in-depth understanding of pharmaceutical business practices that impact commercialized and development of compounds.

  • Demonstrate expert awareness and the ability to understand, interpret and make recommendations concerning the evolving US health care marketplace.

  • Self-confident, possesses a strong work ethic, has exceptional organization skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office application including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


  • MBA, MPH, MHA or other business training will be considered if degree is specific to health economics or outcomes research, with appropriate clinical background and years of experience.

  • Health Economic or similar training (e.g., MS, PhD), fellowship, and/or background in outcomes research.

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips and some weekend commitments. Some international travel may be required.

  • Requires approximately 20% travel, including some overnight and weekend commitments.

What Takeda can offer you:

  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • 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 and company match of charitable contributions

  • Family Planning Support

  • Flexible Ways of Working

  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

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.


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Lexington, MA

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