Posted to MedZilla HealthCare on 10/20/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director, R&D Legal Operations R0002677-MZ


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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as an Associate Director, R&D Legal Operations in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As an Associate Director working on the R&D Legal team, you will be empowered to provide your operational expertise and leadership and a typical day will include:


  • Develop, implement, and lead strategic operational planning and management for Legal support of R&D projects (including forecasting Legal support requirements, and development of processes and infrastructure to optimize alignment between Legal and R&D)
  • Lead innovation initiatives intended to leverage existing technology and identify new opportunities for technology to create efficiencies in Legal resourcing, facilitating knowledge management and information sharing with R&D stakeholders
  • Lead development and implementation of Legal training materials to educate R&D client functions on Legal processes, tools, and requirements
  • Partner with colleagues within functions such as Compliance, Procurement, and Outsourcing to ensure alignment with objectives and initiatives to support R&D client functions


  • Create a long term strategy for aligning Legal and R&D goals/ objectives with corresponding metrics and reports
  • Develop and manage internal benchmarking and resource planning methodology
  • Chair regular capacity planning meetings to ensure necessary resources are available to support upcoming R&D activities
  • Implement and manage standard processes for all critical Legal workflows that align key Legal partner functions in support of R&D (e.g. Procurement, Outsourcing, Compliance, Alliance Management)
  • Lead development and implementation of technical tools to support self-service libraries and portals, client apps, and knowledge repositories for R&D clients
  • Act as a global project lead and/or liaison for the Legal Department for Legal matters pertaining to R&D activities
  • Manages development of performance metrics and reports


  • Minimum 10 years experience in operations, preferably in a legal environment in support of research or development activities.
  • Strong project management, technical, and analytical skills, ability to gather, analyze, extract, summarize and communicate useful data.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in complex and emerging business and project areas, leveraging interpersonal skills and technical skills to optimize results.
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and manage major projects to successful completion.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Advanced degree required in legal or business discipline (MBA or JD preferred)


  • Knowledge and experience with process improvement skills, such as Six Sigma, Process/Program Management, and/or related certifications highly preferred.
  • Understanding of legal department operating environments, and applicable policies and procedures.
  • Experience working in a global environment.
  • Experience managing, leading, and/or coaching employees.


  • Routine demands of an office based environment.


  • 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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