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Director, Business Development, Oncology

Takeda Development Center Americas, Inc.
Boston, MA 02109
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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company to inspire and empower you? At Takeda, we empower our people to work towards their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation and work toward excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive and collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to provide Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Join us as a Director, Center for External Innovation (CEI) Business Development, Oncology in our Cambridge, MA office. Become a key contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

The Center of External Innovation establishes partnerships to support Takeda Research and Development by guiding external engagement on opportunities ranging from academic research collaborations to acquiring late-stage clinical assets. Within CEI, Oncology Business Development is a matrixed team consisting of Business Development, Search and Evaluation, and Project Management leads who work with the Oncology Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) and Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) to (1) develop a BD strategy consistent with DDU and TAU priorities, (2) evaluate opportunities consistent with the agreed strategy, (3) lead due diligence teams to assess program acquisition, in-licensing and asset externalization opportunities across the R&D pipeline and commercial product portfolio and (4) lead and promote the negotiation team to build these varied, high visibility transactions. CEI is looking for an experienced business development transaction professional to join the Oncology Business Development team and contribute to this important function within Takeda R&D.


  • Lead complex term sheet and contract negotiations across a broad range of transactions, including in-licensing, out-licensing, co-promotions and profit shares, academic collaborations and other discovery and clinical stage agreements
  • Work with Search and Evaluation and Project Management leads and Takeda's internal ventures team to finalize in-house technical evaluation and due diligence recommendations on assigned business development opportunities
  • Work with multiple functions within Takeda, including oncology discovery and development leadership, business law, intellectual property counsel, tax, R&D finance, technical accounting and alliance management to create deal proposals for senior management review
  • Present integrated proposals for business development opportunities to senior management
  • Support Takeda Global Business Development in M&A and commercial asset collaborations
  • Mentor junior transaction professionals and other junior colleagues in CEI
  • Be an expert within CEI to expand enterprise-wide capabilities, processes and knowledge of industry trends
  • Continue to build a broad network of relationships with potential licensors worldwide
  • Articulate Takeda's licensing goals and practices in public forums, such as partnering meetings, speaking engagements.
  • Be an ambassador for CEI brand to ensure Takeda is perceived as a "Partner of Choice" with external organizations


  • Over ten years of experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry with prior background in business development or related experience required, including pharmaceutical/biotech R&D, pharmaceutical/biotech equity management consulting, venture capital, or investment banking
  • Experience in driving significant and complex business development opportunities to completion in the discovery, clinical and commercial arenas; ability to build multiple deals simultaneously
  • Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree ; a Master's degree in a relevant scientific discipline plus over ten years relevant professional experience is acceptable
  • Clinical, biological/pharmacological research, or professional experience in a specialty therapeutic area is required
  • Experience leading teams and groups, including members of senior leadership
  • Experience with the drug discovery, development, regulatory approval, and commercialization processes
  • Scientific knowledge to help guide internal BD strategy and hold/improve meaningful discussions externally with Pharma/Biotech executives and important opinion leaders
  • A well-established business development network within the Oncology industry along with a progressive knowledge of creative alliance structures, industry trends and issues related to pharmaceutical business development
  • Ability to be work in a matrix environment

Effective November 1, 2021, absent an approved religious or medical reason, all US office-based and lab-based Takeda employees who work fully on-site or in a hybrid model (as determined by Takeda) must be fully vaccinated to work at a Takeda site or to engage with Takeda colleagues or anyone else on behalf of Takeda. As of the same date, absent an approved religious or medical reason, US field-based employees, employees must be fully vaccinated in order to continue in their current roles. US employees who work at a Takeda manufacturing facility, and those who work at a BioLife center or BioLife lab, may be subject to different guidelines. You are encouraged to speak with their recruiter to seek further information on the applicable guidelines for the Business Unit/Function for which they have applied.


  • Willingness to travel to meetings or client sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel may be required.
  • Requires approximately 10-15% travel


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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Posted: 2021-10-08 Expires: 2021-11-06
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