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US Benefits Senior Manager

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Lexington, MA 02421
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Job Description

About the role:

  • Support the Head of U.S. Benefits in execution of the annual employee health and welfare and retirement plan processes including evaluation, communication and implementation to all benefits-eligible employees within the U.S.
  • Provide support to the Benefits Operations team to ensure proper program implementation and operations as needed and supporting escalations as Tier 3 resource.
  • Partner with the People Advisory Group (PAG) to ensure that benefit-related policies are in accordance with plan documents
  • Recommend and assist in developing new or modified benefit plans or policies
  • Oversees and executes all compliance-related activities for health and welfare and retirement programs as necessary
  • Develop and deliver reporting dashboard on plan performance. Conduct benchmarking to evaluate market competitiveness on an ongoing basis.

How you will contribute:


  • Serve as a subject matter expert for company health and welfare and qualified and non-qualified retirement plans in the U.S.
  • Partner with Benefits Operations team and external vendors to implement the annual renewal process and Annual Enrollment, including rate and content updates to enrollment sites and supporting materials
  • Independently implement and manage multiple employee benefit programs and applicable vendor relationships as required
  • Serve as project lead or team member for multiple HR and interdepartmental projects
  • Partner with the people Advisory Group to ensure benefit-related policies are current and to facilitate ongoing effective communications of benefit offerings and initiatives
  • Together with Head of U.S. Benefits, evaluates benefit policies, programs and practices looking for continuous improvement
  • Ensure execution of required compliance activities and governmental filings for all benefit programs including working with internal and external auditors to ensure compliance and execution of appropriate control activities
  • Plan and manage benefit initiatives in all U.S. sites, including: benefit seminars and annual enrollment fairs in partnership with people Advisory Group and US Wellbeing Committee
  • Develop and maintain analytical dashboards of plan performance and utilization. Work with Benefits Operations and Benefits Finance tasks to build and maintain appropriate budget-tracking/reporting
  • Serve as level III escalation point for benefits-related employee mattersStays informed and current on local laws, and legislative changes improving employee benefits and proactively manage processes and programs to remain compliant

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Strong experience in planning and executing employee benefits plans and their administration within the U.S.
  • Working knowledge of health and welfare and retirement plan requirements within the U.S.
  • Strong analytical skills, project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to use Excel to a very high standard and summarize data in a way that allows you to effectively frame a business case or recommendation to solve for an issue or challenge
  • Business acumen and knowledge of the life sciences industry, preferred


  • Ability to motivate and direct team members towards achieving individual and team goals both with and without direct responsibility for supervision
  • Ability to engage with and influence at all levels including Head of Global Benefits, TBS colleagues, vendors, other internal and external constituents, and contacts within the business unit
  • Exceptional skills required: building trust, influential communication, and ability to communicate and present effectively verbally and in writing

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Support Head of U.S. Benefits by analyzing solutions to a variety of problems
  • Strong bias for action and keen sense of urgency with limited guidance
  • Rely on judgement and experience to solve problems of significant complexity
  • Effectively organizes, prioritizes and manages multiple priorities and overlapping deadlines
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Work on problems where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors, including collaboration across teams and tasks


  • Ability to deal with and relate to all types of people and levels within the organization including HR colleagues, TBS colleagues, managers, and employees
  • Vendors: Health and welfare and retirement plan providers
  • Strong communication and consulting skills; experience in developing creative solutions to meet business needs
  • Excellent relationship-building and collaboration skills. Experience working in a matrix or collaborative environment. Strong influencing skills
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to articulate complex concepts well


  • Identifies areas where programs or positions are not aligned to market and work with manager to resolve


  • Proficiency with HR information systems and experience with benefit provider systems
  • Ability to manage ongoing workload demands of planned and unplanned projects and requests
  • Demonstrated experience working with a dynamic workforce and peer set

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • BS/BA, preferably in a business field
  • Minimum 8-10 years of benefits experience in a corporate environment. Some global experience preferred
  • Positive attitude, team-orientation and strong collaborative approach
  • Experience working in pharmaceutical industry preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

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 Work Paths
  • 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.

Preference will be given to candidates with a remote location near, and availability to work during the working hours of, the corporate office in Boston, Massachusetts.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

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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Posted: 2022-09-09 Expires: 2022-10-08
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