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Corporate Communications Lead, PDT

Boston, Massachusetts
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As a trusted global leader and industry partner who is reimagining plasma and exploring its untapped potential, Takeda’s Plasma-Derived Therapies (PDT) Business Unit is dedicated to transforming the lives of patients worldwide who rely on these lifesaving and life-sustaining therapies.

With an 80-year legacy of developing treatments for rare and complex chronic diseases, we thrive on innovation, offering a broad, differentiated portfolio of more than 20 plasma medicines with integrated care solutions to patients in more than 80 countries.

Powered by ~ 17,000 Takeda employees, our ~230 high-quality BioLife donation centers, a dedicated R&D team, and eight world-class plasma manufacturing facilities, we are unleashing data, digital and technology to transform our end-to-end operations and set new industry standards.

This enables us to innovatively and sustainably meet the growing and changing needs of patients, our people, and our planet, today and in the future.

Job ID R0121030 Date posted 04/16/2024 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Corporate Communications Lead, Plasma-Derived Therapies Business Unit

Cambridge, MA


The PDT Corporate Communications Lead will be a key facilitator of the PDT global communications strategy, with a focus on extending the PDT narratives to both internal and external stakeholders. An integral member of the PDT Corporate Affairs team, this individual will drive multi-channel program execution, as well as serve as an important liaison and advisor for cross-functional PDT and cross-Takeda colleagues on communications objectives. The Communications Lead will be based in Cambridge reporting to the Head of PDT Global Corporate and Portfolio Communications and will liaise regularly with the PDT Corporate Affairs teams based in Switzerland and Illinois.


  • Acts as a steward of the PDT global corporate communications strategy, identifying multi-channel communications opportunities to extend the PDT BU narratives to our key audiences.
  • Supports story mining and execution of core PDT thought leadership and corporate reputation initiatives.
  • Develops and executes a comprehensive digital and social media strategy for PDT and serves as the primariy liaison with Data Digital and Technology (DD&T) teams. Partners with Takeda Global Corporate Affairs to find synergies and identify opportunities.
  • Leads internal storytelling and associated initiatives, including town halls, to continue to build employee knowledge, pride and support for the PDT business and its contribution to Takeda.
  • Engages with the media community to shape educated and balanced media coverage about the plasma industry and Takeda’s leadership.
  • Manages and builds the external communications asset library; partners with the appropriate internal parties to garner content and review.
  • Supports Head of Global Corporate and Portfolio Communications on issues management and messaging for subjects related to PDT, consulting with the Public Affairs and other Takeda PDT colleagues, as well as the global and US corporate media relations teams.
  • Serves as an advisor for cross-functional colleagues on communications execution and supports ad hoc needs.
  • Supports PDT investor-related communications activities, including preparation for corporate earnings presentations and investor events.
  • Proactively collaborates on and/or augments external communications activities across Takeda Corporate, as well as serves as a point of contact for LOC communicators regarding PDT-related external communications initiatives.
  • Acts as a daily contact for external communications agencies, and serves as a liaison for internal coordination and reporting on agency-related inititives. ​


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Good understanding of the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and communications channels, including new trends and platforms
  • Competency in external engagement tactics, including local and national media relations, social media and the digital realm.
  • Basic experience in issues preparation and management of media/public facing reputational risks.
  • Can quickly grasp complex topics and articulate them simply and persuasively to enable broad understanding and engagement.


  • Proven skills as an effective collaborator who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company; able to convey ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures.
  • Ability to identify potential challenges and opportunities and make recommendations.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to think quickly to prepare and align on media issues employing positioning consistent with Takeda’s values.
  • Ability to seek diverse input from multiple stakeholders to drive solutions.
  • Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are made swiftly to enable seamless execution.
  • Embraces a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors.


  • Ability to work across teams with competing priorities to ensure one aligned voice to external stakeholders.
  • Builds and leverages internal network to enable alignment and effective execution.
  • Recognizes important connections and brings in key stakeholders to work towards best possible solutions.


  • Forward thinking with the ability to influence how PDT communicates and collaborates through optimal use of channels.
  • Comfortable bringing forward innovative solutions or use of novel channels to reach target stakeholders and shape external narrative.
  • Ability to identify areas for process and systems innovation and implement change that will enhance the overall effectiveness of the team.


  • Ability to work in a global and highly matrixed organization, with a high degree of complexity, displaying strong judgment.


  • Bachelors degree – BS/BA; Majors in Journalism, Communications preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience required at a corporation or consultancy with experience in corporate communications and media relations, preferably within the healthcare environment and in pharma/biotech specifically
  • Well-versed in media relations at local/national level with the ability to form media relationships as needed.
  • Results-oriented focus in proactive campaign execution and experience with issues management
  • Creative thinker who can problem solve and deliver solutions using strong judgment; able to make decisions in a timely fashion and escalate when required.
  • Dynamic, team player with excellent organizational, interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills who reflects Takeda and its values.
  • Ability to convene and manage teams, align voices and influence without authority to achieve priority team objectives.
  • Confident counsellor for cross-functional colleagues, comfortable in providing guidance on external engagement strategies.
  • Self-starter who can work under pressure with conflicting priorities and work to tight deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Critical skillsets: presentation skills, crisp verbal and written communications, project management abilities, strategic planning and results oriented.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality.

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.


Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Boston, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$149,100.00 - $234,300.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

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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What makes a successful team member within PDT at Takeda?

  • Bold thinker
  • Systematic
  • Innovative
  • Collaborator
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At the iHUB, we focus on disruptive innovation within our patient ecosystem that not only focuses on the patients of today, but creates the pathway to meet the patients of tomorrow.

Nat Arlander - Head of the Plasma Innovation Hub in PDT

Our dedicated and specialized PDT R&D organization is uniquely positioned to support the entire patient experience. By challenging decades of established thinking and driving patient-centric innovations, we have the opportunity to have a tremendous impact on those who rely on plasma-derived therapies today and those who can benefit from them in the future.

Kristina Allikmets - Head of PDT, R&D

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