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Head, Advanced Analytic Services (Director)

Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Job Level: Senior
  • Travel: Minimal (if any)

Within Takeda’s Data Sciences Institute, we harness the insight of data and digital to speed the development of new medicines to patients. The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is primarily focused on getting medicines to patients faster through innovation and efficiencies driven by data and analytics.

We nurture a culture that encourages disciplined risk-taking, supports innovation, values diversity and emphasizes implementation.

We want to hire and develop the best talent to join us on our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine!

Job ID R0122776 Date posted 05/22/2024 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.


  • Lead and manage multiple teams responsible for advancedtechnology services globally.

  • Drive the development and implementation of advancedtechnologiesacrossvarious domains.

  • Providestrategicdirection and leadership as a senior technology director.


  • Lead and manage teams responsible for deliveringadvancedtechnology services globally.

  • Drive the development and implementation of cutting-edgetechnologies, includingbutnot limited to cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure the successful deployment of automatedinfrastructure and software solutions.

  • Ensure the quality and security of deployments, includingproper key management, encryption, and detection.

  • Manage and collaborate with third-party operations teams to deliver high-quality services.

  • Ensure the steady operation of advancedtechnology capabilities globally.

  • Serve as the lead for implementing and deployingartifacts for advancedtechnology products.

  • Work independently and collaboratively to solve complextechnologyproblems.

  • Automate tasks for software and infrastructure deployment and monitoring.

  • Design, build, and deploycomplex systems and products to delivervalue to the organization.

  • Demonstrateadvancedtooling and techniques to technical teams across the company.


  • Lead and contribute to the development of advancedtechnology services globally.

  • Stay updated on the latestadvancements in technology and explore new platforms and tools.

  • Manage and maintain the software infrastructuresupportingadvancedtechnologyplatforms.

  • Understand and implementmodern deployment techniques usingindustry-standard tools.

  • Implement deployments in ascalable and efficientmannerusingRESTfulAPIs, microservices, and containerization.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Solve complextechnologyproblemsindependently and collaboratively.

  • Demonstrateadvancedtooling and techniques to technical teams.

  • Stay updated on moderntechnologies and industrytrends.


  • Ability to managemultiple 3rd party operations providers to deliver at appropriate levels of quality, response times, stability and agility.

  • Ability to work with DevOpsengineersacross Takeda in amodernEcosystem of Products, Platforms, Analytics and Microservices to give Takeda a modern footprint.

  • Align and Drive ourAgile and DevOpsdrivenoperations groups to a better end-state, for R&D and set an advisoryexample for the rest of Takeda.

  • Manage and collaborate with third-party operations providers to deliver high-quality services.

  • Work with cross-functional teams to drive the organization'stechnology strategy.

  • Providestrategicdirection and leadership as a senior technology director.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to drive ourthird-party support teams to maintain a stableanalyticsecosystem.  It willrequire the need to make tacticaldecisionwhenneeded to ouroperationalenvironments.

  • Ability to work through and propose propertechnologychoices.

  • Independentlymanage day to day operationalissueswhileknowingwhen to escalate more criticalproblems or decisions in the environment.

  • Make tacticaldecisions to ensure the stability of technologyecosystems.

  • Propose and implementtechnologychoicesaligned with organizational goals.

  • Manage day-to-day operationalissues and escalatecriticalproblems or decisionswhennecessary.


  • Providetechnology leadership for R&D on a global scale, emphasizingadvancedroles and responsibilities.

  • Manage multiple teams in both project and operations engineering, ensuringefficient and effective delivery.

  • Take ownership of the R&D Cloud, overseeingitsdevelopment, implementation, and maintenance.

  • Drive advancedtechnologydevelopment and implementation, stayingat the forefront of emergingtechnologies.

  • Manage and optimize the budget for R&D activities, ensuringresources are allocatedeffectively.

  • Determine and implementusefulemergingtechnologies on a global scale, drivinginnovation and efficiency.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members, including Data Engineering, Data Scientists, Functional Leads, Business Partners, Product Owners, and others, to alignefforts and achieveshared goals.

  • Reinforce and coordinate with otherDevOps engineering organizations to ensureseamlessintegration and coordination of technical aspectsacross the ecosystem.

  • Engage with Enterprise Architecture, otherDevOps teams, Platform Teams, Functional Data Teams, and Quality Teams to ensure the harmoniouscoexistence of Data Engineering services with other best practices and deployments.


  • Ability to work with othercutting-edge teams, including Data Engineering and AI, to drive future state capabilities thattend to involve work thatmay be unknown in the beginning.

  • Ability to understandcomplexproblems and be able to applymoderntechnology patterns to them.

  • Ability to iterate and innovate astheyapplymodern product techniques whilefostering an environmentthatencouragesappliedinnovation.

  • Drive the development of future state capabilities in advancedtechnologies.

  • Applymoderntechnology patterns to solve complexproblems.

  • Foster an environmentthatencouragesappliedinnovation.


  • Ability to distillcomplexoperational feedback intoactionable strategies, implementations and stable deployments.

  • Ability to have an agile time-based delivery team operatewithin a traditional project and waterfall-based funding and approvalcycles.

  • Drive complex deployments from Design to implementation and finally deployment.  Many of these solutions are difficult to make stable at scale.

  • Translatecomplexoperational feedback intoactionable strategies and implementations.

  • Navigate traditional project and funding cycleswhileleading agile delivery teams.

  • Drive complex deployments from design to implementation, ensuringscalability and stability.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalentexperience (Master's Degree preferred).

  • 15+ years of experienceas a technical specialist or relevant project work, with a focus on global impact.

  • Provenexperience in managingoutsourcedoperations teams as a virtualoperations team, with a track record of successfulcollaboration and delivery.

  • Strong understanding of scripted deployment scripts, includingAnsible, Cloud Formation, Puppet, or Chef, with the ability to design and implementefficient deployment processes.

  • Extensive working knowledge of bothHadoop and HPC environments, with a deep understanding of theirarchitecture and best practices.

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of IAAS environments, with a strong focus on AWS and its services.

  • Experience managingadvanced data platforms, includingNoSQL databases (suchasMongoDB) and SQL databases (suchasPostgreSQL, MySQL), aswellas Spark environments.

  • Proficiency and understanding of Docker and other container-based services, with the ability to design and implementcontainerization strategies.

  • Ability to thrive in an agile and rapidlychangingenvironment, delivering high-qualityresultswithin tight deadlines.

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with global teams and stakeholders.


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.

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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:

$169,400.00 - $266,200.00

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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Where you fit in

When you join our Data Sciences Institute team, you’ll connect with a diverse and talented group of scientists, engineers and analysts. Together, you’ll define cutting-edge algorithms, conduct pharmacology-based modeling and explore new approaches to data services. In a collaborative environment marked by strong, open and honest leadership, you’ll take charge of your professional advancement as you work on important projects that grow your skills and lead to ongoing opportunities.

A career within the Data Sciences Institute at Takeda will give you everything you need to succeed professionally. You’ll see up close that what you do with information and insight has the power to impact the lives of patients — today and for generations to come. Working here, you’ll understand that our people-first perspective extends beyond patients to include our Takeda team, our families and the communities where we all work and live.

  • Work with various data sources

  • Apply a breadth of methodologies

  • Develop analysis pipelines

  • Design studies

We’re using the newest technology and methods, like wearable devices and machine learning, to better understand the health of patients participating in our trials.
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Ariel Dowling - Head, Sensing & Measurement, Digital Health Sciences

The energy, professionalism and commitment that I experienced in every encounter, starting from the interview process, to meeting with the hiring manager, through to receiving an offer, left me feeling a certain level of consistency and thoughtfulness. That made me really feel enthusiastic.
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Brian Johnson - Head, R&D Technology, Data Sciences Institute

Being able to predictably deliver on our portfolio priorities is where we have laser-focus each and every day. By doing this, we keep our eye on the prize of bringing new medicines to patients, and show the value that these treatments can bring to their lives.
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Simon Davies - Head, Statistical & Quantitative Sciences, Data Sciences Institute

How you'll shine

Many talents one goal

Our pipeline

Our internal research capabilities and external partnerships contribute to an R&D engine that has produced exciting new molecular entities (NMEs) across our core Therapeutic Areas. Check out our pipeline and see how we’ll continue delivering a steady stream of next-generation therapies.

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What we believe in

Our values of Takeda-ism are Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance, with Integrity as the core. These are brought to life through actions based on Patient, Trust, Reputation and Business, in that order.

Our belief in putting people first extends beyond our patients — it includes their families and communities, as well as our Takeda colleagues and their families.

We are committed to embracing our differences, valuing different perspectives, and fostering a culture of respect, inclusiveness and empowerment.

Our embedded Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy enables us to attract and retain exceptional talent, drives innovation, and helps address systemic inequalities in our communities.

  • Integrity

  • Fairness

  • Honesty

  • Perseverance

Working at Takeda

  • Inclusion

    Here, you will feel welcomed, respected, and valued as a vital contributor to our global team.
  • Collaboration

    A strong, borderless team, we strive together towards our priorities and inspiring mission.
  • Innovation

    Bold initiatives, continuous improvement, and creativity are at the heart of how we bring scientific breakthroughs from the lab to patients.
  • Top Workplace

    Recognized for our culture and way of working, we’re one of only 17 companies to receive Top Global Employer® status for 2024.
  • Work-Life

    Our people-first mission extends beyond patients to include their families, communities, and our own Takeda family.
  • Empowerment

    Through trust and respect, you will have genuine support from leaders, managers, and colleagues to do your best work.

We're Steadfast In Our Commitment to Four Key Imperatives


Responsibly translate science into highly innovative medicines and accelerate access to improve lives worldwide.


Create an exceptional people experience.


Protect our planet.

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