Associate Director, Innovation and Change Management - Proce

at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Springfield, Illinois, United States

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Job Description


The mission of the Process, Training and Digital Solutions within Innovation & Data is to drive innovative ways of working to enable a fit-for-purpose clinical trial delivery operating model. We bring together people, process, data and technology with a focus on continuous improvement to deliver medicines to patients faster.

The Associate Director, Innovation & Change Management is responsible for leading the development, adoption and change management efforts for the clinical trial delivery operating model and ongoing optimization initiatives. This includes facilitation, project management and change expertise with a focus on bringing innovative approaches to ways of working and encouraging new ideas from subject matter experts to maximize clinical trial delivery process efficiency while ensuring regulatory compliance.


The Associate Director of Innovation & Change Management is expected to:

+ Manage a portfolio of Process Trailing and Digital Solutions change initiatives for Clinical Trial Development Future Fit Ways of Working, setting cross functional strategyand driving adoption

+ Lead change management strategy development and implementation efforts including establishing well-defined transparent project plans,creating content, reference documents and tools ensure successful and on-time implementation

+ Act as workstream lead for related Future Fit Ways of Working initiatives, leading activities to support system process definition, training, and adoption

+ Proactively identify, track, manage and escalate action items, risks, issues, decisions, and dependencies.

+ Monitor and measure effectiveness of change initiatives and identify areas of improvement, bringing in lessons learned to apply across change management initiatives and teams

+ Proactively monitor and maintain project-related end-to-end customer/business experiences. Coordinate across workstreams and Future Fit elements to engage and influence relevant stakeholders, meet project milestones, and drive alignment

+ Ensure ongoing appropriate change management strategy to support quality oversight and governance of the clinical trial delivery operatingin accordance with R&D policies

+ Lead and coach members responsible for driving change management efforts. Provide subject matter expertise to teams to ensure change management plans are integrated into project plans

+ Manage integrated and coordinated view of change activities across Research and Development that impact operations and our people

+ Perform additional change management and innovation activities for PTDS as required


+ Experience with the pharmaceutical Industry, including research and development and clinical trials conduct

+ Proven experience developing and leading change management for clinical trial delivery or equivalent

+ Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing and delivery

+ Provide input to highly complex decisions that impact overall R&D

+ Ability to seek diverse input from multiple stakeholders to drive innovative solutions

+ Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are implemented swiftly to yield flawless execution

+ Forward thinking with the ability to recommend, influence and implement organizational change and continuous innovation

+ Identifies opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment affecting the business

+ Role models respect and inclusion, creating a culture that fosters innovation

+ Enables strategies for effecting change, controlling change, and helping people to adapt to change

+ Proactively identifies project issues before they arise and develops contingency plans; Communicates project-related issues to senior leadership and manages issuesto resolution

+ Ability to work in a global organization with a high degree of complexity and understand broader, enterprise level perspective

+ Ability to recruit, mentor and develop direct and indirect team members

+ Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors for the organization

+ Role models respect and inclusion, creating a culture that fosters innovation


+ BS, MS or equivalent

+ Minimum of 8+years program/project management experience leading complex multi-disciplinary projects in a global environment, PMP (Project Management Professional) certification is a plus

+ Minimum of 3+ years of change management experience leading complex program initiatives across multiple functional stakeholders and teams. Experience working

+ Minimum of 2+ years clinical research experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology field

+ Solid knowledge of clinical trial management and/or GCP compliance processes

+ Experience in problem solving, negotiations and collaborative team building with direct reports and other stakeholders is required

+ Comprehensive knowledge of regulatory requirements governing clinical trials and industry best practices

+ Must be able to efficiently utilize computer software programs such as Microsoft Officeproject management and presentations

+ Demonstrated ability to positively influence outcomes, key project decisions, and strategic problem-solving

+ Proven ability to communicate clearly and present key information objectively to all levels of the organization including executive management

+ Experience in stakeholder relationship management. Influential in orchestrating key stakeholders and project teams to turn vision into reality.

+ Experience with matrix organization, business projects, multi-disciplinary teams or strategic change management projects

+ Excellent oral and written communication skills, business acumen, and enterprise knowledge

+ Understand design thinking and can explain and convince stakeholders.

+ Work with virtual/agile teams in different locations, aligning and adapting different work, culture, and communication styles

+ Effectively communicate complex problems and proposed solutions across various levels of the organization

+ Function well under pressure in a changing environment


+ This position is currently classified as “remote” in accordance with Takeda’s Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

+ Base Salary Range: $143,500 to $205,000. Employees may also be eligible for Short Term and Long-Term Incentive benefits. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program and Paid Volunteer Time Off.

+ The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.

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 feder

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Job Posting: JC247391446

Posted On: Sep 08, 2023

Updated On: Dec 05, 2023

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