Global Dengue Lead (Director), Vaccine Communications

Global Dengue Lead (Director), Vaccine Communications
May 30, 2019

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Better Health, Brighter Future


A core member of the Global Vaccine Communications Team, the Global Dengue Lead is responsible for all dengue-related communications. The Dengue Lead partners with the Dengue Global Program Team, the Dengue Global Brand Team and Global Vaccine Communications to develop and implement comprehensive communication plans to support the Phase 3, pre-launch and launch activities of Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate. This includes creating and executing plans comprised of executive, product, disease awareness, thought leadership, internal, external and digital tactics. The Dengue Lead will be a proven communications professional, passionate about global health and communications, who will bring innovative approaches to Takeda’s external communications, including leveraging new channels and new ways of using existing channels.


Plan and execute public relations strategies to promote and defend the reputation of Takeda, the Vaccine Business Unit and its dengue vaccine candidate, including the development of issues management and crisis communications plans
Ensure thought leadership and media outreach are aligned with the Dengue Global Program and Brand Teams and Global Vaccine Business Unit’s strategies and objectives
Act as communications lead for major congresses where Takeda has a significant presence related to dengue
Ensure full coordination of dengue-related activities with regional and local operating company organizations, working with counterparts in regional business units and Corporate Communications, including awareness events
Identify opportunities to build awareness and understanding of dengue and Takeda’s vaccine candidate internally, throughout the Vaccine Business Unit and Takeda-wide, as well as externally
Provide strong project management/leadership, including effectively working with communications agency of record on key communications activities and initiatives, ensuring that they are completed on time, within budget, in accordance with Medical, Marketing, Regulatory and Legal requirements and with a high level of quality
Support and step in for Head of Global Vaccine Communications, as necessary


Represent Vaccine Communications on the Dengue Global Product Team, Dengue Global Brand Team and related subteams
Work with cross-functional teams to anticipate and effectively manage communication issues, as well as formulate strategic communication counsel
Lead strategic communication planning for dengue vaccine candidate and program
Create and execute corresponding communication plans (including digital and social media, as well as traditional media) and materials, supporting data milestones, launch preparations and launches
Work closely with country communicators on dengue-related communications
Identify highest-impact opportunities for Vaccine Communications’ support
Understand dengue, Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate and program
Support vaccine corporate/business development communications as necessary


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

Experience with developing, executing and managing communications strategies and plans within complex global organizations with multiple cultures, in transformative stages undergoing change
Global launch communications experience preferred, ideally in emerging markets
Knowledge of current and evolving communications tactics and channels, including utilizing communications technology such as podcasts, intranets and internal and external social networks
Able to translate complex scientific information into clear, concise language, understandable by all audiences, both verbally and in writing
Passionate about and knowledgeable of the pharmaceutical and/or life sciences sector
Confident coaching leaders responsible for implementation/ execution to improve communications capabilities and personal impact
Project management experience in corporate communications, including managing several programs/ projects simultaneously; implementation/oversight of multiple communications platforms and channels preferred
Strong business acumen and robust understanding of regulatory requirements as they relate to communications programs and initiatives
Demonstrate quick analysis, good judgment and rapid response on corporate reputational topics and issues, including ability to convincingly articulate the company’s position on dengue-related topics internally and externally


Global understanding, acumen and the knowledge of how to work in an international structure with multiple cultures and how to communicate to make an impact in a diverse workforce
Enterprise-level leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results
Proven skills as an effective team player who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company
Embraces and demonstrates a diversity and inclusion mindset and role models these behaviors
Keep plans strategically aligned to business goals. Modify/chart course corrections as needed. Ensure results track against performance indicators.
Foster a culture of performance, accountability, simplicity, empowerment and curiosity
Visionary and forward-thinking, with an ability to encourage others to adopt innovative and creative communications solutions, leveraging new platforms and media

Decision-making and Autonomy

Ability to seek diverse input from multiple constituents and stakeholders to drive innovative solutions
Ability to incorporate feedback and ensure decisions are made swiftly to yield flawless execution
Accountable for designing and implementing vision and strategy for dengue communications program
Accountable for decisions on the day-to-day execution of dengue-related communications


Effectively negotiates and collaborates with business partners and demonstrates the ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner
Ability to build strong partnerships and drive role clarity with other interfacing Takeda functions
Align with Vaccine Communications, Dengue Global Program Team, Dengue Global Brand Team, other teams within the Vaccine Business Unit, Corporate Communications, regional and local operating companies, and others as necessary
Effectively navigate the changing external and internal environments and lead others through change by creating an inspiring and engaging workplace
Strong interpersonal and partnering skills, and the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships with and influence internal stakeholders at all levels and functions of the organization
Ability to successfully collaborate with others to identify needs, provide guidance, and create and communicate solutions


Visionary and forward thinking with the ability to influence and effectively drive organizational change and continuous innovation
Comfortable challenging the status quo and taking risks to bring forward and implement innovative solutions
Engage in communications networks to monitor for and circulate communications best practices amongst Vaccine Communications and others as appropriate
Develop and/or share best practice guidelines to help vaccine colleagues hone their communications skills


Ability to understand clinical data related to dengue vaccine candidate and translate highly complex information into clear, accurate communications that are understood by lay audiences
Ability to work in a global and highly matrixed ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity
Global strategic role


Bachelors degree required; BS/BA in journalism, writing, communications or global health preferred
Minimum 10 years progressive experience in corporate communications, preferably with an emphasis on public relations, global health and/or product communications. Prior experience in biopharmaceutical space is highly preferable, and global health and/or vaccine experience is ideal
Strategic planner and results-oriented
Creative, out-of-the-box thinker
Relationship builder who can negotiate and form consensus among various parties
Strong attention to detail with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Strong organizational skills accompanied by the ability to multi-task and problem-solve
Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment
Team player and self-starter with a positive attitude
A pragmatic and flexible approach to personal time management, considering the global/international nature of the role
Able to manage and collaborate with agency team; Agency experience preferred
Excellent PowerPoint, Word, Outlook and Excel capabilities


Requires approximately 10-20% travel, both domestic and international

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