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Job ID : 1456668 Date Updated : December 7th, 2023

Manager, R&D Communications Japan

Hiring Company 武田薬品工業
Location Kanagawa Prefecture, Fujisawa-shi
Job Type Permanent Full-time
Salary Negotiable, based on experience

Job Description


Strategic Communications, Project Management and Operations

Working closely with the Associate Director, R&D Communications Japan and other members of the Global R&D Communications team, drive and execute a variety of internal and external communications projects including but not limited to:

  • Create and execute strategic communications plans to raise awareness and enhance reputation of Takeda R&D in Japan 
  • Localize and disseminate global R&D messages and stories in Japan, ensuring the appropriate translation and tailoring for a Japanese audience
  • Manage communications projects including content creation, proving project oversight, impact measurement and reporting as assigned
  • Draft and edit content for various communication channels, including press releases, internal newsletters, social media, and website content
  • Develop and disseminate local news to internal social and digital channels
  • Ensure that all internal and external communications activities comply with Takeda operating procedures and relevant industry regulations
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal stakeholders across the organization to understand communications needs and opportunities
  • Monitor the internal and external environment to identify trends, opportunities and issues as they relate to Takeda’s corporate profile
  • Coordinate global R&D events on-site, including vendor management for Town Hall Meetings, media events and other on-site engagements as needed
  • Support proactive and reactive media opportunities, prepare briefing materials, monitor coverage and report results
  • Drive and manage a number of ad hoc communications projects and initiatives as required by the Global Corporate Affairs in Japan to build and manage Takeda’s corporate reputation
  • Participating in regularly scheduled meetings with CLPP R&D Communications colleagues in the United States and China
  • Coordinate and participate in regularly scheduled meetings with communicators in Japan

Please note this job requires native level Japanese language command not only in speaking, business writing and reading.


The R&D Communications, Learning, Partnerships and Policy (CLPP) team helps advance the discovery, research and development of life-changing medicines through strategic communications, learning and partnership opportunities. Within and beyond Takeda, we provide scientists and their teams the opportunity to participate in meaningful dialog and fruitful collaborations to spark curiosity, shape external policy decisions, champion innovation and drive positive change.

The CLPP teams includes four disciplines: Global R&D Communications, Learning & Development, Public Private Partnerships and Science Policy, and Science Philanthropy.

The R&D Global Communications Team is responsible for advancing Takeda’s scientific thought leadership and demonstrating the impact of the organization’s work, partnerships and commitments. We seek a Manager of R&D Communications in Japan, to join our global team, partnering closely with the Associate Director, R&D Communications in Japan, to support our ongoing efforts to execute the global R&D strategic plan and build and execute relevant campaigns and programming specific to local audiences and needs. The Manager, R&D Communications, Japan will coordinate with other local and regional communications leads and the global R&D Communications team to maintain Takeda’s reputation as a Patient-Driven, Science-First organization within Japan.


The Manager, R&D Communication
s, Japan is responsible for supporting internal and external communications activities across all existing and emerging communications channels in Japan. The position reports directly to the Associate Director, R&D Communications Japan.

On-site support and strategic counsel to R&D leaders based in Takeda’s site in Shonan iPark is required 1-2 days per week, with one remaining day(s) dedicated to collaboration and coordination with our Global Corporate Affairs colleagues in our Tokyo headquarters. This position offers the flexibility to work remotely approximately 2 days per week. This position requires travel to our Osaka HQ a few times in a year.

This position requires expertise in internal and external communications locally and the ability to collaborate with other global R&D communications colleagues, Global Corporate Affairs, and other business functions to ensure alignment and amplify our messaging and key communications activities in Japan.

General Requirements

Minimum Experience Level Over 6 years
Career Level Mid Career
Minimum English Level Business Level
Minimum Japanese Level Native
Minimum Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Visa Status Permission to work in Japan required

Required Skills


  • General understanding of healthcare market locally and global pharmaceutical industry
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures, and an excellent team player
  • Learning mindset, continuously focused on improvement, desired and measurable business outcomes
  • Ability to proactively engage and collaborate with various stakeholders
  • Strong sense of ownership and accountability for delivering high quality deliverables on time and with a high attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize projects and assignments in a fast-paced environment
  • Commitment to excellence and global team collaboration


  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience required at a corporation or consultancy with expertise in corporate (internal/external), executive and/or international communications. 
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical communications environment preferred
  • Demonstrated success in executing public relations plans for internal and external communications to meet corporate objectives
  • Highly developed written and oral communications skills in English and Japanese
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in a matrix environment
  • Good negotiating and influencing skills
  • Creative and thoughtful, effective at problem solving
  • Ability to work in a global, multicultural environment with the ability to influence without formal authority
  • Corporate in-house experience, including working with agency teams or managing agencies preferred
  • Bachelor degree with relevant academic qualifications (e.g. undergraduate or post-graduate degree in communication management, public relations, journalism, digital communications, health economics, or bio-medical sciences)

賞与: 原則年2回
勤務時間:本社(大阪市中央区・東京都中央区)9:00~17:30 、工場(山口県光市・大阪市淀川区)8:00~16:45 、研究所(神奈川県藤沢市)9:00~17:45

What Takeda can offer you:
Allowances: Commutation, Housing, Overtime Work etc.
Salary Increase: Annually
Bonus Payment: Twice a year
Working Hours: Headquarters (Osaka/ Tokyo) 9:00-17:30, Production Sites (Osaka/ Yamaguchi) 8:00-16:45, Research Site (Kanagawa) 9:00-17:45
Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, May Day, Year-End Holidays etc. (approx. 123 days in a year)
Paid Leaves: Annual Paid Leave, Special Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Family Support Leave, Maternity Leave, Childcare Leave, Family Nursing Leave.
Flexible Work Styles: Flextime, Telework

Job Location

  • Kanagawa Prefecture, Fujisawa-shi

Work Conditions

Job Type Permanent Full-time
Salary Negotiable, based on experience
Holidays 完全週休2日制(土・日)、祝日、夏季休暇、年末年始休暇 等
Industry Pharmaceutical

Job Category

  • Medical, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare > Project Manager (Medical)
  • Consulting and Certified Professions > Other (Consulting and Certified Professions)
  • Medical, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare > R&D (Medical Equipment, Devices)
  • Consulting and Certified Professions > Business Strategy Consulting
  • Medical, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare > Other (Medical, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)

Company Details

Company Type Large Company (more than 300 employees)