Posted to MedZilla on 3/16/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Head, Talent Development & Organizational Capability - Global Oncology, Vaccines, and Corporate Functions 1800448-MZ


Role Objective

The Head TD&OC BU/Function plays a significant role in the design and implementation of Takeda s talent and organizational effectiveness strategies to support a diverse and global organization. Specifically, the position is responsible for implementing the Talent and Organisation Development Strategy for a Client, i.e. a Region, Business Unit or Function within Takeda, which they have been assigned to, in support of Takeda s business objectives.

This position ensures that the defined talent and organizational strategies for their Client are delivered consistently across Takeda, and is critical in ensuring that Takeda s workforce has the capabilities required to move the business through large scale transformation, growth and change at a rapid pace.

Working with the Global Head TD&OC and the Client specific HR Head, this position will partner and take ownership of a Region s and/or BU s or Function s requirements, and will be responsible for all the four areas of Talent Management, Talent Development, Organisation Development and Diversity and Inclusion.

They have accountability for all the four areas mentioned above, and very importantly need to make sure these are integrated and aligned to Takeda and their Clients business priorities, so activities and initiatives don't happen in isolation, e.g. how do we attract people, assess, develop, promote people, how do we ensure we have a diverse pipeline, how do we ensure we have the right org capabilities, structure and processes to be successful going forward? It has to fit together like a puzzle, utilising Takeda wide and global offerings.

The consultant needs to work closely with their Client s HR Head, TET member and business and HR LT as their work is critical to the success of the unit, and ensuring that the pipeline is robust and the organisation is healthy.

This role reports to the Global Head TD&OC, and be part of the Global TD&OC COE.They will partner closely and collaborate with the other Head TD&OC BU/Functions and with the TD&OC Practice Leaders to support both the design and delivery model of any mandated global TD&OC programs, frameworks or processes, and work out how these can be delivered cost consciously and pragmatically within their allocated Client group. They may also lead the design of global Takeda wide programs or initiatives themselves.



  • In collaboration with the Global TD&OC Head and the other members of the global TD&OC team (ie other Head TD&OC BU/Functions and TD&OC Practice Leaders), work to define the overall and enterprise wide Takeda Talent and Organisation Development Strategy to support a diverse and global organization.
  • The Head TD&OC BU/Functions work closely together with the Global TD&OC Head and their respective Client HR Head, as well as their HR and business leadership, to ensure that the defined, enterprise wide Takeda Talent and Organization Development Strategy is reflected in the Client specific plans including designing and building an integrated talent plan which includes workforce planning, a talent management and talent development approach, D&I and organisation capability programs.
  • Identify and agree any Client specific and truly unique needs or key business/organizational issues that cannot be covered through, and are above and beyond global programs or the Takeda wide offerings, and in alignment with the respective Client HR and business leadership and the Global TD&OC Head, develop a plan for how these issues can be addressed utilising the resources of the Client involved.
  • For the Client/unit they are working with, assess the performance and effectiveness of existing initiatives and programs, identify best practices from other units in Takeda that could be leveraged, and build and agree with the Global TD&OC Head and their allocated Client/Unit HR Head the short-term and long-term action plan and delivery model.

Cross collaboration and input to Takeda wide initiatives

  • Provide input, direction and collaborate with other units in Global TD&OC team on cross-organisational initiatives to ensure Takeda s needs globally are represented and met appropriately.
  • Partner with the TD&OC Global Practice Leaders to develop global offerings so this fits the business s needs. Agree with TD&OC team what the best delivery model is for the different global offerings so that these can be implemented pragmatically within their Client organisation.
  • Provide Thought Leadership on Talent Management and Organisation trends and within the Pharma industry and within their Client specific unit, to ensure the enterprise wide Talent and Organisation strategy is shaped accordingly.
  • Working within and as part of the Global TD&OC to share best practices, evaluate offerings within their own and other parts of Takeda, and establish across all of business how these can be integrated into enterprise wide/Takeda offerings.
  • Head TD&OC BU/Functions may also lead the design of new global programs, if/as required (double hatting).

Responsibilities and activities specifically within their Client:

  • Implement mandated global programs and processes consistently assuring their integration in business strategies.
  • Work with HR Business Partners and business LT to understand development needs, capabilities gaps, and ensure best practice sharing of tools and resources.
  • Leverage global vendor relationships to ensure the most cost-effective learning and development processes and programs are in place for deployment of global programs within their Client, at the appropriate level (global, regional and/or country).
  • Collaborate with TD&OC team, HR BPs, Generalists and TBS to ensure the most effective and efficient way to service their Client population.
  • Provide and integrate best-in-class assessment, and development tools to support their effective deployment by the leadership and management population in a consistent manner, utilising existing and Takeda wide programs and processes.Illustrative examples of these initiatives include:
    • Undertake Workforce Planning analysis, identify D&I, culture and org capability programs for their Client.
    • Implement succession planning and lead Talent Brokering to ensure internal and external talents are placed into appropriate roles to ensure that both Client s and Takeda s business needs, as well as the individuals on-going development and career progression are met.
    • Utilising the Takeda wide and global talent review and succession planning processes, guidelines and methodology, prepare, plan and complete the Talent Review Sessions for the Client s LT and work with the HR Head, LT and BPs to ensure implementation of follow-up actions. Ensure the talent review process is cascaded within the organisation further.
    • Working with the Client HR Head, BPs and LT to ensure the on-going development and career progression of talents in that unit.
    • Embedding of Quality Conversations and Leadership Behaviours.
    • Implementation of, as appropriate, rotation programs, leadership assessments, 360s, mentoring, competency assessments, etc.
    • Agree, and manage, as appropriate, the delivery model of development programs, including leadership and other skills related programs utilising the global and Takeda wide offerings.
    • Delivery of other development programs on specific topics which are truly unique to that Client utilising Client s specific resources.
    • Develop attraction and retention activities and principles towards key talents in cooperation with Compensation & Benefits.
    • Diagnose and agree how to support team and organisation development requirements for example, change management initiatives, organisation design, team effectiveness needs, etc.
    • Lead the implementation of a BIC global employee survey, other surveys and follow-up efforts.
    • Provide on-going coaching, guidelines and advice to business, upskilling both the leaders and HR. Help enable HR to deliver on programs and initiatives as needed.

Key Capabilities

The Head TD&OC BU/Function must have a consultative skills set and be someone who can operate and hold their own with an executive team, and someone who understands the current and future business needs, but also what pragmatically needs to be done to deliver on the strategic agenda for the enterprise and across Takeda.

A strong coaching and influencing skills set with a strategic mindset, business focus and an ability to advise and influence both business and HR leaders of their respective Client on how to best develop and retain top talent across Takeda and build a strong organisation.

They need to be comfortable developing a strategy, but also working through how to operationalise this, and then ensuring it is delivered, working at times in a grey and, at times, contradictory scenarios.

The Consultant does not deliver everything themselves, but focuses more on agreeing the strategic agenda with the Client s management team. Then they need to figure out what needs to be done, and ensure this is delivered. As an example, they themselves would deliver team sessions for the TET members team and talent reviews for them, or programs for them, but they themselves may not go much deeper. Externals, BPs, others or TBS may be needed to handle interventions needed deeper in the organization.The Consultant would need to decide what the delivery model is and part of their role is to ensure others are enabled to deliver.

Strong collaboration skills are required.They will need to partner closely with the Global Head TD&OC, other Head TD&OC BU/Functions and with the TD&OC Practice Leaders to agree the best way to deliver of any mandated global programs, frameworks or processes within their allocated Client group. Agreeing together what the best delivery model is for the different global offerings so that these can be implemented pragmatically and cost consciously within their Client organisation.

Their performance will be evaluated on the successful development of the Client s strategy and its delivery, to cost, quality and on time. Talent Bench strength and Organisation Health of Client Organisation. As well as their contribution to utilisation of and collaboration of the wider Takeda and enterprise wide TD&OC agenda.


  • A University degree in Business Administration, Economics, HR, psychology or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum 8-10 years working experience within HR in TM/LD/OC, and preferably with Generalist experience
  • Significant experience in the design and delivery of talent and organisation strategies and initiatives at complex global firms know for progressive people practices
  • Comprehensive knowledge of both theory and practical application of talent management and organisational effectiveness initiatives, and depth in business and organisational models
  • Proven ability to establish trust and credibility with senior business executives
  • Strong experience in working across functions and in different cultures
  • Strong experience in high level complex project management across functions and countries
  • Strong influencing skills in a matrix organisation, ability to work in and work through seemingly contradictory situations with a positive and solutions oriented mindset.

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