Head Of Executive Search

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd Lexington , MA 02421

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Head of Executive Search

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Head of Executive Search in our Lexington, MA office!

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


Reporting to the Global Head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Programs, the Head of Executive Search is an experienced Executive Search professional who will provide strategic leadership and business partnership to our executive team globally on our most senior hiring needs and bring our Executive Search function to the next level.

The Head of Executive Search provides vision and leadership to execute on talent needs on the top level of the company globally to support business growth and drive performance understanding the overall life-science market and talent landscape.

This key Talent Acquisition leadership role will leverage multiple business relationships to identify and engage with top industry executives while building and assessing leadership capabilities and networks being responsible for end to end executive recruitment.


  • End to end executive search responsibilities including identifying and engaging with potential talent for future opportunities

  • Design and implement strategies to identify and attract senior level talent to the organization; inclusive of both organic attraction techniques and partnership development with key external search partners

  • Effectively manage external search partners, as needed; manage vendor relationship and performance

  • In collaboration with Total Rewards design competitive offers to candidates leveraging deep understanding of the market and portfolio of executive compensation elements

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of talent trends leveraging competitive intelligence

  • Identify and champion new and innovative approaches to diversity and inclusion, talent attraction and sourcing, ensuring these are integrated with Takeda`s brand

  • Build and foster strategic relationships with executives and leadership teams in client groups, as well as with HR leadership

  • Assess candidates for core competencies, leadership capabilities, cultural fit and future potential. Expert in all common leadership assessment techniques and tools.

Conduct proactive talent pipelining and sourcing initiatives leveraging industry expertise and relationships, as well as research/mapping, and other creative solutions

  • Track milestones and timelines across projects, analyzing and communicating project risks and issues as necessary, making adjustments to project plans, timelines or resources to ensure successful project delivery

  • Consult with and advise internal company executives on key industry talent trends and best practices

  • Develop an effective pipeline of key talent from competitors and industry leaders


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred

  • 15+ years of progressive experience in talent acquisition and executive search - ideally worked in life sciences industry and with profound knowledge of executive compensation

  • Leadership presence and credibility to interact with all levels of employees and stakeholders, including senior executives. Track record of influencing senior leaders.

  • Excellent customer relationship skills, must be diplomatic and tactful

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about executive search best practices and leadership assessment techniques

  • Acting as a Subject Matter Expert: responsible for staying aware of life sciences business trends and being an ambassador for the Takeda brand

  • Outstanding networker with a passion for talent and understanding business strategies and translating these into actionable talent acquisition strategies

  • Genuine service attitude coupled with a sense of urgency and tenacity

  • Collaborative and influential in partnering with HR Business Leaders, as well as Executive Business Leaders

  • Can effectively manage global and complex change and shift gears comfortably; highly effective in ambiguous environments; able to deliver expected results with minimal direction and guidance

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with others in high-pressure situations


  • Ability to attend calls to accommodate different time zones

  • Domestic and international travel potentially required (less than 20% of the time)

  • Ability to safeguard sensitive information and maintain high level of confidentiality


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs

Empowering Our People to Shine

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