General Information

Job Advert Title: Associate Digital & Data Strategy Director

Location: Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Division: M&D Strategy & Operations

Employment Class: Permanent


Purpose & Scope

MDSO is a leader in aligning functions across M&D organizations in areas which impact quality management; process management; non-drug initiative management, including IT components, to support business strategy; business information reporting and analytics; resource management; and learning and development.  As the Associate Information & Systems Strategy Director this position will be accountable for leading specific business support processes and strategic oversight of complex information systems utilized within M&D through collaborative partnerships with cross-functional stakeholders in M&D and IS.

This position will be responsible for coordinating and managing the data model for assigned clinical and operational systems and leading life-cycle maintenance activities, including system integration processes.  The position will also be responsible for overseeing change requests and establishing testing plans, as applicable, for system enhancements.

The position will work through collaborative partnerships with Operational Improvement & Reporting Excellence operational strategists, as applicable, and functional stakeholders to advise on maintenance and updates of the data model.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Leading cross-functional collaborations on the maintenance, upgrades, integrations, releases and decommissioning of the data model and security model for assigned clinical and/or operational system(s).

Leveraging drug development knowledge and cross-functional partnerships to anticipate changes needed to data structure and standards.

Leading the strategic assessment of continual improvement of information and systems incorporating industry best practices and vendor strategy and release plans into future iterations.

Proactively identify impact of changes to business process and other impacted systems.

Leading the user acceptance test process to ensure business requirements are appropriately tested and risks identified and mitigated

Ensure on-time implementation of assigned system(s) and new releases to end users, within budget constraints, in collaboration with IS and business functions

Overseeing the issues and escalations and managing the process for documentation and resolution of issues through triaging mechanisms.

Overseeing quality review process to ensure changes made in the data model are reflective of and consistent with agreed upon approach and within defined information management governance standards.

Partnering with appropriate IS, quality and business functions to manage documentation and test strategies related to implementation of system enhancements.

Developing and maintaining effective collaborations with key stakeholders and functions, as well as of relevant external stakeholders, including system vendors.

Developing strategies for identifying and communicating critical factors in technical end user training for assigned system(s).

Managing as a peer leader within the organization and actively participate to ensure success of the strategic objectives.

Organizational Context

The position reports to the Director or Senior Director, Information & Systems Strategy. 

The position may oversee employees and/or outsourced support staff.

The position will work closely with other functions within Operational Improvement & Reporting Excellence support any gaps or improvements needed in the data model or reporting procedures for the system(s) assigned.

The position works cross-functionally with other Astellas groups to develop and implement excellence in business and clinical operations.




Education BA/BS.


Minimum 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry and/or management consulting group focused on R&D or clinical operations, with minimum 4 years in the drug development setting. 

Demonstrated knowledge of the global drug development process to ensure cross-functional connections and operational data model are appropriately and effectively communicated across the organization.

Experience in use of enterprise-wide pharmaceutical project management software solutions, including skills in critical path analysis. 

Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English, with an ability to interact at all levels of personnel.

Experience with establishing standards in support of clinical and business operations systems, especially as they impact and influence multiple departments and levels of management.

Experience working cross-functionally and cross-culturally in support of business processes and/or systems, especially as they impact and influence multiple departments and levels of management. 

Strong and effective strategic thinker and problem solver with high degree of emotional intelligence, with the ability to both recognize and anticipate problems.

Demonstrated ability to translate solutions into viable action plans at a global level that are effectively disseminated and implemented through cooperation of stakeholders.

Minimum 2 years of people management experience, preferable in a highly matrixed, multicultural global setting.

Demonstrated ability to effectively build business relationships and influence without authority as part of a matrix organization.

Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects efficiently.

May require up to 10% international travel.


Minimum 5 years of people management experience, preferable in a highly matrixed, multicultural global setting.

【勤務地 / Location

東京都中央区 アステラス製薬 日本橋事業所 本社

Nihonbashi, Tokyo

【勤務開始日 / Start Date


Will be decided according to the candidate's flexibility

【契約期間 / Contract Duration


Not limited to specified period

【試用期間 / Probation Period


No probation period in principle

【給与 / Salary




①Base salary: will be decided by the candidate's experience, skill and capability.

②When Discretionary Work System is applied: Discretionary work allowance will be paid.(50,000~100,000yen, based on the Grade)

③When Flextime System is applied: Overtime allowance will be paid for time worked in excess of prescribed working hours.

【昇給 / Salary Raise


Once a year

【賞与 / Bonus


Twice a year (July, December)

【諸手当 / Allowance

裁量労働手当、住宅手当、通勤手当 等

Discretionary work allowance, Housing allowance, Commutation allowance, etc.

【勤務時間 / Working Hours




Discretionary Work System

【休日 / Holidays


Weekends(Sat and Sun), holidays, May 1st, summer vacation, New Year holidays

【休暇 / Vacation Leave

年次有給休暇、育児休業制度、介護休業制度 等

Annual paid leave, childcare leave system, nursing care leave system, etc.

【福利厚生 / Welfare

雇用保険、労災保険、厚生年金、健康保険、共済会制度、社宅制度、持株会制度、財形貯蓄制度 等

Employment Insurance, Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance, Welfare Pension Insurance, Health Insurance, Mutual Aid Association System, Company Housing System, Employee Shareholder Association System, Property Accumulation Savings System

【お問い合わせ / Contact

アステラス製薬株式会社 採用担当 / Japan Recruiting team, Astellas Pharma Inc.


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