General Information

Job Advert Title: Associate Director, Science Intelligence & Solutions(Futurist)

Location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Division: Discovery Accelerator

Employment Class: Permanent


Purpose & Scope

Contribute to create a strategy and key action plans in incubation stage with a shared vision in the division of DA, aligning with Corporate Strategic Plan. Identification of next research focus in the division of DA in incubation stage with future perspective may be included in his/her job.

Implement and monitor the strategy to appropriately apply to the research activity in agile typed research organization in DA and identify high level issues to deliver solutions.  

May take a lead in a task force in creation of strategy/key action plans, potentially cross-functionally.

Essential Job Responsibilities

・Monitor new science and technology, industry trends, in-house research areas and research programs. And presenting trends.

・Analyze the external or internal environmental of a specific area, analyze gaps, identify problems, present solutions, and formulate strategic guidance.

・Identify and propose next research focus by integrating analysis of various research area
・Create evaluation reports on proposals for program stage-up and strategic alliance with external partners (M & A, partnering, investment, etc.)
・Facilitate the formation and discussion of internal and external expert teams.


Knowledge of drug discovery process in various modalities (small molecule, antibody).

The skill of drawing a convincing conclusion in a meeting even if there are conflicts among participants.

Analytical and logical thinking, develop a discussion based on data.


+10 years of the experience of drug discovery in industry

High antenna for emerging science and technology, and has a good understanding of the life science industry and the environment surrounding it.

Interpersonal skill for proactive communication with task force members or stakeholders without prejudice

English and Japanese languages (speaking and writing)


Experience of strategy creation and strategic planning is a plus.

Experience of R&D in several therapeutic field is a plus.

Experience of leading a task force in a cross-functional manner is a plus.

Experience of leading collaboration with external partner is a plus.

Taking PhD or MBA is highly positive

【勤務地 / Location

茨城県つくば市 アステラス製薬 つくば研究センター

Tsukuba, Ibaraki

【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

8:30~17:30(月~木)、8:3015:45(金)、専門業務型 裁量労働制



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.


"We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law."