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Head of Dev Sec Ops

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
May 30, 2024

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Job Description

Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 240 years of heritage.

Role Overview: The Head of DevSecOps plays a critical role in overseeing the implementation, management, and continuous improvement of DevSecOpsplatforms, pipelines and practices which enable Takeda’s Platform/Product operating model. This position requires a strong blend of technical expertise, leadership skills, and industry knowledge to ensure the security, reliability, and efficiency of software development processes within a regulated industry. Candidates must be able to demonstrate proven skills in driving fundamental cultural change within a large organization and must be passionate about enabling developer agility, coaching newly-developing agile product teams and ensuring quality standards throughout the organization. Must be customer obsessed, data-driven and fanatical around achieving a widescale data, digital and Generative AI-fueled transformation.

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategy: Develop and drive the overall strategy for integrating DevSecOps practices within all elements of Takeda's environment, aligning with organizational strategic goals and regulatory requirements. Provide visionary leadership to build and lead a high-performing DevSecOps team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. Collaborate with cross-functional platform and product teams to build and promote the services that will enable Takeda's data-driven digital journey. Be a transformation-obsessed change agent within the Technology, Infrastructure and Engineering leadership team and build strong relationships with Takeda's business units that will power the rapid adoption of DevSecOps principles and platforms.

DevSecOps Implementation: Design, implement, and optimizeDevSecOps pipelines, tooling, and processes to define, automate and streamline the Golden Path of software development, testing, deployment, and shifted-left security scanning across Takeda. Ensure that DevSecOps practices adhere to industry standards and best practices, while maintaining Takeda's regulatory requirements, such as GxP, SOX, HIPAA, SACA and GDPR. Integrate security controls, vulnerability scanning, and compliance checks into the CI/CD pipeline to mitigate risks and ensure the integrity of software releases. Leverage Platform and Product team feedback and KPIs to guide DevSecOps Platform direction with the goal of enabling multiple deployments per day, per TDPP product line. Develop, deploy and maintain the '' Internal Developer Platform which will streamline development practices across platform and product teams and provide a single pane of glass for all development operations such as pipeline creation, product team registration as well as code deployment and velocity metrics and KPIs.

Security and Compliance: Lead efforts to identify, assess, and mitigate security risks across the software development lifecycle, including code analysis, threat modeling, and penetration testing. Establish pre-validated code and artifact repositories that Takeda's Product Teams will draw upon to produce consitently secure and interoperable software and services. Collaborate with cybersecurity and compliance teams to define, establish and enforce security policies, standards, and controls, ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks while driving developer agility (Quality at Speed). Drive a culture of security awareness and accountability, providing training and guidance to development teams and stakeholders on secure coding practices and data protection measures.

Performance Monitoring and Optimization:Establish metrics, KPIs, and dashboards to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of Takeda's DevSecOps practices, identifying areas for improvement and optimization. Continuously monitor and analyze performance data, identifying bottlenecks, process gaps, vulnerabilities, and areas of risk in the software delivery pipeline. Implement strategies to optimize build times, deployment frequency, and overall system reliability, leveraging automation and Infrastructure-as-Code principles. Measure and drive the adoption of Takeda's agile development practices. Provide agile development coaching services while partnering with Takeda's XD Labs to ensure a baseline level of team function, development practices and development velocity is achieved.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication: Serve as a trusted advisor to senior leadership, providing insights and recommendations on DevSecOps strategies, initiatives, and investments. Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including Enterprise Architecture, Foundational Platforms, Cyber & Digital Trust as well as internal product teams to demonstrate compliance and ensure transparency in Agile, DevOps and security practices. Champion Takeda's value case for our Platform/Product operating model, promoting key Agile Software Development roles, agile team composition and development practices across all corners of the business. Act as a subject matter expert on DevSecOps principles and practices, participating in industry forums, conferences, and working groups to stay abreast of emerging trends and technologies.

Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Security, or equivalent experience. Proven experience (10+ years) in software development, DevOps, Cloud and cybersecurity, preferably within the Life Sciences or healthcare industry. Strong understanding of regulatory requirements, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11, HIPAA, SOX and GDPR, and experience implementing security controls and compliance measures. Hands-on experience with DevOps tools and technologies, including CI/CD pipelines, version control systems (e.g., Git), configuration management (e.g., Ansible), Infrastructure as Code (e.g. Terraform) and container orchestration technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes). Familiarity with security frameworks and standards, such as NIST Cybersecurity Framework, OWASP Top 10, and CIS Controls, and experience integrating security practices into DevOps processes. Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire, mentor, and collaborate with cross-functional teams. Relevant certifications (e.g., CISSP, CISM, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer) are a plus.

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Cambridge, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$169,400.00 - $266,200.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


Cambridge, MA

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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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