Senior Instructional Designer - Lexington - job 1197134

Date: 09/12/2021

City: Lexington, Massachusetts

Employment type: Full-time

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Job Description

Title: Senior Instructional Designer

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Senior Instructional Designer 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.

As a Senior Instructional Designer working on the Commercial Learning and Development (CL & D) team, you will be empowered to develop and deliver sales training curriculum, courses and coaching tools used for the training of USBU sales teams. A typical day will include:


  • Ensure that all promotional activities observed or taught are in accordance with Takeda Operational Guidelines and Code of Conduct.

  • Builds the foundation of Takeda culture in new hires and instills it in existing employees.

  • Partners to maintain learning curriculum in response to marketplace conditions.

  • Create and develop learning solutions which facilitate performance improvement of our field personnel, which will result in an increase in market share for the company


  • Follow best practices for identifying and writing learning objectives that will close identified performance gaps.

  • Conduct audience analysis to identify instructional techniques that will achieve the learning objectives for the specified audience.

  • Gather project requirements to identify design constraints and opportunities.

  • Work with subject-matter-experts (SMEs) to identify known and tacit content and exercises that will facilitate achievement of learning objectives.

  • Design training that accommodates the audiences' needs, meets project requirements, and will achieve stated learning objectives.

  • Develop the training materials needed to implement the learning (slideshows, leader guides, participant guides, handouts, job aids, e-learning modules, web-conference materials, self-check questions, games, activities, including vILT etc.)

  • Cite reference materials in accordance with PRT promotional review team (Medical, Regulatory, Legal) standards and guidelines during the development of all training.

  • Work with Project Managers, Training Coordinators, and Sales Training Management to ensure timely production and deployment of materials.

  • Train the instructors who will be teaching the class on how best to facilitate and enrich learner experience.

  • Adhere to PRT standards and guidelines, copyright laws, Takeda Operational Guidelines, and Code of Conduct during the execution of all duties.

  • Use best practice analysis techniques to identify performance gaps and root causes of gaps.

  • Follow best practices for identifying and writing learning objectives that will close identified performance gaps.

  • Conduct research through literature searches, internet, professional organizations, etc., to incorporate current and relevant practices in training designs.

  • Choose media for training that will accommodate the audiences' needs, meet project requirements, and achieve stated learning objectives.

  • Act as a Lead ID for large scale corporate initiatives (such as product launches) by: 1) creating an overall design of the large-scale training, 2) designating deliverables to be developed by other IDs, and 3) coaching other IDs on the development of these deliverables by reviewing the work and providing feedback.

  • Identify, design, and develop appropriate tools for measuring the effectiveness of training (Levels 1-4). Analyze results, develop conclusions and reports, and make recommendations to management.

  • Create templates and standards to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Instructional Design and CL&D Capabilities function.

  • Coach others on instructional design and related skills to enhance and further develop their training design and development skills and capabilities.

  • Conducts daily business and ensures that all promotional activities, observed or taught, are in accordance with Takeda Operational Guidelines and Code of Conduct.


  • Bachelor's Degree required

  • Minimum three (3) years instructional design experience, minimum one (1) year instructional design experience in sales training department

  • Understands instructional design and adult learning principles


  • Advanced degree

  • Sales training and management development

  • Sales experience

  • Analytical skills, writing skills, creativity and problem-solving skills

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience


  • 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

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