Senior Instructional Designer

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The Instructional Designer, Sales Training Operations will work with Sales Training Managers to design and develop onsite, online and mobile learning solutions delivered to the Otsuka Sales division.  S/he will be responsible for designing, developing, reviewing, and revising training content using a variety of media development tools. This position will require application of instructional design theory and methods and use of learning technology to create a variety of learning solutions that improve business results.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform needs analysis and develop requirements for specific training interventions.
  • Utilize instructional design principles and models to manage the course development process for new and existing training content.
  • Lead the design and development of training products and initiatives, including product launch training programs, training on disease state, selling and business management  skills  ensuring an integrated approach with the clinical and the sales management curricula.
  • Effectively establish and sustain relationships with subject matter experts to solicit content.
  • Ensure ongoing analysis of basic and advanced training needs based on current and future requirements of the business and the changing internal/external environment.
  • Assist Sales Training Operations leadership with evaluating the effectiveness of the training initiatives and developing recommendations for training improvements.
  • Manage training vendors and provide quality control of the vendor-developed training products.
  • Research, evaluate, recommend, and implement new instructional technologies, innovative instructional practices, and new course delivery methods.
  • Manage Media Lab.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design, Media Development, Education, or related field is required; Master’s degree preferred.
  •  5+ years of learning design experience with a focus on adult learning principles.
  • Experience of designing for Pharmaceutical Sales is preferred.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnering with trainers, SMEs, and learning consultants  to translate business objectives into effective learning solutions.
  • Ability to effectively process technical and scientific information for training design purposes.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience designing  innovative and interactive instructional design solutions: e-learning courses, interactive videos, podcasts, e-books, simulations, serious games, virtual classrooms.
  • Experience designing interactive and engaging classroom learning experiences.
  • Production experience with Lectora, Simwriter, Articulate, Prezi, Adobe InDesign, as well as experience using video and audio hardware and software is strongly preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn new design software and media production tools.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize business needs and make timely decisions based on available information.

Product portfolio is required.


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This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.


Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of mental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 45,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion (€ 9.9 billion) in 2016. 

All Otsuka stories start by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company on its global website at Learn more about Otsuka in the U.S. at

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