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Senior Director Communications

Reference Number: 3194
Location: IL

Our client is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Senior Director, Communications.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Oversees the development of Scientific Communications in partnership with TA, ADT and Commercial Leadership to ensure robust Scientific Evidential Statements for the company’s assets are established.
  • Leads the development of supporting strategic publication plans and ensure publication deliverables are met to support the company’s communication platform objectives.
  • Works closely with cross functional partners, including the Global Medical Communications teams, to ensure robust pull through of Scientific Communication Platforms into the company’s externally facing communication deliverables.
  • Oversees a team responsible for the creation, maintenance and integration of scientific communication platforms, across cross functional teams, for all assets of strategic importance to the company.
  • Works in close partnership with leadership of the Asset Development, Global Commercial Development, Brand teams and Global Medical Affairs teams to accomplish this responsibility.
  • Leads cross-functional alignment and education to ensure appropriate incorporation of platform priorities and communication strategies into all the company’s external communication deliverables.
  • Leads a team responsible for the creation of publication strategies to support the scientific communications platforms.
  • Leads the Publications Center of Excellence to oversee planning and execution of all scientific publications for both marketed products and pipeline assets for the company.  
  • Ensures that all Corporate and Affiliate scientific publications are developed using appropriate standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Works in partnership with the Global Medical Communications leadership teams, including MSL Academy, Global Strategic Content teams in Medical Information and Therapeutic Area leadership teams to ensure robust pull through and communication of the company scientific platforms with external stakeholders of strategic importance to the company.
  • Establishes and oversee processes for platform ever greening, and governance and issue resolution on platform interpretation and execution.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree required; MD, PhD, PharmD preferred. Relevant professional certification/credential is a plus.
  • At least 10 years of pharmaceutical experience, with direct people management and demonstrated leadership success in a pharmaceutical or biotech company.  Greater than 5 years of medical affairs or commercial strategic planning experience required including roles that supported or integrated medical and scientific communications strategies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how medical and scientific communications are developed and cascaded across teams and integrated to support strategically aligned and high impact scientific communication deliverables outside of the company.
  • Demonstrated leadership track records, including building strong and collaborative relationships with peers and cross functionally outside of their immediate team to enable higher organizational performance.
  • Ability to understand and interpret medical data, and create and develop strategic communications required.  Knowledge of product therapeutic area preferred.
  • Learns fast, grasps the “essence” and can change the course quickly where indicated. Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation, and manages innovation to reality.
  • Has working knowledge of applicable regulations and legislation.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 3194. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.