Associate Director, Scientific Communications at AstraZeneca

Posted in Other 14 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Associate Director, Scientific Communications

This is what you will do:

The Associate Director (AD) of Scientific Communications, Neurology is responsible for facilitating the successful development and execution of publications strategies and plans for their assigned therapeutic area in alignment with Alexion brand and corporate strategies. The AD will collaborate with the Directors of Scientific Communication and may also function as independent lead for specific therapeutic area programs as assigned by the program head. The successful AD will engage with internal stakeholders including but not limited to Research, Clinical Development, Commercial, Biostatistics and Medical Affairs, as well as external authors, investigators, and publishers to ensure timely execution of the publication plan through high quality writing, reviewing, editing, revising, and placing impactful scientific and clinical abstracts, posters, oral presentations and manuscripts. In this role the Associate director will participate in the analysis and interpretation of scientific and clinical data, as well as in the identification of appropriate publication and presentation forums for the data. The Associate Director will also assist in the development of medical education plans, congress plans, literature summaries and maintain the repository of collateral publication materials including slide decks. The Associate Director will conduct literature searches as well interpret scientific literature, and provide assessments of competitor papers, posters, and other materials. The Associate Director will also participate in the supervision of consultants and medical communication agencies.

You will be responsible for:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of strategic publication plans for the assigned products and disease indications

  • Ensure timely execution of the publications to produce high quality, accurate and impactful deliverables including abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, and slide decks

  • Participate in the planning, development and implementation of the medical educational plan, and other scientific programs that communicate important information to the medical and scientific community. Also, to include collaboration and involvement in scientific symposia.

  • Manage and track the publication plan to ensure its timely execution

  • Work with external authors, investigators and thought leaders on abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, review articles and slide decks

  • Participate in the analysis and, interpretation of scientific and clinical data, as well as the in the identification of appropriate publication and presentation forums for the data

  • Conduct routine literature searches and interpret scientific literature for internal stakeholders, including competitor assessments

  • Ensure compliance with Alexion's Publication Policy

You will need to have:

  • Advanced degree: PhD, PharmD, or MD

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in a pharmaceutical company or Medical Communications agency

  • Experience in strategic publication planning (including scientific platforms), tactical publication planning and implementation, and the planning and development of medical educational materials

  • Ability to interpret and organize highly complex scientific data, including experience reviewing clinical trial data and output from statistical analysis programs

  • Must be skilled writer with demonstrated ability to write / review / edit / place scientific articles, abstracts, posters

  • Strong working knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines

  • Understanding of the clinical development process, especially clinical study and global health outcomes data.

  • Ability to collaborate with medical publications agencies, to plan, write and develop abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, slide decks and content for scientific and educational programs

  • Experience in working closely with thought leaders and authors

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

  • Ability to travel (US and International) as necessary

  • The duties of this role are generally conducted in an office environment. As is typical of an office-based role, employees must be able, with or without an accommodation to use a computer; engage in communications via phone, video, and electronic messaging; engage in problem solving and non-linear thought, analysis, and dialogue; collaborate with others; maintain general availability during standard business hours.

We would prefer for you to have:

  • Background or prior experience in rare diseases

  • Experience in the planning and implementation of symposia and in the development of medical education materials

  • Experience with publication management software (e.g., Datavision)

  • CMPP /AMWA certification highly desired

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.
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