Scientific Communication Director 80%


Reference Number: 895764-W
Type of placement: , Contract, 12 months


  • Scientific Communication Director (SCD) is a core member of Global Medical Affairs Team (GMT), responsible for the development of Scientific Communications Strategy as part of the medical strategy and its implementation
  • SCD brings consistency across all scientific communication activities to the GMT, and drives excellence and innovation in these areas
  • Act as strategic partner to US Medical Affairs responsible for the US focused publication strategy and implementation

Main Responsibilities:

Scientific Communications

  • Responsible for orchestrating the scientific communications strategy and dissemination of data for the assigned disease area and/or brand/molecule through an integrated scientific story using an agreed framework • The remit includes Scientific Communications Strategy development as part of the global medical strategy, publications strategy (incl. planning and management), medical education (internal & external) and management of scientific communications focused activities
  • SCD identifies the audience, defines the channels and the content of all scientific communication activities for the assigned disease area and/or brand/molecule


Publication strategy and planning:

  • Works with appropriate stakeholders to drive the development of the publication strategy. Acts as the strategic partner to US Medical Affairs responsible for the planning of the US focused publication strategy and implementation
  • Responsible for assessment of medical value impact of the publication strategy
  • Plans and drives the publication activities, e.g. submissions to peer reviewed journals, scientific and medical education activities at congresses
  • Maintains oversight of the key affiliate publications


Medical education:

  • Responsible for the strategy, planning and execution of the medical education activities and ensuring that these are based on insights and educational needs
  • Ensures consistent and value-based measurements of all medical education activities
  • Responsible for internal medical education training activities, and setting up and maintaining the materials for internal and external knowledge platforms


Congress activities:

  • Responsible for organizing and driving the medical education and internal communication activities at congresses, e.g. IME, RIME
  • Drives, coordinates and communicates activities related to pre-congress medical education materials, including e-learnings and others
  • Responsible for abstract submissions and tracking acceptance, communicating the information to the GMT and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. LCT)


Other Tasks:

  • Responsible for the review and the approval process for grants, sponsorships and donations with educational intent
  • Leads and delivers presentations during advisory boards and/or dedicated sections related to the relevant areas, e.g. publication and medical education
  • Responsible for budget planning and tracking of the respective areas/activities in close collaboration with the Project Manager and GMT Leader (GMTL)
  • Engages in regular prioritization, delegation and alignment discussions with vendors. Monitors vendor performance based on cross-functional team assessments, aligned with procurement
  • Acts in line with legal, regulatory and company standards and codes of practice
  • Timely completes all mandatory trainings on global procedures, guidelines, policies and SOPs relevant to SCD role
  • Member of the Scientific Communication group within a therapeutic area, and works embedded in GMT
  • Acts as a member of International Medical Team and/or Medical Launch Team (MLT)
  • Works with all relevant stakeholders to develop and implement the publications strategy as part of the integrated communications strategy communications/publication team for a given product
  • Can serve as ad-hoc member at SMT, IBT, LCT and/or additional teams (e.g. GDT, US MT)

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 4 or more years’ professional experience in the pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry or related experience, preferably spanning multiple geographic markets
  • Medical affairs, clinical development, or medical communications agency experience preferred; preclinical/clinical research, pharmaceutical project management, or product marketing-related experience is a plus
  • Leading peer-reviewed publications, scientific/medical advisory boards, or medical education/communications, in collaboration with scientific experts
  • Experience interpreting and presenting scientific data preferred
  • External agency and budget management experience preferred
  • Relevant therapeutic area experience (as typically measured by 2 or more years’ experience) preferred
  • Scientific and commercial understanding of pharmaceutical products/safety profiles; deeper knowledge of pharmaceutical market preferred
  • Drug development process
  • Communication/interpersonal skills, including listening carefully, expressing ideas, being honest and open to input, inspiring, and negotiating/influencing/persuading without authority
  • Cross-functional teamwork, including developing and maintaining strong/trustful relationships, inspiring others, fostering innovation, and productively resolving conflicts
  • Technical/business expertise, including analyzing/managing wide range of data/information (e.g., scientific/clinical, safety, legal/regulatory, medical writing, analytics, etc.), project management, financial acumen sufficient for effective and efficient budget/resource management
  • Aptitude to learn and use new databases/IT systems
  • Strong customer orientation/focus
  • Regulatory and legal environment for drug registration, clinical trials, drug development/registration, and medical communications
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

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