Scientific Communications Director 80-100%

Reference Number: 896228-W
Type of placement: Contract, 12 months
Location: CH, NW


Our client is a pioneer in Drug Discovery and Development. As the world`s largest R&D spender in the pharmaceutical domain, they work in a vast number of drugs & therapeutic areas and are highly recognized internationally. They are also a leader in the field of manufacturing and selling of several drugs for the treatment of Cancer.

They are currently looking for a Scientific Communications Director for a 12 months contract with high chances of extension, to be based in Basel. If you have 4+ years of experience in Medical Education and Scientific Communications, within a pharmaceutical environment or medical communications agency and you would like to step in a key role in which  to drive the scientific communication activities at a global level, this is the right opportunity for you.

Main Responsibilities:

  • The Scientific Communications Director  identifies the audience, defines the channels and the content of all Scientific Communication activities for the assigned molecule/franchise
  • Responsible for internal assessment of needs for re: format/material/external engagements for internal training; includes setting up and maintaining the materials for internal and external knowledge platforms
  • Responsible for orchestrating the Scientific Communications strategy and dissemination of data for the assigned molecule/franchise disease area through an integrated scientific story and communications strategy
  • The remit includes Scientific Communications Strategy development as part of the global brand and medical strategy, publications strategy (incl. planning and management), medical education (internal & external) and management of scientific communications focused activities
  • 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 the strategy, planning and execution of the Medical Education activities and ensuring that these are based on insights and educational needs 
  • Plans and drives the publication activities, e.g. submissions to peer reviewed journals scientific and medical education activities at congresses
  • Responsible for the development of patient focused educational materials
  • Drives, coordinates and communicates activities related to pre-congress medical education materials, including e-learnings and others
  • Responsible for Assessment, Maintains oversight of the key affiliate publications
  • Provides input and/or leads advisory board plans for assigned molecules/franchise
  • Responsible for budget planning and tracking of the respective areas/activities
  • 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

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced degree (PhD) and/or certification in scientific medical field preferred
  • 3+ years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry or medical communications agency
  • Experience in leading peer-reviewed publications or medical education/communications, in collaboration with scientific experts
  • Experience in interpreting and presenting scientific data, in external agency management and in budget management is preferred
  • Experience in Oncology preferred
  • Medical affairs, clinical development or medical communications experience is preferred
  • Experience in preclinical/clinical research, pharmaceutical project management and/or product marketing experience is a plus
  • Understanding of drug development process and regulatory/legal environment for drug development and registration, clinical trials and medical communications is required
  • Ability to demonstrate Leadership Commitments, including ability to promote and role model integrity
  • Strategic agility and decision-making, achieving results, within timelines and on budget
  • Technical and business expertise, including analyzing wide range of data and information
  • Project management skills and financial acumen for effective budget/resource management
  • Aptitude to learn and use new databases/IT systems
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required

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