Director, Medical Communications

SUMMARY:

The Director of Medical Communications is responsible for providing leadership and direction for Medical Information, Publications, and other Scientific Communications, ensuring all department responsibilities, including the provision of accurate, timely and appropriate responses to inquiries from healthcare professionals, consumers and internal departments, are met in a manner consistent with corporate directives and regulatory guidelines.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Developing, managing and implementing the publication and scientific communications plans;
  • Working with external authors and internal stakeholders to develop scientifically rigorous manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, abstracts for identified scientific congresses, and content that will be used for scientific exchange with members of the healthcare community;
  • Developing scientific content that will serve as the basis for field medical materials, advisory boards, medical information standard letters and responses to medical inquiries, and related materials;
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders and other scientific and medical experts to develop content for internal and external use that is accurate, scientifically balanced and aligned with the medical strategy and commercialization plans;
  • Managing vendors and consultants that may be utilized to support medical information and medical writing work; and
  • Leading department and/or project teams and related initiatives as appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong written communication skills including publication/medical writing experience is required;
  • Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to build successful relationships with Opinion Leaders, internal experts/teams and other stakeholders;
  • Experience and knowledge in neuroscience disorders is highly preferred;
  • Expert knowledge of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations, publication practices, regulatory guidelines and healthcare compliance trends related to publications, medical inquiries and scientific exchange is required;
  • Ability to analyze and summarize data, think critically, manage projects, influence others, work in a team environment, and synthesize complex clinical and non-clinical statistical and medical information to effectively communicate medical and scientific information are required;
  • Excellent presentation and computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and
  • Willingness and ability to travel both domestically and internationally is required (approximately 10 to 15%).

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • MD, PhD or PharmD and seven years’ pharmaceutical industry experience in a medical affairs role (MSL, Med Pubs and/or Med Comm), and two years in a leadership role.

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