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Director of Scientific Communications and Engagement, Late Development Oncology/Chief Medical Office

Location: Gaithersburg, Mississauga, Barcelona

Are you an effective and creative communicator, passionate about science?

Join us in this role, leading the internal science engagement and communications strategy for a global multi-site function covering Late Development Oncology and the Chief Medical Office (LDO/CMO). Working with a diverse set of people including medical, scientists, leaders and corporate affairs you will use proven and innovative mechanisms to bring our strategy and portfolio to life and inspire the LDO/CMO community as we work towards achieving our bold ambition 2030. Through innovative and impactful communications the successful candidate will contribute to our ambition of building a culture of learning and transparency.

This critical role leads the internal science engagement and communications strategy for LDO/CMO, a global multi-site function of over 3000 people. With a team of 4 direct reports, you will enable delivery of the cohesive strategy across the LDO/CMO organizations.

This role will act as a key partner and point of contact for the SVP and Chief Medical Officer at AstraZeneca, providing dedicated strategic communications and support to this innovative and highly visible leader.

Working with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will develop an exciting internal communications agenda featuring innovative solutions to enhance employee engagement and tell the LDO/CMO story. You will partner with R&D corporate affairs to align and shape science communications that enhance the external reputation of LDO and CMO.

Typical Accountabilities:

  • Defines and implements the internal science communications and engagement strategy for LDO/CMO working closely with diverse stakeholders across AstraZeneca including the Senior Vice President, Business Planning & Operations and Transformation Lead
  • Responsible for the overarching internal editorial calendar and messaging to raise the visibility of LDO/CMO achievements (e.g.milestones) and to communicate our scorecard
  • Provides strategic input into our broader LDO/CMO internal communications strategy (events, awards) and supports direct reports with delivery against these plans
  • Works directly with the LDO/CMO SVP and leadership team to define the strategic focus and develop content for internal and external engagements (e.g.external investigator scientific presentations and Town Hall meetings)
  • Leads the strategy for enhancing engagement of LDO/CMO leaders internally
  • Drives innovative solutions (including digital media) to communicate our scorecard and scientific priorities and bring the LDO/CMO science to life
  • Overall accountable for delivery of key business reports to capture scientific achievements / deliverables
  • Partners with Oncology R&D corporate affairs to shape external communications to further enhance the external scientific reputation of LDO/CMO
  • Provides direction, guidance and development to any direct reports

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in life sciences or communications or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years experience developing and implementing integrated communication plans
  • Scientific in-depth knowledge in the Oncology field or related areas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Ability to clearly articulate complex scientific data into effective and compelling communication that is appropriate for the level of audience
  • Broad knowledge of the pharmaceutical drug discovery and development process
  • Strong influencing, networking and team working skills
  • A proven track record of delivering tasks in a timely manner
  • Experience in line management

Desirable requirements:

  • Prior experience in a strategic communications role is strongly desired
  • PhD or MSc in Life science
  • Experience in working in a complex, fast paced, high performing team

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we are dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. A place where employees are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. There is no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients, and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth, and development.

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