The Associate Director, Medical Communication is responsible for the development of medical publications as well as the management of publication agencies/vendors and the associated budgets, and oversight of internal medical writer led projects. This role collaborates with the medical communication lead for the therapeutic area and the therapeutic area international medical directors in the development of comprehensive strategic publication plans as well as scientific communication plans. The Associate Director, Medical Communication is also responsible for leadership of the successful and timely implementation of publication and scientific plans within budget. The Associate Director, Medical Communication, reports into the medical communication lead for the therapeutic area.
- Responsible for leading publication planning teams in assigned therapeutic area(s) along with the development and implementation of a comprehensive publication plan. Strategic publication planning is conducted in collaboration with the medical communication lead for the therapeutic area and the therapeutic area international and US medical directors.
- Responsible for working cross-functionally with affiliates to identify local/regional data gaps and lead strategic publication planning efforts to address those gaps; including coordinating with biostatistics to generate the analyses and conducting regional publication planning team meetings as needed.
- Responsible for the overseeing the development of abstracts, posters, oral presentations, and manuscripts that address local/regional data gaps and publication needs from Jazz-sponsored clinical trials and other Jazz-sponsored research.
- Collaborate with the international medical director and/or lead the development and revision of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) slide decks as well as training materials.
- Build effective partnerships with all internal stakeholders, including international and US medical affairs directors, other medical communications associates, HEOR, biostatistics, clinical development, medical science liaisons, medical information, and other members of the publication team.
- Establish strong working relationships with authors and other external experts.
- Manage day-to-day interactions with publication agencies and participate in vendor selection activities.
- Assist with the coordination of internal writing resources.
- Manage all financial and contractual aspects of assigned projects, including external vendors.
- Coordinate publication reviews and integration of reviewer comments.
- Ensure that all developed materials are reviewed and appropriately signed off according to Jazz SOPs and maintain archive of approved materials within the appropriate management system.
- Assist in the review of publications for medical accuracy, fair balance, and ensuring adherence to Jazz policies and good publication practice.
- Ensure all Jazz-sponsored publications are developed according to Jazz publication policy and good publication practice, including published guidelines (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE, CONSORT).
- In collaboration with key stakeholders within medical affairs, lead the medical communication strategy activities at key medical congresses, including the medical and/or therapeutic area booth panel development, other booth materials, meeting summaries to internal audiences, and post-meeting slide reviews to internal audiences; ensure all materials undergo appropriate medical affairs review committee assessment.
- Support development of scientific communications plans and oversee execution of tactics both internally and externally.
- Provide scientific/medical input into the development of commercial strategies.
- Support the development and execution of medical education strategies (i.e., CME and congress activities).
- Develop and expand scientific proficiency in assigned therapeutic area(s).
- Prepare, analyze, interpret, and summarize data.
- Evaluate study data from tables and listings.
- The Associate Director, Medical Communication reports into the medical communication lead for the therapeutic area.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Advanced scientific degree (Doctorate degree preferred: PhD, PharmD, or MD).
- Proven expertise in pharmaceutical medical communications / publications, medical writing, or other medical affairs scientific functions, or at a medical communications agency as a medical director and/or writer. Publications leader experience is preferred.
Required/Preferred Education and Licenses
- Must have extensive experience in strategic publication planning and execution of publication plans.
- Strong Knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines and medical writing guidelines (e.g.,GPP3, ICMJE, CONSORT).
- Demonstrated experience interacting with and collaborating with authors and other external experts; ability to effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders.
- Experience in managing budgets across several projects.
- Experience managing external agencies preferred.
- Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills and written communication skills.
- Understand clinical trial research, the drug development process, and GCP requirements, and have experience with reviewing clinical trial data.
- Prior medical writing experience preferred.
- Proficiency with computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as databases such as PubMed.
- Travel will vary, plan on 10-20%.
Description of Work Environment
- Responsibilities may periodically require a work schedule that may include working outside of “normal” work hours in order to meet business demands.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an Equal Opportunity Employer.