AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Associate Director, Immuno-Oncology Communications - Gaithersburg, MD in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Associate Director, Immuno-Oncology Communications – Gaithersburg, MD

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As an Associate Director, Immuno-Oncology Communications in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. GPPS (Global Product and Portfolio Strategy) bridges science and commercial, integrating corporate, portfolio, therapy areas and product strategies, providing strategic direction from early-stage research through to commercialization.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Director, Immuno-Oncology Communications provides expert support to develop external/internal communication programs and strategies for a portfolio of products or functional areas for such a team. Implements policies and strategies within a geographical or functional area. May lead or contribute to regional or global project teams developing large external communication programs and marketing campaigns.

Immuno-Oncology (IO) is a therapeutic approach designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to destroy tumours. At AstraZeneca, and MedImmune, our biologics research and development arm, our IO portfolio is anchored by immunotherapies that have been designed to overcome anti-tumour immune suppression. We are currently pursuing a comprehensive clinical trial programme in multiple tumour types, stages of disease, and lines of therapy, investigating both mono- and combination therapies across a broad range of tumours.

The role of Associate Director, Immuno-Oncology Communications will be to develop and deliver communications materials in support of an integrated global corporate affairs strategy in support of late-stage pipeline and potential local-market launches.

Working closely with senior leaders, you will support the execution of a global PR strategy (external and internal) around our late-stage development program, including clinical, regulatory and business milestones, helping to support the transition from pipeline to product, with a focus on prioritized indications. In addition, you will provide global CA support for global market approvals, engaging with market access, patient advocacy, and marketing teams as appropriate. You will also provide close leadership / executive communications support to our IO GPPS senior leadership team.

You will be a key member of the global Oncology Corporate Affairs team, working closely with GPPS Oncology, MedImmune, IR, Global Media Relations leaderships.

  • Supports strategy/execution of the integrated global IO Corporate Affairs strategy

  • Ensures market preparation in advance of local regulatory milestones (prioritized indications)

  • Develops launch activities in support of communications, government affairs/policy, and through engagement with patient advocacy groups

  • Leads execution of PR activities, including in support of regulatory announcements, data presentations/publications, media activities at major congresses and late-stage IO-related partnering activity

  • Leads development of corporate affairs materials, including, multiple scenario press releases, reactive statements, Q&As, speaker slide kits, social media activities, infographics, and marketing materials

  • Develop and execute internal communications related to IO to keep employees engaged in delivering goals under high pressure

  • Plans for multiple scenarios and prepares for potential issues; helps train and prepare senior executives for media engagement

  • Ensures accurate and timely review and approval of all materials, coordinating with global brand leads, IR, GMR, GMA, GPPS, and iMED and Medimmune Communications where applicable

Essential Requirements

We are looking for a communications graduate with at least 5 years’ experience in healthcare communications, either in a global pharmaceutical/life sciences environment or on the agency side. In addition, the ideal candidate has:

  • Evidence of having delivered impactful, content-rich global communications programs across multiple channels and stakeholders with demonstrable measures of success

  • Ability to combine strategic thinking with hands-on delivery

  • Experience of working in a complex, global organization

  • Interest in science and passion for what science can do

  • Experience of managing and influencing stakeholder relationships at all levels

  • Experience of working in a highly regulated sector

  • Exemplary written and verbal communications skills

  • Strong channel management, social media, digital skills and knowledge of technology options

  • Confidence around senior leaders, comfort delivering an alternative viewpoint

  • Creativity and desire to challenge the status quo

  • Think strategically with ability to act flexibly

  • Team worker with high level of personal accountability

  • Relationship and influencing skills at all levels

  • Able to develop and maintain networks across business and cultural boundaries

  • Key external stakeholders: Scientific/medical trade media (with GMR); communications and marketing agencies; event organisers; interactions with academic and industry/ BD partners

  • Key internal stakeholders: GPPS, Global Medical Affairs; Global Media team; Investor Relations; GMD Comms team; Digital and Corporate Brand Teams; colleagues in the Corporate Affairs Therapy Area Teams including Government Affairs; regional and in-market communications teams; iMed/MedImmune leaders; iMed/MedImmune project teams

Global Travel: Travel may be required, primarily to scientific congresses, as needed.

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.