Director of Medical Communications
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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONTITLE: Director, Medical Communications
DEPARTMENT: Medical Affairs
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Medical Affairs
LOCATION: Princeton, NJ
In direct report to the Vice President of Medical Affairs, the Director of Medical Communications has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of high-impact strategic medical communications, publications and medical information for our clients commercialized oncology products in the US. The Director plays a leadership role in the planning process for the annual Medical Affairs strategic plans in the US; is responsible for all brand-related medical communication activities in the US; and participates in the on-going process and provides strategic input into the development of global medical communication plans.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Develops a Medical Communications plan for our clients commercialized compounds that supports strategic medical objectives; educates key stakeholders on how medical education, publications and medical information are coordinate and work together to communicate medical learning objectives to healthcare providers
* Organizes forums and develops processes to communicate research results and accomplishments to key stakeholders and to senior management
* Remains current on new data and developments in the field, and key publications of interest; serve as a medical affairs advisor on commercially-run initiatives, such as advisory boards, as needed
* Manages and provides leadership to the Director of Publications, ensuring compliance with relevant rules and best practices
* Manages and provides leadership to the Manager/Director of Medical Information, who will be responsible for: managing the external vendor(s) responsible for the call center, manages the medical information activities related to our clients commercialized products, and ensures compliance with relevant rules and best practices
* Responsible for managing CME, (continuing medical education), and other educational forum grants, ensuring compliance with relevant rules and best practices
* Manages the medical communications budget and participates in long-range planning exercises; assesses and identifies necessary resources, and develop and implement processes and standards
* Leads cross business-unit initiatives within the areas of grants and publications; drives development and implementation of new processes, policies, and systems when necessary.
* Responsible for managing IITs review, approval, budget and timelines.
* Builds strong collaborative relationships within the organization, and ensure visibility of Medical Affairs activities.
* Eight to ten years of experience within a pharmaceutical, biotech, or healthcare organization and at least five years of specific Medical Communications experience.
* The ideal candidate will have proven leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry, coupled with strong team management skills, and the ability to develop collaborative relationships.
* Established relationships with colleagues, KOLs, and advocacy associations alike
* Demonstrated understanding of medical communications planning for both marketed products as well as products in clinical development is crucial.
* Long-term budget planning and resource allocation skills are necessary, in addition to expertise in the rules and best practices governing medical education and publications globally.
* Must have understanding of the basic guidelines, processes and activities underlying a medical information service, including a call-center.
* Strong communications skills (written and verbal); individual should be a skilled communicator and relationship-builder, who effectively networks internally and externally
* An outstanding manager and team-builder, with a proven ability to excel in a global matrix organization.
* Strong project, budget, and individual/team management skills, including management of contracted vendors.
* Innovative and enterprising style, with a proven track record of success in leading the data dissemination efforts of a global pharmaceutical organization.
* Strategic partnering capabilities with a unique understanding of the interplay between medical affairs and the commercial team. Leadership and technical capabilities are needed.
* Superior interpersonal communication skills along with problem-solving expertise.
* Incumbent must be independent, able to multi-task, and results-oriented with a hands-on attitude in a fast-paced and energetic environment.
* MD, PharmD, or PhD in Health Sciences strongly preferred. An MS degree in health sciences will also be considered.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
* 7+ years' pharmaceutical industry experience, with a PhD, MD or PharmD and experience in medical affairs or at a medical education agency, or 10+ years of industry experience with an MS. 5+ years of recent oncology experience is required.
* Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific and technical information and data. Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written.
* MS Word, Power Point and Excel are required.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear.
The employee is occasionally required to walk.
There may be occasional travel.
The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The incumbent in this position may be required to perform other duties, as assigned.