Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Director, Medical Communication

US-CA-Palo Alto
2 weeks ago(11/30/2017 5:05 PM)
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Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. We are continuing to expand our commercial product portfolio and our research and development pipeline in therapeutic areas that can leverage our unique expertise.

Our therapeutic areas of focus include sleep and hematology/oncology – areas in which we have a deep understanding of the patient journey and a suite of products and product candidates to address critical needs.

We are looking for the best and brightest talent to join our team.  If you’re looking to be a part of a company with an unwavering commitment to improving patients’ lives and being a great place to work, we hope you’ll explore our career openings and get to know Jazz Pharmaceuticals. 

Position Profile

The Director, Medical Communications 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 therapeutic area medical director in the development of comprehensive strategic publication plans as well as scientific communication plans. The Director, Medical Communications, also provides therapeutic area lead oversight for publication plans and directly manages medical communication lead(s) and/or medical writer(s) in the therapeutic area. The Director, Medical Communications is also responsible for leadership of the successful and timely implementation of publication and scientific plans within budget. The Director, Medical Communications, reports into the Head of Global Scientific Affairs.

Essential Functions

  • 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 therapeutic area medical director.
  • Lead the development of a comprehensive global publication plan (including development of EU/ROW specific publication deliverables) and its implementation.
  • Responsible for the overseeing the development of abstracts, posters, oral presentations, and manuscripts from Jazz sponsored clinical trials and other Jazz sponsored research.
  • Provide therapeutic area lead oversight for publication plans in the assigned therapeutic area(s)
  • Directly manage medical communication lead(s) and/or medical writer(s) in the therapeutic area.
  • Build effective partnerships with all internal stakeholders, including medical affairs directors, other medical communications associates, HEOR, biostatistics, clinical development, medical science liaisons, medical information, and other members of the publications 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; responsible for financial planning and management for publications and other medical communications content in the assigned therapeutic area(s)
  • 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 global 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, medical affairs booth).
  • Collaborate with the MSL therapeutic area lead and/or lead the development and revision of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) slide decks.
  • Develop and expand scientific proficiency in assigned therapeutic area(s).
  • Ensure accurate metric reporting for assigned therapeutic area(s)
  • Prepare, analyze, interpret, and summarize data.
  • Evaluate study data from tables and listings.
  • The Director, Medical Communications reports into the Head of Global Scientific Affairs

Required/Preferred Education and Licenses

  • Advanced scientific degree (Doctorate degree preferred: PhD, PharmD, or MD).
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience 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. Prior pharmaceutical company publications leader experience is required.
  • Prior Hematology/Oncology experience preferred

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have extensive experience in strategic publication planning and execution of publication plans.
  • Global experience in publication management preferred
  • 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.
  • Prior direct management experience 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 Physical Demands

  • Occasional mobility within office environment.
  • Routinely sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Constantly operating a computer, printer, telephone and other similar office machinery.

Description of Work Environment

  • Work indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations and temperature changes.
  • Frequent computer use at workstation.
  • May move from one work location to another occasionally.
  • Responsibilities may require a work schedule that may include working outside of “normal” work hours, in order to meet business demands.
  • Occasional public contact requiring appropriate business apparel.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


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