Head of BioPharmaceuticals R&D Communications
Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Job Type: Full time
The Head of BioPharmaceuticals R&D Communications is responsible for leading the internal and external communications efforts on behalf of the BioPharmaceuticals R&D organisation, and cross-R&D activities. This senior position within AstraZeneca’s Global Corporate Affairs organisation plays a pivotal role in enhancing the company’s scientific reputation across a broad range of internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be an inspirational people manager, a trusted counsellor and a visionary leader who holds responsibility for the development and delivery of an integrated, multi-channel communication strategy designed to showcase the great science and outstanding people across AstraZeneca R&D.
Close work with a number of AstraZeneca’s most senior scientists will be an important element of this role, not only providing them with advice and counsel around communications, but also playing a full hands-on role to support the delivery of impactful content and collateral.
As a member of the BioPharmaceuticals R&D Leadership Team, the Head of BioPharmaceuticals R&D Communications will serve as a key leader and business advisor across the AstraZeneca enterprise, and will collaborate closely across functions (eg with early and late R&D) to ensure a coordinated and compliant approach to delivery of programmes and stakeholder engagement. This role will also provide leadership to a team of globally dispersed communications professionals who are responsible for wide ranging internal and external communications activities for BioPharmaceuticals R&D, Cross-R&D (including Oncology R&D and Alexion R&D), Cambridge Communications and STEM Outreach in the UK.
Biopharmaceuticals R&D is responsible for key therapy areas of Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism and Respiratory & Immunology, with the ambition to intervene earlier to protect vital organs, slow or reverse disease progression, and achieve remission for these often degenerative, debilitating, and life-threatening conditions. So many more people can live better, healthier lives.
Lead the development and delivery of an integrated, multi-channel communication strategy to enhance the reputation of AZ as a scientific leader across our most important internal and external stakeholders –scientific communities, recruits, investors and employees.
Build the AZ reputation as a scientific leader within our BioPharmaceuticals Therapy Areas (TAs) by working closely with colleagues in the dedicated Corporate Affairs TA teams, ensuring communications activity align with broader AZ corporate agenda.
Maintain, evolve and lead the use of a compelling narrative for AZ R&D (including BioPharmaceuticals R&D, Oncology R&D and Alexion R&D), in close collaboration with colleagues, with clear messages and sharp proof points to build awareness and confidence among key stakeholder groups.
Provide hands-on executive communications support to our most senior and high profile AZ scientists, supporting their media activities, internal and external events and employee engagement programmes.
Provide strategic support and guidance of AZ’s UK STEM outreach activities and initiatives and Cambridge Communications.
Coach, manage and mentor a globally dispersed team of communications professionals, including talent management and succession planning as well as day-to-day skills development and training.
Lead major change communications including overseeing R&D’s transformation programme.
Anticipate long term R&D reputational issues, developing appropriate plans and responses for crisis communication/incident management as required.
In collaboration with the GCA Digital team, lead the development and delivery of AZ R&D’s digital strategy. Includes use of AZ’s global corporate digital channels and paid-for/organic digital campaigns/content to meet agreed strategic goals.
Establish measures of success and implement relevant evaluation tools for all communications activities.
Demonstrate enterprise leadership and role model value-aligned behaviour.
To be successful in this role you will need the following experience:
University degree preferably in the life sciences with extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical or life science industry and experience of R&D pipeline communications. Will be motivated and inspired by the science.
An established track record of delivering integrated and impactful internal and external communications programmes across multiple channels and stakeholders, with demonstrable measures of success.
Proven ability to master complex scientific topics, and to translate them into clear and concise plans, best-in-class argumentation and messaging.
In depth experience of delivering impactful and connected Executive Communications, whilst maintaining a focus on the overall corporate reputation and image.
Ability to combine creative, strategic thinking with hands on delivery with expert technical skills across written/digital/multi-media communications and knowledge of technology options.
Proven ability to serve as an engaged, credible member of a high-performing leadership team, with a successful record of providing effective advice, counsel, and coaching to senior leaders.
Exceptional global leader with expertise in building a shared vision, inspiring commitment and mobilising organisations around corporate affairs priorities. Able to develop and lead a high performance team of direct and indirectly reporting members.
Experience of driving programmes to drive employee engagement.
Proven ability to lead on global reputational issues and issues management programmes for a complex enterprise with multiple stakeholders
Strong business acumen – able to read the internal and external environment and proactively steer decision making accordingly, acting as a global ambassador of the company
Knowledge required for this role:
Track record of leading communications teams to deliver tangible results in support of business priorities.
A recognised expert in employee, digital and leader communications, campaigns, business partnering, change communication and event management.
Strong executive presence and acumen advising C-suite and board-level leaders. An active listener, who can flex their communication and influencing style to work with different executive leaders.
Experience managing different stakeholder relationships at all levels.
Management of complex issues/crises with international dimensions.
Extensive understanding of the AZ business and its operating environment.
Will be confident working with senior executive leaders; with a track record of operating as a trusted advisor. Will have the ability to effectively deliver a robust alternative viewpoint. Know when to ask the right questions and when to provide the right answers.
Customer-orientated and solutions-focused mindset. Motivated by the opportunity to lead and work with an
Actively creates and promotes cross boundary collaboration with the aim of achieving better business results. Boundaries can exist between individuals, geographies, cultures, teams, functions or organisations.
High energy and drive, coupled with accountability for delivery and performance.
Creativity and desire to challenge the status quo.
Excellent eye for details and upholding visual and verbal identity.
Superior written and verbal science communications skills.
Interest in science and passion for what science can do.
At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.
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Opening Date: 22/11/2022
Closing Date: 16/12/2022
AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.
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