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Senior Director, Medical Communications

Company: Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: June 4, 2024

Job Description:

If you are a Jazz employee please apply via the Internal Career siteJazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter. Brief Description:The Senior Director, Medical Communications is responsible for the development of Global medical publications as well as the management of publication agencies/vendors and the associated budgets within the therapeutic area. This role collaborates with the Global Medical Affairs (GMA) therapeutic area medical director and Global Medical Affairs Leads (GMAL) in the development of comprehensive strategic global publication plans. The Senior Director, Medical Communications, also provides therapeutic area lead oversight for publication plans and directly manages medical communication lead(s) in the therapeutic area. The Senior Director, Medical Communications also oversees medical content creation for the therapeutic area including the development of MSL slide decks and medical booth content. The Senior Director, Medical Communications is also responsible for leadership of the successful and timely implementation of publication and scientific plans within budget. He/she is responsible for aligning and coordinating publication and medical communication strategy at the global level. The Senior Director, Medical Communications, reports into the GMA Hem/Onc Therapeutic Area Head.Essential Functions

  • Directly manage and provide leadership to medical communication lead(s) in the therapeutic area.
  • Responsible for overseeing 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, the GMAL, and the publication team. Lead focus on the strategic value of the assigned publication plan with alignment to the medical strategy.
  • Oversee the development of comprehensive global publication plans (including development of INT 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.
  • Build effective partnerships with internal stakeholders, including regional and global medical affairs directors, HEOR, RWE, biostatistics, clinical development, Early Development, medical science liaisons, medical information, and other members of publications teams.
  • Establish strong working relationships with authors and other external experts.
  • Manage interactions with senior leadership of preferred publication agencies and lead vendor selection activities.
  • Assist with the coordination of internal writing resources (as appropriate).
  • Manage all financial and contractual aspects of the assigned therapeutic area, including external vendors.
  • Ensure that all developed materials are reviewed and appropriately signed off according to Jazz publication policies and procedures and maintain archive of approved materials within the appropriate management system.
  • Participate in the review of publications in the therapeutic area 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., GPP 2022, ICMJE, CONSORT); demonstrate and provide organizational leadership related to publication policy.
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders within medical affairs functions, ensure the leadership of 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. Where additional staff exist in this role, provide strategic oversight and medical review of activities.
  • Provides strategic guidance into related medical content development (e.g., Medical Science Liaison [MSL] slide decks, medical booth content)
  • Support development of global scientific communication platforms and oversee execution of tactics both internally and externally.
  • Develop and expand scientific proficiency in assigned therapeutic area(s).
  • Develop product expertise for Jazz product(s) and disease states under responsibility.
  • Represent the medical communications function for the product in internal strategic meetings and provide strategic input; disseminate learnings to other medical communication team members.
  • Prepare, analyze, interpret, and summarize data.
  • Evaluate study data from tables and listings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the disease area, medical strategies and objectives necessary to provide strategic input to a broad range of stakeholders on matters related to publication planning and data dissemination/disclosure.
  • Lead individual publication teams as needed (e.g., pipeline products)
  • Ensure collaboration with the GMA Digital Head in activities including the GMA external website.
  • The Senior Director, Medical Communication reports into the GMA therapeutic area headRequired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    • Must have extensive experience in strategic publication planning and execution of publication plans.
    • Global experience in publication management required.
    • Prior direct management experience is required.
    • Strong Knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines and medical writing guidelines (e.g., GPP 2022, 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 required.
    • 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 MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as databases such as PubMed.
    • Experience with publication management systems (e.g., PubsHub, Datavision)
    • Travel will vary, plan on 20-30%.Required/Preferred Education and Licenses
      • Advanced scientific degree (Doctorate degree preferred: PhD, PharmD, or MD).
      • Minimum of 10 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 Hem/Onc TA experience is required
        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.
        FOR US-BASED CANDIDATES ONLYJazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices and we strive to provide employees with total compensation packages that are market competitive.
        For this role, the full and complete base pay range is $216,000-$324,000. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors, including qualifications, skills, relevant experience, job knowledge, and other pertinent factors. The goal is to ensure fair and competitive compensation aligned with the candidate's expertise and contributions, within the established pay framework and our Total Compensation philosophy. Internal equity considerations will also influence individual base pay decisions. This range will be reviewed on a regular basis.
        At Jazz, your base pay is only one part of your total compensation package. The successful candidate may also be eligible for a discretionary annual cash bonus or incentive compensation (depending on the role), in accordance with the terms of the Company's Global Cash Bonus Plan or Incentive Compensation Plan, as well as discretionary equity grants in accordance with Jazz's Long Term Equity Incentive Plan.
        The successful candidate will also be eligible to participate in various benefits offerings, including, but not limited to, medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k retirement savings plan, and flexible paid vacation. For more information on our Benefits offerings please click here:

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