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Director, Public Affairs, R&D Communications

Biogen Idec    posted over 4 years ago

FullTime | Cambridge, MA


The Director, R&D Communications will work to enhance Biogen’s scientific reputation externally, and support strategic internal communications activities that help align the R&D organization. This will involve communications support for members of the R&D senior leadership team, including external speaking and media opportunities, and the development of a cohesive and compelling narrative that distinguishes our R&D organization and provides a platform for discussing our pipeline candidates. The Director will develop a network of contacts within R&D and serve as the conduit to the broader Public Affairs team for information and opportunities related to R&D, including Corporate Communications, Internal Communications and Public Policy and Government Affairs. Enhance external visibility: Identify create and support meaningful opportunities (via social and traditional media, speaking engagements, etc.) that enhance the reputation of the R&D organization and Biogen as a whole Enhance R&D leadership communication: Provide communications counsel to leadership team regarding communications opportunities (including media interviews and speaking engagements), preparation for media interviews and presentations, and internal communications activities Align internal communications: Help senior leaders provide consistent and compelling messages within their organization and to the broader company about our work in R&D. Manage communications network: Develop and manage a network of information sources across the R&D organization that provide insight into noteworthy advances and activities that can be leveraged to enhance perceptions of Biogen R&D. Corporate Affairs alignment: keep Global Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations abreast of R&D initiatives and communication activities and find opportunities for collaboration. Communicate and disseminate info in a timely manner. Ten to 15 years professional experience in the public affairs arena with a focus on scientifically-driven internal and external communications in an agency, corporation or NGO in the biopharmaceutical industry •Sound leadership capability, demonstrated track record in a strategic role in which communication considerations are part •Broad communication background including external and internal communications expertise in science/medical communications, experience handling issue management, culture change •Outstanding communication, public speaking and advocacy skills •Excellent strategic and tactical execution skills and ability to multi-task •Ability to work cross-functionally and interact with senior internal and external stakeholders •Ability to work in a global and culturally diverse environment •Excellent command of the English language Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public relations or a science-related field; educational background is flexible depending on professional experience Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) is a biotechnology leader that discovers, develops and delivers innovative therapies to improve the lives of patients with neurodegenerative diseases, hematologic conditions and autoimmune diseases. Patients worldwide benefit every day from our medicines for multiple sclerosis (MS) and hemophilia. Founded in 1978, Biogen is one of the world's oldest independent biotechnology company. Our development pipeline is focused on areas of high unmet medical need, as we pursue new therapies for patients suffering from diseases with few or no treatment options. These include programs for secondary progressive MS, Alzheimer's Disease, spinal muscular atrophy, lupus and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), amongst others. With more than 7,500 people worldwide, Biogen is truly a global organization. We are headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is home to our research operations. Our international operations are based in Zug, Switzerland and we have world-class manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Denmark. We offer therapies globally through direct affiliate presence in 30 countries and a network of distribution partners in over 50 additional countries. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
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