Scientific Communications Director - PHARMA / ro-778 (80%)

4070 Basel
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2019-04-17 12:00
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For our customer located in Basel/Switzerland we are currently looking for a Scientific Communications Director - PHARMA (m/f/d)

  • Type of placement:  12 months, external contract with possible long term extension
  • Company:  major Pharma company in Basel area
  • Salary:  level 3, please ask us for the exact rate range 

(monthly gross salary levels in CHF,  level1= 5-10k , level2=10-15k,  level3= >15k)

Objectives and Scope of Position

  • SCD is a core member of Global Medical Affairs Team (GMT), responsible for the development of Scientific Communications Strategy as part of the medical strategy and its implementation
  • SCD brings consistency across all scientific communication activities to the GMT, and drives excellence and innovation in these areas
  • Act as strategic partner to US Medical Affairs responsible for the US focused publication strategy and implementation
  • Stays abreast of internal and external developments, trends and other dynamics relevant for the assigned DA to maintain a fully current view and perspectives of external influences

Tasks & Responsibilities

Scientific Communications


  • Responsible for orchestrating the scientific communications strategy and dissemination of data for the assigned disease area and/or brand/molecule through an integrated scientific story using an agreed framework
  • The remit includes Scientific Communications Strategy development as part of the global medical strategy, publications strategy (incl. planning and management), medical education (internal & external) and management of scientific communications focused activities
  • SCD identifies the audience, defines the channels and the content of all scientific communication activities for the assigned disease area and/or brand/molecule Publication strategy and planning:
  • Works with appropriate stakeholders to drive the development of the publication strategy. Acts as the strategic partner to US Medical Affairs responsible for the planning of the US focused publication strategy and implementation
  • Responsible for assessment of medical value impact of the publication strategy
  • Plans and drives the publication activities, e.g. submissions to peer reviewed journals, scientific and medical education activities at congresses
  • Maintains oversight of the key affiliate publications

Medical education


  • Responsible for the strategy, planning and execution of the medical education activities and ensuring that these are based on insights and educational needs

  • Ensures consistent and value-based measurements of all medical education activities

  • Responsible for internal medical education training activities, and setting up and maintaining the materials for internal and external knowledge platforms


Congress activities

  •  Responsible for organizing and driving the medical education and internal communication activities at congresses, e.g. IME, RIME
  • Drives, coordinates and communicates activities related to pre-congress medical education materials, including e-learnings and others
  • Responsible for abstract submissions and tracking acceptance, communicating the information to the GMT and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. LCT)

Grants and sponsorships

  • Responsible for the review and the approval process for grants, sponsorships and donations with educational intent
  • Advisory boards
  • Leads and delivers presentations during advisory boards and/or dedicated sections related to the relevant areas, e.g. publication and medical education Budget
  • Responsible for budget planning and tracking of the respective areas/activities in close collaboration with the Project Manager and GMT Leader (GMTL) Vendor management
  • Engages in regular prioritization, delegation and alignment discussions with vendors. Monitors vendor performance based on cross-functional team assessments, aligned with procurement Compliance
  • Acts in line with legal, regulatory and company standards and codes of practice
  • Timely completes all mandatory trainings on global procedures, guidelines, policies and SOPs relevant to SCD role Cross-functional collaboration
  • Member of the SC group within a therapeutic area, and works embedded in GMT
  • Acts as a member of IMT and/or Medical Launch Team (MLT)
  • Works with all relevant stakeholders to develop and implement the publications strategy as part of the integrated communications strategy communications/publication team for a given product
  • Can serve as ad-hoc member at SMT, IBT, LCT and/or additional teams (e.g. GDT, US MT)


General information

  • Latest start: 01.05.2019
  • End date: 31.03.2020
  • Extension:  possible.
  • Work location: Basel
  • Workload: 100%
  • Remote/Home Office: Yes, to a reasonable extent
  • Travelling: Not required.

Professional and Technical Requirements

• Advanced degree (PhD) and/or certification in scientific medical field preferred

Must Haves

  • Profound experience in scientific or medical communications 
  • Experience in leading peer-reviewed publications or medical education/communications, in collaboration with scientific experts 
  • Strategic agility and decision-making, achieving results, within timelines and on budget 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, incl. inspiring and influencing 
  • Cross-functional teamwork skills, including developing and maintaining trustful relationships, and productively resolving conflicts 
  • Experience in oncology is a plus 


Technical Competencies

  • High ethical standards
  • Ability to demonstrate client´s Values and Leadership Commitments, including ability to promote and role model integrity
  • Strategic agility and decision-making, achieving results, within timelines and on budget
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, incl. inspiring and influencing
  • Cross-functional teamwork skills, including developing and maintaining trustful relationships, and productively resolving conflicts
  • Technical and business expertise, including analyzing wide range of data and information
  • Project management skills and financial acumen for effective budget/resource management
  • Aptitude to learn and use new databases/IT systems
  • Strong customer orientation and focus


Experience, Skills, Knowledge

  • Professional experience in the pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry or related experience
  • Experience in preclinical/clinical research, pharmaceutical project management and/or product marketing experience is a plus
  • Experience in interpreting and presenting scientific data
  • Experience in external agency management and in budget management is preferred
  • Relevant therapeutic area experience (as typically measured by 2 or more years) preferred
  • Understanding of drug development process and regulatory/legal environment for drug development and registration, clinical trials and medical communications is required
  •  Fluency in written and spoken English


Kindly be informed that our customer is located in Switzerland. Therefore only applications within the EU or candidates holding Swiss work permission are required.

The SimplyVision-Team is looking forward to receiving your application (Word file is highly appreciated).