Scientific Communications Director I2ON - PHARMA / ro-831

4070 Basel
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2019-02-22 11:00
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For our customer located in Basel/Switzerland we are currently looking for a Scientific Communications Director I2ON - PHARMA 

  • 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

• This person is responsible for the development and implementation of the Scientific
Communications Strategy for the assigned molecule/franchise (in alignment with iSquad & iMP)
• brings consistency across execution, assessment and amplification across all Scientific
Communication activities for the assigned molecule and drives excellence and innovation in
these areas
• Acts as strategic partner to US Medical Affairs responsible for the US focused publication
strategy and implementation for the Ophthalmology molecule/franchise
• Stays abreast of internal and external developments, trends and other dynamics relevant for the
assigned molecule/franchise to maintain a fully current view and perspectives of external

Tasks & Responsibilities


• SCD identifies the audience, defines the channels and the content of all Scientific
Communication activities for the assigned molecule/franchise
• Responsible for internal assessment of needs for re: format/material/external engagements, for
internal training; includes setting up and maintaining the materials for internal and external
knowledge platforms


• Responsible for orchestrating the Scientific Communications strategy and dissemination of data
for the assigned molecule/franchise disease area through an integrated scientific story and
communications strategy
• The remit includes Scientific Communications Strategy development as part of the global brand
and medical strategy, publications strategy (incl. planning and management), medical education
(internal & external) and management of scientific communications focused activities
• 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 the strategy, planning and execution of the Medical Education activities and
ensuring that these are based on insights and educational needs


• Plans and drives the publication activities, e.g. submissions to peer reviewed journals, scientific
and medical education activities at congresses
• Responsible for the development of patient focused educational materials
• Responsible for organizing and driving the Medical Education and Internal Communication
activities at congresses, e.g. IME, RIME in collaboration with Ophthalmology Scientific
Communications Team (SCDs Ophthalmology)
• 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 iSquad, iMP and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. LCT)


• Responsible for assessment of medical value impact of the defined publication strategy
• Ensures consistent and value-based measurements of all medical education activities


• Maintains oversight of the key affiliate publications
• Post assessment of all training materials, this role is responsible for identifying the most
effective and impactful channels for both internal and external education

Grants and sponsorships
• Responsible for the review and the approval process for grants, sponsorships and donations with
educational intent related to assigned molecule/franchise

Advisory boards

• Provides input and/or leads advisory board plans for assigned molecules/franchise
• Leads and delivers presentations during advisory boards and/or dedicated sections related to
the relevant areas, e.g. publication and medical education in collaboration with crossfunctional
stakeholders (iSquad, iMP, pRED etc.)


• Responsible for budget planning and tracking of the respective areas/activities in close
collaboration with the Project Manager and iSquad Leader (iSL)

Vendor management

• Engages in regular prioritization, delegation and alignment discussions with vendors. Monitors
vendor performance based on cross-functional team assessments, aligned with procurement


• 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 the Ophthalmology
• Works with all relevant stakeholders to develop and implement the publications strategy as part
of the integrated communications strategy communications/publication team for the
Ophthalmolgy franchise
• Can serve as ad-hoc member at iMP

General information


  • Start date: 01.02.2019

  • End date: 31.01.2020

  • Extension: An extension is not planned yet, but is possible.

  • Work location: Basel

  • Workload: 100%

  • Department: MDAIB

  • Travelling: Not required.


Professional and technical requirements

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

Technical competencies


  • High ethical standards

  • Ability to demonstrate Roche 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

  • Medical affairs, clinical development or medical communications experience is preferred

  • Experience in preclinical/clinical research, pharmaceutical project management and/or product marketing experience is a plus

  • Experience in leading peer-reviewed publications or medical education/communications, in collaboration with scientific experts

  • 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).