Alexion Pharmaceuticals Director, Scientific Communications in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Director, Scientific Communications, leads the successful development and implementation of the global communications strategy, publications plan and medical education initiatives for the assigned therapeutic area franchise in alignment with Alexion brand and corporate strategies. The Director chairs the Global Publication Team and engages with cross-functional partners including research, medical, marketing, medical affairs and biostats. Develops collaborative and productive relationships with external investigators, thought leaders and authors. Oversees the timely execution of the publication plan leading to high quality and impactful scientific and clinical abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts and slide decks. Analyzes and interprets scientific and clinical data; reviews deliverables from direct reports and agencies for content and key messages as required. Identifies and supervises consultants and medical communication agencies.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead creation of the global communications strategy and publication plan for the therapeutic area franchise in accordance with the existing global brand strategies

  • Serve as Chair of Global Publication Team for assigned product(s) and indication(s)

  • Supervise timely execution of the publication plan to produce high quality, accurate and impactful deliverables including abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts and slide decks

  • Plan, develop and implement educational plan, and other scientific programs that communicate important information to the medical and scientific community. Also to include collaboration and involvement in scientific symposia.

  • Establish strong collaborative relationships and work in close partnership with other members of GMA (VP, Outcomes Research, Med Info, MSLs) and key stakeholders internally (product teams, clinical teams, biostats) and externally (e.g., opinion leaders, patient advocacy groups, professional societies)

  • Review publications, slide presentations and other scientific materials for content and positioning

  • Identify, screen, manage and supervise medical communications agency and manage all financial and contractual aspects of assigned projects

  • Participate in training and ensure compliance with Alexion Publication Policy

Essential Qualifications

  • Advanced degree: PhD, PharmD, or MD

  • 7-10 years of relevant experience in a Pharmaceutical company or Medical Communications agency

  • Strong experience in strategic publication planning (including scientific platforms), tactical publication planning and implementation, and the planning and development of medical educational materials

  • Ability to interpret and organize highly complex scientific data, including experience reviewing clinical trial data and output from statistical analysis programs

  • Must be skilled writer with demonstrated ability to write / review / edit / place scientific articles, abstracts, posters

  • Strong working knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines

  • Demonstrated experience in having a leadership role in designing scientific communications strategy and programs in alignment with corporate strategies.

  • Understanding of the clinical development process, especially clinical study and global health outcome data.

  • Ability to lead teams, including medical publications agencies, to plan, write and develop abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, slide decks and content for scientific and educational programs

  • Experience in working closely with KOLs and authors

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Background in hematology, nephrology, or neurology

  • Ability to travel (US and International) as necessary

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Life Science

  • Experience in planning and implementation of symposia and development medical education materials

  • CMPP / AMWA certification desired


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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime – like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a multinational biopharmaceutical company with approximately 2,500 dedicated employees serving patients in more than 50 countries through the innovation, development, and commercialization of life-changing therapies. As the global leader in complement biology, Alexion developed and commercializes the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). In addition, Alexion has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D). Our research efforts focus on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade, and our development efforts focus on our core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders.

Alexion’s aspiration is to be the most rewarding place to work, where people are empowered to make a difference and where diversity of backgrounds and ideas is encouraged. We are looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment to change the lives of patients with rare diseases. We hope you will consider joining our team.

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Alexion, please visit

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