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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Publications Leader in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Title: Publications Leader

Location: Cambridge, UK | Gaithersburg, US | Wilmington, US | Gothenburg, Sweden

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. Each and every one of us believes that science has the ability to change lives and that to deliver this takes many people with many skill sets. When we deliver a life-changing medicine, that success comes from the combined efforts of all of our people. As a Global Publications Leader, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Publications Leader has direct accountability for the development and execution of global strategic publication plans for communicating results from clinical studies and non-clinical evidence sources. As part of this role the Publications Leader engages and collaborates with internal colleagues and external experts, investigators, journals, conference organizers and external bodies to deliver strategic global publication and communication activities. The role also collaborates effectively with regional and country affiliates to develop and maintain integrated external scientific communications plans for regional and local healthcare professionals, payers, and patients. The Publications Leaders are further responsible for ensuring ethical compliance with AZ policy and external publication guidelines of the publications plans and deliverables, and they ensure that all publications represent transparent and fairly balanced communications that enhance the Company’s external scientific reputation.

As the Publications Leader, you will also lead cross-functional project team meetings; collaborate effectively with publication managers in local markets or regions to ensure publication activities are captured and aligned with the global publication plans while still meeting the local needs of each market; ensure all publication activities meet with AstraZeneca, external publication standards, and transparency requirements and that all AZ internal stakeholders are adequately involved in their approval; lead and deliver publication advisory boards where necessary for strategic input to the brand in collaboration with MALs and medical colleagues; lead the development of medical, scientific vocabulary and terminology as needed in close collaboration with cross-functional colleagues; liaise with MALs and medical colleagues in an advisory capacity to align publications strategy and plans with the scientific exchange programs led by the MALs; consult on potential speakers and specific content as required; liaise with Medical Evidence Directors and Scientific Leads during the planning and execution of MEC studies; provide publications and external communications expertise, insight and input into the cross-functional product-related teams’ communications platforms and product planning phase and be the interface with medical and marketing company teams, as well as Alliance personnel for publication related updates and activities; and provide publications expertise and insight to develop effective operating models and build effective relationships with Alliance partners as required by the business needs.

Additionally as a Publications Leader, you will forecast and secure resources necessary for timely and cost-effective delivery of publication plans and activities; lead the AstraZeneca RFP process in conjunction with procurement to select medical communication agencies or contract freelancers; manage the output, compliance and budget as per contract terms for medical communication agencies or contract freelancers responsible for key publication plan deliverables; manage the development, review and compliance documentation for responsible publications plan, including the publication compliance tracking tool, Datavision; provide publications metrics for responsible Therapeutic Area or product to the Publications Director and act upon publication metrics for the measurement of compliance and external reputation; drive the innovation and adoption of new publication guidelines, standards and technologies as appropriate for product-related activities; contribute to the development of the publications skills group, sharing best practices and lead major projects for the skills group when required; keep up to date on external environment, with respect to publishing; and lead the publications risk mitigation procedure.

Essential Requirements

  • Relevant post-graduate degree

  • Demonstrated experience in medical communications gained through working in the pharmaceutical industry or a medical communications agency

  • Demonstrated project management experience

  • Broad understanding of drug development process

  • Demonstrated performance, budget, and resource management skills in a global organization

  • Excellent leadership and project management skills to deliver in a complex multidisciplinary environment

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with external experts, investigators, journal editors and publishers and professional bodies

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple stakeholders and projects to within budget

  • Flexibility and adaptability to manage long-term activities in a constantly changing internal and external environment

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience of working globally, cross-culturally and cross-functionally

  • Strong therapeutic knowledge in diabetes, cardiovascular and renal disease areas with proven ability to adapt quickly to other therapeutic specialities

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