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Scientific Communications Director

Posted on Mar 17, 2019 by Hobson Prior

Basel-Stadt, Basel-Stadt Switzerland
Research & Development
11 Mar 2019
Annual Salary
Hobson Prior is working with an excellent multinational healthcare company, that is seeking a skilled Scientific Communications Director, you will be based in the desirable area of Basel, Switzerland. This is a chance to join a top healthcare organisation who provide an innovative range of diagnostic solutions and medicines. This Scientific Communications role will oversee stakeholder collaboration about scientific communications strategy development.


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 influences
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 Strategy
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 Execution
Plans and drives the publication activities, e.g. submissions to peer reviewed journals, scientific and medical education activities at congresses

Key Skills

High ethical standards
Ability to demonstrate company 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 analysing 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


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

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