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Senior Manager, Science Communications - BPD

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-067492 Date posted 01/10/2020

The Senior Manager, Science Engagement supporting the BioPharmaceutical Development (BPD), Antibody Discovery & Protein Enginnering (ADPE) and Microbial Sciences (MS) organizations will;

  • Work closely with the leadership teams of these functions to develop and support both internal and external communications campaigns
  • Act as an expert communications resource for these organizations
  • Support the successful planning and delivery of communications for various science events held at AstraZeneca’s Gaithersburg Maryland site 
  • Work closely with the broader BioPharmaceuticals R&D and Oncology R&D communications teams to plan and deliver broader R&D communications campaigns

This role will report to the head of Business Planning and Operations of the BioPharmaceutical Development (BPD) organization. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works directly with the SVPs/VPs and their Business Planning and Operations leaders with content and development of material for internal and external engagements, including Town Halls    
  • Drives and facilitates communications campaigns for these functions on internal communications platforms with a focus on the Nucleus and Workplace platforms   
  • Liaise with functional leadership teams to develop strategic communications for priority projects
  • Drives the development and delivery of scientific communications related to external publications
  • Serve as the point person responsible for inputs from these functions to the BioPharmaceuticals R&D and Oncology R&D communications teams

Education: 

  • Bachelors degree and 8+ years of experience in corporate or public healthcare communications.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Excellent written, presentation and verbal communication skills in English
  • A demonstrated ability to engage and collaborate across organizational boundaries with a problem-solving attitude and delivery focus
  • Strong influencing, networking and team working skills
  • Experience supporting senior executives who lead large complex organizations
  • Strong skills / experience with Microsoft Office applications (with an emphasis on MS Word and MS Power Point)
  • A solid working knowledge of pharmaceutical R&D and the pharmaceutical industry in general  
  • A proven track record of delivering tasks in a timely manner
  • A proven track record of delivering high quality communications deliverables

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scientific degree in a field relevant to pharmaceutical research and development or advanced degree in a communication related field
  • Prior experience supporting communications for a pharmaceutical R&D organization
  • Experience with corporate social media tools including Facebook’s Workplace platform



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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