Director, Scientific Communication Strategy

Job title: Director, Scientific Communication Strategy

Company: Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Job description: Job Description

The Director, Medical Communications will be responsible for the development of disease

state/program communication strategy, multi-channel plans (including publication plans) and all

related materials. This includes the development of all medical content (booth and symposia) and

reporting for top tiered congress. This role will collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders to

ensure the development of a robust communication strategy that is based on insights and unmet

medical needs. This work is critical in ensuring that communications are aligned throughout the

company and pulled through all material development. As a people manager within the organization,

this role may have financial accountabilities and human resource responsibilities for assigned staff.

Key responsibilities:

  • Leads the development of the Global Scientific Communication Strategy
  • Leads the development of the multi-channel plan including the publication plan, the congress plan

and any digital initiatives to support innovative communications

  • Oversees the development of all enduring communication materials including global scientific

platform, global slide library, lexicon and the scientific narrative for the disease state

  • For pipeline disease states, oversees/leads the development of training materials, slide decks and


  • Oversees or leads/co-leads the development of all medical content and reporting for top tiered


  • Co-Leads the Cross-Functional Disease State Medical Meeting
  • Partners closely with the regional medical teams for the development of medical content including

congress materials

  • Ensures alignment of medical communications and publications plans within the overall medical

brand and development plan

  • Partners with clinical development groups to develop and maintain timely and relevant disease

state/program knowledge

  • Maintains KPIs and metrics for all medical communication work
  • Plans and tracks all aspects of the medical communications budget, including managing vendor


  • Assists in the development/enhancement and implementation of policies, procedures, and

processes for the department

  • Develops and mentors assigned staff
  • As a people manager within the organization, may have financial accountabilities and human

resource responsibilities for assigned staff.

Key requirements:

  • Doctorate level, advanced degree (PharmD, M.D. or Ph.D.)
  • Extensive experience doing similar role and strong supervisory/management experience,

or the equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated leadership and experience in scientific communication framework and impactful

materials development

  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills to influence others internally/externally
  • Ability to think broadly about scientific communications and the impact on materials
  • Expert in health communication principles and knowledge of how to pull through material


  • Proven experience in formally and informally teaching and mentoring team members on digital and

health communications principles and how to implement in relevant work

  • Strategic mindset and demonstrated experience of effective collaboration between (and within)

medical and other departments including commercial, compliance, corporate communications,

patient advocacy and R&D

  • Proven leadership capabilities, ability to work within complex matrixes and without functional


  • Capable of setting priorities, dealing with ambiguity and remaining focused on goals
  • Ability to manage vendors
  • People/team management experience and demonstrated ability to serve as a mentor/coach
  • Experience in developing an impactful scientific communication strategy and multi-channel plans

with KPIs and metrics

  • Experience in developing and implementing innovative strategies and deliverables to effectively

communicate data and narratives

  • Relevant medical communications and/or publications experience.

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at

Expected salary:

Location: Boston, MA

Job date: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:57:00 GMT

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