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Associate Scientific Publications Director  

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 Astellas is announcing an Associate Scientific Publications Director opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

 Purpose & Scope of Position:

The Associate Scientific Publications Director is responsible for supporting data communication through high quality peer-reviewed publications that extend medical community, patient and other stakeholders' knowledge of Astellas products, therapy areas and business. The incumbent will work within a matrix environment to support development of globally aligned publication plans and English-language publication activities for assigned products.

 Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Works under the guidance of the Director, Scientific Publications TA Lead, supporting translation of medical strategies and objectives into actionable publication plans for assigned compounds/products
  • Cooperates and collaborates within matrix teams across the organization at global as well as regional level
  • Responsible for timely execution of the publication plan included in the Core Medical Plans approved at the Core Medical Team (CMT) level
  • Responsible for vendor management
  • Reviews draft publications for content quality and support by data, to ensure alignment and consistency with author direction, and with company policy and SOPs
  • Responsible for achievement of budget objectives and project goals within department priorities
  • Develops and revises publication plan in line with approved medical strategies for the assigned compound/product, data availability, changes in the scientific, regulatory and access landscapes globally and in markets of interest
  • Gains endorsement of annual publication plan by governance bodies per company process prior to plan execution
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with academic and clinical experts, publishers, medical associations and other relevant stakeholder groups
  • Supports cross-functional global alignment across a broad range of key internal stakeholders as per company process(CMTs, GDPTs, Health Outcomes & Alliance stakeholders)
  • Demonstrates understanding of disease area, medical strategies and objectives required to provide input to leaders on matters related to publication planning and data disclosure

 Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Leads development, implementation and updates of robust publications plans for assigned compounds/products
  • Manages associated budget, including monthly reporting of actual expenditure and quarterly updates to forecast
  • Manages vendor and ensures monthly reporting of activity status
  • Provides input for associated metrics to fulfill internal reporting requirements

 Organizational Context:

  •  Reports to the Director, Scientific Publications TA Lead
  • Liaises with Director-level Medical leaders within Medical Affairs including HEOR, Development including DDR, Global, Region and Affiliate teams
  • Core Member of compound/product-related matrix teams (CMT and GPST); member of Alliance joint Teams where appropriate



Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in a scientific or medical discipline (such as PharmD, PhD, MD)
  • At least 5 years' experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare or related industry (such as experience in publication management; pertinent academic or clinical research, or medical or technical writing experience combined with project management skills). At least 3 years' experience within Scientific Publications.
  • Understands and adheres to relevant guidelines (such as , company policy and SOPs ICMJE, GPP3,IFPMA and Pharma Code of Conduct Sunshine Act and European Transparency and Privacy Laws, ) in a compliance driven environment
  • Outstanding interpersonal, time management, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities with successful outcomes
  • Demonstrated capability in publication project management combined with medical or technical writing, editing and review skills, with outstanding attention to detail
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with publication management tools and systems
  • Demonstrated track record of working in a matrix environment
  • Understanding of non-clinical and clinical research including clinical trial design and execution, statistical methods and clinical trial data reporting requirements
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision making skills

 Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Experience managing publications in a global environment
  • Ability to function effectively on a strategic as well as tactical basis
  • Past scientific experience in relevant therapeutic area



Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Type Full-time
Location IL, Northbrook
Category Medical Affairs

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