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Director, Brand Communications, Oncology – (Gaithersburg, MD)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

Location: Gaithersburg,
United States
Job reference: R-013760

Posted date: Sep. 07, 2017

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Director, Brand Communications, Oncology, in Gaithersburg, MD, 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 Director, Brand Communications, is a strategic communications role supporting one or more of our US Oncology franchise heads and reporting to the Head of Corporate Affairs, Oncology. This role will develop US Oncology franchise-level external and internal communications strategies and plans, including: brand public relations, media, internal communications, advocacy, corporate reputation, policy and medical communications. This role will serve on a franchise leadership team(s), representing Corporate Affairs. This ideal candidate possesses a good blend of strategic planning, know-how in stakeholder engagement, and strong communication skills and experiences to collaborate and engage with others, and execute against communications strategies that deliver results for the business.

In this exciting role, you will have the opportunity to provide strategic communications counsel to Oncology franchise head(s) and develop and deliver robust public relations strategies and plans for a portfolio of brands, while ensuring brand communication strategies are integrated with each other, across US Oncology, AstraZeneca’s Oncology Business Unit and the broader business. You will oversee all external communications for a portfolio of Oncology brands, identify opportunities for Brand Communications, and Corporate Affairs as a function, to help support the US Oncology portfolio, advance the business. You’ll protect and enhance the reputation of AstraZeneca brands and AstraZeneca businesses through delivery and implementation of AstraZeneca approach to brand issues management, in close collaboration with commercial and science leaders, Legal and Regulatory and other communication groups. You will have the chance to collaborate regularly and effectively with colleagues in Marketing, Medical, Legal, Compliance and Regulatory functions to deliver Corporate Affairs initiatives as well as Corporate Affairs counsel into other functions’ initiatives, while increasing internal and external understanding and awareness of US Oncology brands and initiatives while ensuring these efforts link back to business’ overall strategic goals. In addition, you will serve as liaison with PR Agencies, Digital / Social Agencies, you will write / edit materials to be used internally and externally to help tell the US Oncology story in an engaging and appropriate manner, and you’ll participate in brand leadership meetings providing strong strategic communications counsel to internal clients.


Essential Requirements

  • BS in Marketing, Communications or related field
  • At least 7-10 years’ experience in public relations, corporate affairs, communications or related field
  • Understanding of Public Relations or Communications in a number of brands and at different stages of the lifecycle
  • Excellent writing skills and media relations skills (including strategy)
  • Ability to identify opportunities and challenges and solve them / capitalize on them
  • Understanding of strategic use of social and digital media
  • Ability to navigate complex and matrixed organizations
  • Amenable to after-hours work and weekend responsibilities.
Desirable Requirements
  • Substantial experience in healthcare communications
  • Experience supporting Oncology products or businesses
  • Experience operating in a large corporation with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Budget management experience
  • Understanding of mid- to large-sized PR agency
  • Understanding of marketing principles and its application within communications / Corporate Affairs

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.