Associate Director, Medical Communication

Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 09, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

The primary responsibility of the Associate Director, Global Medical Communication will lead the development and oversee the execution of the cystic fibrosis disease and portfolio medical communication plan.
He/she is responsible for overseeing the strategic execution of publication plan and the development of medical communication materials, including but not limited to field medical slide decks and frequently asked questions. The individual will work to ensure projects are resourced adequately and are tracking to the requested deadlines. Oversight of the publication plan (abstracts, presentations and manuscripts) will also the responsibility of the Associate Director, ensuring scientific integrity and balance.   The Manager will also need to understand the needs of healthcare community and the education gaps that are important/prioritized to address with the materials being generated. The position will report into the Senior Director, Medical Communications within the Global Medical Communications team.
• Lead development and oversee the execution of the strategic publication plan and ensure compliance with good publication practices
• Ensure the development and content of all materials are aligned to the product/disease scientific platform and work to incorporate feedback from the cross-functional review and approval team.
• Manage direct report
• Ability to think broadly about scientific communications and the impact on materials
• Ability to develop collaborative relationships with internal colleagues including GMA leadership
• Liaise with publications and clinical development groups to develop and maintain timely and relevant product expertise
• Perform critical analysis and synthesis of internal/external data
• Assists in the development/enhancement and implementation of policies, procedures, and processes for the department
• Ability to be independent, multitask and results oriented with hands-on attitude in a fast-paced and energetic environment

Minimum Qualifications
• Advanced degree, doctorate level (PharmD, M.D. or Ph.D.) preferred but not required
• 3-5 years of relevant Medical Communications or Publications experience  
• Medical Affairs Pharmaceutical Industry Experience  
• Ability to work on multidisciplinary teams 
• Excellent written and communication skills

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases. 

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and offices around the world. For several consecutive years, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the Company, please visit 

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