Eli Lilly and Company

Publication Strategy and Execution

Indianapolis, IN, United States
Nov 22, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We're looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Scientific data and information are core assets of Lilly Medical. Providing balanced, objective, and accurate information to the scientific community, health care professionals, payers, and patients in a consistent and timely fashion across the entire drug development lifecycle is fundamental to Lilly.

You will be responsible for supervising a team of writers, managing a book of work, and developing Scientific Disclosure (SD) strategies and plans. You will draw upon information from multiple sources to lead the asset team in developing SD strategic and tactical plans that ensure effective dissemination of scientific information. This is accomplished by collaborating, leading, and influencing medical leaders across Global Medical Affairs, Global Patient Outcomes/Real World Evidence, Global Clinical Development, Preclinical Development as well as commercial colleagues as appropriate. This also includes being a core member of the Launch Excellence Network and the GSC lead in the integrated planning approach (IPA). The Publication Consultant builds, manages, and leverages these dynamic strategic plans in alignment with overall company-wide strategies for an asset or therapeutic area(s). The Publication Lead will collaborate with GSC Launch Capability Advisor to ensure standard methodologies across the function
Scientific Disclosure Strategy Development
  • Leads the development of the SD strategy for an asset or portfolio, providing effective and novel publication strategies for the team.
  • Carefully studies and crafts/maintains expertise on the publication environment (and other communication channels), including monitoring congresses/journals and competitor publication strategies/activities within disease state/area of responsibility.
  • Identifies gaps and opportunities for disclosure, and provides recommendations to the team.
  • Engages with customers, opinion leaders, patient advocacy groups, professional societies/medical associations, and publishers.
  • Builds close, cross-functional relationships with development/medical affairs and other communications experts within Lilly. Collaborates and advises asset teams on publication strategy, planning, execution and best practices for launches.
  • Uses external and internal insights to identify emerging trends, needs, and requirements to inform, develop, and refine GSC and Lilly launch and publication strategies.
  • Ensures consistency of regional/affiliate publication strategies.
  • Identifies synergies and drives for alignment across portfolio when indications overlap.
  • Works independently to integrate input from senior management, resolve conflicting input, and incorporate multiple needs and strategies into a publication plan that is acceptable to all parties and compliant with industry guidelines.
  • Facilitates the planning of high-quality publications that withstand the scrutiny of peer review.
  • Functions independently as a decision-maker on publication-related issues.
  • Effectively and diplomatically interacts with Lilly Leadership and external authors/experts and journal editors.
  • Finds opportunities for alignment with other departments/vendors and forms those alliances.
  • Builds positive relationships with Global R&D, Marketing, Market Access/GPORWE and other groups.
  • May represent GSC in due diligence activities.
  • Collaborates with Alliance Management to formulate publication/disclosure charters for alliance partner products, as applicable.
  • Contributes to, or leads if assigned, regional publication strategy.
Portfolio Management/Delivery
  • Responsible for management/delivery of overall book of work for assigned area.
  • Develops and executes sourcing plans to ensure seamless delivery of asset plan and priorities.
  • Collaborates with functional management/capabilities leadership to ensure alignment of business planning and operations, coordinating across and developing alliances with therapeutic areas, phases of development, and geographies.
  • Adjusts work plan based on shifting priorities using effective change control.
  • Leads and directs internal and external team members in achieving team goals.
  • Partners with other GSC leads to ensure consistent communication and appropriate sourcing strategies are in place in support of overall delivery of portfolio.
  • Partners in the selection process and may manage relationship for preferred vendors.
  • Regularly reports results of team activities to leadership and partners.
People Management and Development
  • Recruits, develops, and retains a strategic and operationally capable workforce skilled and knowledgeable in scientific communications.
  • Effectively builds and manages an agile organization that continuously meets the needs of a changing portfolio.
  • Builds an organizational culture that fosters inclusion and innovation.
  • Develops staff who demonstrate expertise in drug development, therapeutic area science, critical thinking, project management and cross-functional leadership.
  • Develops an organizational talent base that demonstrates discernment in decision-making.
  • Provides mentoring, training, and supervision to personnel.
  • Evaluates performance by reviewing documents, and attending writing team meetings, and recommends developmental actions for all assigned staff.
Subject Matter Expert
  • Leads development of new and emerging capabilities to support the effectiveness of the GSC organization transformation
  • Functions as authority on SD strategy, planning and execution, industry standards and guidelines, such as Good Publication Practices, ICMJE requirements, and PhRMA guidelines.
  • Provides publications expertise to other publication professionals and respective product project.
  • Analyzes and interprets new and updated industry guidelines for publication and disclosure of study results.
  • Partners with others, designs and creates training on publication practices for audiences within and outside of Global Scientific Communications.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and represents publications on committees and task forces.
  • In partnership with others, develops, implements, and updates Lilly publication policies, practices and tools (e.g., authorship, data disclosure, funding) and procedures that are compliant with industry guidelines.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in scientific, health, communications, or technology related field
  • 3 years of pharmaceutical medical writing or publication planning experience
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Experience leading launch activities
  • Experience leading others; proven ability to coach and develop others
  • Experience in leading/managing an asset or portfolio
  • Successful completion of writing exercise
  • Advanced degree (MA/MS, PharmD, PhD) preferred
  • Strong communication, including extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and publishing scientific materials and the ability to appraise scientific literature and raw data critically for potential development of new publications.
  • Possess strong strategic and analytical thinking to develop, defend, and implement SD strategic and tactical plans
  • Possess scientific understanding and knowledge to be an effective partner with Medical and Early Phase/Pre-Clinical units in developing SD Plans.
  • Experience with effective partnering in developing SD plans.
  • Supervisory experience or experience leading others.
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Knowledge of scientific, statistical, and research principles and guidelines
  • Demonstrated ability to identify gaps and develop publication strategies
  • Knowledge of publication management software/tools
  • Excellent organizational, business, and communication skills

Additional Information
  • Location: Based at Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis
  • Travel: 20%
  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status