Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Associate Director Medical Communications, Immunoscience

Princeton, NJ, United States
Jun 22, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
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The Medical Publications organization's mission is to support the development of high quality medical publications to ensure clear, scientific communication of BMS data enabling the safe, appropriate use of and access to BMS medicines. The primary responsibility of the Immunoscience Medical Communications Associate Director will be to lead the development and execution of a comprehensive, globally aligned, strategic medical communication plan across the BMS Immunoscience Portfolio, with a focus on Orencia.


Accountable for ensuring the clear, accurate and scientifically rigorous scientific communication of BMS information that informs the medical community. This role will report to the Publications Lead (Director), Immunoscience

Translate medical strategies and objectives into an actionable comprehensive globally-aligned long-term strategic publication plan

Work collaboratively across the matrix and Medical Capabilities to ensure the success of BMS medical communications (i.e. strategically aligned publications and content plans, timely journal submissions/publications, congress presentations, scientific content)

Implement effective and consistent strategies for engaging external expertise (e.g. Publication Steering Committees) to advise and shape publication plan strategy

Work across Medical Capabilities and other stakeholders to obtain critical insights, ensuring development of strategic and scientifically differentiating medical communications that are relevant and applicable globally

Demonstrate expertise in the disease area, medical strategies and objectives necessary to provide relevant input on matters related to medical communications

Ensure endorsement of publication plan by governance bodies prior to execution; continuously evolve plan in conjunction with scientific landscape

Engage and effectively align across a broad range of internal stakeholders (Development Team, Clinical Development, Translational Medicine, Global Biostatistics, and Market teams, Health Outcomes and Alliance/Clinical collaboration stakeholders) to facilitate decision making during medical communication planning and execution process

Communicate timely publication updates and metrics to Global Medical, Clinical Development, Development Team and other stakeholders to facilitate ongoing functional and regional planning and inform dependencies

Review publication drafts ensuring clear, accurate and scientifically rigorous scientific communications which are aligned and consistent with author direction, scientific communication platform and key communication points supported by data

Partner on execution of the scientific platform (abstracts, presentations and related scientific content) at assigned International and domestic congresses

Foster collaborative relationships with academic and clinical experts, publishers, medical associations and other relevant stakeholder groups

Effectively manage the author interface to ensure timely execution and delivery of publications serving as the primary point of contact and demonstrate excellence in speaker readiness

Employ innovative strategies and solutions in medical communication delivery, extending the scientific reach of evidence

Serve as the subject matter expert on publication-related matters involving the publication plan and as a publications point of contact for key stakeholders

Partner with Medical Communication Execution Leads to assess, plan and allocate resources to ensure timely delivery of high quality communications

Manage 3rd-party providers and independent contractors to ensure the timely delivery of quality publications

Promote and reinforce good publication practices and principles among authors and internal publication stakeholder community ensuring all medical publications are being authored, written and reviewed according to GPP3 and BMS processes


Advanced degree: PharmD, PhD or MD in a science subject with in-depth experience in publication planning management

A minimum of 5 years of experience within the pharmaceutical or related healthcare industry, in both a regional and global capacity; prior experiencein Medical Strategy is highly desirable

Expertise across all aspects of scientific publication strategy, planning and execution during all phases of drug development and commercialization process (investigational, registrational, pre and post-launch and marketed)

Certification as a Medical Publication Professional (CMPP) highly desirable

Scientific expertise in rheumatology and immunology is highly preferred

Experience working within a highly matrix environment across a wide range of functional areas (Medical, Health Outcomes, R&D, regulatory and legal teams)

Understanding of clinical trial design and execution, statistical methods and clinical trial data reporting requirements

Understanding of good publication practices and guidance (GPP3, ICMJE), Sunshine Act, Pharma Code of Conduct and other guidance related to post-marketing practices and scientific data communication

Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills as well as exceptional time management skills are required for this highly visible global position

Demonstrated track record of managing multiple, conflicting priorities in a rapidly evolving, fast paced, complex environment with successful outcomes

Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite applications and familiarity with publication management tools and systems (Datavision)

Ability to travel domestically and internationally approximately 15-20% of the time