Director, Scientific Communications (Global Publications)

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Nov 16, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as the Director, Scientific Communications (Global Publications) within Global Medical Affairs - Kite.This role will lead multiple publication planning teams and partner with internal and external subject matter experts and investigators to lead the publication strategy for key tactics including congress abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts. This role will also oversee development of key Scientific Platforms, conduct gap analyses, and identify appropriate target audiences. This role will be expected to apply good publication practices and help lead adherence to established publication processes. The Director, Scientific Communications will work cross-functionally with clinical development, bio statistics, translational and key business partners to execute on tactics consistent with overall in-line and pipeline strategy. This position will report to the Senior Director of Global Medical Affairs - Kite.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
  • Achieve subject matter expertise in Cell Therapy to lead multiple cross-functional, Global Publication Planning Team (GPPT) strategies in alignment with early- and late-stage subject matter experts, Product and Portfolio Management teams, and alliance partners to publish high-impact scientific and medical data
  • Prioritize, execute, review, and edit key GPPT tactics consisting of congress abstracts and presentations and peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Coordinate medical writing with internal and external medical writers to ensure timely delivery and submission of publications
  • Develop standard operating protocols related to publication practices
  • Establish and maintain effective intellectual partnerships with scientific and medical Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and healthcare professionals (HCPs) with travel to scientific conferences as needed
  • Guide and oversee medical writers, editors, project managers, publication vendors, draft budgets, and
  • Analyze, interpret, and communicate scientific and medical insights to internal and external stakeholders, including leading the annual GPPT Summit, leading Data Review Meetings and Scientific and Medical Communication training's, developing content for scientific Advisory Boards, Investigator Meetings, and Scientific Exchange/Gap Analysis events

Basic Qualifications:
  • Doctorate degree (Pharm D, MD, PhD ) and 8+ years of experience in industry, including publication planning OR
  • Master's degree and 10+ years of experience in industry, including publication planning OR
  • Bachelor's degree and 12+ years of experience in industry, including publication planning OR
  • High school degree and 16+ years of experience in industry, including publication planning

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Pharmacy, medicine, or life science degree preferred
  • Medical Affairs, medical communications, medical writing or medical information experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, communication, and collaborative skills with individuals, groups, and senior management (internal and external)
  • Ability to write/edit scientific manuscripts, posters and abstracts with a medically strategic mindset
  • Ability to create and edit basic medical illustrations
  • Working knowledge of Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Translational Research, Research, Legal, Intellectual Property, Biometrics, and Regulatory functions; pre- and post-launch experience
  • Ability to lead and work across multi-disciplinary groups and to lead decision-making discussions
  • Expert knowledge of and compliance with all relevant guidelines (GPP3, ICMJE), laws, industry standard best practices, and corporate policies.
  • Ability to work under challenging deadlines with key stakeholders
  • Clinical experience in hematology/oncology and/or immuno-oncology
  • People management experience
  • Up to 20% travel including weekends


Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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