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Director, Scientific Communications

Position Summary:

The Director Scientific Communications will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of MA Phase IV and Investigator Initiated Research (IIR); publications management, scientific content development, dossiers; and independent medical education functions at Achaogen. In addition, the individual serves as a member of the Medical Affairs Leadership Team.


Essential Functions:

  • Serve as the initial point of contact with the Medical Science team or clinical investigators related to IIR proposals
  • Coordinate the IIR review process including participating, presenting and leading discussions at IIR review meetings
  • Identify and develop relationships with key research networks and/or collaborative groups of strategic importance
  • Lead the strategy, development and implementation of a corporate publication plan
  • Collaborate with colleagues in MA and other departments in the development of slide decks and other key scientific communications utilized by externally facing functions for scientific communications
  • Coordinate the development and updating of product dossiers
  • Establish an independent medical education strategy and budget, develop and maintain a proposal submission pathway, and facilitate a cross-functional review
  • Develop and manage team members, including hiring, talent management, succession planning and performance management.
  • Ensure training and development of team members, and work to identify and provide formal and informal training for other stakeholders for other stakeholders regarding Scientific Communications compliance and processes.
  • Forecast and propose resource allocation plans as well as manage resources within budget.
  • Establish collaborative working relationships with functions outside of MA including, but not limited to: Clinical Development; Regulatory Affairs; Portfolio & Project Management; Finance; HR; Legal; Drug Safety; and Commercial to optimize the financial, technical, compliance, and strategic management of key functional areas.

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in a corporate setting with an emphasis on Medical Affairs
  • An in-depth understanding or experience with Phase I – IV drug development
  • Proficient in GPP (Good Publications Practice) and IIR (Investigator Initiated Research) guidance
  • Demonstrated familiarity with key standards, guidelines and practices, ACCME, ICMJE, PharmaCode, FDA CFR 21 as well as legal standards applicable to this area of practice
  • Previous experience in publications, medical information or as a field medical science liaison is a plus
  • Experience working with commercial or brand teams


Preferred Education:

  • Typically requires an advanced degree such as PharmD, MD, or PhD with experience in Infectious Disease


Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Strong communication, presentation and business partnering ability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong customer relationships
  • Able to effectively handle multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a positive, collaborative manner
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Proficient in various communication / collaboration platforms including Gmail, Google Calendar, Slack, Hangout, Box, Google Docs and SharePoint
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive
  • Current US work authorization required
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
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