Sr Manager, R&D Communications

Horizon Therapeutics
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Job Details

  • Location: Reston, VA, 22090
  • Date Posted: 2022-08-02
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Category: Admin/Clerical
  • Req Number: R0003930
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Working at Horizon is more than a job - it's personal. For us, success is measured by the numbers that matter most - the number of lives we touch, the number we change and those we work tirelessly to help save. We're a team of agile, out-of-the-box thinkers who are inspired to do more because we know we're a part of something bigger. We strive to build meaningful careers at a company whose values we share because when we live up to our potential, we help others live up to theirs.

Position Summary:

The senior manager, R&D communications will manage the development and implementation of communications initiatives supporting Horizon's pipeline focused on developing medicines for rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory disease. This role will contribute to efforts to evolve and expand a compelling scientific narrative in close collaboration with their colleagues, with clear messages and sharp proof points to help elevate our science, innovation and scientists.

Responsibilities include working closely with the senior director, R&D communications - as well as across functions (e.g. regulatory, investor relations, medical, business development) - to develop and execute communications plans and strategies. In addition, this role will manage planning and preparing internal and external communications of key scientific and clinical data.

  • Develop and implement communications strategies that support R&D business objectives and initiatives in collaboration with the clinical development, translational science and research teams.
  • Work with senior R&D leadership to expand scientific communications strategic thinking and identify growth opportunities.
  • Identify external opportunities to amplify the company's R&D strategy/approach and key leaders.
  • Lead the development of content related to clinical development programs and scientific milestones , including messaging and materials (FAQs, press releases, presentations, etc.) for various audiences, internally and externally.
  • Manage the development of multimedia content elevating R&D activities; direct agency development of content and manage multiple layers of review and distribution.
  • Collaborate with corporate communications team to integrate R&D-related initiatives into corporate communications efforts such as:
    • Employee communications, including employee intranet site
    • External communications, including and several social media platforms

Qualifications and Skills Required :
  • Advanced degree (MS, PhD) in a biological science or related field required.
  • 6-8 years of experience in a pharma/healthcare scientific communications role.
  • Deep understanding of the drug development process and prior experience in the biopharmaceutical industry (either public relations agency or in-house biotechnology or pharmaceutical company) strongly preferred .
  • Demonstrated pharma/healthcare content development strategy and execution experience.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities, establishing and maintaining effective and efficient channels of communication with new media and opinion leaders.
  • Experience managing contractors and external agencies.
  • Self-motivated with outstanding interpersonal, team, and collaboration skills.
  • Innovative thinker with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action-oriented plans and developing/implementing new creative initiatives.
  • Proven ability to translate complex data into consumer-facing messages and materials.
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills aimed at executives and a variety of audiences.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Requires approximately 20% travel, including some overnight commitments.

Horizon Core Values & Competencies:

  • Manages Ambiguity
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Demonstrates Self-awareness
  • Cultivates Innovation
  • Develops Talent

  • Drives Results
  • Ensures Accountability
  • Decision Quality

  • Courage
  • Collaboration
  • Instills Trust

Horizon requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated, as a condition of employment, with either Pfizer (fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (currently granted emergency-use authorization by the FDA). "Fully vaccinated" is defined as two weeks after your final dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Horizon will provide medical and religious accommodations as required by law.

Horizon Therapeutics plc does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is our intention that all qualified applications are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. Any individual, who, because of a disability, needs accommodation or assistance in completing this application or at any time during the application process, should contact the Human Resources Department.