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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Director, US Communications in Boston, Massachusetts

This position can be based from Boston, MA or be remote/virtual, based anywhere within the United States and may require up to 20% travel to existing Alexion sites.

Position Summary

The Director of US Communications leads all external and internal communications for the U.S. commercial organization. The role reports into the Vice President of Global External Communications, based in Boston, and is closely connected to the Global Product Team within Corporate Communications.

The role is responsible for strategic leadership and tactical execution of U.S. communications programs, in partnership with cross-functional leaders and communication team members. The Director, US Communications provides key counsel to the U.S. Leadership Team and supports executive communications and thought leadership for the Senior Vice President, US Commercial Operations and the Chief Commercial and Global Operations Officer. In-depth knowledge of the Company’s global business is a fundamental requirement of the position, especially as it relates to product and portfolio scientific / technical specifications, data and pipeline, and the corporate brand and culture.

The role also includes oversight and execution of key internal communications initiatives, in partnership with the Global Internal Communications team, as well as strategy and operational counsel to the Global External Communications team.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead internal, external and executive communications for the U.S. commercial business.

  • Partner with colleagues in Global Product Communications, Internal Communications, Corporate Communications and Executive Communications, as well as agency and cross-functional partners, to ensure the U.S. voice is represented in the global communications team.

  • Coordinate with U.S. leadership on individual issues, needs and opportunities.

  • Create high-level deliverable materials (e.g. internal memos, newsletters, key messages, Q&A) and maintain with regular updates over time as needed.

  • Help raise the profile of Alexion’s U.S. leadership as well ensure they are armed and on-message to communicate about the Company and key issues, in coordination with colleagues across Global Corporate Communications.

  • Contribute to the corporate social media activity.

  • Instigate, respond to, oversee and/or directly manage internal communications programs.

  • Represent Corporate Communications on U.S. Leadership Team.

  • Serve on External Communications Leadership team and oversee key strategy, KPIs/reporting and key operational activities for Global External Communications team.

  • Travel as needed across the U.S. for Alexion-related business.

H/she may be asked to perform other function-related activities in addition to the above mentioned responsibilities as reasonably required by business needs.

Qualifications

  • 12+ years of work experience in a healthcare communications setting

  • Extensive experience with internal communications and supporting the communications and thought leadership of senior executives

  • Strong knowledge of different regulatory environments for pharmaceuticals and rare disease/orphaned drugs in particular

  • Proven ability to partner across functions and work in a matrixed organization

  • Very strong writing skills with attention to detail on scientific, complex or technical subjects

  • Experience in managing communications in sensitive, and crisis, situations

  • Strong experience in managing print, video and web engagement and production

  • Strong digital and social media skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Experience in managing budgets

  • Ambitions to assume a leadership position

  • Exemplary work ethic

  • Ability to work independently

  • Strong interpersonal skills and integrity

  • Willingness to take risks and innovate

  • Comfort in a fast-moving environment with frequent changes in scope or direction of projects

Education

  • BA/BS required; Communications major preferred, others considered depending on background

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Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the extraordinary opportunity to change lives. At Alexion, such opportunities arise through our unwavering mission to serve patients and families affected by rare diseases. These patients are our guiding star, and we act with integrity, urgency, and discipline because we know their lives are at stake.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. As a leader in rare diseases for more than 25 years, Alexion has developed and commercializes two approved complement inhibitors to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), as well as the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat anti-acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody-positive generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Alexion also has two highly innovative enzyme replacement therapies for patients with life-threatening and ultra-rare metabolic disorders, hypophosphatasia (HPP) and lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) as well as the first and only approved Factor Xa inhibitor reversal agent. In addition, the company is developing several mid-to-late-stage therapies, including a copper-binding agent for Wilson disease, an anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) antibody for rare Immunoglobulin G (IgG)-mediated diseases and an oral Factor D inhibitor as well as several early-stage therapies, including one for light chain (AL) amyloidosis, a second oral Factor D inhibitor and a third complement inhibitor. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders and cardiology. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com.

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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