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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Senior Manager, Global Scientific Communications, HPP in Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Sr Manager, Scientific Communications, provides support to the Associate Director/Director for the development and execution of the global scientific communications publications plan for the assigned franchise and product(s). The Sr Manager is responsible for the communication of scientific and clinical findings to external audiences. Engages with internal stakeholders that include research, medical, marketing, biostats and medical affairs, as well as external authors, investigators, publishers, and medical communications agencies. The Sr Manager drives the timely execution of the publication plan by writing, reviewing, editing, revising high quality abstracts, posters, oral presentations and manuscripts of clinical data and placing them at appropriate congresses and impactful journals, respectively. Support the AD/Director in the identify analyses, and help communicate the interpretation of the data. . Supports and implements, as appropriate, the medical education plan within the disease area. Lead the development of pre- and post-congress reporting, including the internal communication/education of the Alexion data being presented at congresses. Conducts literature searches and interprets scientific literature, and provides assessment of competitor papers, posters and other materials.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Support the Associate Director/Director of Scientific Communications in the development of a comprehensive strategic publication plan and ensure implementation for the assigned franchise and product(s)

  • Responsible for the planning, writing, revising and placing of abstracts, posters, manuscripts, as appropriate, from Alexion sponsored clinical trials

  • Develop high-quality scientific content by means of all necessary research, scientific writing, editing, and fact-checking, to meet deadlines while working within project scope and objectives

  • Manage and track the publication plan to ensure its timely execution

  • Direct, as needed, external medical communications agencies to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget, holding regular status calls

  • Work with external authors, investigators and thought leaders on abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, review articles and slide decks

  • Coordinate internal and external reviews and collate reviewers’ comments; ensure review and approval of publications in accordance with Alexion Policy and Processes

  • Analyze, interpret, and summarize scientific and clinical data; identify appropriate publication and presentation forums for the data

  • Assist Associate Director/Director in the development, coordination and execution of medical education strategies such as symposia and CME activities, including agenda development, review of content, slide review and speaker management

  • Conduct literature searches and interpret scientific literature for internal stakeholders, including competitor assessments


  • 1-3 years post-graduate experience

  • Pharmaceutical company or Medical Communications, preferred

  • Experience in publication planning and implementation, planning and executing CME programs and symposia, and developing medical education materials an advantage

  • Ability to work with teams and/or agencies to plan and develop abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, slide decks and content for scientific and educational programs

  • Must be skilled writer with demonstrated ability to write / review / edit / place scientific articles, abstracts, posters

  • Ability to interpret and organize highly complex scientific data, including experience reviewing clinical trial data and output from statistical analysis programs

  • Experience in working closely with KOLs and authors

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and collaborative interpersonal skills

  • Strong working knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines (GPP3, ICMJE)

  • Must have strong project management skills and ability to successfully manage assignments on time with high quality

  • Advanced computer and Internet skills, including knowledge of MS applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; PubMed; Reference databases

  • Ability to travel (US and International) approximately 15-20% of time


  • PhD (preferred), PharmD

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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:

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.