Shire Associate Director Medical Communications Hematology/Oncology in Lexington, Massachusetts

Primary Duties:

  • Develop and implement medical communication plans in designated disease areas Hematology/Oncology

  • Manage medical aspects of the global Commercial - Medical – Legal – Regulatory (MLR) materials review process



Develop and implement medical communication plans Hematology/Oncology

  • Collaborate with the Global Medical Team for one or more disease areas / assets to translate medical strategy into medical communication objectives and activities

  • Define and oversee implementation of the medical communication plan for each disease area, including for example, medical materials (print and virtual), event support and disease state education. Coordinate with other members of Hematology/Oncology] team to identify and implement medical communications best practices

  • Manage vendor partners supporting Global Medical Communications in the disease area

  • Support development and implementation of medical communication platform solutions, including, e.g.

  • Medical congress planning and delivery

  • Medical field force tools

  • Digital / multi-channel approaches

  • External materials review and management


Manage medical aspects of the global Commercial - Medical – Legal – Regulatory (MLR) materials review process

  • Manage and conduct day-to-day medical implementation and optimization of the Shire CMLR process for promotional materials and review process for non-promotional materials within Hematology/Oncology. Conduct medical review for one or more disease states / assets

  • Collaborate with other members of Hematology/Oncology Global Medical Communication team to ensure CMLR activities are allocated and completed efficiently

Education and Experience Requirements

  • A relevant healthcare degree is required. A medical or scientific degree (MD, PharmD, PhD) is preferred.

  • 8-10 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, preferably within a matrix structure

  • 5 years of experience within medical affairs roles (e.g. Medical Science Liaison, Medical Information, Medical Communications, Medical Education, Publications)

  • Experience managing vendors and projects is preferred

  • Good knowledge of medical communications approaches and best practices is required

  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal guidelines regarding medical communications strategy and execution

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Focus on accountability and ownership

  • Good collaboration skills to reinforce a culture of partnering between Global Medical Communications and global/ local organisations

  • Good business acumen including budget and activity planning and management

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Management of medical communications vendors

  • Definition of one or more medical communication plans within Hematology/Oncology

  • Management of Medical aspects of Global CMLR process within Hematology/Oncology

Internal and External Contacts

  • Position is accountable to Director Medical Communications (Global Medical Communications Lead Hematology/Oncology, Head of Global Medical Communications )

  • Internal Hematology/Oncology , International Medical Affairs, Regulatory, Compliance, Legal

  • External: Strategic vendor partners and congress partners

Other Job Requirements

  • Availability to travel approximately 20% of time

  • Availability to participate in early or late meetings/teleconferences.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodations

Shire is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.