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Associate Director, Global Scientific Communications

Mississauga, ON

At AstraZeneca, we pride ourselves on crafting a collaborative culture that champions knowledge-sharing, ambitious thinking and innovation – ultimately providing employees with the opportunity to work across teams, functions and even the globe.

Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to create a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week. Our head office and BlueSky Hub in downtown Toronto are purposely designed with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.

Our dedication to sustainability is also central to our culture and part of what makes AstraZeneca a great place to work. We know the health of people, the planet and our business are interconnected which is why we’re taking ambitious action to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time, from climate change to access to healthcare and disease prevention.


This is what you will do: 

The Associate Director, Global Scientific Communications for centralized content creation (CCC) is responsible for Neurology, facilitating the successful development and execution of centralized content in alignment with global strategies.

The successful AD will collaborate closely with the Scientific Communication Indication leads, Medical Review leads, and Medical Directors, as well as the other internal stakeholders, to ensure adoption of centralized content and harmonization of medical communications across functions. Developed materials should be market relevant and meet the needs of medical and commercial communications.

The CCC AD will manage the tactical development and maintenance of centralized content and the digital repository for centralized content. The CCC AD will also work in coordination with the Operations Lead to drive efficiencies and enhancements and participate in the supervision of consultants and medical communication agencies. 

You will be responsible for:

  • Developing, maintaining, and executing an annual materials plan in collaboration with the Sci Comms Leads, Global Medical Directors, and Medical Reviewers
  • Supporting the creation and update of Scientific Platforms
  • Leading the creation of Global Slide Libraries and other Sci Comms deliverables
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders (e.g., US and international Medical Affairs, Research, Clinical Development, Commercial, Biostatistics Medical Information, Training, HEOR) to ensure that centralized content is aligned with global strategy
  • Collaborating with stakeholders and reviewers to resolve comments and escalate unresolved comments/issues through appropriate channels
  • Working closely with Medical review to ensure quality, review readiness, and approval for distribution
  • Leading communications plans to keep stakeholders informed
  • Overseeing operations for centralized content creation including organizing and leading relevant meetings, following up with action items
  • Ensuring that CCC material is updated, findable, and accessible
  • Working cross-functionally with stakeholders to ensure other approved materials are up to date and accessible in the content repository
  • Serving as point person to answer questions regarding centralized content creation and leading trainings for internal stakeholders
  • Reporting on metrics that track centralized content use
  • Overseeing work of external consultants and agencies including budget and timelines
  • Coordinating with Operations Lead and Sci Comms excellence to ensure new processes are aligned cross-TA and reflected in process documents
  • Contributing business knowledge to the assessment of system requirements for a centralized content digital platform

You will need to have:

  • Advanced degree: PhD, PharmD, or MD
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in a Pharmaceutical company
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience in strategic content creation (eg scientific platforms and global slide libraries) and medical communications
  • Experience with Medical/Legal/Regulatory Review and Veeva platforms
  • Ability to interpret and organize highly complex scientific data
  • Ability to check accuracy of scientific data and statements against literature
  • Must be comfortable engaging with various types of digital platforms and programs such as Veeva, Docuvera, SharePoint, Smartsheet, Excel etc…
  • Must be comfortable tracking and summarizing metrics data
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work independently
  • No travel is required

We would prefer for you to have:

  • Background or prior experience in Neuroscience/Neurology
  • Demonstrated ability to write up/ review / edit scientific data
  • Strong working knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing [email protected].

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