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Publication Lead at AstraZeneca in Waltham, Massachusetts

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.





Job Description:

Position: Publications Lead

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

You are responsible for the development, management, and execution of strategic publication plans and high-quality reviews and clinical publications for investigational pipeline products in oncology. You are responsible for ensuring all projects have a publication plan and deliverables are in compliance with AstraZeneca publication policies, external publication guidelines, and that publications represent a transparent and fair balance communication of data. You work under limited supervision to ensure deliverables are completed per time and to quality goals. You collaborate with cross-functional teams in the development of publication plans of external communications area in alignment with project strategy and objectives.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Leads development of key messages for project related communications.
  • Serves as key contact for all publication-related activities for assigned programs.
  • Leads the publication development process to deliver high-quality publications, leading cross- functional teams, effectively collaborating with internal and external key stakeholders, and ensuring compliance with internal and external publication guidelines.
  • Ensures the timely dissemination of clinical data from investigational pipeline products according to budget, timelines, and strategic publication plans.
  • Ensures that strategically aligned scientific communication points are delivered and that statements and conclusions in publications are accurate and supported by appropriate data.
  • Uses subject matter expertise to make recommendations on programs/projects; provides publications insight and input to develop effective operating models and build effective relationships with partners and collaborators.
  • Identifies relevant research trends and scientific gaps to contribute to publication strategy and development.
  • Partners with Publication Associate/Project Manager to oversee the publication sign-off process (PSO) including publication tracking and documentation through the e-publication system, ensuring compliance with internal polices and external publication guidelines.
  • Provide on-site support at key scientific congresses and meetings.
  • Ensures the high quality and transparency of publications by maintaining/promoting familiarity with ICMJE, GPP3, CONSORT, AMA, and other external standards as well as AstraZeneca publication policies and procedures.
  • Contributes to ongoing process improvements, including development and/or revisions of procedural documents.
  • Contributes to/develops budget forecasts and planning for publication strategy and development.


Required Skills:
  • Thorough working knowledge and understanding of all aspects of publication strategy and planning is required.
  • Previous experience writing and editing peer-reviewed clinical publications highly desirable. Previous experience with management of contract resources/vendors required.
  • Knowledge/Understanding of GPP3, ICMJE, AMA, and other publication standards.
  • Demonstrates flexibility while supporting multiple projects, dealing effectively with change and ambiguity, and prioritizing deadlines; ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with external experts, investigators, journal editors, publishers, and professional bodies.
  • Ability to analyze critically and synthesize scientific information from a broad range of scientific disciplines and clinical therapeutic areas.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills; ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams; experience working cross-culturally and cross-functionally.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving, decision-making, and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; working knowledge of electronic publication system required.
  • Travel occasionally (Up to 10%)


Required Education and Experience:
  • Requires PhD degree in a biomedical discipline with proven scientific and/or publications expertise.
  • AMWA, BELS, Project Management, and/or ISMPP certification a plus.
  • Requires 3-5 years of experience in medical communications/publications in pharmaceutical/biotech industry, medical communications agency, CRO, or academic setting with equivalent work experience.
  • Strong track record in publications or project management required; ability to effectively manage multiple stakeholders and projects to within budget.
  • Working knowledge of overall drug development process, including stages of development and role of different functional areas required. Background in biologics and/or previous experience in AstraZeneca oncology products is a plus.