Senior Director, Product Communications

Corporate Communications Waltham, Massachusetts


Description

Apellis is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade.

We believe that our lead product candidate, APL-2, has the potential to be a first-in-class treatment targeting C3 that may address the limitations of existing treatment options or provide a treatment option where there currently is none. APL-2 has already shown activity that we believe is clinically meaningful in clinical trials for two distinct medical conditions—geographic atrophy in age-related macular degeneration (GA) and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). We plan to conduct additional clinical trials in GA, PNH, autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) and complement-dependent nephropathies.

Position Summary:

Apellis seeks an experienced, collaborative, and results-oriented leader for the role of Senior Director, Product Communications. This individual will be responsible for the development and execution of a strategic global product communications plan in rare hematology and for building a team to support the company’s product communications across disease areas.

This role requires a highly motivated leader who is a strong writer and a team player willing to roll up his/her sleeves. The candidate will be able to move skillfully from science-driven data communications to broad engagement programs that can educate and empower patients and families. The Senior Director, Product Communications, will report into the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and be part of a team that will set the overall communications strategy for the company. This individual will also play a key role in helping the communications function scale to the company’s fast growth.


Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead all product communications in rare hematology, with a near-term focus on the company’s Phase 3 trials in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Develop and manage product communications around data and regulatory milestones, medical congresses, and product launches, including media strategy and materials development
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to create consistent messaging that can be used across key stakeholders. Develop communications materials including press releases, Q&A documents, presentations, fact sheets, video scripts, speeches and briefing documents
  • Build and lead a high-performing product communications team
  • Develop and implement communications to strengthen disease awareness among audiences
  • Establish plans to address potential issues or crises
  • Leverage innovative digital and social media strategies to educate external audiences, in accordance with all regulatory and legal guidelines
  • Plan and manage the budget for activities related to product communications
  • Manage the external PR agency to ensure activities adhere to regulatory and legal guidelines, and are completed on time and within budget
  • Establish metrics to measure program effectiveness and determine areas of improvement
  • Serve as a company spokesperson to the media
  • Other duties as assigned

 Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Bachelor's Degree

 Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of communications experience with publicly traded pharma/biotech companies, including in-house experience
  • Proven expertise supporting programs on the path to FDA approval, through commercial launch, and beyond
  • Demonstrated success leading teams

 Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of FDA and EMA regulations as applied to the communications of investigational and marketed drugs
  • Ability to communicate complex science in a simple way for external audiences and to identify innovative communication channels to deliver messages
  • Proven success working with and influencing senior management and cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated complex problem-solving ability and sound judgement
  • Highly collaborative, results driven, problem solver
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with employees from all levels of the organization
  • Finds creative ways to accomplish goals through collaboration

Travel Requirements:

Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit http://apellis.com/careerbenefits.html to learn more.

Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

Visit http://apellis.com/about.html to learn more.

EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.