Scientific Communications Director

R&D Malvern, Pennsylvania


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Job Description


Job Title

Scientific Communications Director






Malvern, PA


Research & Development / Medical Affairs

Direct Reports (list)


Reports to (title)

VP, Medical Affairs

Date Submitted


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FLSA  (USA only)



Job Summary - a concise overview of the job

The Scientific Communications Director has the primary responsibility for development and implementation of the therapeutic area publication plans. This individual will be responsible for the development of a strategic plan to publish and/or present clinical data generated from Endo sponsored studies, as well as those conducted collaboratively with external researchers and clinical practitioners. The  Director will ensure that communication needs are met by linking knowledge gaps to data generated to fill those gaps. As such the  Director will generate and maintain publication planning databases for each product/therapeutic area and execute a plan to publish and/or present data strategically at medical/scientific conferences as appropriate. The Director is expected to contribute significantly to identifying the strategic objectives for each therapeutic area as well as identifying the optimal channels for communication of data by thorough understanding of the therapeutic area publications and societies where such data is presented/published.


The Director will direct all communication development and submission and will work with internal researchers, external authors/key opinion leaders and medical writers to project manage all submissions of abstracts or manuscripts per prescribed timelines. The  Director will also maintain a system to ensure communications are developed in a compliant manner following good publication practices, ICMJE guidelines and health care practitioner interaction policies. As such, the  Director will help ensure documentation of author participation is in place and disbarment checks made in advance of author engagement. The  Director may, at times, be responsible for writing. He/She will also be responsible to develop and implement quality control measures as needed to ensure accuracy of data to be communicated.


In addition to publications, the Director will generate and circulate internal documents as needed to support the function and Endo needs. This includes minutes for strategic planning meetings, steering committees, literature updates for relevant fields and documentation as needed for ensuring compliant processes. The  Director will be responsible for the Publication Plan component of the Annual Plan and ensure alignment with Departmental goals and objectives. This individual will also help support advisory boards, planning meetings, and engage external vendors as needed to ensure alignment between communications and business needs.


All incumbents are responsible for following applicable Division & Company policies and procedures.

Scope of Authority - span of control (work unit, site, department, division, etc.), monetary value of budget/spend authority ( capital, operating, etc.), P&L responsibility, etc.

The Director will be accountable for development and management of the Endo Branded publications budget and meet regularly with VP of Medical and Director of Operations to update status.


Key Accountabilities - key outcomes/deliverables, the major responsibilities, and % of time



% of Time


Publication & Presentation Planning

  • Provide leadership for establishing publication strategies, development of publication plans and implementation of publication-related projects.
  • Leads publication steering committees and organizes publication planning participants to ensure publication plans are effective and efficient.
  • Be accountable for development of the overall scientific communication strategy demonstrating strong knowledge of therapeutic landscape.
  • Liaise with external authors and internal contributors and manage publication specific meetings with medical writers and/or agencies as needed.
  • Ensure publications and presentations are of high quality and support Endo’s medical efforts for product education and disease state awareness.
  • Review deliverables to ensure publications and presentation meet quality control standards and are balanced in content.
  • Facilitate communications among team members regarding publication/presentation status and resolve/escalate issues as appropriate.
  • Provide direction to publication teams regarding selection of medical conferences, journals, or other avenues for communication.
  • Conduct and facilitate the Endo Non-promotional Review Committee (NPRC) approval process as needed, as well as internal legal review.
  • Represent Medical Affairs Publication Planning team on cross functional teams and meetings.
  • Prepare and manage publication budgets for assigned products
  • Monitor and implement industry best practices as they relate to publications.
  • Ensure all aspects of publication planning and publications are compliant with ICMJE guidelines, PhRMA code and Endo policies.
  • Serve as administrator for Publication Planning and Management software/programs as needed.



  • Responsible for the development and quality of Scientific Communications, such as scientific slide decks and internal newsletter.
  • Conduct literature searches based on scientific understanding of company focus and priorities on selected therapeutic topics/areas and distribute to designated individuals for awareness and to maintain literature libraries.
  • Draft communications, when needed, including manuscripts, abstracts or other scientific/medical documents
  • Responsible for management of vendors and medical writers,   as necessary for scientific communications.
  • Participate in Advisory Boards as needed and provide expertise.






Education & Experience

Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience and certifications required for the job

  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific discipline required. Advanced degree (MS/PhD) preferable
  • 10+ years working within pharmaceutical industry as publications manager, writer or director.
  • Writing/editing experience for scientific/medical journals.
  • Management of agency vendors and writers.
  • Budget development and management.


Proficiency in a body of information required for the job 

e.g. knowledge of FDA regulations, GMP/GLP/GCP, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, etc.

  • ICMJE Guidelines, Good Publications Practice, PhRMA code knowledge.
  • Publication planning process from concept through final publication.
  • Knowledge of conference requirements for abstracts, encore presentations and timelines.
  • Ability to master multiple therapeutic areas based on strong science background.




Often referred to as “competencies”, leadership attributes, skills, abilities or behaviors that may be enterprise, functional or job specific     e.g. coaching, negotiation, calibration, technical writing etc.

  • Interpersonal skills, ability to work across many groups and with external key opinion leaders and researchers.
  • Ability to critically evaluate literature.
  • Project management skills, ability to track progress and adjust timelines as needed.
  • Ability to multi-task numerous projects at one time, prioritize projects based on company goals and objectives.

Physical Requirements

Physical & mental requirements     e.g. lift 40 pounds, walk across plant/warehouse, business travel (% of time), driving as part of work responsibilities, etc.

  • Up to 10% travel may be required in order to attend medical/scientific conferences.


Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.

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