Director, Product Communications

Location:  San Rafael, California Category: Legal / Government Affairs

Description

BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Director, Product Communications

The Director, Product Communications, will be responsible for product communications strategy for BioMarin’s established and investigational therapies across disease areas with a focus on the US region and supporting the regions. 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 SD will be part of a communications team that will set the overall corporate communications strategy for the company.  This role requires a seasoned candidate who is results-oriented, a strong writer and not afraid to roll-up their sleeves and get into the thick of things.  The candidate will help the corporate communications function scale to the company’s meteoric growth.

Responsibilities

Collaborate with core teams, marketing, clinical development, medical affairs, regulatory, legal, compliance, IR and patient advocacy to manage product communications around medical congresses, data and regulatory milestones and product launches, including media strategy and press release development

Responsible for executing product communications in North America and for supporting the regions in setting communications strategy and planning

Work closely with VP, Corporate Communications to develop 3-5 year plan for the entire corporate communications function

Develop clear and compelling messaging platforms that can be shared across the organization and adapted for use with key audiences

Serve as BioMarin media spokesperson on key established and investigational therapies.

Help develop strategic long-term programs that will build support for BioMarin products, including partnering with commercial on disease awareness, launch preparedness and post-market engagement programs

Establish plans to address potential product issues or crises

Leverage innovative digital and social media strategies on the corporate platforms to educate external audiences, in keeping with all regulatory and legal guidelines.

Support in the planning and management of budget for activities related to product communications, including managing external PR agencies

Manage agency PR partners to ensure activities (unbranded and branded) adhere to regulatory and legal guidelines, are in line with product communication strategy, are completed on-time and within budget, and ensure that the agency has access to the necessary tools and information to successfully complete assignments

Establish metrics to measure program effectiveness and determine areas of improvement

Requirements

BS/BA in science, liberal arts or communications, advanced degree in communications, business or journalism desired  

10-15 years of communications experience in the life sciences for publicly traded companies.

Believes that work can be fun and enjoys a work environment where you take your job seriously, but not yourself

A team player, someone who believes and practices that a group working together can accomplish more than any individual

Intellectually curious and open to new ways of doing things, perpetual learner

Loves to do what has never been done before and not afraid to fail trying

Finds creative ways to accomplish goals through collaboration and influence

Proven expertise in product communications with best-in-class therapies across disease areas

Working knowledge of FDA and EMA regulations as applied to the communication of investigational and marketed drugs; familiarity with drug industry reimbursement; and a good understanding of public policy challenges currently affecting the healthcare industry;

Deep understanding of regulatory, commercial and legal landscape governing pre-approval and post-approval pharmaceutical product communications.

Comfort and proficiency in translating complicated science into meaningful messages for external audiences.

Proven ability to leverage innovative technology and digital strategies to support product communications goals.

High level of professionalism and confidence to work effectively with employees from all levels of the organization, including senior leaders, functional managers, research scientists and the general employee population.

Ability to influence cross-functional teams

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.