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This position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Candidates interested in a hybrid work arrangements are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Senior Director, Scientific Engagement & Advocacy is responsible for leading, developing and implementing robust scientific engagement and advocacy strategies that support and advance the company’s Scientific Brand and Corporate Strategic Plan. This position will serve as the scientific engagement and advocacy subject matter expert for the Chief Medical Officer and his/her Leadership Team that oversees M&D operations globally. The Senior Director of Scientific Engagement and Advocacy will build meaningful relationships with key scientific stakeholders in the external innovation community, in support of Astellas’ stated business goals.

The role leads the Scientific Engagement and Advocacy strategy for M&D and collaborates across a network of related functions to achieve the following objectives:

  • Create positive engagement with key stakeholders in the scientific innovation community (e.g., academic institutions, centers of scientific innovation) on Astellas’ corporate values, vision, corporate scientific brand, and positioning the Company as Employer and Partner of choice

  • Raise the corporate profile, and the scientific profile of the Company’s portfolio among key stakeholders in the scientific innovation community; builds meaningful relationships that result in opportunities for partnership and collaboration

  • Counsel senior executives on business matters that benefit from scientific engagement and advocacy strategy and programming

  • Drive and advance scientific engagement and advocacy amongst the M&D organization and broader company globally

  • Develop and implement scientific engagement and advocacy strategies that interface with other Astellas groups (e.g., Research, Corporate Advocacy & Relations, Business Development, Government Affairs) teams as necessary

  • Implement a global strategy that maintains integrity of scientific engagement and advocacy that considers geographic nuances

  • Provide scientific engagement and advocacy support for scientific, regulatory, and corporate milestones and disclosures

  • Collaborate with Communications, Investor Relations, Business Development, Primary Focus Leaders and other such functional and scientific leaders across Astellas

Essential Job Responsibilities:


  • Sets the Scientific Engagement and Advocacy strategy for M&D and collaborates across a network of related functions to ensure robust programs are developed and delivered that support M&D and corporate business objective

  • Member of the M&D Strategic Planning & Communications leadership team responsible for harmonized strategies across M&D and other scientific organizations including scientific engagement and advocacy, executive visibility, employee engagement, external issues management, change management, scientific positioning, and measurement

  • Work with the M&D Strategic Planning & Communications Leadership team to define integrated resources and responsibilities for new teams, processes, and interaction models to deliver business objectives

  • Protect Astellas' reputation and drive a scientific corporate culture committed to integrity, and engagement & inclusion, fostering behaviors that contribute to the fulfillment of our Corporate Strategic Plan

  • Quality control materials and outputs to ensure they meet high standards

  • Direct multiple consultants and vendors, as needed, on projects and initiatives. Provide detailed briefs and set clear objectives for agencies to work toward.

  • Responsible for the department budgets and ensure programs proposed and implemented do not exceed planned and agreed budgets

  • As required, work as part of cross-functional work streams to provide scientific engagement and advocacy counsel and leadership for executives

  • Ensure regular compliance training is undertaken and the scientific engagement and advocacy team is aware of compliance requirements

  • Maintain effective contact with global counterparts and Global Headquarters to:

  • Ensure activities and materials meet the Global Disclosure requirements

  • Ensure a coordinated approach to major corporate, executive, and scientific-related announcements with key internal and external stakeholders

  • Ensure M&D organization is strategically and accurately represented appropriately in wider strategic discussions and initiatives that relate to scientific engagement and advocacy

  • Coach and support junior members of the scientific engagement and advocacy team to understand the importance of inclusivity


  • Represent the Company externally and support the company in contacts with key stakeholders in the scientific innovation community to maintain a positive view of the company and its pipeline

  • Lead on identifying and maximizing corporate and scientific engagement and advocacy opportunities which positively raise the profile of the company and build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders in the scientific innovation community

  • Build meaningful relationships within the scientific innovation community that result in mutually beneficial relationships and opportunities for partnership and collaboration

  • Direct a team of professional scientific engagement and advocacy colleagues


  • Responsible for the development of scientific engagement and advocacy strategies, working with the global teams to ensure programs proposed align with the strategic imperatives set and scientific positioning of the Company

  • Direct junior scientific engagement and advocacy personnel to ensure appropriate programs developed are approved, compliant and implemented within timelines set.

  • Represent M&D and scientific divisions in strategic discussions related to scientific engagement and advocacy activities

  • Work with other Astellas teams to ensure a coordinated approach to communicating the release of R&D/clinical data milestones

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Departmental and Divisional or Project-related budgets annually

  • Team of award-winning, highly talented experienced scientific engagement and advocacy professionals – straight line reporting

  • Consultant and vendor management


  • BS or BA Degree or Equivalent in advocacy, external engagement, communications, or related field

  • Minimum of 12+ years of increasing experience, with at least 5 years of pharma experience

  • Experience of managing a small team

  • Ideally experience of working both in consultancy / agency and in-house to ensure they have direct experience of and understanding of the factors that impact the management and implementation of scientific engagement and advocacy programs.

  • Experience of managing consultants and vendors

  • Substantial organizational, leadership, scientific engagement and advocacy experience including reasonable time working with senior leadership and understanding of the challenges associated with scientific engagement and advocacy programs


  • Strategic planning, leadership, and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrable experience of developing robust global strategies that support scientific engagement and advocacy within scientific innovation community

  • Ability to work under pressure with external and stakeholders

  • A thorough understanding of how the scientific innovation community works

  • Able to engage internal stakeholders at all levels to support the buy-in and approval of programs and strategies proposed flexible and solutions driven approach to work

  • Customer focused approach - working closely with internal stakeholders to ensure joint projects / programs align with the objectives set out

  • Able to work in a changing environment

  • Able to work in global or multi-national environment, seeing ‘bigger picture’

  • Should be comfortable and confident in dealing with colleagues from elsewhere in the organization including at senior level (up to CEO)

  • Ability to retain and manage confidential information effectively

Training and Qualifications

  • Postgraduate qualification in science, business or another relevant field

  • Awareness and understanding of the Global codes of practice and how they apply to scientific engagement and advocacy

  • Excellent command of the English language, especially written

  • Proficiency in use of computer and MS-Office software

  • Small team leadership and coaching skills

  • Self-starter, able to initiate, drive and share strategic initiatives


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category M&D Strategic Planning & Communications

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