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Astellas Pharma Associate Director, Corporate Communications in Marlborough, Massachusetts

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing an Associate Director, Innovation Hub Boston Communications in Marlborough, MA.

Purpose & Scope:

The Associate Director is responsible for building and protecting the Astellas brand as a leading innovation company in relation to Astellas entities within the greater Boston area. Reporting to the Head of Operations and Commercialization at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, with a dotted-line to Corporate Communications at global headquarters in Tokyo, the incumbent uses media relations, digital and social media, executive thought leadership, events and sponsorships, employee engagement and community advocacy/social responsibility activities to engage with key external and internal stakeholders. The incumbent works closely with the Astellas entities in the Boston Area and operates within a complex matrix environment across multiple business units, locations, cultures and time zones, requiring engagement with multiple stakeholders.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Develops and delivers an annual communication plan that understands stakeholder needs and uses myriad communications activities to address those needs in support of Astellas' goals. Such activities include:

  • Proactive and reactive media relations
  • Web site, social media and other digital content development
  • Executive thought leadership
  • External sponsorship and event management
  • Employee engagement via executive communications, Town Halls, etc.
  • Community and local government affairs
  • Create and maintain a favorable public image for them by communicating programs, accomplishments and/or points of view.
  • Fielding media questions and pitching stories to the media, preparing media kits and organizing press conferences.
  • Manages public image crisis management preparedness and response
  • Defines and establishes communications policies, procedures and protocols
  • Manages external agency/vendor relationships
  • Measures and reports on communications activities and impact

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Manages annual budget including vendor expenses.
  • Responsible for communications activities in relation to the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Mitobridge and Astellas Innovation Management

Organizational Context:

This role reports to the Head of Operations and Commercialization at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine with a dotted line to Corporate Communications at global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The incumbent must also effectively work with colleagues from various departments (e.g., commercial, development, scientific, communications and legal) throughout Massachusetts, the U.S. and the world.



  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in communications leadership roles of increasing scope and responsibility
  • University degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent)
  • Experience working within a highly matrixed, global environment
  • Strong scientific acumen
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines and cultures
  • Strong written and spoken communications skills
  • Demonstrated management of diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Self-motivation with a proactive mindset
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal influence and active listening skills, flexible team player with the highest ethical and business standards
  • Ability to manage large-scale program budgets and multiple agencies
  • Ability to frequently attend early morning or late-night teleconference meetings
  • Ability to travel domestically/internationally up to 25% of the time


  • Advanced degree (e.g., MSc, MBA, PhD)
  • Experience in brand management and project management
  • Experience with early scientific development in areas such as cell therapy, immuno-oncology and genetic regulation
  • Experience working in a heavily regulated industry


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Category Communications