Associate Director Scientific Publications

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

The Associate Scientific Publications Director is responsible for supporting data communication through the development of publications that extend the medical community, patient and other stakeholders’ knowledge of Astellas products, therapy areas and business. The Associate Director will work within a matrix environment to support development of globally aligned publication plans and English-language publication activities for assigned products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Works under the guidance of the Director, Scientific Publications TA Lead, supporting translation of medical strategies and objectives into actionable publication plans for assigned compounds/products

  • Cooperates and collaborates within matrix teams across the organization at global as well as regional level

  • Responsible for timely execution of the publication plans

  • Applies good publication practices to daily activities, including execution of publication plans and ensuring appropriate documentation according to the Global Publications SOP

  • Manages vendors to effectively and efficiently execute publications according to the Global Publications Policy, SOP and good publication practices

  • Responsible for vendor management

  • Reviews draft publications for content quality and support by data, to ensure alignment and consistency with author direction, and with company policy and SOPs

  • Responsible for achievement of budget objectives and project goals within department priorities

  • Develops and revises publication plan in line with medical strategies, clinical development milestones and changes in the scientific, regulatory and access landscapes globally and in key markets

  • Gains endorsement of annual publication plan by governance bodies per company process prior to plan execution

  • Fosters collaborative relationships with academic and clinical experts, publishers, medical associations and other relevant stakeholder groups

  • Supports cross-functional global alignment across a broad range of key internal stakeholders as per company process

  • Demonstrates understanding of disease area, medical strategies and objectives required to provide input to leaders on matters related to publication planning and data disclosure.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Leads development, implementation and updates of robust publications plans for assigned compounds/products

  • Manages associated budget, including monthly reporting of actual expenditure and quarterly updates to forecast

  • Manages vendor and ensures monthly reporting of activity status

  • Provides input for associated metrics to fulfill internal reporting requirements

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to the Senior Director, Scientific Publications TA Lead

  • Liaises with Director-level Medical leaders within Medical Affairs including Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Development, Drug Discovery Research, Global, Region and Affiliate teams,

  • Core Member of compound/product-related matrix teams; member of Alliance joint Teams where appropriate



  • Advanced Degree in a scientific or medical discipline (such as PharmD, PhD, MD)

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare or related industry (such as experience in publication management; pertinent academic or clinical research, or medical or technical writing experience combined with project management skills).

  • At least 3 years’ experience within Scientific Publications.

  • Understands and has the ability to apply good publication practices and guidelines (e.g., company policy and SOPs, ICMJE, GPP3, IFPMA and Pharma Code of Conduct, Sunshine Act, and European Transparency and Privacy Laws) to development of publications

  • Outstanding interpersonal, time management, and written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities with successful outcomes

  • Demonstrated capability in publication project management combined with medical or technical writing, editing and review skills, with outstanding attention to detail

  • Working knowledge and familiarity with publication management tools and systems

  • Demonstrated track record of working in a matrix environment

  • Understanding of non-clinical and clinical research including clinical trial design and execution, statistical methods and clinical trial data reporting requirements

  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skills


  • Experience managing publications in a global environment

  • Ability to function effectively on a strategic as well as tactical basis

  • Past scientific experience in relevant therapeutic area (ophthalmology, AMD)


  • 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 Medical Communications

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