Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at www.astellas.com .

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


In partnership with Senior Director or Director, build programs and recommend strategies to support priority global and CD brand objectives, ensuring awareness and understanding of the value of products delivered to patients among target external and internal audiences.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Product communications subject matter expert, responsible for delivery of product/franchise news/communications internally and externally by developing strategies and executing programming that drive product understanding and differentiation in specific therapeutic areas.

  • Co-manages engagement and support for maximum uptake of communications across geographies.

  • Prepares for potential issues with comprehensive issues management communications plans, drafting standby materials and recommendations to mitigate crises

  • Leverages, engages, cultivates, and manages strong media relationships to seek and secure media coverage proactively and serving as a spokesperson to help promote the business

  • Collaborates with and provides counsel to internal business partners, including global brand team members on effective ways to communicate product key messages to external audiences.

  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships within One Commercial team, M&D and Corporate Communications teams.

  • Ensures all programming is compliant with legal, compliance, regulatory and finance policies.

  • Works with various public relations firms and other external service providers, and ensures the most efficient and economical utilization of these services.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Estimated Operating Budget: $3-5M (from brand team budgets)

  • Geography/Products/Functions: Global, Priority Products/Non-Priority Products, Omnichannel and CI teams

Organizational Context:

  • Individual contributor


  • Global Brand Strategy team, including Regional Brand Managers

  • One Commercial GCAs - Commercial Insights, Omni-Channel Operations, Congresses & Events

  • Commercial Communications - One Commercial and Division Communications

  • Cross-functional teams - Medical, Regulatory, Legal, Patient Centricity, Government Affairs


  • Media/journalists

  • Co-Promote Partners

  • Agency Partners as required

  • KEEs/HCPs as required

  • Advocacy Organizations, KOLs, Influencers



  • BS Degree or equivalent in journalism, communications or related field is required

  • Requires a minimum of 8+ years of progressively increasing corporate communications or public relations experience

  • Able to maintain effective, current and relevant communication plans

  • Strong experience in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Experience building strong working relationships across organizations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 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 Commercial Communications

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans