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Astellas Pharma Director, Research Communication & Advocacy in Westborough, Massachusetts

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? 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 .

Astellas is announcing a Director, Research Communication & Advocacy .

Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.


Integration and facilitation role supporting the Head of Research Communications and Advocacy, responsible for information disclosure and communications within the global organizations accountable to the CScO and externally across the geographic regions, primarily US/UK.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops and drives internal and external communication strategy for the CScO and divisions under CScO

  • Manages and develops regional Research Communications & Advocacy team

  • In coordination with Corporate Advocacy and M&D Communications, leads development of communication materials including press releases, talking points, presentations, social media content, internal articles and company communications, etc.

  • Establishes relationship with key industry communications outlets

  • Partners with Research leaders to proactively identify emerging issues and drafts and prepare appropriate communications plan

Quantitative Dimensions:

This critical position will deliver significant externally-directed corporate communications and key messaging that will raise the profile of Astellas in highly competitive scientific hot spots such as Boston/Cambridge and San Francisco Bay areas in the US and similar biotech hot spots in the UK, supporting innovation, acquisition opportunities and talent acquisition.

Organizational Context:

This position will report to the Head of Research Communications and Advocacy, and will partner closely with the CScO, Heads of Research Divisions, Corporate Advocacy and M&D Communications



  • University degree with 8-10 years communications experience, preferably with a pharmaceutical/biotech organization

  • Strong aptitude for handling scientific discussions with Research leadership

  • Understanding of communications channels, including strong social media and digital communications skills, and ability to design and conduct appealing communications specific to research

  • Strong people management and development skills

  • Capability to facilitate discussions with senior leaders

  • Exceptional English written and oral communication skills


  • An advanced scientific degree (MA, MBA, PhD) in a relevant scientific discipline, communications or business strategy

  • Strong ability to present to groups of all sizes and manage presentation challenges (technical issues, unique questions, etc.)

  • Flexibility with working hours to manage multiple geographies


  • 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


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