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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 11:02 AM


The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are currently recruiting for a Global Therapeutic Area Communication Leader Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Janssen Research & Development to be preferably located in San Francisco, CA but consideration will also be given to applicants who can be based out of the EMEA region.

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Janssen focuses on five therapeutic areas: infectious diseases and vaccines (e.g., HIV, hepatitis, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, Ebola and E. coli), immunology (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis), neuroscience (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, mood disorders and schizophrenia), oncology (e.g., prostate cancer, hematologic malignancies and lung cancer), and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (e.g., thrombosis and diabetes).

Primary Responsibilities:

The Global Therapeutic Area Communication Leader Infectious Diseases & Vaccines strategizes and oversees the overall external positioning of Janssen’s Infectious Diseases & Vaccines (IDV) Therapeutic Area (TA), which currently consists of two distinctly different businesses (ID Therapeutics, and Vaccines). In addition, he/she:

• Personally leads and executes the strategic positioning and all aspects of communication for global ID Therapeutics R&D

• Implements integrated internal and external communi¬cation and issue management strategies to drive a rapidly growing global R&D business, its pipeline assets and emerging products

• Counsels and guides senior business leaders and teams in their strategic and personal communication

• Executes integrated stakeholder activation strategies, deal communication and partner management

• Drives workforce engagement strategies to inspire and increase the productivity of the ID Therapeutics R&D team across global sites plus partner functions. The ID Therapeutics R&D growth and global footprint require a strong sense of meaningful culture among colleagues and partners

• Aligns with the regional and local businesses (commercial), supply chain, other Sectors, corporate Global Communications & Public Affairs (GCPA) functions and Centers of Excellence (CoEs)

• Furthers internal visibility and reputation of ID Therapeutics R&D in Janssen and Johnson & Johnson

• Manages and develops 1 direct and 1 indirect report (both based in EMEA)

• Leads and coordinates a systematic approach to build and strengthen consistent, effective external R&D stakeholder relations and advocacy across the five TA businesses, and leverages these to drive business and reputation outcomes

• Leverages our strong global IDV networks (advocacy, NGOs, institutional stakeholders, academia) to benefit other TAs. Coordinates regional R&D activation across the TAs, empowering regions and markets to speak with one voice and driving consistent, proactive R&D communication globally

• Acts as a key driver of ID Therapeutics, Janssen and J&J growth, reputation and valuation over the next decade

• Leads and supports on high-impact ID Therapeutics related financial and deal communication

• Helps the global Janssen R&D Communication team to deliver for the business and to strengthen the Global Communications & Public Affairs (GCPA) function.

Further Responsibilities:

• Develops strong relationships and acts as trusted advisor to ID Therapeutics R&D Head, GCSO Leader, other SLT members and key scientific leaders

• Coaches and guides leaders to develop their ability to engage and inspire their organizations and external audiences, in a diverse, global environment; serves on ID Therapeutics R&D Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

• Leads development and implementation of integrated external and internal communication strategies for the global ID Therapeutics R&D business, aligned with GCPA goals and strategies

• Drives meaningful business outcomes for ID Therapeutics R&D, Janssen and J&J, and sets appropriate direction based on deep understanding of the business, competitive environment and key financial levers

• Leads/supports highly impactful, sensitive partnership, deal, TA/M&A, and other financial- and Investor Relations (IR)-related communication involving ID Therapeutics

• Gains leader support and resources to realize high-value communications priorities

• Counsels and influences constructively, challenges the status quo respectfully yet confidently, builds consensus and facilitates decisions to create long-term business value

• Models and inspires integration of knowledge from internal and external networks; multi-stakeholder insights; and a broad understanding of the business, competitive and industry priorities to drive business and reputation outcomes, lead scientific positioning and issue management, and shape the environment for ID Therapeutics R&D’s medical solutions

• Shapes team approach to proactively drive business and Enterprise outcomes by identifying and applying key outcomes metrics to communication practices, and provide insights that drive confidence, integration and alignment

• Develops and guides implementation of executive leadership and engagement strategy, positioning senior leaders with key stakeholders

• Maintains deep understanding of current issues in the global environment affecting the ID Therapeutics business and brands

• Builds appropriate issue prevention, management and mitigation strategies in alignment with Public Affairs colleagues, local and regional teams, and appropriate external partners

• Networks, builds and strengthens strategic relations on a global basis with crucial external stakeholders and influencers, including top global, regional and trade media, key social media influencers, core third-party influencers and other relevant external constituents

• Oversees ID Therapeutics R&D communication budget and spending with the highest degree of fiscal prudence and responsibility; achieves annual goals & objectives within allocated budget

• Helps the Janssen R&D Communication team to provide timely regional alerts, ensure appropriate processes for regional sharing and support, regional contacts and results monitoring

• Ensures proactive global monitoring, analysis, prevention and management of ID Therapeutics related issues that may impact stakeholder trust and company reputation

• Directly engages in, shapes approach to and globally leads and coordinates on issues involving scientific projects or brands, safety, clinical trial and regulatory issues, etc.

• Partners closely with Innovation, Global Health & Science Policy Communication, Janssen and J&J communication functions including Media Relations, Workforce Communication, Strategy & Insights and other groups to ensure enterprise-wide alignment

• Serves as lead contact and spokesperson for top-tier and other media inquiries

• Prepares, trains and coaches senior leaders and company spokespersons for sensitive media interviews, stakeholder meetings and other external engagements globally

• Develops and implements global, multi-site, multi-culture workforce communications strategy and messages that inspire, engage, inform and align employees

• Fosters and reinforces an authentic commitment to Our Credo; informs and shapes belief in our leadership imperatives to strengthen collaboration and teamwork

• Leads and proactively coaches and develops a healthy, high-performing and highly engaged cross-IDV (Vaccines and Therapeutics) communication team of 3, promoting diversity, inclusion and ongoing personal development at all times

• Models and inspires a continuous improvement mindset to ensure self and the team stay on the leading edge of communications, change management, technology, social and other key trends

• Serves on Global Janssen R&D Communication Leadership Team (LT), the ID TA’s Senior LT, and further LTs and Extended LTs with opportunities to develop and influence cross-Janssen and J&J communication programs and interacting with top senior leaders and peers

Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree in Communications or Journalism preferred

• Proven experience in Pharma R&D communication or public affairs required

• Work experience in Infectious Diseases and/or ID R&D is preferred

• Strong business acumen and demonstrated ability to build deep, authentic, successful relationships with top executives and scientists and strong influence with senior internal and external stakeholders is required

• Minimum of ten (10) years of experience leading and managing communication in a company, NGO, government agency or public relations agency is required

• Proven track record of successful, independent public relations/communications, corporate communication, science communication, product communication, public affairs, and/or media relations achievements is required

• Global mindset and successful track record of working in a global function, with direct experience of leading on international projects, issues and teams, and of competent internal and external stakeholder interactions on an international basis is required

• Demonstrated thorough knowledge of R&D processes and the global landscape and key issues for biopharmaceutical science and innovation is required

• Broad understanding of competitive and industry priorities that drive business and social value is required

• Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and coach project teams and individuals is required

• Strong experience in crisis/issues management and the ability to managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced, global matrix environment is required

• Deep understanding of traditional media, digital and social platforms and a strong experience dealing with national and local lay, professional/trade and social media is required

• Experience in managing budgets and resource allocation across large critical projects is required

• This position will be preferably located in San Francisco, CA but consideration will also be given to applicants who can be based out of the EMEA region and will require up to 30% domestic and international travel

Primary Location
United States-California-San Francisco
Other Locations
Europe/Middle East/Africa
Janssen Global Services, LLC (6085)
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