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Director Scientific Communications


Executive Director


East Hanover, New Jersey, United States

Director Scientific Communications

Job ID


Jan 29, 2024


About the Role

Bringing life-changing medicines to millions of people, Novartis sits at the intersection of cutting-edge medical science and innovative digital technology. As a global company, the resources and opportunities for growth and development are plentiful including global and local cross functional careers, a diverse learning suite of thousands of programs & an in-house marketplace for rotations & project work. With strong medicines pipeline our current transformation will not just deliver growth for our business but continue to allow us to bring innovative medicines to patients quickly.

Location: The ideal location for this role is East Hanover, NJ site but remote work may be possible (there may be some restrictions based on legal entity). Please note that this role would not provide relocation as a result. If associate is remote, all home office expenses and any travel/lodging to specific NJ site for periodic live meetings will be at the employee’s expense. The expectation of working hours and travel (domestic and/or international) will be defined by the hiring manager. This position will require some travel.

About the Role: The Director Scientific Communications is a fully integrated partner in the medical strategy team and collaborates across US and global medical organizations. Team accountabilities include scientific content creation for external communications to various audiences related to new launches / indications for key brands and/or related disease area(s) that are aligned with US prioritization. The team is also accountable for multichannel medical engagement and communication strategy and execution. This role also oversees financial and contractual aspects of projects with 3rd party medical communication vendors and some external HCP engagement.

•Contributes strategic input into medical channel engagement plans that includes but is not limited to:

-Functional strategy, gap and competitor analysis;

-Leads strategic workshops around compound LCM and scientific platform;

-Contributes strategic input to US and global medical communication plans

•Leads development of content and communication strategy for key deliverables, key data flow customized across customer segments and communication platforms:

FM / IM US educational resources; scientific booths at congresses; pipeline content; digital - Novartis websites and web portals; HCP, journal and professional society websites; patient advocacy; consumer and professional ads - digital and print; media and social media; radio; peer-to-peer and other specific groups and organizations.

•Leads non-promotional review and approval process as project owner and/or approver through the MLR review process;

•Accountable for asset accuracy and ensures compliance with all legal/compliance/regulatory and Novartis requirements for scientific communications including but not limited to FDA, NVS policies/guidance’s and relevant SOPs and WPs.

•Contributes to commercial and medical launch readiness strategy and planning. Leads development of scientific platform statements (lexicon) and educational content to support launch activities

•In collaboration with the Congress and Customer Engagement teams, leads key content creations activities for key US meetings and select key regional based US congresses.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

We are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations: Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know the nature of your request, your contact information and the job requisition number in your message:

Role Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role (Requirements):

•Advanced scientific degree (PhD, PharmD, MD or MS) required.

•Minimum 5 years in Pharma/Biotech industry.

•Prior 3rd party medical communication agency experience is preferred.

•Proficient level of understanding in drug development process, pharmaceutical business, including R & D process & objectives.

•Substantial expertise in scientific communication strategy and medical education activities preferred.

•Demonstrate ability to drive and implement strategy in own area and work closely with other areas of the business to maximize success of medical activities.

•Demonstrate ability to lead development of medical education materials and programs that support product launches.

•Demonstrated ability to organize, interpret and analyze data and develop communications to diverse audiences.

•Demonstrate ability to engage a variety of functional teams by significantly contributing to strategy and influencing beyond function.

Why Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $192,200.00 and $288,000.00 per year; however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/24 through 12/31/24, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills and abilities. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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Business Unit





East Hanover, NJ

Company / Legal Entity

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Functional Area

Research & Development

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Shift Work