Associate-Scientific Communications

Indianapolis, Indiana
April 23 2019
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
The purpose of the Scientific Communications Associate role is to work with cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams to prepare scientific publications (including and not limited to, abstracts, posters, manuscripts and presentations), and/or regulatory documents (including, but not limited to, protocols, clinical study reports, briefing documents, regulatory responses, and marketing authorization applications).

Document Preparation, Development and Finalization/Document Management

  • Effectively collect and evaluate data, information, and input from multiple sources, functions, and regions.
  • Plan (including organizing/preparing outlines), write (including first-draft authoring), edit, review and coordinate the publication of scientific data in peer-reviewed journals and forums and/or regulatory documents supporting clinical development/product registration.
  • Conduct effective document initiation to ensure authoring team alignment and understanding.
  • Assist in building persuasive and scientific-based arguments that support the purpose of more complex and/or strategic documents. Ensure data are presented in a clear, complete, accurate, and concise manner.
  • Ensure that key data, strategically aligned scientific narrative, elements from internal guidance and resource documents are included appropriately in all documents, and that statements and conclusions are integrated, accurate, balanced and supported by appropriate data.
  • Ensure and coordinate quality checks for accuracy, collate reviewer's comments, adjust content of document as required based on internal/external input, and prepare final version.
  • Exhibit flexibility in moving across development and preparation of multiple document types.
  • Work with teams to ensure smooth and timely development of documents and escalate issues, as appropriate, to ensure document completion.
  • Influence or negotiate change of timelines and content with other team members.
  • Advocate internally and externally for appropriate authorship criteria on all applicable work products.
  • Work with internal and external speakers to develop and prepare presentations.

External Service Provider Management
  • Build and manage relationships with vendors/alliance partners.
  • Provide oversight on individual deliverables, including timeline management, delivery of feedback and issue management.
  • May participate in in-licensing and co-development activities, including ensuring the quality of data in documents.
  • Support the implementation of the outsourcing strategy by effectively partnering with staff, GSC management team, GSC outsourcing team, technical lead consultants, and vendor staff.
Knowledge and Skills Development

  • Maintain and enhance therapeutic area knowledge including disease state and compound(s) for assigned project(s).
  • Exhibit flexibility in moving across document types, therapeutic areas, and compounds, depending on project assignment.
  • Maintain and enhance knowledge of regulatory guidelines and publication guidelines.
  • Possess overarching view of compound, therapeutic area, and external environment (including competitors) with ability to participate effectively in the scientific data disclosure planning, clinical planning, submission strategy planning, customer regulatory responses, and/or current awareness literature updates and reviews.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Provide coaching to others by sharing technical information, giving guidance, answering questions.
  • Recognized for technical expertise in specific document development.
  • Network with others (including other functions and regions) to identify and share best practices.
  • Contribute to process improvements, suggesting opportunities where appropriate.
  • Provide database and other tool (e.g., document management systems) expertise

Company Overview

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We're looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in scientific, health, communications, or technology related field
  • Or, Bachelor's degree in any field with at least two years of clinical development experience
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.

Additional Information

  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • A writing exercise is required as part of the candidate evaluation process. Additional writing samples may be requested.
  • Demonstrated mastery of verbal and written English skills in the medical, scientific or technical writing fields
  • Experience writing regulatory, clinical trial documents and/or publications
  • Graduate degree with formal research component or in life sciences.
  • Experience in clinical development, clinical trial process or regulatory activities
  • Clinical pharmacology, therapeutic area, or other medical and scientific specific knowledge and experience specific to hiring area (e.g., neuroscience, oncology, cardiovascular, immunology or endocrine expertise).
  • Demonstrated project management and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated high-level end-user computer skills (e.g., word processing, tables and graphics, spreadsheets, presentation and templates).

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