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Director, Commercial, Corporate Affairs

Company: Moderna Therapeutics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Job Description:

THE ROLE:
Moderna is seeking a Director Corporate Affairs-Commercial to lead all Commercial communication activities, including: proactive and reactive media relations matters, establishing brand presence and visibility, and helping to prepare customer-facing communications materials, under the direction of commercial brand leaders and the Senior Vice President, Commercial.

The role will be based in Cambridge, MA and will report to the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, with dotted line responsibility to the Senior Vice President, Commercial Vaccines. While this individual will work within the Corporate Affairs team, they will be directly responsible to Commercial priorities, engaging directly with global external media stakeholders at both the reporter and editor level, engaging inside Moderna directly with senior executives as necessary, and with business, science, development and technology leaders throughout the organization.

We are seeking a candidate seasoned in engaging media in a clinically- and data-focused health care environment, who has worked on medical brand launches and public acceptance, who can thrive in a fast-paced and highly-creative environment, while also being self-motivated and able to work independently. This individual will be highly curious and energized by working in an area of emerging science, medicine and technology and thrive on helping a company tell a complex story externally.

HERE S WHAT YOU LL DO:

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Lead media relations activities for the global commercial division, including both proactive and reactive enterprise matters, while helping to increase visibility for Moderna s mRNA science/ technology, pipeline, and commitment to bringing a new class of medicines to patients
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Participate as a partner and team member with both the corporate affairs leadership team and the commercial leadership team
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Engage with external media stakeholders at both the reporter and editor level to ensure proactive engagement and timely responses
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Engage and collaborate directly with Moderna s lead corporate affairs officer, the commercial leadership team, their direct reports and, as necessary, with business, science, development and technology leaders throughout the organization to tell Moderna s story
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Liaise with our Director, Global Media Relations, Corporate Affairs, to establish processes and ongoing alignment within the function.
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Build public outreach strategies associated with all significant commercial-level potential news pulses, including product launches, relevant clinical data updates, science or public policy presentations, leadership changes, product policy changes
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Develop external communications strategies, programs and materials, engaging directly with internal and external stakeholders to drive confidence in, and adoption of, commercial Moderna products
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Lead media crisis response, by being relentless in formulating draft responses, seeking executive input on those responses, and engaging media, to respond to challenges emerging from Moderna s commercial practices
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Draft and finalize all commercial-level press releases and public web statements and secure agreement up through and including with Corporate Affairs lead, and, where necessary, Executive Committee and Disclosure and Announcement Committee members on these releases, public outreach plans and related external communication materials
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Help increase awareness of Moderna s commitment to corporate social responsibility via external communications strategy with relevance/benefit to our commercial practices
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Oversee all agency partners working with our commercial and brand teams as they develop and execute traditional media, digital and social media plans. Ensure that all messaging and branding executed by agency partners is consistent with enterprise standards. Escalate branding issues as appropriate
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Help maintain the company commercial websites and other digital and social media channels
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Keep commercial management updated on breaking industry or company-specific news
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Work with key industry, technology, business partners and strategic collaborators in developing opportunities for joint engagement of benefit to our commercial interests
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Partner as appropriate with government engagement team when public outreach is relevant

HERE S WHAT YOU LL BRING TO THE TABLE:

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10+ years of experience in public relations and/or marketing communications either in-house or working with corporate clients for a communications agency, with extensive experience in commercial and brand roles
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An understanding of the drug development process and biopharma space; prior experience working on topics related to oncology, rare diseases or infectious diseases is helpful but not required
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Fluency in social and digital communications engagement and strategy;
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Demonstrated experience and comfort collaborating with corporate and program teams across a complex organization and multiple sites.
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Experience and leadership in building appropriate public outreach strategies associated with all significant commercial-level potential news pulses, (i.e. pivotal product launches, indication updates, science or public policy presentations, leadership change, etc.).
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Experience in, leading media crisis response in areas such as product complaints, recalls, executive behavior, competitive challenges, and explaining corporate decisions and behavior.
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Experience in formulating draft responses, seeking executive input on those responses, and engaging media to respond.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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