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Associate Director / Director Public Affairs, Gilead Nordics

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Oslo, California, Norway
10 days ago


Associate Director / Director Public Affairs, Gilead Nordics

The Company

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercialises innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS and emerging viruses, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation. Gilead has 13 000 employees globally and 80 are based in the Nordics.

The Position

Reporting to the Public Affairs head of Australia, Canada & Europe Mid-sized Markets (ACE MM), this role is responsible for the conception and delivery of strategic branded and unbranded communication programmes, community engagement, corporate giving, plus corporate and employee communication intended to protect and enhance Gilead's corporate reputation while helping us to become the biotech employer and partner of choice.

This role works closely with the General Manager of the Nordics and will work in collaboration with the cross-functional team (including Medical Affairs, Marketing, Government Affairs and Market Access). In addition, the role works closely with Public Affairs colleagues in ACE and globally, to communicate the value that our medicines deliver throughout their lifecycle.

Though the Nordic's main office is in Sweden, this position can be based in Finland, Norway or Denmark as well.

Job Duties
  • Responsible for the development and execution of Gilead's local communications strategy, in alignment with global direction and local leadership, in support of the product portfolio and business objectives. Components include: media relations, digital, reputation management, leadership communications, issues and crisis management, brand/therapeutic area communications, corporate communications and employee engagement
  • Design and implement strategic programmes and narratives that proactively communicate Gilead's perspective and shape corporate reputation
  • Coordinate with cross-functional colleagues to ensure alignment and collaboration on business priorities and messaging across different stakeholders
  • Examine complex issues from a broader organization perspective, determine communications opportunities and develop and implement risk mitigation strategies
  • Prepare communication materials, including strategic programmes, key messages, Q&A documents, press releases and presentations
  • Develop/strengthen relationships with a wide variety of community advocates and organizations, championing patient engagement in appropriate cross-functional projects
  • Enhance Gilead's profile among industry associations, media and other influential organizations in the Nordics
  • Develop strong relationships with key media and respond to media requests and arrange interviews with management and opinion leader spokespeople, as appropriate
  • Responsible for Gilead's corporate giving initiatives in the Nordics
  • Drive internal communications and employee engagement by proactively driving ideas and programmes that support culture evolution
  • Effectively manage all aspects of public relations agency relationships, including direction and project management
  • Manage budgets to target
  • Understand the regulatory framework in the Nordics and compliantly manage internal approvals and interactions with the review team

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • Proven experience in communications, product public relations, media and patient advocacy group relations
  • Must have experience with public relations tactics and the relationship of those tactics to other department roles and functions, including Marketing, Medical Affairs, Government Affairs and Market Access
  • Demonstrated experience in media relations (traditional and social), issues management; knowledge of healthcare and industry media
  • Experience managing multiple projects (timelines, budgets, priorities) simultaneously; flexibility and results-oriented focus are essential
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to interact with senior management and high-profile experts appropriately, with confidence and ease
  • Knowledge of the political/health policy environment, including processes and key stakeholders across the Nordic region
  • Fluency in English and at least one Nordic language
  • Typically requires a BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field (or International Equivalent) proven relevant experience, which includes ten years healthcare public relations experience

  • Ability to engage and manage multiple stakeholders to achieve objectives
  • Curious with a strong learning agility (the ability to rapidly study, analyse and understand new situations and business problems)
  • Operationally excellent and resilient in the context of a rapidly changing environment
  • Organised with systematic approach to prioritisation
  • Process orientated to achieve the business objectives

Gilead Core Value
  • Integrity (always doing the right thing),
  • Teamwork (collaborating in good faith),
  • Excellence (working at a high level of commitment and capability)
  • Accountability (taking personal responsibility).
  • Inclusion (encouraging diversity)

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively \\"Gilead\\" or the \\"Company\\") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 64002124
  • Location:
    Oslo, California, Norway
  • Position Title: Associate Director / Director Public Affairs, Gilead Nordics
  • Company Name For Job: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Job Function: Industry Research
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