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Lilly Associate Director, Corporate Affairs, Lilly Diabetes in Indianapolis, Indiana

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 35,000 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.

Organization Overview

Lilly Diabetes Corporate Affairs is a corporate affairs team embedded within the Lilly Diabetes Business Unit to lead its internal and external communications, advocacy and environment shaping efforts working with cross functional partners.


The Associate Director, Franchise and Internal Communications is a critical member of the Lilly Diabetes communications team who leads strategic communications focused on building reputation through executive thought leadership, advocacy, franchise (enterprise level) programs and rich engagement with internal audiences.

The right candidate will play a strategic role in ensuring Lilly Diabetes continually and consistently connects our people to the work, our leaders, each other, and our strategic purpose through visually dynamic content. Looking for a self-starter eager to lead and inspire team with vision, creativity and a passion for storytelling.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Create an internal communications strategy and storytelling plan to educate internal and remote employees, including the sales force, about the nuances and value of the organization and align a large, multi-functional organization around a common understanding of purpose.

  • Drive team culture through engaging content -- from executive emails to employee videos -- collaborate with internal teams to identify and celebrate stories that elevate and connect with employees to strengthen their relationship with organization.

  • Write, edit, and produce content for executive communications including, but not limited to, stakeholder emails, speeches, keynote addresses, video scripts, articles, op-eds, and correspondence.

  • Lead key business unit events such Town Halls and Summits.

  • Develop, execute and evaluate internal communications strategy and storytelling plan to build pride at work and align a large, multi-functional organization around a common understanding of purpose.

  • Enact an internal communications strategy that focuses on building ongoing momentum, rather than events or singular moments in time.

  • Develop a message strategy for advocacy communications focused on influencing target audiences to change behavior or policy.

  • Execute thought leadership strategy for executives that demonstrates their expertise and strategic guidance; create program for sharing across internal and external channels.

  • Develop and support communications-based solutions that advance corporate reputation for Lilly Diabetes as a whole; lead franchise communications not tied to specific brand activities.

  • Strategically partner with IT to identify, leverage, and integrate technology that will strengthen effectiveness; use tools to measure, benchmark and continually improve influence of internal communications.

  • Establish engagement KPIs and manage tools like Salesforce to measure impact and pivot strategies as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in communications, English or related field

  • 8+ years of communications 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 Skills/Preferences

  • Experience supporting a business unit – demonstrated ability to develop deep understanding of brand, medical and business objectives and develop communications solutions that deliver on Lilly Diabetes strategic goals.

  • Knowledge of diabetes, obesity and related metabolic diseases, knowledge of Lilly’s products and pipeline.

  • Proven ability in leading, managing and aligning large cross-functional teams and complex deliverables; ability to influence without authority; ability to develop partnerships and good working relationships to secure alignment across all functions.

  • Experience benchmarking and improving KPIs using tools like Salesforce.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to convey complexity in a simple fashion.

  • Exceptional listening and communication skills, with an ability to ask the right questions and uncover hidden insights.

  • Have a strong command of visual storytelling and how to leverage rich media assets across owned channels for measurable impact.

  • Previous experience with or knowledge of drug development and commercialization.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills across functional and geographic boundaries as well as across, up, and down the organizational ladder.

Additional Information

  • Travel Percentage: 10-20%

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