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Lilly Senior Director-Oncology Communications 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 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.


At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Position Summary:

The Senior Director, Oncology Communications will primarily be responsible for the development and execution of communications strategies for key Lilly Oncology products, pipeline molecules and initiatives. The job has two primary areas of focus: 1) delivering strategic external communications for product and pipeline scientific presentations, publications, and regulatory milestones and 2) designing and implementing integrated communication strategies aimed at reaching patient and consumer audiences.

The position will report the Associate Vice President, Oncology Corporate Affairs and will be part of the Oncology Corporate Affairs team. It operates cross-functionally within Oncology, as well as with other Communications and Corporate Affairs colleagues, Investor Relations, and affiliates.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with oncology cross-functional teams (advocacy, commercial, medical, regulatory, legal, policy, etc.) and other key stakeholders to develop communication strategies and implement tactics that reach key external audiences (patients, HCP, key influencers, advocates, media and caregivers/consumers) and advance business objectives.

  • Manage day-to-day communications activities of assigned portfolio, including direction of a PR agency of record, interaction with media and other key external stakeholders.

  • Prepare/oversee development of all communications materials including press releases, media pitches, social media content, and more.

  • Support product/program related internal communication needs.

  • Partner with communications contacts in our global affiliates.

  • Assist with other communications projects as assigned.

Basic Requirements :

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in a professional communications position (journalist, product communicator, corporate communicator, or related field).

  • Previous experience working on topics related to pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare or science.

  • Clear and concise communicator across spoken and written communications.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and execution of creative and strategic communication plans.

  • Superior writing skills and ability to translate complex messages, data and scientific content into clear, concise, compelling communications for laymen, HCP and consumer audiences.

  • Experience working in the field of oncology and/or knowledge of oncology care and treatments.

  • Strong strategic thinker, problem solver, and agile learner.

  • Experience interacting with and providing appropriate communications counsel and support to senior leaders.

  • Able to influence others; comfortable and confident in speaking up.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to effectively manage projects, including timelines and budgets.

  • Strong relationship building skills.

  • Ability to prioritize and make good trade-off decisions.

Additional Preferences:

  • Understanding of traditional and social media landscapes and how to utilize various channels to maximize impact.

  • Media relations experience and relationships, as well as experience serving as a spokesperson.

  • Experience managing agency partners.

Additional Information:

  • Physical Demands/Travel: The physical demands of this job are consistent with an office environment. Approximate US and/or Global travel for this role is 25%.

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment:

This position’s work environment is in an office/remote home office.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Lilly currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from between $144,000 to $211,200 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Lilly offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including eligibility to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k); pension; vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities).Of course, the compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above. Further, Lilly reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion and Lilly’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Lilly employees.

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