Allergan Associate Director, External Scientific Communications, Publication Planning in Irvine, California

Associate Director, External Scientific Communications, Publication Planning

Irvine, California, United States at

Aug 20, 2018Post Date

182156Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

Allergan is a company that will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. Where you can build bridges all over the world. Where you can power ideas that drive change. And where you will act fast and drive results for customers and patients. Power your future & join our bold team.

Position Overview

The Publications Manager will oversee development of strategic publication plans and analyses for multiple therapeutic areas or indications. Ensures globalization of publication plans under their purview resulting in global publication plans. Represents the publications perspective on post-approval teams (PATs) providing therapeutic area (TA) and publications knowledge to guide the team’s decisions regarding scientific communications. Interfaces with Medical Affairs and Clinical leadership of assigned TAs to ensure successful integration of publications. Identifies and implements improvements in standards processes to improve efficiencies. Develops and reports metrics to stakeholders with the goal of improving communication and reach of publications. Regularly interfaces with internal stakeholders to determine needs and ensure successful implementation of yearly initiatives.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

  • Oversee publication strategy development and lead strategic analysis, including providing recommendations regarding publication strategy and effectively integrating strategic concepts from all stakeholders. Ensure strategic objectives are achieved within design of tactical plan. Serve as the functional lead of the publications subteam of the PAT and represent the subteam in PAT meetings as appropriate.Communicate effectively across functional areas and to senior-level management, ensuring that all presentations are tailored to the audience.

  • Ensure successful execution of strategy by overseeing tactical execution of publication plan within established timelines and in adherence to standardized processes. Provide oversight and direction to Global Medical Affairs Publishing staff and external vendors in the development of publication activities for assigned products. Ensure publication projects are reviewed for alignment with strategic objectives. Independently address and resolve situations as they arise or appropriately identify when to elevate to management for resolution. Champion compliance initiatives and ensure compliance documentation is accurate and up-to-date.

  • Provide managerial oversight of direct reports. Determine resource requirements, participate in hiring processes, and ensure successful integration of personnel into the PPTs. Ensure all Performance HR responsibilities are achieved for direct reports. Provide training and feedback, resolve personnel issues, and manage talent retention

  • Maintain current awareness of and serve as an expert resource to PAT and external vendors on good publication practices, editorial policies, and Allergan Publication Policy and standardized processes, and apply to publishing projects. Establish and maintain current awareness of therapeutic area, product knowledge, and competitive landscape in support of publication activities.

  • Actively participate in departmental projects and activities. Ensure publication-tracking documents and data provided for departmental reports are accurate, timely, and audience-appropriate (eg, Quarterly Report). Act as subject matter expert regarding computer-based technologies utilized by the department.




  • Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate a team without reporting relationship authority

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage a strong and stable network within the internal organization

  • Previous responsibility for managing key vendor relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to identify novel strategic initiatives that improve communications

Scientific Communication

  • Prior ownership for developing and executing scientific strategic plans and tactics focused on various audiences

  • Experience in developing scientific communication strategies and tactics, including the launch of new products and lifecycle management activities for specific audiences (investigators, payers, thought leaders, trade associations, etc.)

Business Generalist

  • Experience in executing and in overseeing highly complex programs and projects

  • Strategic planning experience required

  • Experience working in a highly matrixed organization

  • Working knowledge of the Allergan contracting process

Preferred Skills/Qualification

  • Customer Focus: Makes customers and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; develops and sustains productive relationship

  • Establishing Strategic Direction: Establishes and commits to a long-range course of action after analyzing information and assumptions; takes into consideration resources, constraints, and organizational values.

  • Driving Execution: Translates strategy into operational reality. Breakes down strategic priorities or business initiatives into key tasks and identifies accountabilities. Aligns communication, people, culture, processes, resources and systems to ensure effective implementation and delivery of required results.

  • Building Partnerships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.

  • Building Trust: Interacts with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization

  • Information Monitoring: Sets up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.

  • Demonstrated technical abilities and skills in the use and management of the Datavision and other software applications, i.e., Microsoft Outlook, Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

  • Ability to exercise good business judgment.

  • Strong platform style, ability to make group presentations at regional and national meetings as required.

  • Available for limited travel.


  • Ph.D in a scientific discipline and 6 years publications experience

  • MS in a scientific discipline and 9 years publications experience

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.