Associate Director Publications / Medical Communications

The Associate Director Publications/Medical Communications is responsible for working cross-functionally with other company leaders to develop medical publications and manage publication agencies/ vendors and oversee internal medical writer-led projects. In collaboration with Medical Affairs and the Clinical teams, this person will develop and execute comprehensive strategic and scientific communication plans for publications and congresses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing key scientific publications by ensuring accurate and rigorous communication of data to inform the medical community;
  • Manages publication agencies, vendors and internal medical writing according to publication strategy for Milestone’s drug development program;
  • Oversees and provides input on oral presentations and manuscripts, as well as abstracts and posters regarding Milestone-sponsored clinical trials;
  • Builds effective partnerships internally with Medical Affairs and other medical communications stakeholders, and externally, with authors and other experts;
  • Participates in vendor selection and manages day-to-day interactions with publications agencies;
  • Reviews publications for medical accuracy, fair balance and ensures adherence to Milestone publication guidance and Good Publication Practice;
  • Collaborates with Medical Affairs to lead the medical communication strategy activities at key medical congresses, including booth panel development, meeting summaries and slide reviews;
  • Oversees and provides input on the development of abstracts, posters, oral presentations and manuscripts, and facilitates decision making on publication priorities;
  • Provides scientific input into the development of commercial strategies and data dissemination;
  • Supports internal teams and other stakeholders in engaging with the external medical community;
  • Studies Milestone’s clinical trial research, drug development process and GCP requirements and reviews clinical trial data to develop an in-depth understanding of Milestone’s program;
  • Analyzes, interprets and summarizes data and ensures plans are in accordance with trial results;
  • Ensures timely delivery of high-quality medical communication within budget.

Educations, Background, Knowledge and Skills

  • Advanced scientific degree, such as PhD, MD, PharmD, with five to seven years of publication planning experience in the biopharmaceutical sector—cardiology experience is a plus;
  • Experience with scientific peer-reviewed publications and industry publications best practices;
  • Expertise across all aspects of scientific publication strategy, planning and execution during all phases of the development and commercialization process (investigational, registrational, pre- and post-launch and marketed);
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to develop and convey scientific information to audiences of various academic backgrounds and cultures;
  • The ability to quickly build rapport and credibility with key internal and external stakeholders using strong interpersonal skills;
  • Organized and able to independently manage time, with strong multitasking abilities to track a variety of inputs for multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment;
  • Calm and rational, with the ability to make solid and accurate decisions in ambiguous situations, evolving landscapes and tight timelines, without sacrificing scientific accuracy;
  • Resourceful and problem-solving mindset, and strong relationship-building strengths, able to develop credibility and interact positively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • The ability to influence and collaborate with peers and managers, and provides oversight and guidance to colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact;
  • Strong understanding of Good Publication Practices, Sunshine Act, Pharma Code of Conduct and other guidance related to scientific data communication; and
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally as needed, with travel expected to be approximately 10-20%.
  • Milestone U.S. is based in Charlotte, NC. This position may be remote initially, but after strong data, a move to Charlotte, NC may be required.


Milestone Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity employer 

Disclaimer: The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, but rather are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.