Senior Manager, Science Communications

United States of America, California, South San Francisco

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The Senior Manager, Science Communications supports the Director in developing and delivering the public relations strategy for Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED). S/he serves as a media spokesperson and has contact with global and national media and trade publications. S/he supports the development and execution of communications initiatives that further gRED’s internal and external reputation, including developing strategic communications plans for gRED scientific publications, collaborations and key initiatives. S/he contributes to the gRED publishing strategy, including major digital programs such as our Behind the Science editorials on the Genentech corporate website. S/he collaborates closely with gRED, other Corporate Relations teams, Human Resources and Global Roche to ensure gRED milestones, partnerships and projects are communicated effectively to all internal and external audiences through the various relevant communications channels. S/he supports the Director in measuring impact and keeping dashboards and metrics updated.

Responsibilities:

Support the development and implementation of the gRED communications plan


Serve as media spokesperson on gRED milestones and other storytelling opportunities

Represent gRED as PIO (Public Information Officer) responsible for creating communications strategies for top-tier scientific publications and data presentations at medical meetings that provide synergies with existing science PR priorities

Collaborate closely with Pharma Partnering team and Roche Pharma Partnering Communications colleagues for communications related to key deals, partnering conferences, and executive visibility/engagement activities

Support the execution of new and existing communications initiatives (Behind the Science editorials, gene.com Science Hub, Science Briefs, Big Ideas videos, etc.) while continuously improving and amplifying impact

Coordinate with Genentech, gRED and Roche Internal Communications teams to develop stories about gRED milestones and publish them via gWiz, MyRoche, and other relevant channels for employees. Support Internal Communications on Science-related employee events as needed

Manage business operations in support of Science Communications (relevant gRED molecule updates for gene.com/Roche.com, updating core messaging, review of materials for external presentations/brochures as needed, etc.)

Manage dashboard and measurement analytics

Who You Are

Qualified candidates will have:

  • BS/BA or advanced degree
  • 5+ years of communications experience, a mixture of agency and corporate preferred
  • Biotech or pharma experience in the research/early discovery and development area is highly desirable
  • Science background is desirable
  • Strong understanding of evolving technology and communication platforms
  • Demonstrated public relations and communication skills, with a particular focus on experience working with the top-tier and trade media, including developing pitches, managing positive and negative news stories, building relationships with reporters and driving for results
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and leading teams to accomplish tasks with measurable ROI
  • Proficiency in decision making; understanding the broad context for decisions and taking accountability for the outcome
  • Excellent leadership, collaboration, project management, communication and risk taking skills
  • Comfort in navigating ambiguity and conflict while maintaining productive relationships
  • Ability to influence peers and senior management without direct authority
  • Experience directly engaging with senior management with minimal oversight