Senior Editor, External Publishing, Corporate Relations

United States of America, California, South San Francisco

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​The Senior Editor, External Publishing is a key position on the External Communications Team and acts as the Editor-in-Chief responsible for developing and implementing Genentech’s content publishing strategy for and other external paid channels. This role, which reports to the Head of Corporate Communications & Brand, leads a skilled contract team of writing and editing professionals focused on telling the inspiring stories of the science, patients and people of Genentech, and our impact on society. The position has one full-time direct report. Leveraging internal expertise and external best practices, this role will deliver innovation in support of the external communications strategy and have budget responsibility. The Editor will engage with employees at all levels of the company, including internal business partners and stakeholders in the Officer and C-Suite communities. It’s an intense, fast-paced and influential role within a fun, experienced and high-energy team.

  • Develop and implement editorial strategy for all publishing and storytelling on that supports our unique culture, aligns with our brand and engages, inspires, informs and promotes dialogue among key external audiences.

  • Manage the publishing editorial calendar and ensure appropriate cadence of new content

  • Ensure accuracy, quality and variety of published content

  • Direct the editorial process, including managing a smooth and efficient system for finding, pitching, selecting, planning, creating, reviewing and approving content

  • Work with and influence internal business partners and stakeholders at all levels of the company to shape stories 

  • Coach, develop and manage a team consisting of one full time Genentech employee and a broader group of freelance reporters, writers, editors, creative content providers (e.g., videographers, photographers, illustrators, etc.) to ensure all work is delivered on time, to the highest quality standards and within budget. 

  • Manage and regularly update editorial guidelines as needed to drive innovation and ensure quality standards; ensure awareness and understanding of guidelines across freelancers and business partners

  • Collaborate closely with internal communications counterpart and co-chair cross-functional Editorial Board to ensure alignment with business and communications objectives and leverage opportunities to share content

  • Partner with Digital team within CR to measure and evaluate the impact of our storytelling efforts and the effectiveness of our communications channels; partner to evolve and enhance them as needed

  • Manage publishing budget


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or relevant related field


  • 10+ years of communications experience with at least five years of digital publishing experience
  • Experience in a science-based or healthcare company is preferred
  • Prior experience coaching, developing and managing direct reports or freelance communicators and vendors
  • Experience managing budgets to deliver on communications goals
  • Expertise in or ability to quickly learn fundamental publishing and communications tools

To be successful the Editor must have:

  • Exceptional writing, editing and visual story-telling skills
  • Proven experience coaching and developing writers, as well as editing and improving copy
  • Demonstrated experience and genuine enthusiasm for collaborating and innovating with peers
  • Thorough knowledge of (or willingness to learn and maintain knowledge of) Genentech's medicines, pipeline and approach to disease, as well as comfort with scientific topics
  • An understanding of (or willingness to learn and maintain knowledge of) important business topics including industry trends, clinical trial design, drug development, regulatory decision making and public policy issues
  • An understanding of brand fundamentals and a commitment to bringing the brand to life in publishing touchpoints
  • Video production management experience and/or experience guiding the production of visual assets
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to regularly pivot from creative big-idea generation to nitty-gritty details and back
  • Prior people management experience – either direct reports or freelance/agency writers
  • Excellent judgement and a keen sense of what is timely and culturally relevant
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a desire to build and nurture relationships to identify the best stories to tell
  • Ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization, including senior leaders; and work cross-functionally across multiple teams
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work within budgets and balance many priorities
  • Ability invent and simplify processes
  • Experience and enjoyment of fast-moving and agile environments where flexibility is key
  • Outstanding time management and project management skills
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated proactive commitment in evolving communications based on metrics, research and feedback
  • Effective, independent decision making ability
  • A deep interest in and passion for Genentech’s mission of pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop breakthrough medicines for people facing serious diseases.