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Director of Communications, Canada


This is a Full-time position in Vancouver, BC posted January 19, 2023.

Career Opportunities: Director of Communications, Canada (30157) Requisition ID 30157
– Posted 12/01/2022
– Country (Multi Selection) (1)
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– Commercial Operations Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime
– like a job where you have the chance to change lives.

At Alexion, people living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star.

We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives.

We value the uniqueness and diversity of our employees and recognize that nurturing the diverse perspectives and strengths of our people translates into innovative breakthroughs for patients.

The Director of Communications for Canada leads all communications for Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease in Canada.

She/he is responsible for the strategy, planning, and hands-on execution of globally and regionally aligned local communications to support Alexion’s portfolio and reputation.

She/he is a member of the Canadian Leadership Team as well as the International Communications team within the Corporate Affairs Function.

She/he will report to the Head of International Communications with an indirect report to the Vice President and General Manager of Canada.

This position also acts as the site communications lead for Alexion’s employee presence in Toronto.

She/he will work with local HR and business leaders to create and implement internal communications strategies for all employees in Toronto.

Develop annual communication strategies and execute them in collaboration with Canadian management, Alexion Communications and Global Corporate Affairs.

Align local objectives for corporate reputation, disease awareness and product communications with global strategies and local plans.

Develop local country materials/adapt global materials (e.g.

press releases, statements, talking points, Q&As, fact sheets, etc.) and manage the internal review process.

Lead and manage national and local media relations as well as prepare local Alexion company spokespeople as subject matter experts to engage with media and key external stakeholders.

Develop trusted working relationships with journalists; create/seize engagement opportunities; evaluate/respond to requests; and develop appropriate messaging and materials.

Monitor and manage issues that could impact Alexion success or company reputation in Canada .

Integrate communications efforts with cross-functional teams such as Government Affairs, Commercial/Marketing, Patient Advocacy, Market Access, Medical Affairs, and Regulatory Affairs to ensure strategic, consistent and effective communications on key topics/issues/initiatives.

Work closely with the Head of International Communications to support initiatives (e.g.

related to major milestones) and implement broader corporate communications initiatives at the local level.

Work with the General Managers and local teams, as well as the Global Culture & Internal Communications teams, to inform employees and support engagement.

Identify, contract and lead/manage/oversee agencies engaged to support communications activities in Canada .

Manage in-country communications budget.

Be a team player and pitch-in on various other department projects as the need arises.

10 years of experience in in-house and/or agency communications in a health care setting.

Strong and broad background in communications in the bio/pharmaceutical industry.

Robust media relations experience.

Experience in content for digital and social media.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Proven track record of working successfully with both executives and subject matter experts.

Knowledge of the local media landscape as well as relationships with Canadian national and regional media.

Robust working experience in international and intercultural settings.

Experience leading communications for an affiliate of a larger health care company.

Experience working within a Regional communications team.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

Further information about Alexion can be found at: .

Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness.

The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law.

Alexion provides reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees.

To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding an accommodation, please contact

Alexion participates in E-Verify.

AstraZeneca completed its acquisition of Alexion, marking the creation of Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease.

If you’re interested in career opportunities with AstraZeneca, click here .