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Senior Scientific Communications Associate

Senior Scientific Communications Associate
Europe; Middle East; Africa
Eli Lilly – Cork GBS

At Lilly, we make a difference for people the world over by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help people live longer, healthier and more active lives. Central to all that we do are our talented and motivated professionals, circa 700 of whom are based at our Global Business Solutions centre in Little Island, Cork. There we boast vibrant workforce made up of over 35 nationalities, speaking over 27 languages.

Established in 2010 to gain efficiencies in areas such as General Accounting, Purchase to Pay and Order to Cash, the GBS Cork quickly excelled in its financial mandate, allowing the Cork leadership to ask, how can we apply these processes to other areas of the business? And so the GBS we have today was born, evolving and expanding into diverse Business Service functions including Customer Meeting Services, Global HR Data Management, Medical Information, Clinical Trial Capabilities and more to come on stream across 2019.

At the GBS, it’s not just about what we do today, but how we can continuously improve and innovate for present and future operations. We view the development of our highly skilled workforce in much the same way and want to grow your role into an empowering and fulfilling career here at Lilly.

Global Scientific Communications (GSC)

Scientific data and information are core assets of Lilly. Providing balanced, objective, and accurate information to the scientific community, health care professionals, payers, and patients in a consistent and timely fashion across the entire drug development lifecycle is fundamental to our company values.
This role represents a fantastic opportunity to join a newly created team within Global Scientific Communications to be located in Cork GBS. This challenging and rewarding role will allow the successful candidate to work with a cross functional team of experts and thought leaders and contribute to Lilly’s high quality scientific publication writing.


The purpose of the Scientific Communications Associate role is to work with cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams to prepare scientific publications (including and not limited to, abstracts, posters, manuscripts and presentations), and/or regulatory documents (including, but not limited to, protocols, clinical study reports, briefing documents, regulatory responses, and marketing authorization applications)


Bachelor’s degree in scientific, health, communications, or technology related field

Or, Bachelor’s degree in any field with at least two years of clinical development experience

1. Document Preparation, Development and Finalization/Document Management

Effectively collect and evaluate data, information, and input from multiple sources, functions, and regions.

Plan (including organizing/preparing outlines), write (including first-draft authoring), edit, review and coordinate

the publication of scientific data in peer-reviewed journals and forums and/or regulatory documents supporting

clinical development/product registration.

Conduct effective document initiation to ensure authoring team alignment and understanding.

Assist in building persuasive and scientific-based arguments that support the purpose of more complex and/or

strategic documents. Ensure data are presented in a clear, complete, accurate, and concise manner.

Ensure that key data, strategically aligned scientific narrative, elements from internal guidance and resource

documents are included appropriately in all documents, and that statements and conclusions are integrated,

accurate, balanced and supported by appropriate data.

Ensure and coordinate quality checks for accuracy, collate reviewer’s comments, adjust content of document as

required based on internal/external input, and prepare final version.

Exhibit flexibility in moving across development and preparation of multiple document types.

Work with teams to ensure smooth and timely development of documents and escalate issues, as appropriate, to

ensure document completion.

Influence or negotiate change of timelines and content with other team members.

Advocate internally and externally for appropriate authorship criteria on all applicable work products.

Work with internal and external speakers to develop and prepare presentations.

2. External Service Provider Management

Build and manage relationships with vendors/alliance partners.

Provide oversight on individual deliverables, including timeline management, delivery of feedback and issue


May participate in in-licensing and co-development activities, including ensuring the quality of data in documents.

Support the implementation of the outsourcing strategy by effectively partnering with staff, GSC management

team, GSC outsourcing team, technical lead consultants, and vendor staff.

A writing exercise is required as part of the candidate evaluation process. Additional writing samples may be


Demonstrated mastery of verbal and written English skills in the medical, scientific or technical writing fields

Experience writing regulatory, clinical trial documents and/or publications

Graduate degree with formal research component or in life sciences.

Experience in clinical development, clinical trial process or regulatory activities

Clinical pharmacology, therapeutic area, or other medical and scientific specific knowledge and experience specific to

hiring area (e.g., neuroscience, oncology, cardiovascular, immunology or endocrine expertise).

Demonstrated project management and time management skills.

Demonstrated high-level end-user computer skills (e.g., word processing, tables and graphics, spreadsheets,

presentation and templates).