Senior Internal Communications Manager for pRED Strategy, Portfolio, Clinical Operations and Busines


Senior Internal Communications Manager for pRED Strategy, Portfolio, Clinical Operations and Business Operations

The Position

Senior Internal Communications Manager for pRED Strategy, Portfolio, Clinical Operations and Business Operations

In Roche's Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development organisation (pRED), we make transformative medicines for patients in order to tackle some of the world's toughest unmet healthcare needs. At pRED, we are united by our mission to transform science into medicines. Together, we create a culture defined by curiosity, responsibility and humility, where our talented people are empowered and inspired to bring forward extraordinary life-changing innovation at speed. This position sits within the pRED internal communications team and is the communications business partner for pRED's Strategy, Portfolio, Clinical Operations (SP&CO) and Business Operations (pBO) organisation.

Job mission

As a trusted advisor to senior leadership, it is essential that you have a strong understanding of a wide range of internal communications practices, a proven track record in informing the decision-making of senior leaders as well as a deep understanding of the R&D process, pharmaceutical industry and the wider healthcare environment.

Collaboration, flexibility, can do attitude and a professional growth and learning mindset are key to being successful in this role. You will advise and partner with SP&CO and pBO Leadership to help drive employee understanding and engagement behind pRED's strategic roadmap, portfolio priorities and business operations objectives. In addition, you will deliver day to day strategic and change communications for colleagues in the SP&CO and pBO organisation.

As the Senior Communications Manager, you will oversee the pRED wide communications needs for strategy, portfolio and operations and closely align those with the internal communications network. In parallel, an essential part of your role is to align with the SP&CO and pBO teams and translate their work across pRED into impactful, pRED wide communications.

You will also work closely with your internal communicator peers in pRED and across Roche to exchange best practice, break down silos and provide peer-to-peer support. The pRED internal communications network actively embraces Roche's new ways of working and the unleashing of greater personal impact. As such, you will be a part of a network where each member has the opportunity to support a variety of projects in their areas of interest, expertise and development.

To be successful in this role, you will need to think and act in a way that is in service of the patient and the greater good of the team and the business. You enjoy working in a team of shared responsibility and work interest, addressing changing priorities, helping others, spotting challenges in advance and working collaboratively to resolve them.

Your impact

  • Development and implementation of integrated SP&CO and pBO communication programs, plans and material in support of:

    • Delivering the pRED strategy and scientific portfolio

    • Encouraging an agile culture across the newly combined SP&CO and pBO organisation

    • Change strategies and activities

    • Issues, crisis and reputation management

    • Employee engagement

  • Driving engagement of pRED and SP&CO/pBO internal audiences with compelling content and programs in aid of our strategic business priorities.

  • Providing counsel and supporting delivery of executive communications

  • Ownership, development and delivery of the SP & CO/pBO editorial and channel management strategies.

  • Participating in and contributing to cross functional communications squads to develop and implement internal communication plans on priority initiatives to help pRED deliver on their business objectives.

  • Building strong networks as a critical member of the global pRED internal communications community to ensure all activities are appropriately positioning SP&CO/pBO, and pRED in Roche corporate communications; and ensuring alignment of communication strategies across pRED and Roche.

Your profile

  • Bachelor's degree or relevant certification in Communications, Public Relations (or related field) or Business; alternatively, you have a scientific education with very strong communication experience and background

  • 8+ years of experience in corporate, organisational or internal communications preferably in the biotech, pharmaceutical or healthcare industry; with experience in communications business partnering

  • Excellent professional communications skills and outstanding digital competency. Expert understanding of communications, content and channel strategies, employee engagement, change communication and experience in leading the development of strategic communication programs. Demonstrable experience creating impactful internal communication programmes.

  • A passion for science and strong understanding of healthcare, Pharma or Biotech industries including a strong understanding of the R&D processes is preferred

  • High professional competency to provide counsel to senior leaders on communication approaches and personal styles

  • Build collaborative relationships, with strong influencing and networking skills to influence with credibility

  • Excellent writing skills and creative thinking to be able to translate complex topics into simple, engaging materials for multiple internal audiences

  • Highly skilled at producing creative content, with experience in video and graphic work is an advantage

  • Experience in project management and working on cross-functional projects, both with internal communication teams and in collaboration with external agencies and contractors

  • Strong team player, highly collaborative with a 'can-do' attitude. Solution-oriented, independent thinker with a growth mindset. Self-motivated, able to thrive in a non-hierarchical, self-organising environment, where teams form around projects and initiatives.

  • Team building mindset that fosters a culture of expertise and best practice sharing, and promotes the development of team members

  • Excellent English language skills (spoken and written), German language skills are an advantage

Our commitment

Roche commits to recognizing talent and aptitude. We prioritize encouraging and supporting our employees on their personal journeys by providing a safe, creative space to help them reflect, make decisions and grow in their career.

We are confident that we find the most innovative solutions by gaining different perspectives, asking and answering hard questions, and challenging the status quo. Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious yet enthusiastic way; we are devoted to building a team that represents a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Who we are

At Roche, more than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we've become one of the world's leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 10,700 employees from over 100 countries come together at our Basel/Kaiseraugst site, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Read more.

Besides extensive development and training opportunities, we offer flexible working options, 18 weeks of maternity leave and 10 weeks of gender independent partnership leave. Our employees also benefit from multiple services on site such as child-care facilities, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias, as well as various employee events.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and strive to identify and create opportunities that enable all people to bring their unique selves to Roche.

Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.