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Director, Corporate Communications Access and Affordability

Primary activities include but are not limited to: Support the development and lead the implementation of a strategy, plan, tactics and metrics for both internal and external audiences, including a media and thought leadership strategy.  Develop and implement an integrated corporate message platform, working across Global Communications and the company to ensure an aligned, consistent narrative for internal and external audiences.  Lead communications to develop rich content to advance the company's narrative on access, pricing, affordability and the value of medicines, driving increased awareness internally and externally. Strategically evaluate proactive communications opportunities for senior business leaders to reinforce and communicate the company's position on key topic related to the company's market access and pricing strategy and provide communications support on messaging and presentation materials. Work with the Lead, External Affairs, and the Lead, Policy Communications in the creation and implementation of an issues management strategy, process and execution; providing guidance on related reputational issues as needed to mitigate risk and ensure messaging is aligned.  Oversee issues management on pricing and access communications as well as other key policy issues related to the company's reputation.  Lead the tactical development of narratives, core response documents, toolkits and other resources, including the publication of the company's annual US Pricing Transparency Report. Partner with customers, research organizations and other 3rd parties on the announcement of collaborative efforts to advance value-based pricing models and other affordability solutions. Provide guidance to product teams on the communication of pricing and access information for product launches. Advance the company's efforts to engage consumers on affordability issues by supporting the development of communications on patient assistance programs that are easily understood and based on health literacy principles. Engage internal stakeholders and work with the National Pharmaceutical Council and PhRMA to ensure the Merck position and industry position are integrated   Qualifications Position Qualifications: BA degreerequired, Degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or Public Policy preferred. MBA or Masters in related area preferred. Healthcareexperience is strongly preferred  Accomplished corporate communications professional with a minimum of 10 years' experience in corporate communications, media relations, public relations agency or related field. Experience in internal communications, executive communication, pricing/policy/access, and/or scientific communications preferred.  Proven experience developing and driving successful corporate reputation and thought leadership initiatives in coordination with business partners in support of company objectives.  Exceptional collaboration skills and ability to partner effectively within the department and across the business to drive and scale communications strategies.  Demonstrated ability to use communications to effectively manage issues. Experience in managing issues/crisis in the healthcare industry preferred.  Strong understanding of the technical side of the healthcare business, including regulatory environments, pricing and access. Superior interpersonal communications skills. Strong presentation and facilitation skills; ability to engage with and persuade a wide variety of audiences. Excellent writing and content creation skills required; able to quickly produce clear, compelling, motivating communications.  Abe to quickly learn the business and operate within a complex, fast-paced and changing environment.  Proficiency with web-based, digital communications and internal/external social media tools preferred. Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills with strong ability to develop new, innovative ways to drive communications in a rapidly changing environment. Excellent project management skills, and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. Strong experience operating within a matrixed, global corporate environment. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to build teamwork and trust. Requisition ID: GLO001395
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
11 - 15 years

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