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Baar, Canton of Zug, Switzerland
Job reference: R-044428
Posted date: Feb. 06, 2019

AstraZeneca is a global biopharmaceutical company with 50,000 employees worldwide specializing in the research, development, manufacture and commercialization of prescription drugs. AstraZeneca is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical companies with consolidated sales of approximately USD 22.5 billion (2017). The global headquarters of the British-Swedish group is Cambridge in England. The Swiss company is headquartered in Baar (ZG). Further information can be found on our homepage at

This is your opportunity!

We are recruiting a

Communication Lead (80 – 100%)

In this role you provide expert support to the Country President, the leadership team and the organization and take the lead in delivering the internal and external communication roadmap. You are developing and rolling out internal communication programs which foster organizational alignment, the empowerment and the pride of our employees to work for AstraZeneca. You are developing and managing external communication projects to position AZ Switzerland as a science driven company and great place to work. Furthermore, you are responsible to maintain the reputation of AstraZeneca and to shape the broader pharmaceutical industry agenda through your engagement in the industry association and other external stakeholders.

Your main tasks/ key accountabilities

  • Develop and roll out external communication and governmental affairs plan to shape the external reputation of AstraZeneca in Switzerland
  • Actively engage in shaping the broader pharmaceutical industry agenda in Switzerland and engage with the industry association
  • Act as media spokesperson and ensure timely and professional management of media requests in order to maintain a positive reputation of AstraZeneca Switzerland
  • Responsibility to build and maintain relations with key Patient Groups, Scientific Associations and local authorities to drive our patient advocacy agenda
  • Supporting the BU teams in developing and delivering a robust local brand communications strategy for our key brands in order to position AstraZeneca as a science driven company in Switzerland
  • Developing and roll out of internal comms roadmap (f2f, events, classical and digital channels) with the objectives to align the organization on strategy, enhance employee empowerment and engagement as well as pride working for AstraZeneca
  • Develop activities in collaboration with HR in order to position AstraZeneca as a Great Place to Work in Switzerland
  • Providing communications counsel and support on an ad hoc basis to senior leaders as required

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in governmental affairs, journalism, communication, marketing or related field
  • Track record of min. 5-7 years of external and internal communication as well as governmental affairs experience (ideally in healthcare sector)
  • Good knowledge of the Swiss media landscape and the pharmaceutical regulatory environment
  • Ideally experience in driving advocacy projects / working with patient advocacy organizations

Skills and other prerequisites

  • Ability to set and manage priorities, goals and project initiatives
  • Hands-on mentality and readiness to manage several projects at same time and from A-Z
  • First-rate coordination, collaboration, organization and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret scientific and medical data
  • Curious personality and good cross-functional team player
  • High level of motivation and proactivity
  • Proficient in operating Microsoft Office and experience of digital and social media
  • Proficiency in both German and English
  • Experience in working with senior leaders as well as in matrix-organizations
  • Good influencing skills

We are looking forward to receiving your electronic application via our global career website. For more information on career opportunities, please visit our global career portal.


AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

Communication Lead (80 – 100%)
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