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Communication Business Partner PHC CoE

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Genentech: Communication Business Partner PHC CoE
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Communication Business Partner PHC CoE
South San Francisco
California, United States of America
Job ID: 3594886658
The Position
Position Summary
The Communication Business Partner to the PHC Center of Excellence supports the Co-heads (Global Product Strategy and Research & Development) of the PHC CoE and reports to the Head of Pharma Product Development Communications.
The Communications Business Partner to Pharma PHC Center of Excellence is responsible for internal and external communications around the PHC 2.0 strategy within Roche Pharmaceuticals Division. The CoE is an essential part of the Group-wide strategy to advance Personalized Healthcare into the digital era (“PHC 2.0”) and comprises a wide range of function representatives from across all aspects of the Pharmaceutical value chain.
The role is based in South San Francisco to ensure proximity to the Head of PHC Global Product Strategy and the Head of PHC Research & Development and their leadership teams, and will also work closely with functions based at Group headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.
This person is the trusted advisor of the Head of Pharma Product Development Communications and other senior leaders. To provide this counsel it is essential for this person to possess a deep understanding of the Pharmaceutical business and wider environment.
Key Accountabilities
In this position, the individual will primarily be accountable for the following:
Internal Communications:
Serve as Communications Business Partner to the PHC 2.0 Center of Excellence (CoE) within the Pharmaceutical Division
Counsel CoE co-leadership (Global Product Strategy and Research & Development), develop and execute activities and materials on internal communications strategy needs to assure success of and explain the CoE’s mission and PHC 2.0 strategy within Roche’s Pharmaceuticals Division
In close collaboration with Group Communications and GPS Communications, build and nurture internal engagement for the community within and around the CoE.
External Communications:
Counsel and advise on external communications and engagement opportunities and needs linked to the Pharma PHC 2.0 strategy in close collaboration with Group Comms, the group wide PHC lead, public and employee comms, digital and media relations and GPS Communications
Scout and supply relevant content (examples / proof points of current PHC activities) from within the CoE’s activities and remit for effective external corporate communications that bolster company reputation and support strategic stakeholder engagements
Serve as custodian of the Roche-wide company brand standards within the CoE and ensure alignment to corporate messaging and storyline on advancing Personalized Healthcare in a digital era
Public & Employee Communications (PEC):
Work closely with the corporate content lead on PHC and Science Communications in Public and Employee Communications as a key contributor and interface alongside with business partners from other functions (e.g. GPS Communications, Diagnostics, IT, Pharma Research & Early Development, etc.)
Key Experience Used in this Position
Corporate/Public Affairs, media relations
Ability to engage with senior leaders and provide strategic counsel and feedback
Knowledge of the pharma and/or biotechnology business, tech experience a plus
Understanding of external drivers of industry change and shifts
Working in global teams
Key Functional Skills/Competencies Used in this Position
Demonstrated internal and external communications skills
Strong project management skills
Excellent oral/written skills
Digital skills and interest
End-to-end content creation and channel management
Strategic agility and multitasking
Ability to translate technical and complex concepts into plain language and engaging communications
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact with senior leaders and matrixed functions and departments
Stakeholder engagement (planning and activation)
Deep understanding of briefing executives
Creativity and innovation
Interpersonal savvy
Budget development and management
Example Responsibilities
Communications Business Partnering:
Advise and counsel the co-leadership (Global Product Strategy and Research & Development) of the Pharma PHC 2.0 CoE to ensure clarity on short-, medium- and long-term communications needs both within the Pharmaceuticals division and towards external stakeholders
Own internal communications planning and execution for activities concerning positioning the CoE within the context of Roche’s strategy on PHC 2.0; more specifically: roll-out of CoE activities, materials such as messaging, presentations, etc. that inform on the CoE strategy’s impact for the Pharmaceuticals division
Foster engagement and excitement within the PHC 2.0 CoE’s growing community and with its internal stakeholders by planning and managing activities such as events, newsletters, internal digital platforms and others
Counsel and advise leadership on external communications and engagement needs linked to the Pharma PHC 2.0 strategy, potentially including stakeholder research, listening activities or other in close alignment with Group Communications
Interface to Corporate Communications Functions:
Serve as expert and key content contributor to the Group-wide communications strategy on advancing Personalized Healthcare in a digital era by identifying, preparing and supplying engaging content from within the CoE’s activities, e.g. storylines, hooks, interviews and other content
Work closely with GPS Communications and corporate functions such as Public and Employee Communications and Digital Communications to strengthen Group-wide editorial and content strategy and amplify external communications in accordance with business needs from the perspective of the CoE
Corporate Brand Custodianship:
Serve as custodian of the Roche-wide company brand standards within the CoE and its communications activities. Understand and apply the Roche Brand standards in visual, voice and messaging. Weave in the corporate messaging and storyline on advancing Personalized Healthcare in a digital era to ensure one voice across the Roche Group within the Pharmaceuticals division
Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Candidates for this position should hold the following qualifications, have the following experience, and be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities to be considered as a suitable applicant. Please note that except where specified as “preferred,” or as a “plus,” all points listed below are considered minimum requirements.
University Degree (MS, MA, MBA, or post graduate studies are preferred)
Ideally, scientific degree/PHD in biosciences
Minimum seven to ten years of experience in corporate communications
Ideally, experience in diagnostic/biomarker technologies and HIT. Tech communications experience a plus.
Experience in biotech and/or healthcare industries
Experience working within a matrix organization as well as in a multicultural environment
Demonstrable experience working in fast paced environments and adapting to changing stakeholder needs
Experience working on cross-functional projects and presenting to senior company executives/audiences
Experience managing budget
Broad knowledge of the pharmaceutical/biotech industry
Global business understanding, acumen and the knowledge of how to work in that structure
Knowledge of organizational and people behavior
Expert knowledge in pioneering
Extract & process key information / provide targeted insights & recommendations
Distill & interpret business strategy to drive engagement with key stakeholders
Influencing and negotiation skills, as well as interpersonal & partnering skills
Proven track record of meeting or exceeding objectives and goals
Can manage managers and senior leaders: can also ensure the accomplishment of goals and targets through indirect leadership
Outstanding consulting skills: consistent and proven track record of helping internal partners/stakeholders address strategic opportunities and solve problems; strong facilitation skills
Strong communication & presentation skills: consistently exhibits professional maturity, confidence and competence
Solid organizational & time management skills: proven abilities to manage multiple, often complex and sometimes competing, objectives, goals and other priorities to effective and efficient conclusion
Outstanding interpersonal & partnering skills: proven track record of building strong and sustainable relationships with internal and external partners/stakeholders
Ability to travel globally
Fluent written and verbal English. Basic German an advantage
Who We Are
A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.
The next step is yours. To apply today, click on the Apply online button.
Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our .
At Genentech, we share salary ranges with applicants during the recruiting process, if requested. Third party salary estimates may not be accurate or up-to-date.
Job Facts
Job Function
South San Francisco
California, United States of America
Full time
Job type
Biotechnology / Science
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