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Medical Communications Specialist

Date: Feb 26, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.




The Medical Communications Sr. Specialist reports into the Head of Medical Communications, Global Medical Affairs.  The Medical Communications Sr Specialist is an integral member of the Medical Communications team and is responsible for managing the review of scientific communication and scientific presentation projects in collaboration with various Medical and R&D stakeholders.

The Medical Communications Sr Specialist is also responsible for the development, revision, review and approval of medical content for medical science liaisons (MSLs) and Therapeutic Area Leads, inclusive of reactive and proactive slide decks, QAs, and other scientific resources. The Medical Communications Specialist will contribute to the dissemination (or communication) of scientific and clinical information to support of medical affairs and clinical research activities, and will work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to align on the strategic direction, timely execution, and content of scientific materials.



  • In collaboration with the Medical Communications Leads/Publications Lead, manage the review and approval of all external Spark scientific presentations, developed from published literature, and/or Spark-sponsored clinical trials and other Spark-sponsored research
  • Assist Publications Lead with coordination of Publications review and approval process and integration of reviewer comments of assigned external-facing publications and scientific presentations
  • Facilitate the Spark medical and legal non-promotional review and approval process for scientific documents to ensure alignment among stakeholders and compliance with Spark SOPs
  • Ensure that all developed materials are reviewed and appropriately signed off according to Spark Policies and SOPs and maintain archive of approved materials within the appropriate management system
  • Establish strong working relationships with authors and other external experts
  • Maintain and update trackers of Medical Communications deliverables across therapeutic area
  •  Lead the development, review and approval of Field Medical Affairs resources, including QA documents and external-facing scientific slide decks/other materials
  •  In collaboration with the Medical Communications Lead, assist with Medical Communications tactical activities at key medical congresses, including  development, review and approval of scientific congress assets such   as symposia and booth materials and creation of post-congress/medical meeting summaries for dissemination to internal audiences


Education and Experience Requirements


  • Advanced degree (MD/PhD/PharmD) with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in pharmaceutical medical communications / publications, or at a medical communications agency in a medical director role
  • Experience within the pharmaceutical industry is preferre
  • Occasional Travel may be required (>10%)


Key Skills and Abilities


  • Proficiency with Veeva Vault and publications databases (PubsHub, DataVision etc.) strongly desired
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build effective partnerships and work collaboratively with internal/external stakeholders in various functions, at various levels, and with a diversity of style
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to take complex information and ideas and presentation in a clear and concise way
  • Experience in strategic publication planning and execution of publication plans is preferred; prior medical writing experience preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process from drug discovery to preclinical development to clinical development to regulatory approval, strong scientific acumen and experience with compilation, presentation and review of scientific data
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; able to prioritize tasks and work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Strong knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines and medical writing guidelines (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE, CONSORT)
  • Experience managing external agencies preferred
  • Proficiency with computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,
  •  Commitment to quality and continuous improvement


Complexity and Problem Solving


  • Ability to navigate the medical-legal review process and resolve comments appropriately and compliantly
  • Problem solving, negotiation and interpersonal skills, ability to work across many groups and with external key opinion leaders and researchers
  • Ability to critically evaluate literature
  • Experience with cross-functional teams
  • Project management skills, ability to track progress and adjust timelines as needed
  • Ability to multi-task numerous projects at one time, prioritize projects based on Spark goals and objectives


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia