DIRECTOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS - ZURICH

Location: Switzerland - Glattbrugg/Zurich

Function: Communications and Public Affairs

Company: Vifor Pharma

Lucie Kulhanek

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+41 58 851 83 68

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About You

We are currently hiring a Director Corporate Communications for our global communications team. In this role you will be the deputy to the Head of Corporate Communications and therefore a key leader in our growing team that aims to build and strengthen Vifor Pharma’s reputation as a star amongst Swiss biotech companies.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Co-create and deliver an integrated global communications strategy
  • Establish and run a “Newsroom” model to fully leverage resources and capabilities
  • Lead on corporate reporting (e.g.: annual report, CSR report)
  • Support development of clear messaging aligned with corporate strategy
  • Strategic communication advice and executional support to teams in Global Marketing, Medical and Market Access
  • Partner with Investor Relations to ensure that financial stakeholders fully appreciate the value, products and news flow of the business
  • Prepare briefings for senior leaders, including preparation for media engagements and development of speeches, presentations and talking points
  • Manage the internal communications channel landscape, develop KPIs and track performance
  • Gather insights on metrics with the aim to constantly improve internal and external communications
  • Preparation and activity in any potential crisis situation 
  • Write, edit and approve content for internal publications and external materials by establishing a consistent, fresh tone of voice that appropriate reflects and shapes the corporate brand personality
  • Draft messages and Q&A documents for senior executives
  • Provide executives with a timely assessment of relevant industry issues and their bearing on internal and external communications
  • Monitor and share external stakeholder insights that may have an impact on the reputation of the company, brands and pipeline
  • Management of multiple agencies supporting and advising Vifor Pharma
We would like to welcome the following experience and skills for the role:
  • Masters degree in Communication, Marketing, PR or Business Administration or equally relevant
  • 12+ years of experience in corporate communications, having worked in-house or in agencies on internal and external communications or equally relevant
  • Experience in an international corporate environment and relevant working experience in the UK and the US is welcome
  • Experience as a spokesperson of a large or medium-sized organization
  • Outstanding message development and writing skills
  • Stakeholder engagement and alliance building expertise
  • Communication background in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry is an asset
  • Track record in building up teams and corporate brands
  • Proficient in English, ideally native English-speaker
  • Strong network of international media contacts
  • Excellent leadership, networking, team building skills
You are a candidate with a profound business knowledge, a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude, an entrepreneurial approach and an outgoing personality. You are effective at communicating with stakeholders at all level within an organization with tact, diplomatic and influencing skills.

You demonstrate a strong sense of ownership, possess outstanding project management skills and pay attention to detail. You are good at sensing and setting the right priorities and are flexible enough to act with a sense of urgency if needed. With an appropriate level of gravitas and persistence you advance projects even if unexpected challenges arise.

You have the ability to learn from mistakes and respond well to criticism and feedback. You are a committed team player and a pleasure to work with. Your leadership style is open and inclusive, empowering and motivating and you are keen to support the Head of Corporate Communications build a strong and thriving global communication team.

About Us

Vifor Pharma Group, formerly Galenica Group, is a global specialty pharmaceuticals company that researches, develops, produces and markets its own pharmaceutical products and is the partner of choice for innovative, patient-focused solutions. The company’s goal is to be a global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies and strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases to lead better, healthier lives. Vifor Pharma Group has production sites in Switzerland and Portugal as well as a dynamic network of affiliates and partners offering broad market coverage all over the world. The company has an ever-growing global presence while at the same time remaining firmly rooted in its home market, Switzerland.

Vifor Pharma Group consists of Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma, its joint company with Fresenius Medical Care; Relypsa; and OM Pharma.

For more information, please visit: http://www.viforpharma.com/en/about-vifor-pharma/who-we-are.

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