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Associate Director, Communications and Public Relations (General Medicine)

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Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

Allergan is a company that will inspire you to aim high with your ambition. Where you can build bridges all over the world. Where you can power ideas that drive change. And where you will act fast and drive results for customers and patients.  Power your future & join our bold team.

Position Overview

The Associate Director, Communications and Public Relations based in Madison, NJ will be responsible for shaping and implementing a Public Relations (PR) communications program that will help drive business results, support our corporate reputation and assist the brand teams in meeting their objectives for the therapeutic area. This role is responsible for the development and implementation of external communications to support the assigned therapeutic area(s) and corporate goals of the Company. 


Will be responsible for the development and implementation of integrated strategic public relations plans and programs that increase awareness, consideration and trial of Allergan's products and key brands, among mainstream media and consumers in the United States.  The position seeks to create and sustain a positive image for Allergan's brands through proactive product communication strategies and reactive issues/crisis management.


Main Areas of Responsibilities

  • PR Planning for Brands - work with Brand leaders and PR agencies to develop press releases, issues management planning, and programs for the year. Once programs are developed, the AD will develop all finalized approvals and support for the plan.  This also requires ensuring the Corporate Communications group, Investor Relations, Media Relations, and Global Communications are all briefed accordingly.  This will also include the support of R&D PR as it relates to each brand. This includes top-line results, data and publication announcements, etc.
  • Approvals of PRC content for PR plans - responsible for the approval process of PR and media materials; managing all final edits of materials after Legal, Medical and Regulatory review.
  • Product Media Relations - handle the media strategy development for assigned US Brands, ensuring key metrics are put together to assess media volume, tone and tier I coverage. Proactively provide ways to integrate PR programs for maximum impact, act as media spokesperson for the brand which will generate acceptance of the brands and ensure balanced media coverage.
  • Support External Corporate initiatives to engage colleagues and build support within the larger community which can include advocacy relations activities, events and or media opportunities.
  • Support Corporate Initiatives such as acquisitions and integrations, R&D Day activities, launch activities including the internal activations and internal news articles and gaining approval on the content.


The following listed requirements need to be met at a minimum level to be considered for the job:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in corporate communications with an emphasis in public relations and communications.

Preferred Skills/Qualification

The below skills are attributes that are desired in the ideal candidate.

  • Experience with a wide variety of communications tools including electronic media.
  • Outstanding clear, concise written and oral communications with various audiences.
  • Commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Working familiarity with latest communications technology.
  • Ability to interface and partner with IT department and external vendors.
  • Able to interface with all levels of management up to and including executive level.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Self-starter.
  • Outstanding prioritization skills, nimble in ever-changing scenarios.
  • Able to manage confidential and sensitive information appropriately.
  • Manage and oversee multiple complex projects.
  • Produce reports, presentation, materials, guidelines, documents and letters.
  • Deliver updates to Leadership, as required.
  • Adept at influencing without authority.
  • Strong collaborator who is equally comfortable challenging the status quo.
  • Shows initiative in the face of ambiguity.
  • Managing multiple projects, duties and assignments. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Organizational Communications, and/or Public Relations or related field or required; MBA preferred.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.

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