Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Affairs

Location: San Diego

Background

RayzeBio is a dynamic biotechnology company headquartered in San Diego, CA. Launched in late 2020 and recently acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) as a wholly owned subsidiary, the company is focused on improving survival of people with cancer by harnessing the power of targeted radioisotopes. RayzeBio operates as a standalone entity within the BMS organization, maintaining its biotech culture with the opportunity to leverage the best-in-class oncology capabilities of BMS. RayzeBio is developing innovative drugs against targets of solid tumors. The lead asset, RYZ101, is in Phase 3 testing for patients with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), as well as earlier stage testing for patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Led by a successful and experienced entrepreneurial team, RayzeBio aims to be the global leader in radiopharmaceuticals.

Summary

The Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Affairs is a key member of an entrepreneurial leadership team with a shared vision to build the leading radiopharmaceutical company. The ideal candidate will possess a deep knowledge of communications, specifically with a proven ability to successfully strategize and deploy corporate and asset-level messaging for clinical to commercial stage oncology biotechnology companies. The role needs an accomplished and confident leader with hands-on experience creating, executing and measuring creative and impactful communications campaigns to position the company ahead of upcoming development milestones. The candidate should have experience navigating and engaging a diverse group of stakeholders to support RayzeBio and RPT advancement for the benefit of patients.

The role is expected to serve as a liaison between the Bristol Myers Squibb Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations, and Issues Advocacy teams and RayzeBio. It requires the ability to navigate between the culture of small biotech while integrating with a broader corporate structure. Optimal candidates should have experience working both in small biotech as well as within larger corporate structures.

The ideal candidate will be results-oriented and directly responsible for helping to foster a culture that emphasizes cooperation, teamwork and respect.

Job Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership for RayzeBio Corporate Affairs, including internal communications, external communications, and executive thought leadership.
  • Develop and deploy comprehensive corporate and asset communication campaigns to successfully advance RayzeBio and Bristol Myers Squibb corporate positioning.
  • Utilize a deep understanding of corporate communications principles to identify and execute in areas of opportunity for engagement, education, and advancement of RayzeBio strategic priorities.
  • Possess strong media relationships, build, and grow the RayzeBio presence externally and serve as spokesperson to represent RayzeBio.
  • Understand and navigate issues related to RPT advancement for the benefit of patients. Partner closely with Bristol Myers Squibb government affairs teams to advance policies in support of patients.
  • Build and grow knowledge of RayzeBio differentiators with stakeholders, including KOLs, patient advocates, patients, and caregivers to advance knowledge of RPT technology.
  • Work as the executive communicator for members of the RayzeBio leadership team, including the President and other members, creating tailored messaging tracks, developing, and supporting executive visibility campaigns.
  • Operate as a liaison between Bristol Myers Squibb Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations teams to ensure messaging continuity, engagement, and corporate alignment.
  • Advise RayzeBio leadership and Bristol Myers Squibb leaders on key strategic communications to uphold a positive image and reputation for the organization.
  • Develop and build an internal culture of cooperation, teamwork, and respect through internal communications initiatives. Establish an internal communications framework to support the needs of RayzeBio.
  • Create and manage department and project budgets, internal, external resources in support of corporate goals.

Education and Experience

  • Masters degree in communications, journalism or similar field.
  • 15 + years of leadership experience in pharmaceutical/biotech corporate affairs environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead high functioning cross-functional corporate teams and a record of getting things done in small biotech settings. Demonstrated ability to navigate relationship with large parent company.
  • Experience building and leading lean, effective departments.
  • Understanding of oncology drug development, advancement, and commercialization. Demonstrated ability to articulate and differentiate complex scientific topics to a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage a diversity of stakeholders across issues and forming trusted relationships.
  • Experience counseling, developing, and supporting C-suite and leadership thought leadership.
  • Crisis communications experience in the biotechnology and/or pharma sectors.
  • Deep knowledge and relationships with priority media. Experience serving as corporate spokesperson.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative environment.
  • High EQ, Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills and ability to motivate and drive productivity in small company environments.
  • Ability to effectively partner cross-functionally to achieve results.
  • Ability to successfully establish and manage relationships including PAGs, KOLs, patients, caregivers, and industry partners.
  • Experience building relationships with media, government, and other external bodies.
  • Ability to translate strategy / complex material into clear communication plans and messaging.
  • Emergency media response experience and confidence in handling media enquiries in a crisis.
  • Ability to prioritize, work under pressure and deliver to deadlines.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. 

This is a position that requires working in a laboratory environment, protective clothing, gloves, and safety glasses are required while working in a laboratory environment with radioactive materials.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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