Senior Director Communications & Public Affairs

Date:  Nov 17, 2023
Department:  USA General Management
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Team:  Public Affairs, Communications & CSR
Contract Type:  Permanent

Cary, NC, US

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceuticals and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group research, develops and markets innovative drugs in its three therapeutic areas: AIR (products and services that promote respiration, from new-born to adult populations), RARE (treatment for patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases) and CARE (products and services that support special care and consumer-facing self-care).
We are proud to be the largest global pharmaceutical group to be awarded B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes transparent ethical behavior at all levels. 
We are committed to embrace diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 

Chiesi USA

Chiesi USA is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and promoting products for the hospital, adjacent specialty and rare disease markets. We are a B Corp™ and Benefit company awarded Top Employer status for six consecutive years and certified as a Great Place to Work. 
At Chiesi, we share an entrepreneurial spirit and act as a force for good, pursuing high social and environmental standards, to ensure the wellbeing of our people, patients, and communities. We offer a work environment where professionals have the opportunity to build a purposeful career focused on helping others while achieving a fulfilling work-life balance, meeting exciting challenges, and engaging in important and rewarding work.

What we offer

Chiesi offers competitive benefits, services, and programs that enrich the personal and professional lives of our employees.   Our shared values of passion, innovation, trust and integrity bring out the individual talents and diverse perspectives of each of our colleagues.  Our environment encourages each individual to reach his or her full potential and drive outstanding results. We celebrate that “Every one of us is different. Every one of us is Chiesi."



This position is accountable for defining CUSA communication, external relations and public affairs strategy, ensuring implementation in the USA in coordination with Global Communications & External Relations (GC&ER) and Chiesi Global Rare Diseases (GRD) in the US.  This position is also accountable for defining and implementing, in strong alignment with local leadership team, outcome-based policy advocacy and external engagement strategies to support and enhance business operations.  

Main Responsibilities

•    Develop and manage external communication and public affairs strategy that support overall business objectives for on-market products and pipeline:

      o    Lead the co-development, together with the local head of functions and peers, of programs/plans shaping the healthcare environment and advancing understanding of priority disease areas at Federal and State Level.
      o    Ensure the implementation of Chiesi Global Narrative, which reflects Chiesi’s long term strategy, company and B-Corp values, and manage the adaptation at local level.
      o    Develop strategic, integrated communication plans to advance company agenda, ensuring consistency of message and securing group visibility in traditional and digital media initiatives.  This includes messaging platforms, 
            press releases, social media channels, blogs, Q&As, thought leadership, editorials, infographics, etc… 
      o    In collaboration with other commercial functions (CCO perimeter) builds patient relations and manages relationships with prioritized policy makers, advocacy groups and patient organizations
      o    Link CUSA External communication and PA strategies to overall GC&ER strategic roadmap.

•    Build and maintain a strong network across all levels of the local organization, with a specific focus on Commercial areas.

•    Ensure internal communication plans are consolidated, cohesive and executed in alignment with Chiesi corporate narrative.  This includes messaging platforms, press releases, social media channels, blogs, Q&As, speeches, editorials, infographics, etc…

•    Analyze the surrounding environment and gather stakeholder insights to inform strategic planning, objectives and key business decisions.

•    Consistently measure the success of the initiatives developed against the set of goals and integrate the learnings back into strategy design seeking continuous improvement

•    Supervise PR firms, outside vendors, contractors as applicable, nurturing these relationships and managing related costs.

•    Partner with Talent Acquisition to strengthen employer branding strategies and ensure alignment with Employee Value Proposition


Experience Required

•    5 years + of directly relevant Public Affairs/External Comms experience within pharmaceutical industry
•    Understanding of ESG topics
•    Ability to provide strategic counsel for a variety of communications scenarios and to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
•    Demonstrated expertise in developing and executing insight-driven, strategic, and measurable public affairs programs within specific therapeutic areas.
•    Strong understanding about the value of public affairs in integrated cross-functional teams
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams and with multiple internal and external stakeholders
•    Influencing, negotiation skills, and relationship management capabilities a must
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.  Italian is a plus
•    Strong interpersonal skills to quickly build relationships across a wide range on internal and external stakeholders.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in communications, PR, marketing or related field

Chiesi USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work force at all levels of our business.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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