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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Global Congress Excellence Partner in Boston, Massachusetts

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the chance to change lives. At Alexion, people living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star. We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives. We value the uniqueness and diversity of our employees and recognize that nurturing the diverse perspectives and strengths of our people translates into innovative breakthroughs for patients.

This is what you will do:

(Boston based role, no relocation available)

The Global Congress Excellence Partner is part of the Commercial Excellence team within the Global Commercial department. This role will be a part of a team whose main focus is to drive a streamlined, centralized, and harmonized end-to-end experience, across TAs, and for all stakeholders at Alexion’s Global Tier 1 Congresses. This role will support maximizing congresses as a key channel to implement disease strategy and to advance the care of patients suffering from rare and devasting diseases.

The individual in this role is a strategic leader, who connects disease strategy to congress planning and execution by collaborating with a network of cross-functional partners at Alexion and AstraZeneca. The Global Congress Excellence Partner will be responsible for alignment on congress presence that will enable compliant, efficient, and effective activities across the Alexion AstraZeneca Rare Disease (RDU) portfolio.

This leader will be expected to communicate broadly within the organization, including with Senior Leadership, on the overall objectives of the congress strategy, pre-defined KPIs/metrics and post congress insights gathered.

The individual must be highly collaborative and thrive in a matrix environment, working with colleagues from various functions, and geographies while maintaining agility when focusing on assets at different development stages. They must be able to balance numerous simultaneous stakeholders and can create and enhance relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. The Global Congress Excellence Partner and team works closely with the Therapeutic Areas (Commercial and Medical) at Global, Regional and Country levels as well as the Launch Excellence, Competitive Intelligence, US Meeting & Events teams. The Global Congress Excellence Partner will report to the Head of Global Congress Excellence.

You will be responsible for:

Congress Strategy & Excellence – 40%

  • Drive alignment of congress strategy for congresses with a Global reach with cross-functional colleagues, based on Disease Strategic Planning & prioritization

  • Partner with the Head of Global Congress Excellence to lead the Tiering process during disease strategic planning

  • Act as strategic thought partner to the assigned therapeutic areas

  • Connect with cross-functional teams to define objectives & success measures and how we want to “show up” at Global reach congresses

  • Internal congress expert, advising teams on sponsorship level, investment, and congress activities, including booth space, booth design, symposia and sustainability considerations

  • Develop and share congress plans

  • Support teams through the application of lessons learned and best practices connecting operational excellence

  • Continually improve and harmonize the congress planning process across TAs

  • Support the Head of Congress Excellence with the creation of a congress playbook, ongoing development of SOPs, and documenting best practices

    Congress Execution Planning Partner– 60%

  • Act as a Project Manager for specific Global Tier 1 congresses

  • Lead the strategic planning & execution of Global Tier 1 congress activity, partnering with the functions across the TAs and Regions including the US Meetings & Events team to execute on time, on plan, and on budget objectives, includes: sponsorship ideation, booth design and placement, internal attendance process & communications, KOL engagement coordination, congress pre-/post-meetings, etc.

  • Provide strategic direction to external vendors for each congress (meeting management, booth, all technology)

  • Identify & track the congress budget related to specific Tier 1 congresses managed

  • Ensure consistent Alexion experience across TAs & with AZ (where applicable)

  • Coordinate all pre- and post-congress briefs and internal trainings

  • Create individualized KPI metrics and reports per congress

  • Create & manage an activity plan with the team and to provide overall real-time progress tracking and flag areas for deep dives

  • Build and maintain a project communications channel for all congress planning & execution documentation

  • Travel to all assigned Global Tier 1 congresses (up to 10 in a year)

    The incumbent may be asked to perform other function-related activities in addition to the above-mentioned responsibilities as reasonably required by business needs.

    You will need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • 8+ years of commercial experience in the healthcare industry that may include Congress/Meeting Management, Marketing, Project Management, Corporate Strategy, & Consulting

  • Fluency in English

  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to travel both domestically & internationally 30% of the year, including weekends

  • Knowledge of PhRMA Code and Transparency Reporting (Sunshine Act)

  • Knowledge of trends, technologies and best practices in the healthcare association industry

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office particularly in Excel, PPT and Teams

  • Embraces Alexion AstraZeneca Rare Disease’s Culture Values

  • The duties of this role are generally conducted in an office environment. As is typical of an office-based role, employees must be able, with or without an accommodation to: use a computer; engage in communications via phone, video, and electronic messaging; engage in problem solving and non-linear thought, analysis, and dialogue; collaborate with others; maintain general availability during standard business hours.

    We would prefer for you to have:

  • Business background or advanced quantitative discipline degree preferred

  • Prior experience in rare diseases

  • Experience managing complex projects

  • Familiarity with Smartsheet



    Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com .

    Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness. The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law. Alexion has taken critical steps to protect colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants. All US-based employees must comply with Alexion's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Alexion provides exceptions based on applicable state law as well as reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees. To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding a legally required exemption or accommodation, please contact accommodations@Alexion.com. Alexion participates in E-Verify.

    As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion offers a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

    AstraZeneca completed its acquisition of Alexion, marking the creation of Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease. If you're interested in career opportunities with AstraZeneca, click here (https://careers.astrazeneca.com/) .