External Communications Manager - Leiden, NL

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Switzerland (CH) and in US, Boston.

We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.  In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you.

We are looking for an External Communications Manager!

Scope of the job

As our External Communications Manager you will create and implement strategic external communications plans in support of our corporate initiatives. You will partner with the business to implement externally focused communications to enhance and support business objectives and Galapagos’ reputation.

Your role

  • Collaborate with the commercial team to develop engaging communications content tailored to the needs of the different stakeholders
  • Develop communications programs to highlight Galapagos innovation and leadership in inflammation & fibrosis
  • Conduct media relations outreach, facilitate media interviews, organize media monitoring
  • Contribute to the digital communications strategy and lead the social media activities of Galapagos
  • Contribute to the overall communication plan and strategy for the company. This includes improving processes, optimizing communications platforms and driving new ways to tell the Galapagos story
  • Develop a wide range of communications materials such as factsheets, annual reports, press releases, advocacy materials, multimedia content and more
  • Manage PR agencies


Who are you? 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required
  • At least 7 years of experience in Communications in pharmaceuticals/biotech or with a healthcare public relations agency. Knowledge of the Benelux healthcare landscape is a must.
  • Fluent in Dutch and English
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading and presentation skills
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media
  • Proactive, self-motivated, able to work autonomously and in team
  • Passion to try new things and adapt to change
  • Must possess excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to influence others and work successfully with cross-functional teams

What’s in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.  


We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!