Senior Director Communication and Public Affairs

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 (Basel) 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 :The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for a Senior Director Communication and Public Affairs


Scope of the position

The Senior Director Communication and Public Affairs develops and executes communication strategies both internally and externally.  He/She will interface with external media contacts and develop the Galapagos story for the general public with policy makers and healthcare authorities. He/she will develop and execute the digital media strategy for the company. 

Your Role

The ideal candidate is a hands-on accomplished communications professional with exceptional media relations / social media capabilities and experience developing comprehensive strategies for communication. He/she has experience in the healthcare industry and preferably already operates a strong network of contacts in the Benelux region among healthcare authority professionals.

You create, implement and oversee communications programs, be it internal or external, effectively describing and promoting the story of Galapagos

You build the Galapagos profile with policy makers / healthcare authorities in the Benelux region and beyond, in support and preparation of Galapagos’ commercial strategy – targeting multiple product launches in 2020 and beyond.

You evaluate and integrate a strategic communications plan to advance the company’s brand identity and broaden awareness of its programs and priorities

You develop and implement PR activities designed to enhance the company brand

You enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences.

You develop and manage internal communication processes to make sure all communication activities are compliant, consistent and respected throughout the company

You perform a variety of tasks, such as the creation and development of an internal/external communication plan including : online communication, content development and web site management, corporate videos for both internal and external use.  

You help set the strategic direction of the company’s corporate reputation and media efforts collaborating with senior management

You develop high-quality written materials, including messaging platforms, speeches, editorials, infographics….


Who are you ?

You work and think at a Masters level with minimum of 10 years experience in communication/media relations, preferably in pharma/biotech or a related environment. 

You are experienced in building and managing media programs with measurable results. 

You are strategic and execution oriented and have the knowledge of how to develop and implement communication strategies.

You are a confident communicator and presenter with the ability to grasp people’s attention.

You have a strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media and know how to efficiently communicate through various digital channels. 

You have superior project and time management skills and are able to draft and implement an internal/external communication plan. 

You must have the ability to deliver high quality initiatives to tight deadlines. 

You are fluent in English both written and oral and preferably have a good knowledge of Dutch

What’s in it for you ?


You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As a ‘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, development and soon… launch. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

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