Thermo Fisher Scientific Communications Director in Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Description

Reporting to the head of Strategy and Business Development, the Communications Director – Analytical Instruments Group (AIG) – facilitates connections between the Corporate Communications team and high-level communications activities across AIG businesses and other Thermo Fisher businesses addressing the Life Sciences, Academic and Government and industrial end markets. The role reinforces corporate messages and standards, raises awareness of business developments to be elevated and communicated company-wide, and assists with the development of strategic messaging and tactics for disseminating messages, both internally and externally. Communication elements include public relations, employee communications, government relations and executive communications. The Communications Director works closely with the group president and leadership team to provide communications support and counsel, and facilitate effective two-way communications with divisional and business unit marketing communication personnel.

The Communications Director will also report dotted line into the VP of Corporate Communications, and work closely with that team to ensure that proactive work is aligned. In that context, the Communications Director will also be a key member of crisis, acquisition and change management communications as necessary in collaboration with the Corporate Communications team.

What will you do?

Develop Public Relations

  • Advise AIG businesses of the value of public relations in meeting growth goals by raising awareness among key stakeholders.

  • Develop an annual public relations plan, including specific goals and tactics related to product launches, portfolio expansion, scientific collaborations and trade show strategy

  • Write and edit press releases consistent in format and style with Thermo Fisher standards

  • Assure legal and regulatory review to reduce the risk of inappropriate content being distributed or published

  • Improve visibility in targeted growth markets and increase share of voice by engaging with relevant trade publications serving customers in healthcare and specialty diagnostics markets

Lead Communications Workstreams for Acquisitions

  • In coordination with corporate communications and division leaders, lead the acquisition communications workstream to ensure that employee and customer communications support group and division objectives

  • Develop and manage Day 1 and post close communications activities with employees and customers. Support corporate communications with preparation of acquisition-related press releases and Q&A

Lead Employee Communications

  • Publicize internal news within the group and partner with Corporate Employee Communications team to publicize more broadly

  • Develop group-level communications in coordination with divisions and business units, especially through AIG iConnect (SharePoint) strategy and content development

  • Develop and deploy an internal AIG communications strategy to help drive employee Involvement. This would include development of communications and change management campaigns in support of key business and culture development initiatives (ie. .D&I, employee development, etc.)

  • Partner with HR leadership on cross-group and company-wide HR programs that require communications support

  • Lead, develop and engage the AIG Communications team.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or English


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in external and internal communications with a blend of public relations, internal communications, employee communications, government relations and marketing communications experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to influence business partners and facilitate collaboration and alignment between business and corporate objectives.

  • Sound problem solving skills, e.g., ability to objectively analyze current practices, identify root cause problems and improvement opportunities, formulate a range of achievable options, outline relative strengths, build consensus for a preferred solution

  • Bottom-line results-oriented, e.g., financial and general business acumen, focused on operational and process improvement to work efficiently

  • Effective communication skills, e.g., collaborative open style, working in teams, strong written and oral communicator, strategic thinker with ability to execute plans, calm under fire, go-to person

  • Strategic in a practical way, e.g., understand emerging communication trends and ability to extrapolate them to practical business applications

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.