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Lilly Consultant - Innovation Communications in Indianapolis, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.


The Consultant, Innovation Communications is responsible for creating, in partnership with the Advisor of Discovery and Innovation Communications, a proactive strategy to creatively communicate Lilly’s narrative, focusing on the company’s Discovery and Innovation story. The consultant will work cross-functionally to identify unique opportunities to promote Lilly’s narrative both internally and externally to enhance visibility and understanding of innovation taking place throughout Lilly Research Labs and how that connects to the future of our scientific advancements. The consultant will be responsible for implementing the strategy, creating key content and deliverables and providing measurable results. The Consultant will drive a narrative about how Lilly researchers are leveraging innovation including technology and artificial intelligence to move science forward, faster.

Reporting to the Advisor, Discovery and Innovation Communications, this role will be part of a team of strategic communicators within the Lilly Corporate Affairs department. The position will collaborate closely with colleagues across global communications to support an enterprise focus and help ensure external communications efforts are consistent and incorporate key messages and themes. Critical to the Consultant’s success will be close collaboration with counterparts in Content, Creative and Digital Channel communications, Enterprise communications and BUCA communications.

The consultant will have a strong understanding of scientific communications, proven communications counselling and media relations skills, and experience navigating the complexity of a highly matrixed, global company.

  • In partnership with the Discovery and Innovation Communications Advisor, create a communications plan that drives alignment with the overall Global Communications strategy, and creatively communicates innovation within Lilly Research Labs – specifically focused on how these innovations can lead to breakthrough treatments for patients. Responsible for execution and implementation of the plan.

  • Develop and execute media relations strategy, in partnership with both Discovery and Innovation Communications and Corporate Communications colleagues, focused on showcasing Lilly researchers and the work they are doing, setting the foundation for scientific development milestones.

  • Support the Discovery and Innovation Communications Director and collaborate with Discovery and Innovation Communications team members to drive a complete communications strategy.

  • Work flexibly to share work across the Discovery and Innovation Communications team, as needed.

  • With strategic direction from the Discovery and Innovation Communications Director and in partnership with Corporate Communications, Discovery and Innovation Communications and Public Affairs Communications, help deliver external communications that are more streamlined, creative, connective and forward-looking.

  • Develop content to support strategies and initiatives – including but not limited to press releases, key messages, standby statements – for relevant technology and innovation topics.

  • Stay informed of external environment and flag issues and trends.

  • Evaluate and recommend new ideas to drive Lilly’s voice externally.

  • Collaborate with Enterprise communications colleagues to promote the narrative for Lilly Research Labs leveraging internal communications channels

  • Using the corporate narrative and other key communications materials, develop scripts and talking points for executive leadership.

  • Partner with and provide direction to external agencies and vendors, as needed.

  • Use analytics to measure results, adjust tactics and content to continually improve.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations or related field

  • 5+ years of diverse communications experience within corporate or public relations agency environments

Additional Preferences:

  • Pharmaceutical or healthcare experience and expertise

  • Corporate communications or external communications experience, scientific or health care communications experience preferred

  • Proven success and comfort interacting with media/reporters

  • Proven success coordinating multiple enterprise-wide initiatives

  • Demonstrated ability to influence peers and internal leaders at significantly higher levels of the organization.

  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams across a matrixed organization.

  • Superb communication skills – including verbal, written and presentation skills – that can help inform and persuade a wide range of audiences

  • Effective project management skills, including the ability to prioritize, multi-task and make appropriate trade-off decisions.

  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills with quick learning capabilities.

  • Ability to be a flexible team player, act quickly and meet deadlines with the highest ethical and business standards.

  • Proven ability to be innovative and creative, and knowledgeable about new communications trends.

  • Proven track record in providing strategic, persuasive and appropriate communications counsel.

  • Ability to manage issues and remain calm under pressure.

  • Meticulous attention to detail, with ability to grasp and focus on the big picture.

  • Vast project management capability that includes process development and improvement, communications of best practices, and measurement.

Additional Information:

  • Travel (domestic) is expected

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

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

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!