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Communications Assistant - Intern

Location London, United Kingdom
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic Communications Assistant to provide communications and administrative support to our programmes in the EUMEA region. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and organisational skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Proactivity, optimism, pragmatism and drive are critical. You will be an excellent written and verbal communicator, with a good eye for detail. Excellent administrative and organisational skills are essential. Experience and familiarity in creating content for social media platforms is also desirable.

Ultimately, your goal will be to help support consistent and clear communications of our Company’s messages across all our internal and external channels, ensuring all materials are managed through the relevant approval processes internally before use.


Employee engagement:

  • Support all logistical and technical elements of BioMarin’s employee engagement initiatives such as Town Hall meetings, global guest speaker events and site screen updates
  • Work with IT, the London site lead’s PA and London Facilities to book meeting room calendars for Town Halls or other larger-scale employee meetings
  • Prepare and coordinate speaker agreements for guest speakers
  • Support with collating and formatting guest speakers’ slides
  • Work with the global team to provide updates on key BioMarin EUMEA activities to engage global audiences with news stories for BioWeb (the Company intranet)
  • Prepare articles and content for Yammer (our internal social media platform) to support employee engagement across EUMEA
  • Support communications elements of our employee volunteering and corporate social responsibility activities
  • Work with the Head of Communications and other key stakeholders to upload content for London, Dublin and Shanbally site screens
  • Disseminate employee news / content via London Leadership and Dublin Leadership email accounts

External communications:

  • Work cross-functionally with brand teams, country teams and external agencies
  • Assist with the initiation and review of materials and activities to ensure that they are compliant, helping secure approval from relevant teams
  • Monitor media and social media via our intelligence platform, Meltwater,
  • Undertake desk research on key topics, which will provide insights needed to support our communications programmes
  • Respond to queries from external stakeholders about the Company

Administrative support:

Supporting communications with administrative tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Use ARIBA to submit and manage financial contract requests and POs related to communications activity
  • Track and audit monthly budget, accruals and invoices for all contracts
  • Manage and plan travel, arranging visas, transportation, accommodation and expenses (through electronic expenses software)


  • Internal: UK and EUMEA BioMarin employees
  • External: Third party communications agencies
  • External stakeholders requesting information about the Company (charities, medical institutions, media)


Required skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Extremely organised (the ability to work to deadlines is vital)
  • “Can do” attitude – keeping yourself and the team focused on project delivery
  • Good stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team
  • Good numeracy and spreadsheet management skills
  • Calm and measured under pressure
  • Ability to learn new systems quickly
  • Familiarity with using and creating content for social media platforms
  • Moderate to advanced skills in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel

Desired skills:

  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  • Familiarity with video editing
  • Experience or understanding of the pharma industry and the regulations the industry works within (ABPI code of practice)


  • Undergraduate in Communications / Media / PR-related degree

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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