22 August 2022

Join us on our mission to pave the way for curing skin diseases! We are looking for a Communication Manager, who can help drive and develop the communication around our growing philanthropic activities.

With an overall aim of improving the lives of people living with skin diseases, the LEO Foundation is committed to supporting skin research of the highest quality, in order to discover more about the skin, skin diseases and skin health.

We have high ambitions for our philanthropic activities and plan to increase our funding significantly in the coming years. In addition to funding the much-needed research into the skin and skin diseases, the ambition is to strengthen our outreach and to use the Foundation’s independence and expertise as one of the largest private funders globally of dermatology research to support and strengthen a thriving skin ecosystem as a platform for creating global impact for people living with skin diseases. Further, we want to advance our thinking about how we create sustainable value for people and society.

In support of this significant development, we now want to expand our organization with a Communication Manager, as we look to take our communication platform to the ‘next level’ thereby growing the profile of the Foundation and increasing the understanding of what we do, why it is important and how we work. The Communication Manager will, in close collaboration with Head of Communication and Public Affairs, contribute to further development of the communication related to the LEO Foundation’s philanthropic activities.

The new Communication Manager reports to Head of Communication and Public Affairs Signe Krabek and operates directly across the LEO Foundation, given the Foundation’s deliberately very flat organizational structure.

We offer an opportunity to:

  • be part of a purpose driven foundation committed to making a difference to people and society.
  • work alongside experienced and passionate colleagues who take pride in delivering high quality work.
  • be a part of a growing team characterized by an informal tone and respect for each other.
  • be part of a thriving and busy workplace where you gain in-depth knowledge of how a modern commercial foundation operates.
  • work in a setting where responsibility for tasks is given to those who have the ability and the drive to handle them professionally.
  • join a flexible workplace located in Lautrupsgade at Nordhavn in Copenhagen – with international outreach as a part of the Foundation’s grant ambition.

Your key responsibilities
The Communication Manager will work as a communications partner for our philanthropic activities and is the go-to person in the process of translating our grant strategy into communication plans, strong messages, and engagement.

Primary tasks:

  • Develop and drive communication plans and activities related to the Foundation’s annual wheel on grants and awards. This includes announcement of calls at relevant communication channels, website updates, news and press release writing, coordination with grantees and host institutions, etc.
  • Plan and produce content for our communications platforms. This includes writing, editing and publishing stories, articles, social media posts, and news in various formats.
  • Support the grant team in developing narratives and communication activities that strengthen the understanding of the Foundation’s work and impact.
  • Write popular science articles on people and projects supported.
  • Proactively communicate with grantees about their activities.
  • General project management on communication activities and events related to the Foundation’s philanthropic activities – e.g., new grant instruments, award ceremonies, scientific conferences, alumni meetings, ‘Folkemødet’, new communication formats and initiatives etc.

In addition, the Communication Manager will contribute to the Foundation’s daily communication operations. This includes:

  • Assisting with day-to-day communication, including media relations, issues management, layout, publications, quality assurance of texts and communication in Danish and English etc.
  • Provide inputs and prepare content for a wide range of communication assets such as Annual Reports, position papers, Q&As, presentations and speeches.
  • Advise and coach colleagues on communication matters.
  • Contribute to the further development of the Foundation’s communication set-up.
  • Participate in the development of the communication plans towards 2025.
  • Monitoring and reporting on the Foundation’s communication activities.

Your background and qualifications


  • Relevant master’s degree in communication, journalism, media studies, rhetoric, or the like.

Professional qualifications

  • Around 4 years of relevant experience from a communication position – preferably from a research institution, ministry, a research funding foundation or the like.
  • Comprehensive experience with communication planning and execution.
  • Excellent writing skills in English.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature and culture of science and research and the basic mechanisms driving research.
  • Social media skills and a digital mind-set and experience with CMS.
  • Project management experience.
  • Graphic understanding and experience in developing material according to a corporate visual identity.

Personal qualifications

  • Dedicated and ambitious personality.
  • Proactive and self-motivated with the ability and will to independently initiate action (‘self-starter’).
  • Team player with a collaborative mind-set.
  • High integrity and ethical standards.
  • Motivated by a wide range of tasks.

About the LEO Foundation
The LEO Foundation is one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations and an engaged majority owner of the pharmaceutical company LEO Pharma. Established in 1984, the Foundation’s main objective is to ensure the company’s long-term development and success.

Besides the ownership, the Foundation provides philanthropic grants with the aim to support the best international research in skin diseases and make Denmark a global beacon for skin research.

In addition, the Foundation owns financial assets of around DKK 17 billion. The main
objectives of the investments are to ensure continued capability to support LEO Pharma’s long-term development and provide funds for philanthropic activities.

Read more about the LEO Foundation’s history, focus and ownership structure here.

Partner in Genitor Martin Isenbecker assists the LEO Foundation throughout the
recruitment process. For further information and questions about the position please
contact Martin Isenbecker by e-mail mi@genitor.dk or phone 2565 9231

The deadline for application is 11 September 2022. You apply through Genitor’s website:

1st round of interviews will take place on 20 September 2022. And 2nd round of
interviews will take place on 27 September 2022. Testing of 2-3 final candidates will
take place between the two interview rounds.