Scientific Director

Scientific Director

Job Title: Scientific Director
Contract Type: Contract
Location: UK
Reference: SD1
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Job Published: September 30, 2016 14:58

Job Description

  • Support in scientific affairs and communication


  • Ensure that client communication strategies are understood and actioned by editorial and account teams


  • Take an overarching role to ensure that projects reflect a thorough understanding of clients' objectives and that key communication points are supported effectively.


  • Provide support to ensure that scientific communication is carried out to the highest standards and meets with client expectations.


  • Analyse and assimilate market, therapy area and product information in order to provide consultancy advice on product differentiation, positioning, and marketing strategy.


  • Where required, make a strong contribution to client communication strategies, developing key scientific communication points, strategically focused documents and other deliverables to support product positioning and brand vision


  • Make strong contribution to overall account strategies and plans.


  • Work closely with EM/ETL's, Client Services and Group ED to cross-pollinate ideas between editorial groups and account teams within group.


  • Contribute to existing editorial project delivery where appropriate to ensure highest standards of quality control and client service.
  • Organic growth


  • Identify gaps in services or product offering to existing clients and accounts. Work with editorial and account teams to help expand opportunities and develop additional business with existing clients
  • Support new business development
  • Provide scientific and technical knowledge and input on commercial understanding and creativity to enhance the standard of proposals and pitches.


  • Develop and convert new leads in co-operation with client services and business development teams (with emphasis on provision of input on technical and content aspects).


  • Develop and present scientific credentials at pitches in collaboration with the rest of the Business Development team.


  • Work within the business development team to identify and develop new business leads.
  • Initial provision of scientific input with new clients and accounts


  • Provide key editorial/content generation and delivery link between client and editorial teams for new business wins.
  • Liaise with editorial teams to assist during early stages on new accounts. 
  • Mentor and support new editorial teams working with new clients as  appropriate.


  • Lead identification and conversion of further business opportunities with new clients in co-operation with other editorial and account team members.

General areas:

  • Record and monitor actual versus budgeted time, and complete timesheets accurately and on time.


  • Comply with company SOPs and standards.


  • Provide support and collaborate with all offices and staff in an open and positive manner


  • Maintain a good working knowledge of computer software required.

Experience / attributes required:

  • At least 15 years healthcare agency experience in senior roles

Breadth of experience across:

  • Types of projects
  • Therapeutic areas
  • Types of clients (geographical and healthcare market mix)
  • Strong appreciation of both PM and clients' business needs and resourcefulness in coming up with solutions to their challenges
  • Well developed personal and written communication skills


  • Experience in strategic planning


  • Experience in developing and presenting new business proposals/pitches


  • Experience of working with extended team across professional, operational and cultural boundaries


  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work on own initiative to tight deadlines.

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