Associate Consultant, Healthcare (Corporate Communications)

Mid-level Communication Professionals Rome, Italy Milan, Italy


APCO Worldwide, a leading global communications agency and public affairs consultancy, is looking for an experienced Corporate Communications and Public Relations Associate Consultant with a specific knowledge of Healthcare and Pharma industry.

We are looking for an Associate Consultant to join our successful and growing team to work across a range of international clients. The ideal candidate would have experience managing multiple accounts and strategic corporate communications for clients, with a strong understanding of the business and social environment in Healthcare and Pharma industry.

APCO in Italy

APCO’s multi-lingual team helps clients navigate the complex policy, regulatory, and media landscape in Italy, one of the largest European markets. The Italian team, with offices in Rome and Milan, is fully integrated with APCO’s global operations and offers clients cross-sector services, empowered by an in-depth knowledge of the national landscape and a strong network of media and institutional contacts.

The role

Key responsibilities would include:

  • Mentoring and driving the work of interns and more junior staff
  • Supporting and implementing a wide range of public relations and communications projects and campaigns for our high-profile, globally recognized clients
  • Conducting and analyzing research on a variety of client-related issues
  • Creating contents for media (press release, media briefing, pitches, etc) and narrative for other stakeholders on healthcare, bio-tech, pharma related subjects
  • Providing the highest level of client service on a daily basis through proactive account management
  • Producing flawless written deliverables under tight deadlines and in stressful situations
  • Participating in strategy development for client initiatives and campaigns
  • Taking ownership of public relations efforts including fostering and cultivating stakeholders relations (KOLs, PAGs, etc.)
  • Responsibility for coordination, planning and execution of media events including press conference, media tutorial, press tour, etc.
  • Attending and actively participating in client and internal meetings

The successful candidate will be/have:

  • Ideally between 2 to 4 years of Communications experience, with a specific focus on Healthcare and/or Pharma industry
  • Degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or equivalent work experience gained in healthcare communications
  • Good project management experience and a proven ability to manage multiple projects and workstreams
  • Ability to work in a team of both junior and senior colleagues and to switch rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Previous experience developing communications programs and running proactive PR campaigns within Healthcare and/or Pharma public and social environment
  • Good understanding of the healthcare environment and existing and proven network with relevant media and influencers
  • Results-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills and innovative thinking
  • Flexible, proactive, well organized and detail-oriented with a clear methodical approach
  • Able to demonstrate exceptional presentation, writing and analytical skills, including experience writing strategic plans, messaging, position papers
  • Well-versed in current events and headline news at local, national, and international levels
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Working knowledge of major social media channels and community management is a plus

We are recognized as one of the best agencies to work for in our industry, providing:

  • The opportunity to work on a diverse range of clients and projects with some of the industry’s best and brightest consultants
  • A collegial and collaborative working environment, where you will work closely with colleagues from around the world
  • Significant opportunities both in Italy and abroad to develop professionally, with extensive training and personal development programmes including a global exchange programme
  • A competitive compensation and benefits package