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Scientific Director

San Francisco, CA
Req ID: 4958


Position at VMLY&R

In the VMLY&R Health Practice, we create connected health experiences. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — by harnessing creativity, technology and science to reimagine the entire connected health experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to improve health outcomes and impact the world.

We are seeking an accomplished Scientific Director to join our team. Our Scientific Directors act as experts that provide strategic direction and ensure that all program content is aligned with clients’ objectives. Your responsibility will be to ensure that work delivered to the client is of the highest quality and consistently exceeds expectations.

You will oversee the work of more junior medical affairs staff, will serve as the scientific/medical lead across pieces of business, and will participate in collaborations with other divisions within the network. Ultimately, you'll work to ensure the highest level of strategic and scientific/medical insights, thinking, and execution in a variety of therapeutic categories and on a variety of brands.


  • Expected to oversee/manage and serve as a mentor to scientific associates and associate medical directors
  • Provides strategic insights and contributes to strong execution of initiatives
  • Actively participates in new business opportunities within the division and across the network when needed
  • Act as an opinion leader and initiate new relationships to drive appropriate communication strategies and content

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong medical background (MD, PharmD, or PhD required)
  • 3-6 years of relevant agency experience is a must – preferably both promotion and medical education
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee/mentor other team members in a highly collaborative environment to develop and execute educational programs for clients
  • Strong strategic, analytical skills and effective problem-solving skills. Must also be able to exercise positive judgment to assess situations, evaluate options and make decisions and draw conclusions
  • Ability to interpret data, develop key insights and assess the impact of recommendations on client business objectives

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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