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Chief Strategy Officer, NA (Healthcare Advertising)

New York, NY
Req ID: 8104


Position at VMLY&R

About Us: VMLY&R

VMLY&R Health is a global brand and customer experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected health experiences. But what does that mean? It means we're a creative agency that is built on the promise of collaboration and human connection. Creating connected brands isn't just what we do — it's what we're known for and who we are. We empower our clients to excel at the intersection of "brand" and "customer experience," starting with simple goals: Create work that becomes part of people's lives; promote value for our clients; improve health outcomes and, in the best of cases, help the world.

We're committed to building a united global network of creators and thinkers, regardless of their age, race, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. With over 12,000 employees across the globe, our influence is made stronger by applying our collective experiences to tell stories that not only sell products and experiences, but also guarantee positive representations of all communities.

Our unique culture is rooted in a great deal of care for you and your success. Above all else, we are committed to strengthening your experience by ensuring your inner potential continues to be discovered.

We also offer about a dozen employee resource groups (ERGs) that allow you to tap into your personal identities, interests and passions. Our ERGs celebrate ethnic diversity, life as a working parent or caregiver, neurodiversity, the LGBTQ+ community, wellbeing, and more. Regardless of your interests, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so tap into our global network and find where you can make your ideas come to life.

Where you shine

The Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for North America is responsible for leading VMLY&R Health’s strategic function in the region, reporting directly to the Global Chief Strategy Officer.

You will be responsible for elevating the talent and the work of the team across both North American businesses in San Francisco and New York. You will create compelling strategic insights, inspire creativity, and partner with the discipline leads across the NA leadership team to grow our business.

The CSO will work across existing business in a consultative manner and will also play a crucial role in acquiring new business. We are looking for someone with demonstrated experience in leading an integrated strategy team ideally in a healthcare advertising agency. This is an opportunity to lead the vision and help further build and strengthen our capabilities and overall agency approach.

What your success will look like

  • Act as a steward in the creation, development, and success of our strategic practice.
  • Partner with new business, client engagement, experience, creative, medical, and other discipline leads to build positive relationships and integrated engagement plans, create great work and develop better, more innovative ways of working.
  • In partnership with global, develop common standards, practices, and tools for a best-in-class approach to strategic work.
  • Strategically build client relationships, identifying new ways to broaden offering, and grow existing relationships and revenue.
  • Manage multiple businesses/clients, in addition to internal teams, while ensuring that each client feels valued and prioritized.
  • Flex across different types of business (from high science to wellness) and share learnings from each.
  • Identify external partners to help build and deliver relationships and initiatives.
  • Identify key data points and measurements to show the impact of our approach and strategy on client’s business.
  • Be an integral leader in new business pitches
  • Have a voice in the industry – blogs, social presence, speaking engagements at key industry events.
  • Be a Magnet for world-class talent who can drive the agency forward and demonstrate an inclusive leadership style, able to lead with clear instructions and direction while continually seeking out feedback

Who you are and what you bring

You are curious by nature, action oriented by default, and an empathetic listener and problem solver. You are passionate and experienced in the healthcare continuum from high science through wellness, from consumer to healthcare professional. You have a deep understanding and affinity for science and healthcare communications. You source every insight in your quest to understand people, systems, behaviors, trends, and can transform these insights into compelling strategies and platforms. You have strong fluency across strategic disciplines and have experience in bringing these disciplines together in a seamless, integrated way for our clients’ business. You can understand data and what that data means for our business, comms, and marketing strategies. You have a natural ability to connect easily with senior clients and team members from all disciplines and walks of life. It’s in your nature to push our teams, our clients, and yourself to new ways of looking at the world and empathizing with our customers, patients, and each other. You are an expert storyteller who has the ability to translate your story into actionable next steps and “so what” for the business.

Our Benefits

As the world leader in communications services, we rely on the creativity of our people to deliver the best work for our clients. In return, we invest in our employees by offering them a diverse suite of benefits from best-in-class carriers, with enough choice and flexibility to keep them and their families healthy and happy today and tomorrow.

  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ranked No. 1 in advertising for our adoption assistance program
  • Corporate discounts
  • VMLY&R Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

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. VMLY&R is a M/F Disabled and Vet EEO/AA Employer.



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