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Senior Scientific Director (Healthcare)

Health
San Francisco, CA
Req ID: 5060

Description

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.

The Senior Scientific Director Is a scientific expert who is responsible for providing strategic direction to ensure that all program content Is aligned with clients' objectives and is medically accurate and valuable. It is the Senior Scientific Director's responsibility to ensure that work delivered to the client Is of the highest quality and consistently exceeds expectations -- he or she will be seen as a content expert and strategic resource by the client and will be expected to lead the client during meetings, workshops, and content review. As Senior Scientific Director, you may be called upon to contribute scientific acumen and medical marketing strategy to business across the healthcare capability within VMLY&R, including medical education, HCP promotion, and consumer. Furthermore, you will be expected to grow business organically and to actively contribute to new business efforts including pitches.  You will also help to recruit, train, and nurture the more junior medical staff Including direct reports.  

You have a passion for communicating about science and have a science background that has trained you to learn new therapeutic areas quickly. You enjoy thinking about creative ways to communicate data and disease state concepts and find it interesting when you can think about data in different ways. A strong desire to jump in and learn on the job is critical, as this is a collaborative and team-based environment. You have the ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment where collaboration amongst not only other scientists, but also client engagement team members, strategists, and clients is common and is a key to success. If you are interested in having the potential to expand beyond medical education and explore other capabilities within healthcare marketing, then VMLY&R is the place for you! 

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to, and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of clients' strategies and be able to discuss business Issues with confidence
  • Research therapeutic areas and educate staff about science, clinical and marketing Issues
  • Provide ongoing updates of medical issues that may impact clients' brands
  • Recommend new programs and tactics based upon knowledge of product marketing strategy and life cycle - conceive, develop, and drive communication strategies and tactics that align with clients' brands and support business objectives
  • Review programs for compliance with strategy and for medical accuracy and appropriateness, provide guidance and direction to scientific associates and other staff as needed
  • Collaborate with other capabilities within VMLY&R to develop strategies and programs that generate transformative medical education work
  • Drive development of scientific platforms that are strategically aligned with client/brand objectives and aspirations; continually Identify ways to improve and evolve the scientific platform offering to best meet the needs of clients
  • Establish trust and confidence with the client by demonstrating pharmaceutical Industry expertise, drive, and competence in delivering on the brand's communication strategy
  • Supervise and guide the implementation of programs in collaboration with the client engagement team
  • Cultivate relationships with key opinion leaders to drive clinically relevant communications
  • Partner with client engagement staff to build and maintain strong client relationships
  • Conduct presentations for clients and healthcare providers when needed
  • Prepare reports and briefs as necessary
  • Immerse In new business growth, both organic and new opportunities

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

Skills & Experience

  • Advanced science degree (ie, PhD, PharmD, MD)
  • Proficiency with PowerPoint and Microsoft Word
  • 5+ years of relevant experience required; prior experience in medical education or communications is a plus but not required
  • Willingness to travel (travel is cyclical and is client-dependent; up to approximately 20% of time)
  • Strong strategic, analytical skills and effective problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to develop a well-crafted, data-driven story
  • Ability to exercise positive judgment to assess situations, evaluate options, make decisions, and draw conclusions
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects/Initiatives In a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to interpret data, develop key Insights and assess the impact of recommendations on clients' business objectives
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to resolve conflict with productive outcomes
  • Ability to be effective within a team environment
  • Proactive, adaptable, and flexible
  • Creative thinker
  • Life-long learner with demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement
  • Ability to manage workload of self and others with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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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