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Senior Scientific Director (Healthcare)

New York, NY
Req ID: 9231


Position at VMLY&R Health

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.

The Senior Scientific Director will provide medical direction for multiple accounts, potentially in various therapeutic areas. You will have minimal supervision in the design, preparation and review of analytical research, writing and the creation of disease state focused materials. The role involves using your scientific acumen to efficiently research numerous therapeutic areas and provide briefs on the information, creation of medical and scientific content, including but not limited to, publications (abstracts, posters and manuscripts), educational PowerPoint slides on a disease state and pharmacology. The role also assumes you can provide strategic insight to your clients and you can manage junior scientific staff, if required.

A large part of your role will involve thinking strategically about the therapeutic disease state and drug.  We create medical affairs plans that include internal training plans for MSLs, omnichannel approaches to communication with HCPs, inclusive of congress strategy, medical education strategy and publication strategy.   


  • Be able to think strategically and execute medical affairs plans
  • Read and distill clinical trial results, clinical study reports and other scientific writing.
  • Quickly interpret data
  • Research and analyze PubMed, medical journals and conferences, via on-line and other electronic sources / databases to create backgrounders and gap analyses
  • Create scientific materials such as slide decks (both disease state and product specific), publications, including abstracts, posters and manuscripts
  • Providing scientific and strategic insight and directions
  • Researching and learning a disease state area quickly
  • Participation in new business pitches
  • Meeting and presenting to clients and health care practitioners as necessary during the development and review of materials
  • Effectively manage multiple overlapping projects at different stages while ensuring timely completion and high quality of assigned documents
  • Work and interact with medical faculty in various therapeutic areas
  • Develop independence in liaising with client and fulfilling client-based requests
  • Travel onsite to client meetings and conferences
  • Produce and deliver quality work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Understand publication guidelines and prepare manuscripts accordingly
  • Be able to explain complex scientific concepts in a simple and straightforward manner

Skills & Experience

  • Advanced degree (i.e., PhD, PharmD, MD) in health science
  • 5-8 years prior experience in medical education/medical affairs or pharmaceutical role
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to travel (up to 25% of time)
  • All applicants will take a writing/strategy test prior to an interview
  • Ability to be effective within a team environment
  • Mentor junior science staff
  • Broad science knowledge and willingness to learn new disease states and get up to speed quickly on new drugs
  • Proactive, adaptable, and flexible
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to operate under tight deadlines
  • Ability to contribute to strategy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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.

The base salary for this position at the time of this posting may range from $75,000 to $180,000. Individual compensation varies based on job-related factors, including location, business needs, level of responsibility, experience, and qualifications.

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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