Scientific Director-

Location: Chicago, IL
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR / chi                Job#:

Principal purpose of the role
Provide high-level scientific, strategic and marketing insight combined with editorial leadership of account teams. Effectively line manage and coach (as appropriate) Writers and Editorial Team Leaders to ensure excellence in project delivery across the communication mix. 
Core tasks/responsibilities
• Combine in-depth scientific understanding of the product/therapy area with commercial/market awareness to provide high-level strategic and tactical communication planning within the agency and for clients.
• Keep abreast of developments in the worldwide healthcare industry pertinent to medical communications/account/therapy area and communicate to the account and/or line management teams effectively.
• Use proven track record to provide guidance on briefing and reviewing.
• Establish positive long-term relationships with a wide range of brand team members in client organizations.
• Single-handedly manage client meetings of all types.
• Effectively troubleshoot/handle objections from the client/opinion leaders to ensure continuing good relationships.
• Ensure any changes in the internal account/project teams are managed and communicated appropriately with the client.
• Lead, coach and motivate account/project teams, providing support and guidance to team members on client and project issues.
• Contribute to account team succession planning and resource forecasting.
• Provide a professional perspective on quality procedures and editorial processes within and across accounts.
• Develop close working relationships with team members, thereby enabling provision of regular feedback on performance, both directly and to line managers.
• Through effective line management ensure training, development and appraisal of all line reports, including Writers, Senior Writers, Principal Writers and Editorial Team Leaders as required.
• Lead, coach and motivate an editorial team, providing support and guidance to team members on client, project or internal issues, as required.
• Participate in staff recruitment by assessing the suitability of candidates, as required
• Actively participate in the agency training and development program, coaching individual team members and leading workshops, as required.
• Liaise effectively with account team leaders and the Head of Editorial and Scientific Services to resource projects appropriately and to contribute to brand resource forecasting, as required.
• Monitor, evaluate and promote the agency’s quality processes and procedures to ensure clients receive class-leading outputs, as required.
• Contribute to the development of forward account plans in liaison with Account Director.
• Support Account Managers by actively contributing to project specifications/cost estimates/reconciliations.
• Ensure that any request for work outside the original specification is discussed with the client and communicated to the Account Manager, as well as the wider project team.
• Identify new opportunities to maximize existing accounts.
• Actively participate in new proposal development and pitches.
• Contribute to the development of products and services and more efficient ways of working.
• Efficiently manage competing projects.
• Alert colleagues to any potential problems in a timely manner.
• Communicate effectively with agency colleagues and company contacts.
• Work within agreed deadlines and budgets.
• Follow agency style guidelines and procedures.
• Anything else reasonably required
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