VP, Medical Director
VP, Medical Director
Department: Medical & Scientific
Location: New York City,
Who we are:
At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands. Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.
We are 20,000 strong in 90 markets around the world; our people bring together creative storytelling, diverse perspectives, inclusive thinking, and highly specialized vertical capabilities to drive growth for our clients. We offer deep expertise across the entire customer journey, including communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology.
Phase Five, a division of Wunderman Thompson Health, works with companies to build world-class healthcare and pharmaceutical brands among medical professionals and consumers, with a transmedia storytelling approach that covers medical education strategies.
Who we are looking for:
Phase Five is seeking a VP, Medical Director to join the team in our New York, NY office. As a Vice President, Medical Director you will lead multiple science teams for various clients and brands and will champion the scientific integrity of our work product. You will have overall scientific accountability for all aspects of the finished products and must understand the strategy for the brand(s) and projects and ensure the science is used to support this strategic direction. As a senior member, in addition to creating content, you must train and mentor junior science members and ensure your teams deliver quality projects that are on-time and within budget.
What you’ll do:
- Lead | Drive the day-to-day science activities through strong scientific leadership, motivation, and supervision of science team members for multiple accounts. Take responsibility for client satisfaction and identify new ways/solutions to strengthen relationships. Share ideas and best practices across account teams. Be a steward of company culture and environment. Be a brand champion by ensuring all agency efforts and projects are in the best interest of the brand and maximize scientific data to meet the overall strategic imperatives, positioning, and long-term vision. Delegate, supervise, and review scientific pieces to ensure high-level deliverables (ie, provide references and direction, answer questions, review outlines, develop draft content, and review/critique drafts). Identify and resolves client conflicts quickly and efficiently.
- Support | Act as mentor to the individuals in the science group and identify opportunities for individual growth and experiences by setting goals and coaching, when appropriate. Keep management informed of client activity/issues/opportunities. Assist in recruitment of new team members when necessary. Be a team player and help fellow senior managers when necessary. Function as key client contact within the science team; develop strong professional relationships with the client and advise on how science can augment their marketing and medical efforts through strategic and tactical plans. Be the scientific point-person for all matters relating to content and be skilled in the translation of basic and clinical science into strategic and educational content.
- Create | Develop and maintain harmonious relationships with all levels of client teams. Participate in the development of breakthrough creative and innovative programs founded in strong science. Structure, plan, resource, and lead new business team through the pitch process. Provide proactive written recommendations to client on a regular basis. Ensure high-quality agency output, reflective of consistently superior creative and innovative products, and constructively reject materials that do not meet this standard. Engage in client interaction including running teleconferences and client meetings, answering questions regarding content, attend meetings, and demonstrate knowledge of content. Establish good working relationships with KOLs.
Who you are:
- Open and Collaborative | Our team is close-knit and supportive, and we’re working with a lot of unknowns – you must champion team environments that are comfortable and encouraging.
- Problem solver | Ensure quality control by reviewing agency products including: creative work, key client communications, key schedules, creative strategies, and strategic decks. Assist with day-to-day problem-solving by providing guidance to freelancers and raise issues and solutions to senior team. Dig in and figure out how to work around problems.
- Ego-less | We all wear the hats that need wearing, it’s a mentality that makes the team successful.
What you’ll need:
- Advanced degree in biomedical sciences (MD, PhD).
- Minimum of 5 years previous experience in medical communications agency.
- Experience in multiple therapeutic areas.
- Experience managing multiple teams and client accounts.
- Multiple, successful new business pitches.
- Advanced skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Internet search, Pubmed.
- Leadership skills.
- Passionate about the medical education/communication business.
- Strong scientific and medical communications acumen.
- Effective written and oral communications skills.
- Excellent supervisory skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Exercises sound judgment.
- Manages time effectively and good multi-tasker.
- Strong professional work ethic.
- Acts as a team member.
- Active role in agency recruitment.
- Displays a willingness to work overtime, travel, and attend off-hour events within reason.
Wunderman Thompson is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or other protected group status. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.
At Wunderman Thompson, we are committed to actively building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcomed, valued and heard, and is treated with dignity and respect. As leaders and creative partners across industries, it is our responsibility to cultivate an environment reflective of our greatest asset; our people. We believe that this commitment inspires growth and delivers equitable outcomes for everyone as well as the clients and communities we serve.