Associate Scientific Director

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Up to £75,000
22 Jul 2021
21 Aug 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Senior Management

A medical communications group with offices globally, combining scientific know-how, strategic thinking, and creativity is looking for an Associate Scientific Director. We partner with some of the world’s most influential biopharmaceutical organisations, throughout their products’ lifecycles. From proof-of-concept to loss of exclusivity and beyond, we’re there. We pride ourselves on the collaborative long-standing partnerships we develop with our clients and medical and scientific experts. From delivering small projects to providing strategic counsel to senior leadership, we cover the spectrum of medical communications.

We have always had a flexible approach to working, as we know how important work-life balance is. We are happy to consider home working, flexible hours, and part-time arrangements. We are very well placed to support our teams, working from home, with a great IT set up and an inclusive working environment, our people can be based anywhere in the UK.

About The Role

Associate Scientific Directors are responsible for the production of high-quality medical content, always meeting the client’s communication objectives and ensuring work is delivered both on time and to budget. In addition to this, the Associate Scientific Director confidently incorporates strategic direction on assigned accounts and is the acknowledged go-to contact for in-depth knowledge of select therapy areas.

Associate Scientific Directors are responsible for maintaining oversight of their team and the team’s output, ensuring the same consistently high standards and internal processes are being adhered to. Associate Scientific Directors proactively develop their team through career development discussions and sharing their knowledge and experience.

Key Responsibilities

Project Delivery

  • Able to work across multiple projects and accounts simultaneously, whilst monitoring team output
  • Consistently produce client-ready deliverables across a wide range of projects
  • Demonstrate full compliance with internal processes and lead adherence to best practices across teams, setting the example for junior team members to follow
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of forecasting and resource planning
  • Provide additional insight into writing styles, content inclusion, data interpretation, and subsequent actions based on previous experience
  • Support the senior team by taking the lead on multi-writer projects, assisting with resourcing and scientific and communications review
  • Provide feedback on scientific components of budget development
  • Contribute to and support the evolution of best practices and processes, ensuring maximum efficiency
  • Share in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical industry standards and compliance to support the wider team
  • Enter time and submit expenses by the deadlines set, using appropriate job codes

Scientifically Savvy

  • Independently produce consistently high-level content
  • Work closely with the wider team to lead and drive projects, providing expert content development support
  • Translate large amounts of highly technical and scientific data into accessible language for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of scientific content and demonstrate the ability to communicate this to colleagues, clients, and external experts, knowing how and when to adapt language and content
  • Contribute leadership to deliver the highest possible standards in scientific excellence throughout the entire project process

Strategic Mindset

  • Provide scientific leadership on assigned accounts, including confidently implementing the detailed strategic direction
  • Demonstrate a high degree of scientific and commercial knowledge and insights across all activities, both within accounts and across the agency
  • Partner with client services teams in strategic planning activities and account/issues management, as well as forecasting and resource planning

Business Development

  • Actively participate in business development initiatives with both existing and potential clients
  • Collaborate with client service teams to cross-sell services, demonstrating an understanding of the business environment and client business strategy/implications

Developing Talent

  • Oversee the work of and provide clear direction to junior scientific service colleagues, delegating responsibilities and tasks where appropriate to provide experience, growth, and knowledge transfer
  • Review copy and provide helpful and clear constructive feedback to junior team members
  • Assist junior team members with interpreting external feedback and applying learnings
  • Help guide junior team members in their own strategic development by clearly explaining how to incorporate strategic concepts into projects


Skills and Experience:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant science subject or 5+ years experience as a Medical Writer in a medical communications agency or similar environment
  • Extensive experience with medical writing
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office programmes (e.g. PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Have an excellent command of the English language in both written and verbal communications


  • Previous experience in a medical communications agency or industry would be advantageous
  • A keen interest in working and developing scientific expertise across a range of therapy areas
  • Ability to travel

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