Director, Scientific Strategy
Syneos Health
London, ENG
6d ago


As the Director of Scientific Services you will support the growth of the medical communications business across Syneos Health specifically, and across the EU Communications group in general.


Scientific strategy :

  • Strong ability to understand, develop, and implement scientific and commercial strategy.
  • Solid scientific background, a depth and breadth of writing and editorial experience and excellent writing, editing, and reviewing skills.
  • Strong client-focused approach to work, ability to relate to key client personnel and KOLs in an assertive and professional manner, confident handling of difficult scenarios or client dissatisfaction.
  • Act as Scientific Counsel on one or more key accounts to ensure thought leadership and to foster a growth-focused mindset
  • Operational excellence :

  • Effective project and resource management; proven ability to manage a range of clients / accounts.
  • Oversee the output of the Scientific Portfolio Directors and Scientific team Leads to ensure it is strategically insightful and meets SH quality standards
  • Broad experience in scientific and editorial management and delivery of the key offering and services within MedComms
  • Extensive experience of reviewing, developing, and implementing scientific processes and working practices, including gold standard quality control (attention to detail, process application, consistency, and SOP adherence).
  • New Business development :

  • Proactively suggest opportunities for growing existing client accounts and innovative ideas to expand the offering to support our clients needs
  • Be an active member of new business pitches, providing scientific strategy and solutions to the need. Take an active part in the presentation of pitches when appropriate
  • Advise on which members of the scientific team might be suitable for involvement in specific proposal and pitch activities
  • Leadership :

  • As an active member of the Senior Management Team, contribute to business planning, problem solving and the development and tactical implementation of the Med Comms strategy.
  • Build and maintain strong effective working relationships with the EU MD / DMD’s, to ensure co-operative and effective cross-functional working at all levels as required.
  • Proven ability to train and develop people and undertake skills assessment, identifying business needs, creating development plans to address gaps, and resolving performance issues promptly / effectively
  • Proactive, advanced problem-solving approach to team-specific and company-wide issues
  • Job Requirements

  • 12-15 years’ experience in the med comms / healthcare arena
  • Degree or higher degree in Life Sciences, Pharmacy, or Medicine (BSc, BA, PharmD, PhD, MD).
  • Language Skills
  • Proficient use of English language. Skills
  • Highly-developed motivational and leadership qualities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to negotiate with other departments and resolve conflicts.
  • Effective delegation skills.
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure.
  • A flexible attitude with respect to work assignments and ability to manage multiple and varied tasks with enthusiasm and prioritize workload.
  • Willingness to undertake continuous professional learning and development.
  • Highly IT literate - advanced experience with Microsoft-based applications and general knowledge of PC functions.
  • Willingness to work in a matrix environment and to value the importance of teamwork
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