Executive Director, Healthcare PR

London (Central), London (Greater)
Around £75,000 plus brilliant benefits
20 Sep 2016
18 Oct 2016
Marketing Disciplines
Account Management
Industry Sector
Agency, PR Agency
Contract Type
Work Experience Level
CEO / CMO, Director, Head of
Agency-side or Client-side
Agency Side

A top PR agency based in beautiful new offices in the heart of Central London is looking for a Director to manage its Rx and OTC Health Division. The Director provides strategic client counsel and account and business direction. As a senior member within their team, the Executive Director provides strategic client counsel and account and business direction. As a leader within their growing practice, their EDs are responsible for providing vision and leadership to team members across the business. This person will relish taking the lead across existing Rx and OTC Health portfolio, and for accelerating growth of this business. Working closely with the lead Executive Director, you will be instrumental in resource planning as well as playing a key role in driving the business forward through developing and delivering new business opportunities. Experience of, and contacts in pharmacy are of crucial importance to this role.

You should be somebody who is able to write, lead and develop on communications strategies and tactical plans; oversee project management across the account teams, ensuring smooth delivery ; lead media relations activity, coaching team to construct media strategies and capitalise on media opportunities; guide teams to develop innovative PR campaigns that meet client objectives and maximise outputs against budget; cultivate working relationships with KOLs and other third parties on behalf of the agency and its clients’ oversee the formulation and handling of issues response where appropriate including client strategy counsel regarding issues and crisis; continue to give shape, coherence and direction to all written materials, ensuring they meet strategic needs and oversee quality control for all written materials and line manage team members, supporting them in setting and meeting their objectives.

You need to be somebody with an in-depth understanding of the OTC and Rx PR environment, applying growing knowledge towards the implementation and development of client and new business programmes; be able to build an in depth knowledge of the consumer and prescription health industry, and client environment; keep updated on new developments within PR and marketing including competitor activity and keep updated on the relevant regulatory codes and legislation (ABPI, PAGB, MHRA and other regulatory bodies that impact on client business).

You will require a degree or equivalent level qualification achieved within communications, PR or related field is likely. The successful candidate will likely have 10-15 years’ experience including within a leadership/operational capacity within a healthcare comms agency and possibly some time spent in-house. You’ll need proven experience working across integrated campaigns for large health clients; proven team leadership and project management skills; excellent people management skills – managing performance, delegation and coaching; excellent verbal and written communication skills including previous presentation experience; proven experience working on new business pitches; excellent project and time management skills; the ability to multi-task and work under pressure and to use own initiative; financial management skills – budgeting, resourcing and divisional finance and excellent negotiating and influencing skills.

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