Associate Scientific Director/Scientific Director

Associate Scientific Director/Scientific Director - Writing/Editiorial

Location: Bethesda Maryland USA

Bethesda Maryland United States
Job Type: Regular Full-time
Division: Precision Value & Health
Business Unit: PRECISIONscientia
Requisition Number: 58

Associate Scientific Director

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the Associate Scientific Director (ASD) is to ensure that all content developed is evidence-based, is of the highest editorial quality, meets the strategic objectives of our clients, and ultimately translates science into clinical benefit. The ASD functions in support of a Scientific Director and may act as the scientific team lead to provide scientific and medical expertise, strategies, and perspectives by staying abreast of the most up-to-date research and other changes in the marketplace that impact the therapeutic area and the Brand. The ASD is expected to partner effectively with Strategic Account Directors to translate the strategic, marketing, and educational objectives of our clients into compelling programs. The ASD may develop content as well as serve as the primary quality-control contact for internal and external content development. The ASD may work together with an SD or Senior SD to actively manages the input of Key Opinion Leaders, authors, and faculty.

The ASD will report to a Scientific Director, Senior Scientific Director or VP-Content Development.

Essential functions of the job include but are not limited to:

  • Writes, reviews, and provides feedback/direction to others involved in the content development process (eg, Medical Writers, Editors, Graphic Artists) to ensure that the content meets the objectives and strategic needs of the Strategic Account Director and client and adheres to the established PRECISIONscientia standards
  • Analyzes, interprets, and utilizes complex medical documents; reviews analyses conducted by junior team members
  • Leads and/or supports others in discussions of content directly with authors and clients
  • Manages and mentors Medical Writers within the team
  • Maintains current knowledge (eg, conducts literature searches) regarding competitor products, drugs in development, treatment, and strategic issues for assigned therapeutic area(s) to ensure delivery of the most up-to-date, accurate, and clinically relevant information/content for assigned products
  • Attends medical conferences and assesses competitor product activity and market opportunities for client products
  • Provides scientific and strategic background to Writers, Editors, and other staff members
  • Identifies and helps develop new clients in the relevant medical field
  • Manages timelines and expectations throughout the content development process
  • Oversees and manages the regulatory review process for all projects within client team(s)
  • Ensures consistency and leverages learnings in regulatory review and other processes across client team(s)
  • Attends and helps design advisory board meetings
  • Assists with strategic planning for business development
  • Travel - from moderate to extensive depending upon team assignment

Additional responsibilities

  • Identifies new business opportunities for the Strategic Account Director to pursue
  • Participates in new business development presentations and pitches

Works with the Vice President - Content Development to

  • Define PRECISIONscientia Standards of Excellence and ensure that all content meets these standards (eg, evidence-based, original, appropriately referenced, and adheres to industry and client standards)
  • Assist in developing and defining our content development processes and procedures to improve our efficiency
  • Assist in tracking team assignments, determine how to better share resources, and identify gaps and fill them
  • Assist in developing and providing routine training and development for Writers and Editors to consistently deliver these Standards of Excellence

Qualifications

Minimum Required: Advanced life sciences degree: MD, PhD, or PharmD

Other Required: Communication agency experience (at least 2-3 years)

Skills:

  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
  • Extensive medical writing experience
  • Ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team setting
  • Superior time management skills to work effectively within demanding timelines
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with clients and thought leaders in a variety of therapeutic areas
  • Proficiency in Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, Adobe Acrobat®, and reference-management software (EndNote®)

Scientific Director

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the Scientific Director (SD) is to ensure that all content developed is evidence-based, is of the highest editorial quality, meets the strategic objectives of our clients, and ultimately translates science into clinical benefit. The SD functions as the scientific team lead and is responsible for providing scientific and medical expertise, strategies, and perspectives by staying abreast of the most up-to-date research and other changes in the marketplace that impact the therapeutic area and the Brand. The SD is expected to partner effectively with Strategic Account Directors to translate the strategic, marketing, and educational objectives of our clients into compelling programs. The SD serves as the primary quality-control contact for internal and external content development and actively manages the input of Key Opinion Leaders, authors, and faculty.

The SD will report to the Vice President – Content Development.

Essential functions of the job include but are not limited to:

Specific responsibilities

  • Writes, reviews, and provides feedback/direction to others involved in the content development process (eg, Medical Writers, Editors, Graphic Artists) to ensure that the content meets the objectives and strategic needs of the Strategic Account Director and client and adheres to the established PRECISIONscientia standards
  • Analyzes, interprets, and utilizes complex medical documents; reviews analyses conducted by junior team members
  • Leads and/or supports others in discussions of content directly with authors and clients
  • Manages and mentors Medical Writers within the team
  • Maintains current knowledge (eg, conducts literature searches) regarding competitor products, drugs in development, treatment, and strategic issues for assigned therapeutic area(s) to ensure delivery of the most up-to-date, accurate, and clinically relevant information/content for assigned products
  • Attends medical conferences and assesses competitor product activity and market opportunities for client products
  • Provides scientific and strategic background to Writers, Editors, and other staff members
  • Identifies and helps develop new clients in the relevant medical field
  • Manages timelines and expectations throughout the content development process
  • Oversees and manages the regulatory review process for all projects within client team(s)
  • Ensures consistency and leverages learnings in regulatory review and other processes across client team(s)
  • Attends and helps design advisory board meetings
  • Assists with strategic planning for business development
  • Travel - from moderate to extensive depending upon team assignment

Additional responsibilities

  • Identifies new business opportunities for the Strategic Account Director to pursue
  • Participates in new business development presentations and pitches
  • Works with the Vice President - Content Development to
    • Define PRECISIONscientia Standards of Excellence and ensure that all content meets these standards (eg, evidence-based, original, appropriately referenced, and adheres to industry and client standards)
    • Assist in developing and defining our content development processes and procedures to improve our efficiency
    • Assist in tracking team assignments, determine how to better share resources, and identify gaps and fill them
    • Assist in developing and providing routine training and development for Writers and Editors to consistently deliver these Standards of Excellence
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team setting
  • Superior time management skills to work effectively within demanding timelines
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with clients and thought leaders in a variety of therapeutic areas

Qualifications

Minimum Required: Advanced life sciences degree: MD, PhD, or PharmD

Other Required:

  • Extensive medical writing experience
  • Communication agency experience (at least 2-3 years)

Skills: Proficiency in Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel®,  Adobe Acrobat®, and reference-management software (EndNote®)

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