Associate Scientific Director

Note: We are currently looking for two ASDs.

Core responsibilities:


  • Write promotional copy to the highest standard (quality and scientific) for a range of educational peer-to-peer materials including development of slide presentations, publications including discussion guides and executive summaries, and digital platforms, for different HCP audiences
  • Develop, implement and manage the delivery of medical education and communications materials that are aligned with client objectives, specifications and meet budgetary and schedule requirements

Client activity

  • Take and correctly implement briefs from the client or client services team
  • Act as a senior lead to clients and thought leaders for specified projects/accounts
  • Review work of more junior writers and provide feedback to ensure medical writing standards are consistently achieved
  • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of therapy areas relevant to own accounts, including product data and educational messaging, terminology, and competitor awareness
  • Accurately interpret client/author comments and precisely apply feedback
  • Liaise professionally with pharmaceutical clients and thought leaders to discuss scientific aspects of the project and act as the point of contact for both clients and key thought leaders on specified projects
  • Provide on-site support as appropriate eg, slide reviews, data gathering, on-site writing, thought leader support
  • Contribute to the organic growth of accounts and development of new business proposals where appropriate

Team working

  • Work seamlessly with client services, editorial, and studio team members
  • Assist manager by proactively managing workload and forecast resource requirements to ensure adequate resource to meet clients’ needs
  • Ensure effective communication with internal team to ensure timely discussion of issues that may impact on ability to deliver high-quality work on budget


  • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of therapy areas which may include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, and vaccines, including product data and educational messaging, terminology, and competitor awareness

Experience/skills required

  • Excellent scientific writing style with skills to adapt to content and style to different audience groups
  • Excellent attention to detail – style/consistency, good grammar, and scientific accuracy
  • Experience in developing in-depth knowledge of therapeutic areas/medical products
  • Excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to forecast and manage workload
  • Flexible approach to working, with the ability to reprioritize and work under pressure when needed
  • Ability to review work, coach and provide feedback to team members
  • Ability to travel and attend client meetings as well as congresses, advisory boards and other sessions as needed
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including client/thought leader presentation skills
  • Understanding of drug development and with compliance guidelines for medical writing