Scientific Director

Core responsibilities:


  • Prepare high-level strategic medical and marketing materials
  • 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 

  • Demonstrate high-level, strategic visibility to clients and act at senior level in client meetings
  • Demonstrate excellent opinion leader knowledge and management skills
  • 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 and attend pitches

Team working

  • Masterfully delegate and review work of more junior writers and provide feedback to ensure medical writing standards are consistently achieved
  • Mentoring and line management of junior team members including ensuring their billability and ongoing professional development
  • 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
  • Provide strategic counsel as needed
  • Share ideas and best practices across teams


  • 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

Business skills

  • Provide direction and guidance on identified organic growth opportunities
  • Contribute to new product offerings
  • Develop and contribute to strategic and scientific aspects of new business proposal documents and pitch strategy
  • Identify new business opportunities through maintaining client and thought leader relationships and monitoring new drug developments
  • Support new business pitches through effective presentation skills

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 verbal/interpersonal communication skills; confidence speaking with clients and thought leaders
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and work under pressure
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Commercial awareness
  • Ability to coach and manage team members
  • Ability to travel and attend client meetings as well as congresses, advisory boards and other sessions as needed