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Account Director - Healthcare PR/Communications

dna Communications
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Marketing & PR
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dna Communications is an integrated healthcare/medical communications with two primary divisions; medical education and public relations. Part of IPG DXTRA, and sister agency to the healthcare division of the world's 3rd largest PR agency Weber Shandwick, dna offers clients high-level insights into the ever-changing commercial landscape through strategic, educational, behavioral change and engagement programmes. Together with Weber Shandwick's healthcare division, it is the number 1 healthcare communications agency in the UK (by revenue).

We are also excited to announce that we will be moving into a brand new office space in Liverpool Street, which boasts of a roof terrace (with some pretty awesome views!), a spacious, modern design and even bubbles on tap! Follow the link to see a full tour

What's Happening:

The healthcare PR team is delighted to announce a new role for an ambitious and collaborative Account Director who would be seen as a trusted advisor to two of the division's most important health clients. You will primarily work across 2 EU clients in the areas of organ transplantation and respiratory - the projects include product PR, corporate communications. digital/social innovation, patient advocacy, and sustainability. You'll partner with senior leads on both accounts, be the day-to-day client contact and help drive the business forwards. Both accounts boast comprehensive teams of highly intelligent and supportive people, whom you will help oversee.

Core responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of client campaigns/projects/teams to drive the business forward
  • Leads client meetings and calls, acting as the primary point of client contact
  • Provides strategic, creative and tactical input to all documents and gives shape, coherence and direction to communications materials
  • Proficient in managing senior team members to make best use of their time and expertise
  • Has a solid understanding of the NHS and major European health systems plus relevant global agencies (i.e. World Health Organization (WHO))
  • Has strong knowledge of key healthcare media outlets, reporters, and types of stories they cover
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of commercial drug development process
  • Offers advice as required to both team members and clients on compliance and the core elements of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) codes of practice
  • Proactively works with senior account team members to identify organic business growth opportunities and present concepts to clients
  • Acts as line manager to junior staff, ensuring that appraisals are conducted on time, and actions are followed
  • Takes ownership for the financial status of their accounts, assisting with budgetary control (e.g. trackers, fee forecasting/reconciliation, budgeting and invoicing)

Who are you?
  • Proven track record and experience at Account Director level in an agency environment or in-house communications experience within a pharmaceutical company, is essential
  • Proven experience of working on Pan-European or global communications programs in one or more of the following areas: healthcare, consumer health, medical devices and biotech
  • Proactive character, able to navigate changeable and fast-paced environments with high expectations
  • A solid understanding of current and emerging topics in the healthcare environment
  • An insightful and strategic approach to using traditional, digital and social media
  • Strong financial and commercial acumen
  • Stellar individual and group presentation skills
  • Excellent copywriting and copyediting abilities

Note from the talent team:

We appreciate the time taken to apply for the role and your recent interest in dna Communications. We will review all applications within five working days and be in touch with those who have been shortlisted to the next stage. Unfortunately, down to volume, we are not able to get back to everyone individually so if you have not heard back from us, unfortunately, you have not been successful on this occasion, and wish you all the best in your search.

dna Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status
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