Scientific Director

Newark, New Jersey, United States expand job description ↓


General Purpose/Summary of Job:

To direct MSS teams in the production of the highest quality, global strategic communication programs and products. Provide scientific direction and support for ongoing client accounts and management support as required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Present authoritatively and with credibility to client commercial, medical and scientific staff
  • Present authoritatively and with credibility to thought-leaders in primarily oncology therapy areas
  • Thorough understanding of principles and processes underlying the various components of a communication program (from satellite symposia to publication planning)
  • Build successful relationships with client commercial and scientific staff
  • Build successful relationships with internal teams
  • Identify and develop opinion leader relationships
  • Possess excellent medical writing skills and been exposed to a wide range of communication activities
  • Ensure highest standards of quality control and client service
  • Develop and write strategically-focused communication plans taking into consideration product marketing goals and objectives
  • Write, support or manage the delivery of defined sectors within a communication program
  • Ensure scientific products and services are delivered to quality standards across more than one communication program
  • Support and maintain team focus with colleagues across account team and within other departments
  • High-level mentoring of other writers and support staff in team
  • Involvement with identification and delivery of scientific training needs across account team
  • Contribute to scientific product development
  • Sharing ideas and best practice
  • Estimating of project hours for individual projects
  • Monitoring of own time incurred on projects
  • Proactive request for feedback on time from account management
  • Diligent accurate completion of personal time sheets


  • Able to lead publication strategy meetings
  • Excellent clinically oriented writing, reviewing, editing, and communication skills
  • Publications strategy, planning and execution and management experience required.


  • Advanced life science (PhD, PharmD, MS) or medical (MD, DO) degree strongly preferred;
  • 5+ years’ medical/scientific writing/editing experience


Competitive salary and benefits package

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