Medical Strategy Director

New York, United States expand job description ↓


Seeking a talented and enthusiastic Medical Strategy Director or Medical Director to join its healthcare advertising and promotional medical education divisions. To be based in the heart of Manhattan, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on top pharmaceutical brands and collaborate with seasoned clients and professionals in the industry.

Overview: Medical Directors assume responsibility for understanding the scientific and clinical aspects of their assigned businesses in depth, and serve as a key strategic resource for both internal teams and clients. They will leverage science in brand differentiation and communications, collaborate with copywriters/medical writers to represent the scientific perspective throughout strategic/creative development, and ensure scientific and clinical relevance. At all levels, the Medical Directors will continue to develop their strategic skill set in an effort to uncover the most compelling way in which to differentiate a brand or franchise from a medically viable, but compelling perspective. Demonstration of excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong analytical and interpretive skills, is needed


  • Develop depth of understanding for assigned products, related medical areas, and competitors on an ongoing basis
  • Critically review content developed by others in the agency, including copywriters, medical writers, and AMDs

Strategic Skills/Tools

  • Begin to interact with internal teams, clients, and HCPs on programs to meet strategic objectives through advocacy development, use of medical marketing rationale, and identification/selection of appropriate HCPs
  • Participate in proprietary workshops
  • Monitor and identify relevant literature and craft marketing implications for brand

Client Relationships

  • Establish rapport with client and manage medically-related client interactions unsupervised once training is complete and supervisor has adequately modeled appropriate client interactions

Business Development

  • Develop working drafts of new business medical backgrounders
  • Partner with strategic planner to help with research and development efforts on new business pitches
  • Assist in identifying potential medical hook
  • Contribute to the development of pitch materials

Communication/Selling Skills

  • Help to develop communication platform that will serve as an internal content roadmap and foundation for communications
  • Develop presentation skills; begin to clearly communicate medical concepts in a condensed, audience-appropriate way to client and agency


  • Demonstrate willingness to work beyond basic responsibilities to assist team
  • Proactively and appropriately participate in and contribute to discussions at all team meetings you attend


  • Self-educate on innovation in the industry and begin to conceptualize programs for teams

Management/ Leadership

  • Able to supervise copywriters to develop content, determine adequacy of references, participate in team meetings, manage workflow; deliver work that is detailed, accurate and consistently on target

Financial Accountability

  • Complete timesheets accurately and on time
  • Develop ability to reasonably estimate hours required to complete specific projects
  • Complete and submit expense reports on time



  • MD, PharmD or PhD required

Skills & Training Requirements (licenses, programs, certifications, etc.)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and interpretive skills


  • For Medical Strategy Director: 6 to 8 years of experience in promotional medical education or a combination of healthcare advertising and promotional medical education
  • For Medical Director: 4 to 6 years of experience in promotional medical education or a combination of healthcare advertising and promotional medical education


Competitive salary and benefits package

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