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Scientific Director

Up to £70K Depending on experience, including a strong benefits package | North West, Cheshire |  Editorial |  Permanent  | Ref:887371



Phillip Hall

Which team do you work in?
Healthcare Communications.

Which area do you specialise in?
Medical Communications and Medical Education 

How do you keep up-to-date with the issues in your sector?
Communicating with candidates on a regular basis, over the phone, email and through LinkedIn. Also meeting candidates over a coffee is a great way to learn more. I try to get to as many networking events as possible; meeting with clients on a regular basis to find out what they're doing really helps too. 

What's your favourite film and why?
My favourite film would have to be...'Once Upon a Time in the West'. A classic Western film that offers everything.

If you could invent one thing what would it be?
I'd invent a time-machine, or maybe something easier to use like 'Bernard's Watch'. It would be ideal to be able to stop time every now and again to catch up on some sleep or spend some extra time finding that perfect candidate!

What makes you #DistinctlyDifferent? 
I'd like to think that I really get to understand what people are looking for in their next role and deliver to that. This, coupled with keeping regular contact with clients to see what their situation is, allows me to match the right candidate to the right company, as each Medical Communications Agency offers something slightly different. This may sound like ordinary recruitment to some, but you have to act differently and go the extra mile in this sector to make it work for everybody involved!


The Role

Scientific Director - Medical Communications Agency - Cheshire - Up to £70K Depending on experience, including a strong benefits package


The Company

We've working with this Medical Communications agency on an exclusive basis to source a Scientific Director for them. Carrot were approached by the agency as this is a key hire of the business and following a productive and positive meeting we've set about finding the right person for them.

From the meeting we've gathered huge amounts of information regarding this role and come back to Carrot HQ full of enthusiasm. The agency offering is genuinely unique and unlike what we hear from the other agencies in the North West and Cheshire.

The Scientific Director will play a strategic, operational and leadership role within the Medical Communications agency and be hugely important in the continual development of the agency. Agency covers strategic communication, events and congress support, medical platform development, multichannel planning, publication planning and KOL engagement to name a few!

  • A large variety of work and therapy areas including Oncology, Immunology, Respiratory and Rare Diseases

  • Medium sized agency which is part of a bigger group - leads to excellent support and benefits

  • Offices in Cheshire, South East and USA

  • Excellent relationships with their clients, long standing and extremely valuable

  • Adopt a scientific leadership model


The Role

  • Strategic delivery - Challenging clients, strong strategic impact and working as part of the management team

  • Line management - taking responsibility for Senior Medical Writers, Medical Writers and Associates, leading their development through mentoring, training, and support

  • Client Relationship Management - leading the relationship with key clients and taking ownership for accounts. Variety of accounts available to work across also

  • Part of the senior management team - involved in key decision making and leading the overall direction of the business



  • Proven scientific leadership

  • Strong financial acumen

  • Strategic thinker

  • Excellent communications skills with both colleagues and clients

  • All round nice person


What should you do next?

There are often quite a few of these roles knocking around and we should know, we've been recruiting for them for about 12 years, four of those years I've covered personally. We were hugely impressed with the people that I met and the scope for the role. If you're looking for something more strategic and operational, with very little travel…this would be ideal!

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