Director, Scientific Strategy

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Mis à jour: November 16, 2022
Emplacement: London, ENG, United Kingdom
Identification d’emploi: 143553


You are organized, driven, and thrive in an ownership position.

You're ambitious and business-savvy enough to secure and organize high-visibility, large-scale projects. However, you know that maintaining close individual relationships and being a reliable liaison are the keys to building confidence and lasting trust with your customers. Can you see the big picture and the details? You have the potential to excel in this dynamic Director, Scientific Strategy role with Litmus.

As the Director of Scientific Services you will support the growth of the medical communications business across Syneos Health specifically, and across the EU Communications group in general.

Litmus Medical Communications acts as a catalyst to accelerate uptake and embed the value of therapies across the product lifecycle, bringing business strategy to science and scientific expertise to your business. With our base in Europe, we are cognizant of the diverse healthcare systems, regulations and market dynamics of the region; however, we are not limited by geography and support our clients at a local, European and global level. Whatever the reach required, we specialize in building relationships, understanding and collaboration between the biopharmaceutical industry and medical/healthcare professionals. We develop a range of strategic solutions based on an understanding of both the objectives and issues of our clients as well as their stakeholders, focusing on facilitating peer-to-peer and scientific communications through a range of channels. As effective and compelling communication is key, whether for a marketing story, scientific data or market access support, we have a dedicated editorial excellence team providing content that can be syndicated to deliver solutions to enhance patient care.


Scientific strategy:

  • Strong ability to understand, develop, and implement scientific and commercial strategy.
  • Solid scientific background, a depth and breadth of writing and editorial experience and excellent writing, editing, and reviewing skills.
  • Strong client-focused approach to work, ability to relate to key client personnel and KOLs in an assertive and professional manner, confident handling of difficult scenarios or client dissatisfaction.
  • Act as Scientific Counsel on one or more key accounts to ensure thought leadership and to foster a growth-focused mindset

Operational excellence:

  • Effective project and resource management; proven ability to manage a range of clients/accounts.
  • Oversee the output of the Scientific Portfolio Directors and Scientific team Leads to ensure it is strategically insightful and meets  SH quality standards
  • Broad experience in scientific and editorial management and delivery of the key offering and services within MedComms
  • Extensive experience of reviewing, developing, and implementing scientific processes and working practices, including gold standard quality control (attention to detail, process application, consistency, and SOP adherence).

 New Business development:

  • Proactively suggest opportunities for growing existing client accounts and innovative ideas to expand the offering to support our clients needs
  • Be an active member of new business pitches, providing scientific strategy and solutions to the need. Take an active part in the presentation of pitches when appropriate
  • Advise on which members of the scientific team might be suitable for involvement in specific proposal and pitch activities


  • As an active member of the Senior Management Team, contribute to business planning, problem solving and the development and tactical implementation of the Med Comms strategy.
  • Build and maintain strong effective working relationships with the EU MD/DMD’s, to ensure co-operative and effective cross-functional working at all levels as required.
  • Proven ability to train and develop people and undertake skills assessment, identifying business needs, creating development plans to address gaps, and resolving performance issues promptly/effectively
  • Proactive, advanced problem-solving approach to team-specific and company-wide issues

Job Requirements

At Syneos Health, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. If your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. At times, we take into consideration transferrable skills from previous roles. We also encourage you to join our Talent Network to stay connected to additional career opportunities. 

  • Experience in the med comms/healthcare arena
  • Degree or higher degree in Life Sciences, Pharmacy, or Medicine (BSc, BA, PharmD, PhD, MD).
  • Language Skills
  • Proficient use of English language. Skills
  • Highly-developed motivational and leadership qualities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to negotiate with other departments and resolve conflicts.
  • Effective delegation skills.
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure.
  • A flexible attitude with respect to work assignments and ability to manage multiple and varied tasks with enthusiasm and prioritize workload.
  • Willingness to undertake continuous professional learning and development.
  • Highly IT literate - advanced experience with Microsoft-based applications and general knowledge of PC functions.
  • Willingness to work in a matrix environment and to value the importance of teamwork

Litmus is part of Syneos Health Communications, a purpose-built collective of agencies focused on supporting health and biopharmaceutical innovators. We work in scalable, collaborative teams that partner across disciplines and geographies to deliver integrated communications strategies that accelerate brand performance. In today’s fast-changing and complex environment, success lies in making connections: between science, emotion and technology; between data, design and human insight. We are able to make those connections because our advertising, public relations, medical communications, digital, data science, research and market access specialists work closely with each other and with healthcare experts, including physicians, pharmacists and advocates. Together, we are the connected healthcare partner tapping rich insights to drive innovation, change behavior and pioneer a new era of accountable marketing.

Syneos Health Communications is powered by Syneos Health, a global professional services organization designed to help the biopharmaceutical industry shorten the distance from lab to life.

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