Vice President, Medical Director

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Updated: March 27, 2023
Location: Westerville, OH, United States
Job ID: 146293

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Can you reach people with just a few words?

You express all of your ideas effortlessly, and have the skills to distill other people's ideas into their best possible form. Your messaging is not only clear and concise, but your medical expertise allows you to convey high-level scientific knowledge in meaningful and comprehensible communications. Does this sound like you? A Vice President, Medical Director role with GSW may be the perfect place for you.

GSW is a full-service healthcare communications agency that goes beyond advertising to create personalized brand experiences. We develop strategic marketing solutions for pharmaceutical, biotech and health-and-wellness clients around the world. We create experiences that involve, inspire, educate and activate people through ongoing brand journeys.


  • Strong experience in developing, reviewing, and managing accuracy and quality of scientific content produced within a pharmaceutical advertising agency
  • Provide client and strategic oversight
  • Evaluate how feedback gained from the meeting impacts the client’s tactical plans
  • Assess and communicate market trends; build thought leader and client relationships as well as internal collaborations with the teams
  • Add clinical expertise for new business pitches, including:
    • Building proposal and pitch decks
    • Developing scientific insights and strategy
  • Oversee the development of content for multiple disease states/clients, by:
    • Assisting medical writers and associate medical directors by ensuring appropriate messaging is communicated across all projects
    • Providing strategic scientific and/or medical advice to clients
  • Remain current on the latest clinical trial data and treatment trends
  • Prioritize and organize workload; manage multiple overlapping work streams
  • Conduct background and literature research to support new business efforts
  • Mentor and assist in training junior-level team members

Job Requirements

  • Advanced degree required (PhD, PharmD, MS)
  • MUST have 7+ years of experience in a scientific/medical role (experience in pharmaceutical advertising/medical communications is a plus)
  • Broad therapeutic category experience (Oncology experience is a plus) 
  • Highly strategic with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record of helping to developing creative scientific solutions for pharmaceutical and healthcare clients
  • Excellent organization skills and precise attention to detail
  • Communicate clearly and articulately when writing and speaking

GSW turns against the premise of doing the “same old.” Our culture is focused on collaborative, meaningful advertising and day-to-day interpersonal interaction. We value the diverse backgrounds of our team members, and everyone has the opportunity to provide input and be heard. GSW is comprised of creative, motivated individuals who are all here for a reason. We welcome those who strive to work above and beyond their role, who voice their opinion and who are engaged in all aspects of the agency.

GSW 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’re able to make those connections because our medical communications, digital, advertising, public relations, 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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Syneos Health is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled) 


As a healthcare company we have an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. Except in those locations where state or local law impacts this vaccination requirement, this position will require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of their job responsibilities unless an exemption can be confirmed based on a medical condition, sincerely-held religious belief, or other reasons recognized by applicable law. Submission and approval of an exemption request does not necessarily guarantee that an accommodation can be provided for any specific job. 


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