Vice President, Medical Director

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Updated: January 2, 2020
Location: Santa Monica, CA, United States
Job ID: 6609


The VP, Medical Director ensures clinical relevancy/accuracy for all healthcare related communications for the company. This position manages Associate Medical Directors and Medical Directors and works closely with them to ensure the medical/scientific integrity of all materials. The position is also responsible for partnering closely with Brand Strategists and Creative teams supporting both client and business development related activities.


(Duties may include, but not limited to all or some of the following)

  • Management responsibility for Medical services ensuring that accurate and strategic scientific and clinical information is provided to internal account/creative teams, as well as external clients
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals, key opinion leaders, clients, and other marketing/agency professionals to establish a strategic association between the science and appropriate positioning/marketing of a brand or service
  • Develop and support scientific/clinical educational offerings to maintain an up-to-date staff
  • Develops solid working relationships with medical community and is able to leverage these relationships to expand business opportunities
  • Understands the roles of each functional area within the company and provides appropriate medical and strategic oversight and/or staff, in order to deliver the best work possible
  • Develops direct reports so that they are prepared and equipped for increasing levels of responsibility; addresses personnel issues promptly, fully, and within proper guidelines
  • Assists staff in creating appropriate career development plans and provides guidance, direction, and support for their career growth
  • Helps support new business activities and pitches as needed
  • Actively embraces, promotes, and educates personnel regarding the company’s values, the role of medical services and their roles in helping achieve overall business objectives
  • Collaborates with EVP Strategy to ensure financial and business objectives are met
  • Position requires some travel

Job Requirements

  • Advanced degree required: MS, MD, DO, PharmD, or PhD or other professional degree with relevant healthcare experience preferred
  • At least 8 years previous experience in the pharmaceutical/medical/science industry
  • Must be able to provide scientific and medical expertise across a broad range of therapeutic categories  
  • Ability to communicate technical/medical information to a wide variety of audiences
  • Must be able to work within a fast-paced, deadline-driven, team environment
  • Must be able to create partnerships with peers from other inVentiv partners and departments (e.g., medical, account, analytics, etc) on client’s businesses to create strategic vision
  • Ability to manage and develop staff, lead a team, and collaboratively work on medical/scientific strategy and content development
  • Problem Solving: Uses logic and established methods to research, and retrieve critical data; is excellent at honest analysis; probes all sources for answers; can see hidden problems; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers
  • Command Skills: Takes charge in challenging situations; does whatever it takes to get the job done despite resistance; takes unpopular stands if necessary; is looked to for direction in a crisis; is looked to as a leader
  • Presentation Skills: Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small/large groups, with peers, subordinates, and bosses; is effective both inside and outside the organization; commands attention and can manage group process during the presentation    
  • Leadership Skills: Leads by example and approaches the director role as a pivotal role in helping the organization reach its potential, thus demonstrating an organizational view of work vs an individual view. Acts with a high level of professionalism, integrity, and unquestionable ethics at all times
  • Team management: Creates strong morale and spirit within the team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialog; fosters ownership for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team
  • Effectiveness with top management: Can deal comfortably with senior executives; understands how executives think and process; can determine the best way to get things done with executives by speaking their language and responding to their needs
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