Vice President, Medical Director

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Updated: November 12, 2021
Location: New York, NY, United States
Job ID: 136118

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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 VP, Medical Director role with Cadent Medical Communications may be the perfect place for you.

The VP, Medical Director is a key member of our medical affairs and publications team who is responsible for the strategic oversight of publications and medical affairs activities across multiple disease states including oncology/hematology, inflammatory diseases, neurology/psychiatry and cardiology. They will provide both the tactical implementation, operational guidance, and oversight of activities for medical strategy, scientific communications, and publication strategy. This is a creative and agile role which requires experience managing multiple projects, internal teams and clients.

Cadent Medical Communications specializes in high science, high touch peer to peer medical communications. The company excels in translating complex science into compelling messages that deliver value and action. Cadent builds relationships and collaboration between the biopharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals.


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

  • Lead medical affairs activities including development of communication plans, scientific narratives, field medical tools
  • Lead publication strategy, as well as the development and execution of publication plans
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional client team, physicians, and Cadent internal teams (creative, editorial, scientific)
  • Develop innovative solutions and scientific content in collaboration with digital and creative teams
  • Identify and implement best practices and standardized processes for publication planning
    • Maintenance of ethical standards and best practices, including those related to pharmaceuticals, medical writing, publications, regulatory bodies and general business standards (i.e., GPP3, ICMJE, EFPIA, Sunshine Act)
    • Ensure the scientific integrity, quality and accuracy of all deliverables
  • Oversee the development of high quality scientific content including:
    • Literature searches and gap analyses
    • Manuscripts, abstracts, posters, slides, other materials (adhering to specific guides e.g. CONSORT/PRISMA as appropriate)
  • Mentor/train medical writers, including oversight during development of client deliverables
  • Provide tactical execution and oversee project management for publication projects, facilitating adherence to project timelines
    • Collaborate with all stakeholders to define scope of project(s)
    • Organizing and facilitating author meetings
  • Participate in new business pitches

Job Requirements


  • PhD, PharmD, MD or RN
  • CMPP



  • 5-7+ years’ experience in medical communications and publications (5 years minimum)
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with account teams, other writers, editors, physicians and clients
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategically and scientifically sound content and oversee content developed by other writers
  • Experience with training medical writers in good publications practices
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, dynamic, team-oriented environment and also as an independent self-starter
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize multiple tasks and provide effective direction to others; can quickly evaluate the resources necessary to accomplish a goal and put those into action.


  • Familiarity with publication software such as Datavision, EndNote, others
  • Experience with building teams
  • Ability to travel to new business pitches, conferences, other activities as needed (<20% travel)

 This position excludes Colorado applicants.

At Cadent Medical Communications, our workplace is flexible, family-oriented and places high importance on work-life balance. The engaging and rewarding nature of the work that we do is evident in the enthusiasm employees bring to the office every day. Overall, Cadent has a commitment to integrity, a commitment to client satisfaction and a commitment to employee satisfaction and development.

Cadent Medical Communications 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) 



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