Senior Consultant – Health/pharma comms, EU and global

Employer
Portland Communications
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive + bonus
Closing date
22 Nov 2020
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Company Description

  • Portland is a fully integrated communications consultancy trusted by some of the highest profile organisations, governments and individuals in the world with global offices in Washington DC, Singapore, Doha, Nairobi, London, as well as in Brussels, Berlin and Paris.
  • We are pioneers in integrated communications campaigns, helping clients manage their reputation, improve their visibility and media coverage – and deliver global communications campaigns across multiple platforms.
  • Our teams of experienced and multilingual consultants invest time to understand clients from the inside out, work with them to set clear strategic direction, and then bring whole of Portland’s abilities to bear to deliver their objectives.

At Portland we never rest on our laurels; we constantly strive to improve our work and be at the forefront of the industry

Position

  • As an established Senior Consultant your experience to date should lean more towards global communications, with expertise in media relations, advocacy building, and creative campaigning.
  • You will also have strong experience across the pharmaceutical and health sector and can speak eloquently to pharma brand communications and the drug life cycle. This should include experience of supporting teams who are drafting pharmaceutical product and disease awareness material, providing reference packs and facilitating approvals, generating media coverage, supporting the running of public events, and managing political and/or stakeholder relationships (Key Opinion Leaders and Patient Groups) for a diverse range of clients and therapeutic areas.
  • You will have strong experience of leading teams to deliver complex multi-market comms campaigns for pharma companies or other healthcare organisations.
  • You will have a solid understanding of drug approval and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes. An understanding of local European country approval processes and HTA equivalent is a bonus.

Key responsibilities

  • Providing leadership and strategic counsel on major complex client accounts;
  • Leading significant new business effort – conceive, lead and project manage new business proposals and pitches;
  • Contributing to the smooth running of the health practice at Portland;
  • Directing major accounts/projects;
  • Leading marketing drive - setting up events and promoting products;
  • Leading integrated comms/ PR offers;
  • Line managing team members (Consultants, Executives, and Researchers) and overseeing their career development.
  • Develop strategies that address client objectives; develop tactics that further those strategies; and develop action-oriented planning and working documents and other communications that express those strategic and tactical ideas clearly and convincingly.
  • Write and produce client-facing proposals, presentations, strategic plans, and other materials, both independently and in collaboration with other Portland employees and representatives.

Requirements

Person Specification

Competences applicable to the post:

Providing a quality service

  • Have strong commercial acumen - utilised with bottom line figures in mind as well as continued high standard service offering to clients;
  • Be able to anticipate clients’ challenges and develop strategies to solve them;
  • Have the ability to communicate confidently with Portland staff, senior clients and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrable ability to lead teams to achieve results for clients.

Personal Effectiveness

  • Be a credible and confident adviser on media and reputation;
  • Have strong commercial awareness and ability to support aggressive new business drive;
  • Have a network of contacts to help fill pipeline and pull in new business;
  • Be media smart with good contacts in national and international print and broadcast;
  • Be able to sensitively navigate stakeholder engagement, with particular experience in working with patient groups/NGOs/non-profits and the challenges that can bring;
  • Be able to lead accounts and manage clients – a track record of agency experience handling is not essential but would be beneficial.

Team working and projects

  • Be able to work with and communicate effectively with others across the agency;
  • Be an excellent decision maker with a real ability to lead and mentor a team across different client accounts;
  • Develop collegial relationships with individuals at various levels throughout the agency;
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with a real flare for pitching and presenting ideas and business plans;
  • Focus on organic growth and development of team, have experience of being a line manager to junior team members.

Qualifications and skills

  • Relevant, senior level PR experience gained from an agency, in-house or government facing role;
  • The ability to be a key influencer with the gravitas to provide senior leadership and counsel on major complex accounts;
  • Excellent client servicing and interpersonal skills, as well as a real ability to lead pitch teams;
  • Proven ability to grow and lead teams;
  • Tenacity to drive marketing and business development;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, excellent client-consultation skills as well as client and agency growth and development.

Other information

What we offer in return

  • We are part of the Omnicom Group, the leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company.
  • We have an unrivalled strategic and advisory council; a group that has held some of the hottest seats in politics and the media.
  • Our clients benefit from their experience and expertise, but so too do our people.
  • We are committed to employee development and have an open doors culture. We have a solid and structured approach to individual career development where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business and we regularly reward and promote success within the company. We actively encourage staff to develop innovative and exciting ways of delivering success and to take on new challenges and responsibilities to aid progression. 
  • Our remuneration package also includes a wide range of employee benefits, such as our competitive pension contributions, private healthcare, life assurance cover, company contribution to gym membership, company parties and much, much more!
  • At Portland we take a flexible approach to work and encourage our colleagues to do the same. All our roles are open to flexible working requests and we will consider all options during our recruitment process. This includes but is not limited to: flexible hours, home working, compressed hours and job sharing.  
  • In addition, every person that works at Portland is eligible for our industry leading profit share. When Portland thrives, all of our people share in that success.

Portland is an international communications consultancy trusted by some of the highest profile organisations, governments and individuals in the world.

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Portland is a fully integrated communications consultancy trusted by some of the highest profile organizations, governments and individuals in the world with global offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Washington DC, Singapore, Doha and Nairobi, as well as in London. We advise some of the world’s best known brands including Netflix, YouTube, Google, Astrazeneca, Heathrow Airport and Snapchat.

We are pioneers in integrated communications campaigns, helping clients manage their reputation, improve their visibility and media coverage – and deliver global communications campaigns across multiple platforms.

Our teams of experienced and multilingual consultants invest time to understand clients from the inside out, work with them to set clear strategic direction, and then bring the whole of Portland’s abilities to bear to deliver their objectives.

At Portland we never rest on our laurels; we constantly strive to improve our work and be at the forefront of the industry.

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  • Bankside 2
  • 90-100 Southwark St
  • London
  • SE1 0SW
  • United Kingdom
  • 020 7554 1600
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