Senior Consultant – Health Public Affairs (UK and International)

Employer
Portland Communications
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive + bonus
Closing date
12 Feb 2021

Job Details

Company Description

The company

  • 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

The Health Team

  • The health team devises and implements communications and public affairs programmes for both UK and EU/global clients.
  • We have a team of specialists all with different comms backgrounds which means we’re able to select the best people to work on specific bits of business, depending on our client’s needs.
  • We typically work across strategic consultancy and message development, corporate communications, media relations, media training, issues and crisis management, digital and social media, integrated campaigning, creative campaigns, patient and professional engagement, market access / patient education and disease awareness
  • In addition to this, across the UK we also support Health Technology Appraisal communications, political outreach and select committee training.

 

The role

  • This role is within Portland Health. Portland Health is a first class team providing public affairs and public relations services to clients which help them successfully navigate through a complex and fast-changing landscape.
  • You will be joining a team of consultants with unrivalled first-hand PA and PR experience at the highest level.
  • As a Senior Consultant you will have strong experience across the pharmaceutical and health sector. This should include experience of supporting teams who are managing political and/or stakeholder relationships (Key Opinion Leaders and Patient Groups) for a diverse range of clients and therapeutic areas, are drafting pharmaceutical disease awareness material, providing reference packs and facilitating approvals, generating media coverage, supporting the running of public events, and You will have a solid understanding of the way the NHS is structured, the drug approval and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes.
  • Ideally, you should have experience of both UK and non-UK healthcare public affairs. If your expertise is focused on one of these then a willingness to learn the other is essential.

Key responsibilities

  • Providing leadership and strategic counsel on major complex client accounts.
  • Driving significant new business effort – conceive, lead and project manage new business proposals and pitches.
  • Directing major accounts/projects.
  • Leading marketing drive setting up events, and promoting products;
  • Leading integrated comms/ PA offers.
  • Line managing team members (Consultants, Associate Consultants and Executives) and overseeing their career development.

Requirements

Person Specification Competences applicable to the post:

Providing a quality service

You must:

  • 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.
  • Be highly organised with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

Personal Effectiveness

You must:

  • Be a credible and confident adviser.
  • Have strong commercial awareness and ability to support aggressive new business drive.
  • Be politically savvy with good understanding of how politics and media cross over.
  • Have a network of contacts to help fill pipeline and pull in new business.
  • Be able to direct large accounts and manage clients – a track record of agency experience handling is not essential, but would be beneficial.

 

Team working and projects

You must:

  • 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.

Qualifications and skills

You must have:

  • Relevant, senior level PA experience gained from an agency, in-house or government role.
  • Strong commercial acumen with a track record of shaping an agency's growth and success.
  • 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.

Company

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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