Account Director

Weber Shandwick New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 weeks ago

DNA is currently seeking an Account Director to join our team of conversation-starters, strategists, storytellers, PhD-level scientists, writers, designers and builders. The ideal candidate possesses a strong interest in science and how medicines work, is curious and excited to experiment and explore new ideas, is resourceful and has an entrepreneurial spirit. This role will be responsible for leading a large-scale client relationship and working closely with a large team. Prior agency, as well as biotech and pharmaceutical drug development experience, is required.

Position Profile

The Account Director is responsible for managing senior level client relationships and have regular exposure to client senior management. The candidate is also accountable for collaborating between practice areas within the DNA organization and supporting new business development efforts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Keep client programs on schedule and ensure all deadlines are met

  • Develop and maintain extremely strong interpersonal relationships with senior clients

  • Serve as a primary contact for the client, address any issues, troubleshoot problems and provide strategic counsel

  • Proactively handle client problems and issues quickly and adeptly

  • Develop quality standards and ensure client satisfaction

  • Organize new business research and information gathering

  • Support development of new business initiatives

  • Participate in new business pitch development and/or presentations

  • Responsible for developing media relations and social media strategy and delivering results

  • Provide leadership, direction and guidance to account teams

  • Develop and coach account teams for peak performance

  • Conduct performance appraisal of direct reports

  • Ensure quality work from team in order to meet/exceed client expectations

  • Attend account reviews and staff meetings - provide ongoing communications and feedback

  • Key contact for internal account staff to address issues

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • 9 years related professional experience (5-6 years of which should be at a PR Agency)

  • Pharmaceutical and/or biotech drug development experience required

  • FDA approval experience is also preferred

  • Oncology experience a plus

  • New business development experience a plus

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.


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