Patient Projects Director - Leading Patient Engagement Agency

Patient & Brand CommunicationsMarlow, Buckinghamshire

About OPEN Health Patient & Brand Communications

Patient-centred creative communications Patient & Brand Communications comprises the OPEN Health disciplines of patient engagement, health technology, market insight, public relations and healthcare branding.

The expertise and heritage of three long-standing OPEN Health operating companies have been brought together to form a multi-channel, multi-skilled healthcare communications agency with patient outcomes at the heart.

Together, our expertise covers creative, strategy, market insight, media planning, patient engagement and public relations, working in collaboration to deliver exceptional results for our clients.

Our specialisms include:

Brand Communications: From brand strategy and development to creative campaigns; multi-channel marketing to brand & disease awareness; corporate and internal motivation campaigns to sales aids.

Patient Communications: From patient support programmes (PSPs) and apps to clinical trial recruitment & retention; advocacy & PAG relations to certified medical device apps; disease awareness and education.

Public Relations: From media relations to corporate communications; global strategic communications planning to online content marketing and social media; advocacy to access and value communications.

Research & Insight: From patient journey mapping to patient research; online, social and competitor landscaping to HCP research; communications and language analysis.

You will love this role if you:

  • Want to deliver on innovative patient engagement projects across the breadth of the product lifecycle
  • Anticipate bringing together a group of subject matter experts to coalesce around clients’ patient challenges
  • Expect to be at the forefront of the emerging patient engagement space, working within the most respected patient engagement practice in industry
  • Enjoy working in a collaborative manner with C-level pharma clients on European and Global accounts
  • Are an innovative problem solver, curious about working on cutting-edge solutions and trialling new initiatives in the fields of patient engagement and support
  • Want to project management patient specific projects from inception to completion

You will be a success if you:

  • Are highly organised and efficient with your time
  • Can demonstrate strong project management skills
  • Can be impactful with clients and stakeholders
  • Have the ability to build rapport internally and externally
  • Possess excellent leadership skills, with the ability to collaborate in a cross-functional matrix across other business practices, without positional authority
  • Are a confident leader and account manager within the pharma and/or patient space
  • Have an interest in and desire to work in the patient space

As part of the Patient & Brand Communications team, you’ll be responsible for the following activities:

Ensure the delivery of a high quality patient services and products through a variety of methods

  • Handover management and leadership of large, cross-functional patient projects across OPEN Health
  • Direct management of bespoke, complex patient projects e.g. patient journey mapping, Patient Support Programmes (PSP), design and co-creation of patient materials, advocacy engagement
  • Oversee programmes for each client, ranging from strategic input to day-to-day management of tactics (based on the specific needs for each account)
  • Obtain a thorough understanding of clients’ business objectives, patient-related strategies and relevant therapeutic areas. Clear communication of these to internal team members, as relevant
  • Manage and influence senior-level client contacts and maintain positive working relationships; work proactively to identify new business opportunities by networking and researching within existing client companies
  • Highlight key issues to the Managing Director, Patient Engagement regarding key accounts and the account team
  • Contribute to and, where appropriate, lead, patient-centric pitches
  • Ensure optimal financial management of each account and demonstrate a clear understanding of all financial processes within the business
  • Monitor forecast and plans in conjunction with Patient Engagement team to ensure business objectives are met, on time and within budget; escalate issues to Managing Director, if required
  • Ensure understanding and implementation of all OPEN Health internal procedures and quality standards across all account team members
  • Ensure all account team members take ownership for their business and appropriate levels of responsibility
  • Collaborate effectively and efficiently with appropriate members of the OPEN Health teams across all practices
  • Line management and training/development responsibility, where appropriate

Key Performance Indicators

  • Projects managed effectively and delivered on brief, on time, on budget
  • Growing client business with a high degree of client satisfaction
  • OPEN Health Patient & Brand Communications team appropriately engaged and well-informed
  • Acknowledged mentor, leader – respected and trusted by your team
  • SOPs followed

What you’ll bring:

  • Ability to work with client and agency staff on a day to day project management basis both independently and as part of the team
  • Strong understanding of the healthcare environment and, ideally the patient space, gained through significant experience in healthcare agency, consultancy, CRO or pharmaceutical company roles
  • Approachable hands-on manager, trainer, delegator with strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to distil complex information and produce simple, compelling solutions
  • Financial acumen
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise; excellent time and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to create relationships with colleagues in other practices across OPEN Health
  • Competent in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Degree qualified, ideally within life sciences to a Bachelors or post graduate level

What we offer:

At OPEN Health, we are entirely dependent upon our people. They are the basis of every contract we win, every service we provide and every project we deliver. As a result, we are always on the lookout for the brightest, most enthusiastic, creative and ambitious individuals to join our teams in UK and USA. We work hard to create friendly and collaborative workplaces; to provide fascinating professional challenges and amazing opportunities.

We have an extensive benefits package that includes:

· A total of 29 days holidays – 25 plus an additional 3 at our Christmas shutdown plus your birthday off

· Flexible start and finish times around core office hours

· 4pm Friday finish

· A training platform that provides access to self-paced and face-to-face learning & development

· Group Income Protection

· Private Medical Insurance

· Employee Assistance Programme

· Life Assurance

· Enhanced parental leave

· Casual dress code

· Active CSR community supporting a range of worthwhile causes

How to apply:

If we sound like the sort of business environment in which you would thrive, then we would love to hear from you.

Apply directly via our website: send the Talent Team and email:


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About Patient & Brand Communications

Patient & Brand Communications (PBC) comprises the OPEN Health disciplines of patient engagement, health technology, market insight, public relations and brand communications.

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