Head of Strategic Planning

Advertising Digital & Creative London, UK

Advertising we believe in the Power of Play

It leads to unexpected places – If you focus on a destination, that's where you'll end up, but if you focus on enjoying the journey, the destination might surprise you.

It unlocks potential – linking the rational to the random creates compelling connections and lateral leaps that change belief and behaviour.

It brings people together – Encouraging an open culture for experts to collaborate, learn from each other and try out new ideas, creates the ideal environment for innovation.

It makes work fun – No matter the challenge, play helps us solve it together. A day spent playing is a day well spent.

You will love this role if you:

  • Are a collaborative leader and team builder
  • Inspired by the concept of the Power of Play
  • A champion of strategy
  • An insight hunter
  • Deeply interested in how people communicate and receive information
  • Continually open to new ways of thinking
  • Fervent in your desire to develop the best possible campaigns
  • An eloquent communicator, with the ability to ‘demystify’ the strategic process
  • An enthusiastic, inclusive collaborator
  • Adept at building great relationships, both internally and with clients
  • Experienced in agency life and the pharma industry
  • Able to help drive pitches and uncover new business opportunities
  • Able to multitask with ease

You will be a success if you:

  • Have a clear personal vision of the strategic process and how it’s vital to the work we do
  • Ensure projects and brands start off and stay true to strategic goals
  • Are regarded by the client and team as the strategic expert, able to provide support and counsel
  • Play a leading role on pitch proposals and delivery
  • Are aware of challenges to strategic plans from changes to the market
  • Support the wider team with developing strategic understanding
  • Allow yourself to be integrated into and supported by a strong delivery team

As part of the OPEN Health Advertising team, you’ll be responsible for the following activities:

  • Leading and building the Strategic Planning department within OPEN Health Advertising
  • Understand and shape our clients’ brand communication strategy and tactical plan
  • Help to refine and champion straightforward, accessible processes for both strategic and tactical execution of multichannel campaigns
  • Research competition to identify threats and opportunities
  • Align processes, resources-planning and brand goals with overall strategy
  • Work with our other Centres of Excellence within the group as well as Global Strategic Services and the Digital Strategy team, to create a market leading approach to broad, fully integrated omnichannel strategy
  • Support the senior team in making effective decisions
  • Partner with studio and design teams to optimize process and most effectively utilize content
  • Monitor and analyse industry trends and market changes

What you’ll bring:

  • Proven planning experience with ‘infectious’ strategic thinking ability
  • Leadership experience or strong leadership potential
  • An analytical mind with problem-solving aptitude
  • Sound understanding of science, medicine, healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Understanding of market research and data analysis
  • A proven track record of building lasting relationships with clients
  • A proactive, outgoing personality with a genuine enjoyment of client contact and teamwork
  • The ability to facilitate great workshops with key clients
  • Great presentation skills
  • Digital experience and a curiosity to find new and exciting ways to communicate

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:

  • Flexible home/office-based working arrangements
  • A total of 29 days holidays – 25 plus an additional 3 at Christmas shutdown plus your birthday off
  • Flexible start and finish times around core 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

Reasons to join OPEN Health

People are at the heart of our business. Without our incredibly talented people we couldn’t offer our clients the world-class service they have come to expect. We know how important it is to support, develop, reward and encourage.

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About OPEN Health

OPEN Health brings together deep scientific knowledge, global understanding and broad specialist expertise to support our clients in improving health outcomes and patient wellbeing.

We are united as one flexible organization, harnessing the power of the collective to solve complex challenges. Our global team of experts — many with PhDs and PharmDs — work strategically alongside our client partners in Medical Affairs, Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), Market Access and Commercial teams across a wide range of therapy areas.

OPEN Health: Established as many. United as one.

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If you're interested in this position, please click the link below to apply. If you have any questions, please email us at talentteam@openhealthgroup.com, or call the Talent Team on 01628 481112.

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