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Health Consultant - Brand Comms

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 Washington DC, New York, Singapore, Doha and Nairobi, as well as in London.

We are pioneers in integrated communications campaigns help 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.

The team:

The health team devises and implements communications and public affairs programmes across a number of specialist areas typically including strategic consultancy and message development, political outreach and select committee training, corporate communications, media relations, media training, issues and crisis management, digital and social media, integrated campaigning, patient and professional engagement, market access / Health Technology Appraisal communications, patient education and disease awareness.

The health team has a growing list of UK and international clients from the health and wellbeing, pharmaceutical, social care and charity sectors.

The role:

- As an established Consultant your experience to date should lean more towards PR. However, you will have strong experience across the pharmaceutical and health sector. 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 a solid understanding of the way the NHS is structured, the drug approval and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes.

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/ PR offers;
- Line managing team members (Consultants, Executives and Researchers) and overseeing their career development.

Qualifications, skills and competencies:

You must have:

- Relevant, senior level PR 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;
- The 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.

What we offer in return:

- We are committed to employee development and have an open doors culture where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business. We regularly reward and promote success, and actively encourage staff to take on new challenges and responsibilities to aid progression.
- Our remuneration package also includes our competitive pension contributions, private healthcare life assurance cover, company contribution to gym membership, wellbeing workshops and activities, company parties, free daily breakfast and much, much more!
- In addition, every permanent member of staff that works at Portland is eligible for our industry leading annual profit share. When Portland thrives, all of our people share in that success.

Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we receive it is not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued. In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs.

Contact Details:
Portland Communications
Tel: +44 20 7554 1600
Contact: Miriam Myers

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