Account Director (UK office) – maternity cover

Job Description

We are currently looking for an interim account director to join our busy client services team, reporting to the Client Services Director. The successful candidate will have exceptional problem-solving, project management and diplomacy skills. Strong face-to-face and written communication skills and a proven ability to develop lasting client relationships are also essential. The successful candidate should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, creative environment with occasional opportunities for travel.

As an interim Account Director, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with clients and healthcare professionals to understand their needs and translate these into opportunities for the development of high-quality medical communication solutions
  • Proactively driving projects forward and seeing them through to completion in a timely manner
  • Working closely with internal teams at Porterhouse Medical to manage priorities and ensure that solutions are delivered to the highest standard
  • Proactively managing project scope and budgets to ensure that any issues are communicated to clients and that project profitability is maintained
  • Developing an understanding of new therapy areas quickly and comprehensively, inspiring confidence with clients
  • Identifying opportunities for new business within existing accounts
  • Leading new business initiatives, including attendance and presentation at pitch meetings
  • Training and developing a team, including conduction of performance reviews and appraisals

Desired background and skills

We are looking for the very best life sciences graduates in order to maintain our reputation as a
first-class medical communications agency delivering scientific programmes of the highest quality.

Specifically, we are looking for individuals with the following skills, attributes and qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree (2:1 or higher) and a strong academic record
  • At least 3 years of experience in a senior account management role in a medical communications agency or pharmaceutical company
  • A proven track record of client and account management, and delivery of organic growth and new business
  • Experience of managing and developing a team, and proven leadership and influencing skills in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Strong literacy and numeracy skills, and an excellent attention to detail


To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to for the attention of Jan Coetzee (Talent Manager). We do not accept unsolicited CVs from recruiters or employment agencies.

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